Pentax Q10

Pentax Q10 front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax Q Mount
  • 200g - 102 x 58 x 34mm
  • Announced September 2012
  • Superseded the Pentax Q
  • Renewed by Pentax Q7
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Pentax Q10 overview

Pentax Q10 is Pentax's Entry-Level Mirrorless digital camera first introduced on September of 2012. It comes with a 12 MegaPixel, CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4000 x 3000.

Pentax brought out this model as a way to upgrade the previous Pentax Q (Read Full Comparison) & then released the more recent Pentax Q7 (Read Full Comparison) as a way to upgrade this camera.

The Q10 places at #115 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & all-around #556 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. You can try our Advanced camera filter to get camera results based on your personalized factors.

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Below is a diagram of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Pentax Q10 history

The Pentax Q10 has a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can see all previous and brand new models along with important specs.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Pentax-Q7 front thumbnailPentax Q7
Q10 vs Q7
12MP1/1.7"5.0 fps2013
Pentax-Q10 front thumbnailPentax Q1012MP1/2.3"5.0 fps2012
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Pentax-Q front thumbnailPentax Q
Q10 vs Q
12MP1/2.3"2.0 fps2011

Pentax Q10 Pros and Cons

Below is a list of pluses and minuses of the Pentax Q10 based on features that are normally seen as essential in a digital camera.

above average min ISO (100)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
change lenses (Pentax Q mount)
exports RAW formats
flash sync speed is above average (1/2,000 seconds)
focusing manually
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
has built in flash
has HDMI socket
includes face detection autofocus
includes tracking autofocus
lighter than average in class (200g)
pretty good screen size (3")
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
bad battery power (270 shots)
continuous shooting slow (5.0 frames per second)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
does not have external microphone socket
does not have headphone socket
has no phase detect autofocus
low MP (12MP)
pixelated screen (460 thousand dots)
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
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Pentax Q10 Sensor specifications

The sensor size on the Pentax Q10 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Sensor based). In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter can lead to cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 12MP and gives a standard ISO range of 100 to 6400. RAW files are supported which means that the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The graphic below illustrates the Q10's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The Q10 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.

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To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Pentax Q10 dimensions

Pentax Q10 has a weight of 0.44 pounds (200 grams / 7.05 ounces) & the measurement of the camera is 102mm x 58mm x 34mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.3"). The weight of general Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 329 grams and the Pentax Q10 is lighter when compared to its competitors.

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Below is a pic of the Pentax Q10 next to a soft drink to help you get a sense of its scale.

Pentax Q10 dimensions scale

The top view below will show you the button layout on the Q10.

Pentax Q10 topview buttons dials

Pentax Q10 Lens specifications

The Q10 works with the Pentax Q mount and has 8 lenses available to buy. Below is some of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the Q10.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Pentax-02-Standard-Zoom lensPentax 02 Standard Zoom5-15mmf/2.8-4.5 96g
Pentax-05-Toy-Lens-Telephoto lensPentax 05 Toy Lens Telephoto18mmf/8.0 18g
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Pentax-07-Mount-Shield-Lens lensPentax 07 Mount Shield Lens12mmf/9.0 8g
Pentax-01-Standard-Prime lensPentax 01 Standard Prime9mmf/1.9 37g
Pentax-04-Toy-Lens-Wide lensPentax 04 Toy Lens Wide6mmf/7.1 21g
Pentax-06-Telephoto-15-45mm lensPentax 06 Telephoto 15-45mm15-45mmf/2.8 90g
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Pentax-08-Wide-Zoom lensPentax 08 Wide Zoom4-6mmf/3.7-4.0 75g
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Pentax Q10 Connectivity

The Q10 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that include NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily transfer images and oftentimes adjust camera settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

Some applications even provide a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external monitor. The majority of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery using the USB port.

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Pentax Q10 Video specifications

The highest video resolution on the Pentax Q10 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p resolution is an excellent balance in video quality and file sizes but FULL HD isn't going to give you any room to downsample. The camera doesn't include a microphone and / or headphone socket which means you have little control over the sound. It is perhaps a better idea to have a look at a different camera should you want good sound for your videos.

