More Pentax Q10 Photos and Specs: Tiny and Colorful with Interchangeable Lenses

New details about Pentax’s upcoming Q10 interchangeable lens camera have emerged. The tiny camera — which likely has a tiny sensor — is the followup to the Pentax Q, the world’s smallest interchangeable lens compact. It’ll be available in a number of colors, and will feature a 12.4 megapixel CMOS sensor, an ISO range of 100-6400, 5fps continuous shooting, AF face detection, 1080p HD video recording, in-body image stabilization, manual exposure modes, and a built-in flash.

The pint-sized camera is in a niche all by itself: it’s geared towards people who want as small an interchangeable lens camera as possible, even at the cost of image quality. Here’s what Engadget had to say in its review of the original Q:

The Q is a very unique camera — one of a kind, even — but that doesn’t mean it’s the one for you. If money is no object and you’re not keen on capturing incredible images and video footage, then perhaps you’ll still consider picking up a Q. As for the rest of us — we’re perfectly happy with our larger, much more capable ILCs, and wouldn’t dare consider making such a sacrifice just to carry a bit less weight on our shoulder.

The official announcement will likely be sometime this week, the release will be sometime in mid-October, and the price tag will reportedly be $450 for the Japanese market.

(via Digicam-info via Photo Rumors)

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    That crazy looking flash is enough to turn me away without looking at the sensor or image results – but to be honest, there is no ILC yet that will have me parting with my DSLR, the weight is fine – people need to stop complaining! :P

  • Geoffrey Ranson

    Have you checked out the xpro-1 it is definitely up there next to the dslr as far as usability in the real world for the average semi-pro

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    the X Pro1 is a fine looking camera (also love the look of the new X-E1) but I wouldn’t want to go back to APS-C size sensor. If I had the extra money I would definitely consider buying one of the X series cameras as an every day carry around camera, but then I would be completely digital, I still like to shoot every day street photos with a 35mm film camera =)

  • Geoffrey Ranson

    I actually shoot film too. Always nice to see others who still enjoy the art of film. I have a Leica M4-2 so the form factor is really tempting for me and the image quality is extremely good that added to the ability to use my Leica glass makes it a camera I have my eye on.

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    Very nice, the closest I came to owning a Leica was a Minolta CLE, from what i’ve read it’s quite comparable to the M7 and being able to pick one up for around £500 is a no brainer :P. Yes, you’re completely right with the X Pro1, if you’ve invested in leica glass then it would be a great camera to think about buying with the m-mount adapter

  • Cheekius Geekus

    I’m not sure what the point is of referencing an early, unfavorable review from Engadget:
    1) firmware updates have taken care of real deficiencies
    2) the value question is completely changed with the new pricing ( not n effect for the Engadget review
    3) there are plenty of (rave) reviews out there now by actual Pentax Q owners that should be far more valuable to someone doing research

  • Pixelsmithy

    If you think the Q is for getting rid of your DSLR, you don’t get it. Does getting a long telephoto mean getting rid of your wide angle? The Q is for having a camera on you AT ALL TIMES. In addition the small sensor works FOR you in two important ways (that probably expand your total photographic capabilities ):
    Small sensor gets you more DOF (important for street shooting & macro). It’s 5.6x crop factor also gives you super telephoto with lenses you already own ( with an adapter). A 100 mm macro does great thing on both ends, on the Q. A 80-200mm f2.8 becomes a 450-1125mm f2.8 (effective) on the Q.

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    comparing replacing a DSLR for an ILC and replacing a wide angle for a telephoto doesn’t really make any sense, I have a camera with me at all times – usually two. a 35mm rangefinder and a full frame DSLR, when I first moved to digital the crop factor was never really a help to me – I don’t shoot sports or wildlife so I don’t need the extra reach so when I moved to full frame DSLR (what I wanted to do since I was so used to shooting 35mm film) I pretty much forgot that crop sensors exist. More DOF isn’t always what you want in street shooting – not something I’ve always aimed for but with sunny days shooting at f/8 and/or f/11 you get all the DOF you could ever need – and shooting 35mm film or with a full frame DSLR – the out of focus areas have a much better quality to them than with a crop sensor.

  • Geoffrey Ranson

    We all already carry a camera with us at all times. I have my iphone with me at all times and to be honest Its a great camera for those times when I don want to lug around a slr or my leica. And as far as the DOF for street photography, which is all I really do, everyone has their preference. I shoot my lense wide open at f1.4 and thats how I prefer it. So saying its important to street photography is just generalizing, It may be important to your style but everyone shoots their own way. You can always stop down on a full frame but on a sensor that small you will find it hard to get any shallow DOF, so really your limiting yourself more by having a smaller sensor.