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Pentax Q10 12.4 Megapixel Mirrorless Camera (Body with Lens Kit) - 5 mm - 15 mm - Silver

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  • 12.4MP Backlit 1/2.3" CMOS Sensor
  • PENTAX Q-Mount Lens System
  • 27.5-83mm (35mm equiv) 3x Zoom Lens
  • 3.0" LCD Display
  • RAW and JPEG Photos
  • Full HD 1080p Video at 30fps
  • Micro HDMI Port

  • Overview
  • Specifications
  • Warranty & Returns
  • Reviews


Pentax Q10 12.4 Megapixel Mirrorless Camera

Launched as the latest model of the PENTAX Q series, offering casual, carefree digital-SLR-quality photography to everyone, the PENTAX Q10 was developed based on the popular PENTAX Q (launched in August 2011) — the world’s smallest, lightest digital lens-interchangeable camera.

Thanks to a newly adopted CMOS image sensor and an upgraded algorithm, it delivers much-improved basic performance, such as higher-quality images and faster AF operation. At the same time, it retains all the creative features of its predecessor — including the bokeh control function to create a defocused effect typical of an SLR camera, and the Smart Effect modes to apply various filters with a simple turn of the dial — allowing the photographer to produce more personalized images with minimal effort.

While its overall exterior design closely resembles the PENTAX Q, which was designed as a miniaturized version of a full-scale digital SLR camera, the PENTAX Q10 has added several upgrades in its body design, such as a grip assuring more stable hold of the camera, to improve operability and maneuverability.


Exceptional Image Quality

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, rich-gradation images with approximately 12.4 effective Megapixels, and a top sensitivity of ISO 6400. Thanks to the combination of a high-performance imaging engine, developed using PENTAX’s long-standing expertise in digital SLR camera development, and exclusively designed, high-performance Q-mount lenses, the PENTAX Q10 also assures 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 without the worry of annoying digital noise. The photographer can even take advantage of the HDR (High Dynamic Range) function, which produces one composite photo from multiple images, to create beautiful, fine-detailed images free of whitewashed highlights and blacked-out shadows.


Upgraded AF Performance

Thanks to the new image sensor and an upgraded AF algorithm, the PENTAX Q10’s autofocus operation is much faster than before, even in dimly lit locations or with a telephoto lens. An AF Assist Light is provided on the camera body to optimize focusing accuracy in the dark, while the Face Recognition AF function automatically detects up to 12 faces and pinpoints the focus on a main subject.


Quick-Dial to Simplify the Application of Creative Visual Effects

By assigning the creative Smart Effect function to the easy-to-access Quick-Dial positioned on the camera’s front panel, the photographer can effortlessly add the desired finishing touch to an image, while previewing the effect on the LCD monitor. Since the Quick-Dial has four positions, the photographer can assign four of their favourites from the nine Smart Effect modes in advance. In order to customize the PENTAX Q10 to accommodate specific shooting styles and user preferences, the user can also assign other options - such as a custom image setting, a digital filter or an aspect ratio setting - to this dial.


A Selection of Image-Processing Tools to Create Personalized Images


The Custom Image function adds a distinctive finishing touch to an image, to more faithfully express the photographer’s creative intention or reproduce the ambience of a specific scene. The user has a choice of nine Custom Image modes, including Bleach Bypass, which produces a dramatic, movie-like finish.

Digital Filter Function to Apply Artistic Visual Effects

The digital filter function lets the photographer apply a variety of visual effects without requiring a computer. Of a total of 19 digital filters, 11 filters such as Toy Camera, Invert Colour and Posterization can be applied even during the shooting of still images and movie clips, while the remaining eight are applicable only during playback. The user can even apply different filters one after another to a single image to create more inventive visual effects.

Smart Effect Function for Simple Dial Control of Finishing Touches

Using the Quick-Dial positioned on the camera’s front panel, the user can quickly and effortlessly add a desired finishing touch to an image, while previewing the effect on the LCD monitor. From nine Smart Effect modes, including Brilliant Colour, which provides a high-saturation finish, and Cross Process, with its dramatic unique-toned finish, the user can assign four favourite modes to the dial in advance.


High-Quality, Full HD Movie Recording of Extended Movie Clips

The PENTAX Q10 comes equipped with a Full HD movie-recording 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 the OK button on the back panel, 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.

Effortless Bokeh Control

The PENTAX Q10’s unique bokeh control function allows the user to purposely make the subject stand out by automatically assessing the relative distance between the in-focus subject and obtrusive objects in the field of view. Since this function simplifies the advanced, SLR-caliber technique of intentional defocusing, even a first-time digital photographer can effortlessly capture high-quality images with the beautifully defocused foreground and/or background.

