Their conclusion: The Q10 is billed by Pentax as a hybrid interchangeable lens camera. With a point-and-shoot body and swappable lenses, it’s certainly on the extreme end of the “compact interchangeable lens” camera spectrum. Unfortunately, that point-and-shoot-size body also comes with a point-and-shoot-size sensor—rarely a recipe for the DSLR-like image quality that Pentax promises.
It remains to be seen how much Pentax has been able to improve the image quality over last year’s Pentax Q, but the camera has some serious competition in the form of the Nikon J1. The J1 has a larger 1-inch sensor that has roughly four times the imaging area of the Q, while offering a similar price and, as we stated above, a superior burst mode (though it’s certainly lacking in the manual control department).
The Q10 still has size over all others, though, and we’re eager to see if Pentax can deliver on its promise of improved image performance this time around. While the Q10’s price puts it up against heavy hitters like the Sony NEX-F3, its size puts it in a tiny hybrid class all of its own. Whether that’s a class you want to attend, however, will largely depend on how it performs when we get it into our labs.