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08-08-2013, 04:22 AM   #1
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Q10 firmware update slows down readiness to shoot

Dear friends!

Could anybody confirm what I think I did 'discover'?

I have a Q (fw1.13) and a Q10 (fw1.00) and wasn't sure which body to keep.

The Q body is the nicer one IMHO.

But I then realized that the Q10 is significantly faster booting and taking the first shot compared to the Q (which takes at least 3+ seconds)

So, I then decided to keep the Q10 and give it the newest firmware update (1.02).

And guess what… The Q10 is now the same lame duck after switching on as the Q is (sorry if this hurts anybody's feelings).

Does this mean the Q was also faster with its initial firmware 1.00?

Maybe somebody had the same experience and could share this with me/us.

I might ask Pentax why that's the case, as I found the boot-up speed of the fw1.00 much more attractive than currently.

But of course I could be totally wrong and tricked myself by overseeing something…

Anyhow…thanks for reading and have a good day!


08-08-2013, 10:18 AM - 1 Like   #2
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Were you using the same SD card in both cameras? I think the Q runs some kind of check on the SD card before boot-up and depending on the card I have seen differences.
Try booting up without an SD card to make a time comparison.
08-08-2013, 11:08 AM   #3
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Original Poster are right!

I need to test it without SD card or compare it with the same SD card.

Is there an SD card which works 'the fastest' with the Q bodies?

Well...I may use the search for looking that up.

08-08-2013, 03:32 PM - 1 Like   #4
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Hi hydrogencarbonat,

Welcome to the Q forum!!!

I've found that most Pentax digital cameras seem to write at a max of about 16-18 MB/sec. I always use cards rated to at least 20MB/sec write speed, and have never found faster cards make any significant difference in camera performance. Personally, I've used many brands over the past 13 years in digital photography, and have had really good luck with all of them, but I stick to name brands mostly, and have used Transcends most often. The only cards I've had significant problems with were Sandisk Extreme IIIs 20MB.sec -- had two cards that lost their lock tabs and had to be sent in for warranty replacement.


08-09-2013, 07:19 AM   #5
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Thank you Scott!

I looked for an SD card with the specs you mentioned.

I found one at the 'book-store' for about 15EUR 32 GB and 20mb/s.

Lets see how long it takes with this one, untli the Q is ready for its first shot after switching it on.

But anyhow...It's not ment to be a point and shoot...

08-09-2013, 08:05 AM   #6
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If you have a USB3 card reader (and USB3 on your computer of course) the faster cards will significantly speed up downloading to your computer, less than 5 minutes for a full 64Gb card. Pentax recommend Class 6 cards or higher, if you shoot HD video you definately need at least Class 6. I use these from a reliable UK supplier


To get these download speeds, the 8Gb is not that much cheaper. UHS Class 1 cards are even faster to download and offer 'future proofing' as cameras and computers will inevitably get faster.


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08-09-2013, 10:04 AM   #7
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I found a nice vid which compares the launch time whilst using different SD cards.

This vid left me with one question: "Pentax...WHY?"


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Checks the card for format/compatibility.

Have you rerun the test AFTER formatting it in the body you are testing?

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