DSLR cameras no longer have the market on interchangeable lenses. New mirrorless cameras are becoming available and, because of light size and weight, the new Pentax Q-series has the feel of a point-&-shoot with the optics you’d expect from the much larger DSLR. Pentax Q10 emerges as a continuation and will be an inviting camera for years to come.
Pentax expands on the innovative Q-system with the new 12.4 megapixel PENTAX Q10 interchangeable lens camera, new Q-Mount PENTAX 06 15-45mm F2.8 telephoto zoom lens and Adapter Q for PENTAX K-mount lenses, expanding its family of compact Q series products.
The super-compact and ultra-lightweight PENTAX Q10, barely larger than a deck of cards, offers digital-SLR-quality photography for photographers of all levels. Based on last year’s popular PENTAX Q, the 2012 Q10 features a newly adopted CMOS image sensor and an upgraded algorithm to provide users with improved performance, including higher quality images and faster autofocus (AF) operation.
In addition, the new Q10 retains all the creative features of its predecessor – including a control function to create a defocused effect typical of an SLR camera, and the Smart Effect modes to apply various built-in filters with a simple turn of the dial – allowing photographers to easily express their creativity. While its overall exterior design closely resembles the PENTAX Q, which was designed as a miniature version of a full-scale digital SLR camera, the PENTAX Q10 provides several upgrades in its body design, such as an improved grip for a more stable hold of the camera and attractive color options.
Thanks to the incorporation of a newly designed back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with outstanding high sensitivity and low-noise characteristics, the PENTAX Q10 delivers high resolution images with approximately 12.4 effective megapixels, and a top sensitivity of ISO 6400. The combination of a high-performance imaging engine, and exclusively designed, high performance Q-mount lenses, enables the PENTAX Q10 to provide clear, high contrast images rich in gradation and texture, even at the edges. With high sensitivity noise minimized, the photographer can use the entire sensitivity range from ISO 100 to the highest ISO 6400 for sharp, clear images. The photographer can even take advantage of the built-in HDR (High Dynamic Range) function, which produces one composite photo from multiple images, to create beautiful, finely detailed images free of whitewashed highlights and blacked out shadows.
The PENTAX Q10 comes equipped with a Full HD video capture function employing the H.264 recording format, allowing the user to capture high quality, extended movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. The user can also take advantage of the advanced image processing tools like the Smart Effect modes and other in-body movie editing tools during movie shooting. With a push of a button, the PENTAX Q10 even offers autofocus operation during movie shooting. The PENTAX Q10 also provides a micro-HDMI terminal (type D), which allows the user to simultaneously output both Full HD movie clips and sound to external devices via a single terminal.
The PENTAX Q10 has a built-in pop-up flash and features DRII (Dust Removal II) mechanism that effectively prevents dust spots from degrading captured images after the user changes lenses out in the open. Pentax is expanding its line of Q-mount lenses and is going to release an optional adapter that will allow Pentax K-mount lenses to be use with the Q series.
The concept of mirrorless is really unique. Since there is no film, there’s no need for a large mirror. A small sensor replaces the mirror and allows for more precise image capture directly behind the lens. Lighter size and weight follows. This season, choose a mirrorless camera. Pentax Q10 is a great choice.