SR Mechanism for Sharp, Blur-Free Images

The PENTAX Q10 incorporates the PENTAX-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism, which automatically shifts the CMOS image sensor to offset camera shake detected by the camera’s motion sensor. As a result, the PENTAX Q10 produces sharp, blur-free images even under demanding conditions that are prone to camera shake, such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting in the dark without flash illumination, or capturing landscapes in the twilight.

Simple, User-Friendly Auto Picture and Scene Modes

The PENTAX Q10 features the PENTAX-original Auto Picture mode, which automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode from such options as Portrait, Landscape and Macro for a given subject or scene, then optimizes all affecting parameters, such as shutter speed, aperture, white balance, saturation, contrast and sharpness. It also provides 21 Scene modes including Night Scene Portrait, Pet and Backlight Silhouette, allowing even an inexperienced digital photographer to choose the best exposure mode for a complicated scene with the simple choice of an icon on the LCD monitor.

Dependable, Flexible Exposure System

The PENTAX Q10’s comprehensive exposure system assures all the advantages and flexibility of an interchangeable lens digital camera system. To accommodate user preferences and varying photographic applications, it offers a choice of four different exposure modes: the all-purpose Programmed AE (P) mode, which automatically selects an optimum combination of aperture and shutter speed; the Shutter-Priority AE (Tv) and Aperture-Priority AE (Av) modes, which allow the photographer to faithfully reproduce specific creative intentions on resulting images; and the Metered Manual (M) mode. The photographer can even instantly switch the exposure mode from P mode to Av or Tv with a simple turn of an electronic dial.


High-Speed Continuous Shooting

The PENTAX Q10’s high-speed continuous shooting mode allows the photographer to record up to five images (in JPEG recording format) in a single sequence, at a maximum speed of approximately five images per second. This mode comes in handy when trying to preserve the action of fast-moving subjects in a series of images.

Dependable DRII Mechanism for Effective Dust Removal

The PENTAX Q10’s DRII (Dust Removal II) mechanism effectively prevents annoying dust spots from spoiling captured images, even after the user changes lenses out in the open. Like the PENTAX K-5 and 645D digital SLR cameras, it incorporates a highly effective supersonic vibration mechanism, which vibrates the image sensor at high speed to shake the dust off its surface.

Built-In Auto Flash with Pop-Up Mechanism

The PENTAX Q10 comes with a built-in auto flash (guide number 7 at ISO 200/m). The photographer can either use it at the default position, or raise it to the pop-up position with simple operation to widen its discharge angle to cover a 28mm angle of view (in the 35mm format).


Other Features

  • High-resolution, wide-view 3.0-inch colour LCD monitor with approx. 460,000 dots
  • Long battery life through incorporation of power-efficient components such as a new image sensor
  • Remote control receptors on front and back panels
  • HDR mode to produce a photo with extra-wide dynamic range from three images of varying exposures
  • TTL image-sensor metering, with a choice of multi-segment, center-weighted and spot modes
  • CTE white-balance control mode to emphasize the predominant colour of a particular scene, such as the sunset
  • A choice of image size (4:3, 3:2, 16:9 or 1:1) to accommodate different subjects and applications
  • Multi-exposure mode (up to nine exposures on a single image), with an auto exposure compensation function
  • Interval shooting mode, convenient for recording landscapes and flowers/plants from the exact location and angle
  • A choice of data storage medium: SD, SDHC and the new-standard SDXC*** memory cards
  • SILKY Developer Studio 3 for PENTAX RAW-data development software (developed by Ichikawa Soft Laboratory) included; in-camera RAW-data development also available

Learn more about the PENTAX Q10




Package Type
Single Lens Kit

Image Sensor

Image Sensor
1/2.3" Backlit CMOS
Image Sensor Size
7.66 x 6.17 mm
Gross Pixels
Effective Pixels
12.4 MP
Aspect Ratio
4:3, 16:9
Color Filter System
Primary color filter
Dust Cleaning System
Image Stabilization
Sensor shift Shake Reduction

RAW: [4:3] 12M(4000x3000)

White Balance

White Balance
Auto TTL by CMOS image sensor
Preset: Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D: Daylight Color, N: Daylight White,
W: Cool White, L: Warm White), Tungsten, Flash, CTE, Manual
Manual: Configured on the monitor
Fine Adjustment: Adjustable +/-7 steps on A-B axis or G-M axis

LCD Monitor

3.0" 460K
LCD Coverage
Brightness Adjustment


Focus Type
Auto & Manual
Focusing Modes
Manual Focus (M) , Focus Lock AF Area Mode
AF Points
AF-assist Beam
Dedicated LED Lamp


