12.4 megapixel 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor; 1080/30p HD video with mono sound; 3-inch LCD with 460,000 dots; Image stabilization; RAW Capture; Manual Modes; Lithium-ion battery
The Q10 is the successor to the diminutive Pentax Q, the smallest interchangeable lens camera on the market. The new Q10 receives an updated iteration of the 12.4 megapixel CMOS sensor as well as faster autofocus and performance. Perhaps more important than the new camera is the addition of a high-speed 15-45mm (83-249mm equivalent) f2.8 telephoto zoom. Pentax is also releasing an adapter so that the Q lineup can mount normal K-mount lenses to be used manually. Such lenses will have a crop factor of 5.5x on the Q10, so expect some incredible telephoto opportunities! While there's something to be said for small and light, the Q10 still has an identity crisis. Image quality will be nowhere near that of other mirrorless cameras (given the point and shoot sized sensor) and price is simply too steep to attract the lower end of the market. Who, then, is this camera for?