Pentax I-10

Pentax Optio I-10 front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 153g - 101 x 65 x 28mm
  • Launched January 2010
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Pentax I-10 summary

Pentax I-10 is Pentax's Small Sensor Compact camera initially launched on January of 2010. The camera uses a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The I-10 is positioned #175 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over-all #1111 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. Please look at our Advanced camera search to see camera results based on your custom requirements.

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Below is a chart of different factors used in the rating system.

Pentax I-10 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of upsides and downsides of the Pentax I-10 based on criterias which are oftentimes regarded as necessary in a camera.

above average minimum ISO (80)
built in lens has zoom (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
fairly wide (28mm)
features tracking focus
has built in flash
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
you can focus manually
can't use external flash
does not have a selfie friendly display
lack of HDMI socket
lack of headphone socket
lack of manual exposure
lack of mic socket
lack of Time Lapse recording
lacks phase detect autofocus
lacks RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
max frames per second very slow (1.0 frames/s)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
MP count low (12MP)
no aperture priority mode
no moving screen
no shutter priority
screen has low resolution (230 thousand dots)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
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Pentax I-10 Sensor details

The Pentax I-10 is run by the Prime chip. The sensor measurement in the Pentax I-10 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter can easily lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 12MP and supports a native ISO range of 80 - 6400. Sadly, RAW format is not saved which means that the user has less margin for error.

The picture underneath illustrates the I-10's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The I-10 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Pentax I-10 dimensions

Pentax I-10 weighs about 0.34 pounds (153 gr / 5.40 oz) and the measurement of the camera is 101mm x 65mm x 28mm (4.0" x 2.6" x 1.1"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr so the Pentax I-10 is less heavy when compared to various competitors.

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Underneath is a shot of the Pentax I-10 beside a soda to help you to have a sense of its scale.

Pentax Optio I-10 dimensions scale

The top view under will highlight the button layout on the I-10.

Pentax Optio I-10 topview buttons dials

Pentax I-10 Lens specs

The I-10 comes with an inbuilt lens featuring a focal range of 28-140mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which is not at all significant however it might be valuable in certain scenarios.

At the widest 28mm, the lens provides an aperture of f3.5 and that's somewhat slow and not very good in low light occasions and you will likely find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You could also need to boost the ISO giving you noisy photographs. At the tele end, 140mm comes at f5.9 which is pretty slow and you may need to go with slow shutter speeds.

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Pentax I-10 Connectivity

The I-10 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes

Digital cameras that incorporate NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to copy photos and usually adjust settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

A few applications even enable a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external screen. The majority of cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Pentax I-10 Video specs

The highest possible video quality in the Pentax I-10 is 1280 x 720 and it can shoot in Motion JPEG format. 720p is terrible by today's standards. You should really shoot for at least 1080p quality for video recording. The camera does not offer a mic and headphone port which means you have got little control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to shop for another model in case you want decent audio in your video clips.

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Pentax I-10 Weather Sealing

Pentax I-10 does not include environment sealing so damp conditions can easily affect the camera.

Pentax I-10 Display and Viewfinder

The Pentax I-10 houses a 2.7 inch fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Sadly the display screen is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specifications regarding Pentax I-10 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are quite useful for sunny outdoor conditions which will make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.

Pentax I-10 Shutter specs

Pentax I-10 continuous shooting rate is 1.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Pentax I-10 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Pentax I-10 has got only integrated flash with no external flash support.

Pentax I-10 Autofocus specs

Pentax I-10 has got just Contrast Detect Auto Focus and is missing Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is more quicker & exact when compared to Contrast Detect focusing.

It boasts 9 focus points to pick from. It also has Tracking Auto Focus for moving things. Pentax I-10 features manual focus when required for low light or you want to have more precise focus control.

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Pentax I-10 Battery life

The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the best (470) battery life for this category of cameras.

Underneath is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras which have the strongest battery life:

Pentax I-10 for different kinds of photography

The following bar chart gives a outline of the Pentax I-10 for different kinds of photography. To learn more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Pentax I-10 Portrait photography details

The Pentax I-10 has a points tally of 27 which is subpar, meaning that it is not really suitable for portraits. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW photos along with the flexibility to utilize external flash.

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you can focus manually
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files

Pentax I-10 as a Street photography camera

Having a modest points tally of 56, the Pentax I-10 is reasonably adequate to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format

Pentax I-10 Sports photography details

A subpar sports photography points tally of 31 indicates the Pentax I-10 is not really suitable for photographing sports. A camera must have great focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers tracking focus
max frames per second very slow (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus

Pentax I-10 Travel photography information

Weight is very critical when buying a camera for travel. All things considered, the Pentax I-10 gets a average 57 as a travelling camera which is relatively suited to take with you on your journeys.

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built-in flash
decently wide (28mm)
missing Timelapse mode
low resolution (12 megapixels)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)

Pentax I-10 as a Landscape photography camera

If you find yourself planning to buy a camera for landscape photography, the most significant aspect will be image quality. The Pentax I-10 with it's subpar grade of 36 for a landscape camera is not really suitable in the current market.

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has manual focus
decently wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
manual mode not available
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse function

Pentax I-10 Vlogging details

A camera for vlogging really should offer a moving display, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Considering every thing, the Pentax I-10 is not really suitable for vlogging as it gets a subpar rating of 28.

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rather wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have microphone socket

Pentax I-10 Alternatives

If you want alternatives to the I-10, below is a number of the top rated cameras which fall in to the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The line chart below provides you a bird's eye view of the I-10 versus it's top rated rivals mentioned earlier.

These are some more cameras you might view as alternatives. To review a comprehensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Pentax Optio I-10
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW support
Maximum native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Max aperture
Macro focus distance
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fixed Type
Display size
2.7 inches
Resolution of display
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
4 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
4.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Eye-Fi Connected
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
153 grams (0.34 lbs)
Physical dimensions
101 x 65 x 28mm (4.0" x 2.6" x 1.1")
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots
Retail pricing