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03-30-2013, 06:23 PM   #1
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Q vs Q10

I didn't see this in the first 3 or so pages of threads, but considering the 2:1 price difference between Q10 and Q (both with the 5-15 zoom Q-$279, Q10-$596 at B&H) what is the point of going for the Q10?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
I didn't see this in the first 3 or so pages of threads, but considering the 2:1 price difference between Q10 and Q (both with the 5-15 zoom Q-$279, Q10-$596 at B&H) what is the point of going for the Q10?
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03-30-2013, 06:42 PM   #3
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Hi Lowell,

The differences between the Original Q and Q10 are (IIRC):

Slightly larger grip -- easier to hold for some

Slightly more rounded body

Buttons are "clickier" and easier to use

Slightly updated sensor

1/30 flash sync with the electronic shutter compared to 1/13

Base ISO 100 vs 125 with the OQ.

Some slight performance differences which might be nullified with the latest FW update for the Q, once it's finalized and re-released.

Colors

IMO, there really is no compelling reason to get the Q10 at this point. I chose to get a second Original Q after the Q10 was introduced and the OQ's price dropped. Many feel that the Q10 replaced the OQ, but I personally think the Q10 was meant as an entry level class body and the actual OQ replacement will be with another magnesium bodied model.

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My advise- get the Q before its sold out! I have seen the Q10 in some cool kits with the 02 & 06 zoom lens which narrows the price difference considerably. However if you want the 01 lens bundled the only way is still with the original Q.
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Earlier this year I decided I wanted the Q and not the Q10, for the metal body. The price break was very nice indeed and I bought. The focus peaking software update was tremendous and unexpected. The latest AF update I missed when they pulled it to fix some perceived problems. I wanted to get that update yesterday morning but was way too slow.

Essentially, with the Q , I have everything that I could hopefully expect. So, I am a happy camper here.

One thing that I noticed was that based on the manufactured date, it had been sitting in the warehouse for about 16 months.

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I did a user review here, but did not get to the conclusion as I've been tied up with other stuff....
Pentax Q10 - a quick review

I totally agree with all that snostorm has said.

The IQ difference is too slight between the two.
If you intend to use the 3rd party adapter, then the 1 stop max flash sync speed difference (1/30 vs 1/15) can be significant when shooting in the day.
The Q10 also has better grip and more color choices.
Otherwise, the Q is also imo originally intended as a high end camera with build quality to match. The Q10 is a 'cost down' version, but not far behind in build though,
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QuoteOriginally posted by interested_observer Quote
Earlier this year I decided I wanted the Q and not the Q10, for the metal body. The price break was very nice indeed and I bought. The focus peaking software update was tremendous and unexpected. The latest AF update I missed when they pulled it to fix some perceived problems. I wanted to get that update yesterday morning but was way too slow.

Essentially, with the Q , I have everything that I could hopefully expect. So, I am a happy camper here.

One thing that I noticed was that based on the manufactured date, it had been sitting in the warehouse for about 16 months.

You might try some of the links posted in the Q firmware v1.11 threads. If those aren't active, I can email it to you if you PM me your email address.

UPDATE - this link still works - http://www.pentax.jp/english/support/digital/firmware/q_v111.zip


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QuoteOriginally posted by Rob22315 Quote
You might try some of the links posted in the Q firmware v1.11 threads. If those aren't active, I can email it to you if you PM me your email address.

UPDATE - this link still works - http://www.pentax.jp/english/support/digital/firmware/q_v111.zip
Thanks!! I just downloaded it and updated the camera. Now, I need to go play with it.....

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So really the biggest difference is a metal body on the Q? I'm looking to use this primarily as super tele adaptor for birding, likely with the Pentax K adaptor for the leaf shutter
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Found a couple of Q10 performance advantages not mentioned yet. First the Q10 will shoot much longer on jpeg before filling up the buffer. Q does 5-6 shots and then slows to a crawl. Q10 will do over 25 without slowing down. Unfortunately I shoot Raw and there is very little difference there.

Second,the Q10 liveview has much less trouble moving from areas of different brightness. The camera adjusts the lcd exposure quicker. Was surprised how easy the 200 macro was working in areas of bright sun and shade. Can't see to focus flowers that are over exposed blobs. When I tried the Q in the same situation my keeper rate went way down. By the time the screen allowed focusing, and I focused, the darn butterflies had flown. Tried everything to get the Q to match the Q10. Never happened in this situation.

Love my Q. Not sure the Q10 won't be my next addition.
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