Fair enough, we missed the release of the Pentax Q10 back in September. It kinda looks like a camera, only smaller, but it has a small sensor and it’s expensive. So why are we bothering with it now? In a word, CES. In several words (we’re a blog afterall) we got to try this camera out at CES 2013, and to call it a small camera is to skim over exactly how small and light it is. With batteries, it weighs in at 0.44lbs (200g), and measures 4.02 x 2.28 x 1.34″. That’s positively TINY for an interchangeable lens camera. Even with a lens attached (which are equally impressive with their miniaturization) it fits in a purse or coat pocket. (Or CES backpack, we’ve heard.) This contrasts greatly with the Sony NEX cameras, which are pretty small, until a lens is attached. Then their portability takes a hit. It should be pointed out that the NEX do have an APS-C sized sensor, as found in the vast majority of dSLR cameras, as opposed to the Pentax Q10’s 1/2.3″ sensor, which is more commonly found in standard point-n-shoot models.
Still, even in the Q10’s small size, it packs decent features:
12.4MP, RAW/JPG modes, full auto and full manual controls, 1080p30 video recording, and the smallest 80-250mm (35mm equivalent) f/2.8 lens we’ve ever seen.