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11-12-2012, 08:09 AM - 1 Like   #1
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Q10 high ISO 100% crops

I have received my Q10 last Thursday, so I had the opportunity to play with it on the weekend. Here are a few high ISO images, 800 x 600 pixel crops from the 100% view. Unmodified JPEGs from RAW, without noise reduction or sharpening.



Full frame @ ISO 800




ISO 800




ISO 1600




ISO 3200




ISO 6400

11-12-2012, 08:58 AM - 1 Like   #2
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This proof what? I guess Q series not for pixelhunting =)
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Looks good, thanks for this!
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QuoteOriginally posted by VladimirYo Quote
This proof what? I guess Q series not for pixelhunting =)
Who said he was trying to prove something? He was kind enough to post some pictures showing the high ISO performance.

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Actually, I didn't want to prove something. ) But as there are no official high ISO images around, I thought this might be useful for new buyers.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pihe Quote
Actually, I didn't want to prove something. ) But as there are no official high ISO images around, I thought this might be useful for new buyers.
It is useful, and thanks for posting it.
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This is a very helpful post of what the Q10 can do.

For a tiny camera it seems to do very well!

Thanks for posting the samples Pihe.
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What beautiful architecture people use to produce.


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QuoteOriginally posted by MysteryOnion Quote
his is a very helpful post of what the Q10 can do.

For a tiny camera it seems to do very well!

Thanks for posting the samples Pihe.
Totally agree--thanks!
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QuoteOriginally posted by pihe Quote
Actually, I didn't want to prove something. ) But as there are no official high ISO images around, I thought this might be useful for new buyers.
I don't mind something bad or negative things! Thise pic's were really interesting for me. Couse I want to have something to walk around with always in my pocket.
Pihe, can you post your impressions about Q10?

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for such a tiny little thing, i find that pretty damn impressive! thanks for the pics!
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I don't mind something bad or negative things! Thise pic's were really interesting for me. Couse I want to have something to walk around with always in my pocket.
Pihe, can you post your impressions about Q10?
I have a pretty long history with Pentax (Z-1, K10D, K-7, K-5...) and also owned a few compact cameras from other brands, so I can only compare the Q10 to these. I don't find the plastic housing that bad - it's not magnesium, but nothing to complain about. I have thin and long fingers and can hold the Q10 safely. Controls have a good size and everything is understandable at first glance (after many years with Pentax, I left the manual in its box). One thing here: I don't know why, but the layout of the 5-button group (ISO, WB, flash, OK, record modes) is different than on the DSLRs: for example, flash selector is to the bottom on the K-5 but it is to the left on the Q10.

I think Pentax has succeeded to get the most out of this tiny sensor, although it will teach not to pixel-peep when you got used to a DSLR. The details and the colours are very nice. I only have the 02 lens, which is a bit soft to my taste and it does distort images (although the Q10 will correct is flawlessly) - still waiting for Q-K adapter. Metering is okay but in some cases, it tends to slightly over-expose images.

High ISO is very nice for such a small sensor. For my taste, ISO 800 is the upper limit. ISO 3200 and 6400 look good on paper among the technical stuff but not really usable in real life.

On the downside, the quality of the LCD is poor. It's hard to decide the sharpness and IQ of the result. (Maybe I'm just spoiled with my Pentax DSLRs...) Battery life is also a joke. Even with energy-saver turned on, the brand new battery got depleted in 2 hours (approximately 150 shots without flash).

Oh yeah. Flash. The built in flash performs perfectly but when using the AF540FGZ, the tightener lever on the flash will be in the way when you try to turn the Q10 on or off.

For me, the Q10 is a perfect walkaround camera. I bought it because I became lazy taking my SLRs and lenses always with me but the Q fits in my pocket perfectly and it's always ready for action. The LCD and the battery life has to be improved if Pentax wants the Q-series to be successful in the future. A tilt / swivel LCD would also be nice.

Unfortuely I cannot link my blog here (got my last post deleted by the admins) but it's in my signature - although it's in Hungarian, but the last post is about the Q10 in details and you may find a lot of additional images.
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Pihe, that is a beautiful architectural image. Simply lovely. Interesting to compare the 100% crops. Good work. Enjoy your camera. Agree with your commnts about Q10 construction. It is a very nice camera with advantages over the original Q. Advantages include a deeper grip for better one handed use, larger buffer/processor giving unlimited shots on lo fps setting, slightly greater sharpness at lower ISO, and a lcd/metering system less bothered by rapidly changing contrasty light. The Q10 s a great camera too.
Thanks again for the report.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pihe Quote
...compare the Q10...
Thanks for sharing!

The Q10 looks like a worthy companion to my trusty ol' Pentax Optio 30...

You being Hungarian, you might appreciate a Q image (iso 1250) of my 10yo Vizsla, Magz, from the other day...




Cheers... M
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you might appreciate a Q image (iso 1250) of my 10yo Vizsla, Magz
I do!
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