Pentax Q, is it worth considering as a carry all the time camera ?

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by Kustom48, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. Kustom48

    Kustom48 Regular

    Aug 12, 2012
    Wimbotsham, Norfolk, UK.
    ian drury
    I'm seriously thinking about a Pentax Q or Q10, depending on cost as my camera to take everywhere as the reviews here have made me look at it in a fresh way.:wink:

    I found a new/ unused Q for £200 but a new Q10 was £370 ,both with the kit lens.

    Is the Q10 that much better ?:confused:

    Thanks in anticipation of your input.:cool:
  2. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    I have the original Q and, in my humble opinion, the Q10 isn't that much of an upgrade. The original Q has a magnesium body that I love while the Q10 body is polycarbonate. However, that isn't to say the Q10 is a bad camera. If you can't find a Q at the price you want, the Q10 is fine.

    Either camera is fine as a daily carry-around item. Just understand that it might not slip in your pocket as easily as something like, say, a Panasonic LX7 or Sony RX100 with their lenses retracted. But, when you're ready, the Q offers you other high-quality interchangable lenses - and they're all pretty fast.

    Image quality is pretty much like a previous-generation Canon G11 or Panasonic LX3 with a non-backside illuminated 1/1.7" sensor - or even a bit better because of advances in image processing. Which is to say pretty darn good for a compact. Certainly good enough as a daily carry-around camera.

    Plus, if you get bored, you can always buy the Q-to-K-mount adaptor and something like a used Pentax DA 55-300. Put that on a tripod and you'll have something like a 1500-1600mm equivalent. Talk about fun!

    Just make sure you have the latest firmware update, which gives you focus peaking and best performance.