As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Pentax Q10 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs and super zooms. The Pentax Q10's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Alpha NEX-6 and the Cyber-shot DSC-QX10) and Pentax (such as the Q-S1 and the KP)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax Q10 compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a built-in focus motor and supports an external flash.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 1,200 fps), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 14.2 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Sony Alpha NEX-6
similar age
$606 (body only)

Significant advantages of the NEX-6 (vs the Q10)

  • Supports 24p
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-6 (vs the Q10)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the NEX-6 and Q10

  • Fairly small: Mid size (120×67×43 mm) vs Compact (102×58×34 mm)
  • Light weight: 287 g vs 200 g
  • Thin: 1.7" vs 1.3"

Pentax Q-S1

Pentax Q-S1
1 year newer
$333 5-15mm lens

Significant advantages of the Q-S1 (vs the Q10)

  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the Q-S1 (vs the Q10)

  • None found

common strengths of the Q-S1 and Q10

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Fairly small: Compact (105×58×34 mm) vs Compact (102×58×34 mm)
  • Very light: 203 g vs 200 g

Pentax Q7

Pentax Q7
9 months newer
$219 5-15mm lens

Significant advantages of the Q7 (vs the Q10)

  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the Q7 (vs the Q10)

  • None found

common strengths of the Q7 and Q10

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Fairly small: Compact (102×58×34 mm) vs Compact (102×58×34 mm)
  • Very light: 200 g vs 200 g

Olympus PEN E-PL3

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3
1 year older
$378 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-PL3 (vs the Q10)

  • Much more lenses available: 108 lenses vs 7 lenses
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the E-PL3 (vs the Q10)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the E-PL3 and Q10

  • Fairly small: Mid size (110×64×37 mm) vs Compact (102×58×34 mm)
  • Light weight: 313 g vs 200 g
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.3"

Canon EOS M10

Canon EOS M10
3 years newer
$599 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M10 (vs the Q10)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a touch screen
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M10 (vs the Q10)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the EOS M10 and Q10

  • Fairly small: Mid size (108×67×35 mm) vs Compact (102×58×34 mm)
  • Light weight: 301 g vs 200 g
  • Very thin: 1.4" vs 1.3"

Nikon 1 S2

Nikon 1 S2
1 year newer
$378 (body only)
$300 11-2mm lens

Significant advantages of the S2 (vs the Q10)

  • Records high-speed movies: 1,200 fps vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S2 (vs the Q10)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the S2 and Q10

  • Fairly small: Compact (101×61×29 mm) vs Compact (102×58×34 mm)
  • Very light: 190 g vs 200 g
  • Very thin: 1.2" vs 1.3"

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Pentax KP

Pentax KP
4 years newer
$797 (body only)
$914 50mm lens

Significant advantages of the KP (vs the Q10)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the KP (vs the Q10)

  • None found

common strengths of the KP and Q10

  • None found

Canon EOS 30D

Canon EOS 30D
6 years older
$266 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 30D (vs the Q10)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 30D (vs the Q10)

  • None found

common strengths of the 30D and Q10

  • None found

Pentax K10D

Pentax K10D
6 years older

Significant advantages of the K10D (vs the Q10)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K10D (vs the Q10)

  • None found

common strengths of the K10D and Q10

  • None found

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax Q10 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a much larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (460k dots vs 230k dots), is significantly smaller (compact (102×58×34 mm) vs professional size (123×92×108 mm)), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO) and shoots faster continuously (5 fps vs 1.1 fps).

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital).

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
2 years older
$582

Significant advantages of the SX30 IS (vs the Q10)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SX30 IS (vs the Q10)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (123×92×108 mm) vs Compact (102×58×34 mm)

common strengths of the SX30 IS and Q10

  • Fairly small: Professional size (123×92×108 mm) vs Compact (102×58×34 mm)
  • Light weight: 601 g vs 200 g
  • Thin: 4.3" vs 1.3"