Pentax Q10

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Estimated Street Price: $599 (body only)

INTRODUCED 9/2012

The concept behind the first mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras was to fit a DSLR-size sensor into a compact-size body. Pentax produced the smallest mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera by building it around a compact-camera-size sensor. The Q10 improves on that original Pentax Q model in a number of ways.

The sensor is still a 12.4-megapixel, 1/2.3-inch back-illuminated CMOS unit, but it’s a newly designed one with ISO settings from 100-6400 and in-camera three-shot HDR. The new sensor and upgraded AF algorithm provide much faster autofocusing, even in dim light or with a telephoto lens (such as the new 06 Telephoto Zoom, equivalent to 83-249mm on a 35mm camera).

Video capabilities include 1080p HD at 30 fps in MOV format, with focusing during shooting. The Q mount accepts the six current Q-system lenses, and the wide range of K-mount lenses via optional adapter. A number of special effects can be applied to videos.

Other nice features include sensor-shift shake reduction and dust removal, a unique Bokeh Control Filter, five-frame bursts up to 5 fps (JPEG only) and shutter speeds from 30 to 1⁄2000 sec. (or 2 to 1⁄8000 sec. available when the electronic shutter is enabled and using a lens that has a lens shutter). Images are stored on SD/SDHC/SDXC media.

STANDOUT FEATURE: The smallest digital interchangeable-lens camera gets better.

1. Despite the tiny body, Pentax managed to fit a big 3-inch LCD monitor on the back.

2. Like the original Q, the Q10 fits a pop-up flash unit into the tiny body.

3. The Q10 retains the Q’s Quick Dial, which lets you save and quickly recall favorite camera settings and features.

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