Pentax Q10 review

The world's smallest, lightest CSC

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Unlike the previous Pentax Q model, high quality plastics have been used for much of the construction of the Pentax Q10's body, rather than magnesium alloy. Even so, it feels very solidly put together, and soft rubberised grips help to provide a firm grip.

The only weak point in the design is the articulated arm that raises the flash, although it should still be sturdy enough to give many years of service, if treated with care.

Pentax Q10 review

No sealing against dust or moisture is provided, although Pentax has equipped the compact system camera with a supersonic dust filter, which aims to shake dust particles from the sensor surface to prevent images being spoiled by particles accumulating in the optical path.

A dial on top of the camera provides you with access to creative manual exposure modes (P, A, S and M), as well as automatic exposure programs and the Bokeh control feature.

Pentax Q10 review

Video recording is also accessed via this dial, since there's no dedicated video recording button provided. Those who dip in and out of video recording may find this design a little frustrating when compared to some other cameras.

Another dial is provided for controlling other features such as exposure compensation, and for quick navigation of some menu items.

Pentax Q10 review

Because the camera is very small in stature, and the rear is dominated by a large 3-inch LCD screen, there isn't much space left for the controls on the rear.

Although the controls are well raised from the surface of the camera body, those with less than dainty digits may find it difficult to avoid pressing more than one button at once without exercising a little extra care.

Pentax Q10 review

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANNo
Effective Camera Resolution12.4 Megapixel
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom3x
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NamePentax
FeaturesSelf-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Live View, Time Lapse Function, External Flash Shoe, Face Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4 AVC
Weight (Approximate)180 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height58.4 mm
Width101.6 mm
Depth33 mm
Focal Length5 mm to 15 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerRicoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
Product ModelQ10
Product NameQ10 Mirrorless Camera
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number12160
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information


Portability meets capability with the introduction of the Q10 to the world's smallest and lightest interchangeable lens system. Featuring exceptional image quality and an upgraded auto focus system and the Q10 will capture detailed, blur and dust free images all while comfortably fitting in your pocket. With the Q, you no longer need to sacrifice capability for portability.

Package Contents
  • Q10 Mirrorless Camera
  • Pentax 02 Standard Zoom Lens
  • USB Cable I-USB7
  • Strap O-ST131
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68
  • Battery Charger D-BC68P
  • Hot Shoe Cover FK
  • Body Mount Cover
  • Software (CD-ROM) S-SW115
Limited Warranty1 Year