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Pentax Q10
Mark Peters : September 11th 2012 - 09:25 CET
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PentaxPentax Q10 system camera : Pentax is proud to announce the 12.4 Megapixel Pentax Q10 system camera. The compact and lightweight Pentax Q10, barely larger than a deck of cards, offers digital SLR quality for photographers of all levels. Based on the successful Pentax Q - the world’s smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera - the Pentax Q10 features a newly adopted CMOS image sensor and an upgraded algorithm to provide users with improved performance, including higher quality pictures and faster autofocus (AF) operation. In addition, the Pentax Q10 retains all the creative features of its predecessor - including the bokeh function to create a defocused effect, and the 'Smart Effect' modus to apply various built-in photo filters - allowing photographers to express their creativity.

Pentax Q10

Pentax Q10 mirrorless camera
While its exterior design closely resembles the Pentax Q, which was designed as a miniature version of a full-scale digital SLR camera, the Pentax Q10 digital camera provides several upgrades in its body design, such as an improved grip for a more stable hold of the camera and attractive color options. The Q10 incorporates the Pentax 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 pictures 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.

Q10

Pentax Q system
"Not only does the Pentax Q10 have a tiny footprint but it packs a powerful punch when it comes to picture taking, especially when compared to any smartphone or digital compact camera," explains John Carlson, Manager of Pentax Sales and Marketing. "With the availability of a K-Mount adapter for the Pentax Q series of cameras, we have extended this camera category to fulfill endless photographic possibilities for Pentax Q users, who can now use any one of 25 million Pentax K-mount lenses with their Q system."

Pentax 06 Telephoto Zoom Lens

Q-Mount Pentax 06 Telephoto Zoom lens
Launched along with the new Pentax Q10 system camera is the new compact and lightweight Q-Mount Pentax 06 Telephoto Zoom lens. This high performance, interchangeable zoom lens features an F2.8 maximum aperture throughout its entire 15-45mm zoom range and is designed for exclusive use with the Pentax Q-Mount line of digital cameras. When mounted on a Pentax Q mount camera body, it covers focal lengths from 83mm medium telephoto to 249mm telephoto ideal for portraits, sports events and landscape photography.

Adapter Q

Adapter Q for K-mount lenses
Also new is the Adapter Q for K-mount lenses - a lens mount adapter that makes it possible to use Pentax K-mount lenses on Pentax Q cameras. By using this new adapter to attach any K-mount lens onto a Pentax Q camera, the focal length of the lens is extended by approximately 5.5 times in the 35mm format. For example, the extension in focal length results in the ability to use the smc Pentax DA 300mm F4 ED SDM telephoto lens as a 1650mm super-telephoto lens, making it ideal for photographing celestial bodies and very distant scenery.

Pentax Q10

Pentax Q10 price & availability
The Pentax Q10 mirrorless camera will be available at retail outlets nationwide and online in October 2012. The new Pentax camera will be offered in a Red or Silver kit including the 02 zoom lens at a suggested retail price of $600 USD. The Pentax 06 Telephoto Zoom lens will also be available in October 2012 and carries a retail price of $300 USD. The Adapter Q for K-mount lenses will be soon available for a suggested retail price of $250 USD. Prices may vary from country to country. Availability of colors and optional Pentax accessories may differ depending on the country. Please check the Pentax Imaging website in your country for more details.

Pentax Q10 review

Pentax Q10 review
As soon as we receive a Pentax Q10 test sample, we will publish a picture gallery with high resolution sample photos, followed by an in-depth Pentax Q10 review.
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