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Pentax Q10 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing for the Pentax Q10 so you need to be cautious in rainy and dusty situations.

Pentax Q10 Screen and Viewfinder

The Pentax Q10 comes with a 3 inch fixed screen supporting a resolution of 460 thousand dots.

Please be aware that the screen has no touch support.

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The View Finder specs for Pentax Q10 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Optical (optional)

Viewfinders can be quite beneficial in bright outdoor situations which can make the camera screen washed out and difficult to see.

Pentax Q10 Shutter specifications

Pentax Q10 continuous shooting speed is 5.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/8000 sec.

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Pentax Q10 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Pentax Q10 comes with both integrated flash as well as external flash ability. The max flash sync speed is 1/2000 sec.

Pentax Q10 Autofocusing specifications

Pentax Q10 comes with just Contrast Based Autofocus & doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker & exact when compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera comes with Face detection which is handy for portrait photography.

It comes with 25 focus points to pick from. It also has Tracking Autofocus for things on the move. Pentax Q10 has got manual focusing in case it is needed in low light situations or you require more precise focusing control.

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Pentax Q10 Battery life

The battery power (D-LI68) for the Pentax Q10 is made to last for 270 shutters as per the CIPA standards making it less when compared to it's competitors. The typical Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 343. Fujifilm X-S20 has the highest (750) battery life in this type of cameras.

Here is a listing of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras that have the highest battery life:

Pentax Q10 for various types of photography

The following diagram indicates a summation of the Pentax Q10 for various types of photography. To learn more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Pentax Q10 Portrait photography factors

The Pentax Q10 gets a score of 48 which is average, meaning that it is fairly adequate to use for portraits. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor specs, RAW support along with the capability to work with off-camera flash.

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has manual focus
flash sync speed is above average (1/2,000s)
features face detection focusing
exports RAW files
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")

Pentax Q10 Street photography information

With a above average points tally of 68, the Pentax Q10 is a good choice to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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image stabilization (Sensor based)
saves RAW formats
lighter than competition in class (200g)
fixed screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")

Sports photography with Pentax Q10

A lousy sports photography score of 36 suggests the Pentax Q10 is just not very good for taking photos of sports. A camera needs good focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with tracking focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
MP count low (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
terrible battery life (270 per charge)
lacks phase detect AF

Pentax Q10 Travel photography info

Size is super crucial when choosing a camera for travel. On the whole, the Pentax Q10 gets a modest 60 as a travelling camera which is somewhat appropriate to take with you on your vacations.

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lighter than competition (200 grams)
built-in flash
terrible battery power (270 shots)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly

Pentax Q10 Landscape photography highlights

For anyone who is looking to pick a camera for landscape photographs, the most significant aspect will be image quality. The Pentax Q10 at it's decent grade of 54 for a landscape camera is reasonably acceptable within the current market.

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has manual focus
switch lenses (Pentax Q mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports RAW formats
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
terrible battery pack (270 per charge)

Pentax Q10 Vlogging info

A camera for vlogging should really come with a articulating display screen, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Considering all the details, the Pentax Q10 is just not very good as a vlog camera as it comes to a lousy score of 35.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (200g)
does not feature selfie friendly display
no microphone jack

Pentax Q10 Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the Q10, here is a selection of the top ranked cameras that fall under the class of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The line graph just below shows you a bird's eye view of the Q10 versus it's top ranked rivals mentioned previously.

Here are a handful of other cameras you may regard as alternatives. To check out a detailed comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Pentax Q10
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Physical type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW photos
Highest native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points
Lens mount type
Pentax Q
Amount of lenses
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen size
Resolution of screen
460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Screen tech
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (optional)
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Lowest shutter speed
30 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting rate
5.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
7.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Trailing-curtain sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize
1/2000 secs
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
200 gr (0.44 pounds)
Physical dimensions
102 x 58 x 34mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.3")
Battery life
270 images
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Card slots
Launch cost