I have just had the opportunity to use the Pentax Q10, after snaffling it from my fiance. It is a compact camera with the features of a DSLR. It is really small and lightweight and it, along with two lenses, fits easily into my handbag. It weights about 200g, which is nothing at all! I carried the camera itself, with a 15-45 on it, and in my bag I also had a 5-15 and a 50mm prime. My journal wighs more then all three of those together.
This camera doesn’t have a viewfinder, which is really interesting. It was really embarrassing to find myself, occassionally, lifting it to my eye for no reason at all! Not what you want to do in a public place without looking like a twit!
It was a bonus to find it has shake reduction, which is just as well for me 🙂
I used it at a pub, in the garden, to take photos of a band and of the audience. I didn’t take a huge amount of images, as I was just testing it. It was very discreet for street photography type images, with not having to lift it to you eye and with it being small. It also is silent, so taking all of that into account, the camera was unobstrusive and no one was annoyed by me taking my photos.
One thing I did find disconcerting was, you focus, click to take then the image that flashes up immediately on screen looks blurry. I began to doubt myself, and my ability to focus before shooting, which wasn’t a good feeling, but when I looked at the images themselves, they were not out of focus at all. It was a little offputting at first, but when I realised it wasn;t taking blurred images, and got used to the quirk, it was great.
It is not a new release, and some people prefer to go for the most up to date of cameras, but I found no reason not to continue to use this one. Pentax is now RICOH, and I know there has been a lot of debate over whether or not they will keep the Pentax camera in the future. Regardless, I learned to shoot on a Pentax, so I am a fan, and I plan to get a lot of use out of this little camera in the future.