• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.4 megapixels
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Differences

Pentax Q advantages over Pentax Q10

Pentax Q10 advantages over Pentax Q

  • Less expensive
    $600 vs $750 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • More telephoto lens reach
    83 mm vs 47 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Wider angle kit lens
    28 mm vs 47 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • The first genuinely compact--almost pocket-friendly--compact system camera, paired with equally small, interchangeable lenses. Great ergonomics for the size, and it feels like a real camera, not a computer with a lens.

  • Very restrictive lens selection at launch. All but two current lenses have severe limitations in functionality. Performance is sluggish, and image quality trails large-sensor cameras by some distance.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon J3

Pentax Q
Nikon J3
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Pentax Q10
Nikon J3
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon S1

Pentax Q
Nikon S1
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Pentax Q10
Nikon S1
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Pentax Q7

Pentax Q
Pentax Q7
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $195
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Pentax Q10
Pentax Q7
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $195
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon S2

Pentax Q
Nikon S2
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Pentax Q10
Nikon S2
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Pentax Q-S1

Pentax Q
Pentax Q-S1
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $350
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Pentax Q10
Pentax Q-S1
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $350
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
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