Heavy handed noise reduction can result in a blotchy appearance at high sensitivities.
The supplied 5-15mm lens has a closest focus distance of 30cm (1ft).
Low light ability is on a par with similar advanced compact cameras, but not up to the standards set by other CSCs.
Built in shake reduction enables you to take sharp hand-held images at lower shutter speeds than would otherwise be possible.
The automatic HDR feature can result in unnatural-looking images with bright halos around contrasty edges.
Although the Pentax Q10 performs well in the lab, dynamic range is limited in real world images, and the roll over into burnt out highlights can look unnatural in certain circumstances.
Image quality is good with bright, even lighting.
Auto white balance performs well, retaining enough of a colour cast to keep the atmosphere of a scene.