Exposure Control
AE Bracketing, Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation
-2 EV to +2 EV
Metering System
TTL image sensor metering, segment metering, center-weighted metering, spot metering
ISO Sensitivity
AUTO: ISO 100 to 6400 (1/3 EV steps)
Bulb mode: up to ISO 1600


Shutter Speed
Lens shutter: 1/2000 - 30 seconds (1/3EV step, 1/8000 - 30 seconds when Electronic Shutter setting is enabled), Bulb
*Shooting at 1/8000 - 2 seconds with Electronic Shutter and Bulb shooting are not available when using a lens that has no lens shutter.
12 sec, 2 sec


Flash Type
Built-in retractable P-TTL flash
Flash Mode
P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
Flash Range
2.30 - 16.40' (0.7 - 5.0 m)
Flash Exposure Compensation
-2.0 to +1.0 EV
External Flash
Type: Hotshoe P-TTL
Synchronization speed: 1/250 sec

Drive System

Drive Modes
Mode selection: Single frame, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-timer (12s, 2s), Remote Control (0 sec., 3 sec., continuous), Auto Bracketing (3 frames, remote control)
Continuous Shooting: Approx. 5 fps, JPEG (12M / Continuous Hi): up to 5 frames, Approx. 1.5 fps, JPEG (12M / Continuous Lo): up to 100 frames
Self-timer: Yes (12 sec, 2 sec)
Remote control: Yes (Instant, 3 sec. Delay, Continuous)
Continuous Shooting Speed
Up to 5 fps
Maximum Burst
Up to 5 fps at 12 MP for up to 5 frames


Scene Modes
Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR, Night Snap, Forest, Surf & Snow, HDR, Backlight Silhouette, Kids, Pet, Quick Macro, Food, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum
Playback View: Single frame, multi-image display (4, 9, 20, 42, 90 segmentation), display magnification (up to 16x, scrolling and quick magnification available), rotating, histogram (Y histogram, RGB histogram), bright/dark area warning, detailed information.
Digital Filters: Monochrome, Toy Camera, High Contrast, Shading, Slim, HDR, Invert Color, Extract Color, Color, Water Color, Posterization, Fish-eye, Retro, Soft, Sketch Filter, Miniature, Frame Composite, Starburst, Base Parameter Adjustment
RAW Development: File Format (JPEG), Aspect Ratio, Color Space, Custom Image, White Balance, Sensitivity, High-ISO NR, Shadow Correction, Distortion Correction.
Edit: Resize, Cropping (aspect ratio adjustment available), Index, Movie Editing (divide or delete selected frames), Capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie, Red-eye Edit, Saving buffer as a RAW file
13 Functions

Recording System

File Format
RAW (DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant
Recording Media


Movie Format
MOV AVC/H.264 (.mov)
Movie Recording
Full HD (1920x1080, 16:9, 30fps), HD (1280x720, 16:9, 30fps), VGA (640x480, 4:3, 30fps)
Max. Recording Resolution
1920 x 1080


Compatible Lenses
Q-mount lenses, K-mount lenses (w/ Adapter Q for K Lens)
Lens Mount
Pentax Q
Lens Spec
Focal Length: 27.5 - 83 mm (Comparable Pentax Q Format Focal Length: 5 - 15 mm)
Aperture: Maximum: f/2.8 - 4.5, Minimum: f/8
Angle of View: 76degree - 29degree
Minimum Focus Distance: 11.8" (29.97 cm)
Magnification: 0.06x
Groups/Elements: 7/8
Diaphragm Blades: 5
Autofocus: Yes
Filter Thread: 40.5 mm
Dimensions (DxL): Approx. 1.9" x 1.9" (4.83 x 4.83 cm)
Weight: 3.39 oz. (96 g)


A/V Out

Power Source

Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68
Battery Life
Approx. 250 images (with 50% flash usage),
Approx. 270 images (without flash usage)

Dimensions & Weight

Approx. 4"(W) x 2.3"(H) x1.3" (D)
Without battery or removable memory: approx. 6.35oz. (180g)
Loaded and ready: approx. 7oz. (200g)

Package Contents

Package Contents
Q10 Mirrorless Camera
5-15mm f/2.8-4.5 Zoom Lens
USB Cable I-USB7
Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery D-LI68
Battery Charger D-BC68P
AC Plug Cord D-CO2U
Strap O-ST131
Software CD ROM S-SW131
Hot Shoe Cover FK
Body Mount Cover Q
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Return Policies
    • Return for refund within: 30 days
    • Return for replacement within: 30 days
  • This item is covered by's Standard Return Policy.
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