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02-12-2013, 09:58 AM   #1
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DxOMark: Q vs. Q10

DxOMark - Pentax Q10

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Looking at the Q10 relative to the Q, we can see that the Portrait score is a little better on the newer camera (21.1bits vs 20.2bits, a difference of 2/3rd stop) which is what has accounted for the fractional improvement in overall DxOMark score.

Disappointingly, both the landscape score and the sports score actually show a fractional step backwards although it is not sufficient to be a major concern. If the Q10 was not around $300 cheaper than the Q, there would be little reason to pick the new camera over the old model from an image quality point of view.

One interesting point to note is that Pentax have applied a noise reduction algorithm to the RAW files as well as to JPEG files from the camera, essentially smoothing out the image to try and make up for poor ISO performance from the small sensor.
See also: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-news-rumors/166524-dxo-test-q.html

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lol .. there was little reason to pick the Q10 over Q until the fire sale prices dried up !~
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The lower Q10 launch price is good, but yeah that Q sale was better. Too bad that Pentax screwed things up with that noise reduction algorithm.

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Thanks for this. The results are completely unsurprising. The Q isn't playing DXO's game, and therefore doesn't perform very well by their measurements. The Q isn't trying to be a DSLR. It's just trying to be itself. It is what it is. It's economical, the lenses are sharp, and the sensor does a fine job in good light. It is not a low light camera, but does anyone really expect it to be?

Too bad DXO doesn't measure intangibles like fun, enjoyment, ease, and surprise/delight.

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QuoteOriginally posted by PenTX Quote
It is not a low light camera, but does anyone really expect it to be?
Sure I do. And it works fine too. On a tripod of course, but many compacts give crap results under the same circumstances. (The Q is a bit limited by the 2s max shutter time with lenses without shutters, but if you have a shutter it's fine. And many night shots are ok without shutter too.)
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QuoteOriginally posted by drougge Quote
Sure I do. And it works fine too. On a tripod of course, but many compacts give crap results under the same circumstances. (The Q is a bit limited by the 2s max shutter time with lenses without shutters, but if you have a shutter it's fine. And many night shots are ok without shutter too.)
Fair point. I should have said, "does anyone expect the Q to be a high ISO camera?" If you can use long enough shutter speeds/low enough ISO, then the Q works fine at night.

It should also be noted that the Q has much nicer high-ISO grain than many cameras. In a way, this makes it more usable at high ISO than it would otherwise be.
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Fair point. I should have said, "does anyone expect the Q to be a high ISO camera?"
Similarly to my K-01, Ive concentrated on the what Q does well, rather than what it doesn't. For those "doesn't" things I have a dSLR.
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