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FAQ PENTAX Q10 digital camera.


Basic Specifications and Functions

What is included in the PENTAX Q10 kit?


The PENTAX Q10 includes the following:
- Body mount cover (*)
- Hot shoe cover FK(*)
- USB Cable I-USB7 (*)
- Strap O-ST131 (*)
- Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68 (*)
- Battery Charger D-BC68 and AC plug cord (*)
- Software CD-ROM S-SW131 (SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 for PENTAX)
- Operating Manual
Items marked with a (*) can also be purchased separately.
Are there any other necessary items that are not included in the kit?


The kit does not come with an SD Memory Card, so please prepare an SD Memory Card with the necessary capacity. You can use the optional AV Cable I-AVC7 or a commercially available micro HDMI cable (type D) to connect to and play back recorded images or movies on a TV screen or other AV device.
What are the dimensions and weight of the camera?


The external dimensions and weight of the camera are as follows:
- Dimensions: Approx. 102.0 mm (W)× 58.0mm (H) × 33.5mm (D)(excluding the operation parts and protrusion)
- Weight: Approx. 200 g (loaded and ready with the dedicated battery and SD Memory Card), approx. 180 g (body only)
What are the diameter of the mount and the flange focal distance in mm?


Exact values have not been released and will not be at this time.
What is the exterior of the camera made of?


The camera has a plastic exterior.
Is the camera designed to be water-resistant/dust-proof?


No, the camera is not made to be water-resistant or dust-proof.
How many bits is the A/D converter?


12 bits.
Does the camera have an optical viewfinder?


The camera itself does not come equipped with a built-in optical viewfinder, but there is a dedicated external optical viewfinder O-VF1 available for the 01 STANDARD PRIME lens.
Does the camera have an electronic viewfinder (EVF)?


No, it does not have an electronic viewfinder (EVF).
What are the size and resolution of the LCD monitor?


The LCD monitor is a 3.0-inch TFT color monitor with a resolution of approximately 460,000 dots. It has a wide viewing angle that encompasses around 170° in the up, down, left, and right directions and comes equipped with a backlight and brightness- and color-adjusting functions.
What image recording formats are used?


The camera records images in the versatile JPEG format or the high-quality and fully editable RAW (DNG) format. You can also select JPEG+RAW and record in both formats simultaneously.
Can I attach an external microphone to the camera?


No, you cannot.
Does the camera support the GPS Unit O-GPS1?


No, it does not.
Does the camera have an AF assist light?


Yes. If the subject is in a dark location, the AF assist light is activated when the shutter release button is pressed down halfway. To disable use of the AF assist light, you can set it to off in the [Custom Setting] menu.
Can I adjust the focus manually?


Yes. Select [Focus Settings] in the [Rec. Mode] menu, and set [MF Assist] to [x2] or [x4]. You can more easily focus on the subject by enlarging the image in the center of the monitor during MF mode. You can also change the magnification for enlarged images with the e-dial and move the position of the enlarged image with the four-way controller while an enlarged image is displayed. Images can only be enlarged with the focus ring for "High-performance-lens series" lenses. The OK button will need to be used to enlarge images when "Unique-lens series" lenses are used.
What kind of finishing does the Radiant Custom Image feature produce?


Radiant produces a spectacular, vibrantly colored image with extra glossiness.
What can the quick dial be used for?


You can save frequently used functions to the quick dial to easily load and use desired settings when taking pictures. You can save up to four settings to each of the following functions: Smart Effect, Custom Image, Digital Filter, and Aspect Ratio.
What is the Smart Effect function?


Smart Effect is a feature that lets you enjoy new forms of expression, as with Custom Image and Digital Filter.
The feature lets you capture uniquely expressive images using a variety of impressive effects for which you can check the results on the monitor. By selecting up to four of your favorite Smart Effects from the nine listed below and setting them to the quick dial on the front of the camera body, you can call them up as desired while taking pictures to add unique effects.

- Brilliant Color: Creates a lively atmosphere by raising the saturation level almost to the point of color saturation.
- Unicolor Bold: Creates an extremely high contrast image that retains one particular color in the image.
- Auto110: Produces an image that looks like it was taken with a toy camera.
- Cross Processing: Produces a unique image with unusual colors that looks as if it were treated with the cross processing used in film photography.
- Warm Fade: Creates a low contrast image with the white balance slightly shifted to pink shades.
- Tone Expansion: Produces a dramatic image with an artistic finishing touch, close to an intensified HDR (High Dynamic Range) effect.
- Bold Monochrome: Produces a low-key image with enhanced sharpness.
- Water Color: Creates a watercolor-like finishing touch.
- Vibrant Color Enhance: Creates a flowery atmosphere with slightly enhanced contrast.
Does the PENTAX Q10 have any features that help prevent dust from collecting on the image sensor?


Yes. The camera incorporates an image sensor cleaning system “DR II” that uses ultrasonic vibrations to clean the sensor.
What kind of Shake Reduction system does the camera use?


It uses in-body Sensor Shift Shake Reduction.
How effective is the Shake Reduction in terms of shutter speed steps?


The effect of Shake Reduction is equivalent to 2 EV steps in shutter speed.
*The effect may vary depending on the lens being used and shooting conditions, etc.
Can the effect of the Shake Reduction function be checked on the monitor while a picture is being taken?


Yes, it can. If [4. Shake Reduction Options] is set to [2. Mode2] in the [Custom Setting] menu, the effect will be shown in Live View automatically when adjustments are made.
Can the Image Sensor Cleaning Kit O-ICK1 be used with the PENTAX Q10?


No, it cannot as the shape of the cleaning stick included in the Kit does not properly match the image sensor.
Does the camera support P.I.M. (PRINT Image Matching III™) and Exif Print (Exif 2.21)?


Yes, it does.
Does the camera support PictBridge?


No, it does not.
Does the camera support USB 2.0?


Yes, it does.
Does the camera support infrared transmission?


No, it does not.

Lenses that Can Be Used

How do I convert the focal length to a 35 mm equivalent?


Multiply the focal length of the lens by about 5.5 to get the approximate equivalent to a 35 mm focal length.
Ex.) A focal length of 8.5 mm on the 01 STANDARD PRIME lens would be equivalent to a 35 mm lens with a focal length of around 47 mm.
Can lenses other than dedicated camera lenses be used?


A K-mount lens can be attached to the camera with the use of the optional Adapter Q for K Mount Lens.
Can you tell us more about what lenses are available and what features can be used with each type of lens?


A group 01 STANDARD PRIME
02 STANDARD ZOOM
06 TELEPHOTO ZOOM
B group 04 TOY WIDE
05 TOY TELEPHOTO
C group 03 FISH-EYE
D group ADAPTER Q FOR K MOUNT LENS

:Available  △:Restricted  ×:Not available
Lens/Function A group B group C group D group
Autofocus × × ×
Manual focus
Quick-Shift Focus System × × ×
Autofocus Method × × ×
Aperture control × × △(Manual)
ND filter on the lens × × ×
Shutter on the lens × × *7
Electronic shutter *1
Multi-segment metering ×(Multi-segment)
AUTO/SCN/BC mode *2 *2 *8
P/Tv/Av mode *2 *2 *8
M mode *2*3 *2*3 *8
Movie mode *2 *2 *8
P-TTL Auto Flash *4 *5 *5*6 *8
*1 Set [Electronic Shutter] to [Enable] in the [Custom Setting] menu.
*2 Aperture value fixed.
*3 Bulb mode is not available. Allows the use of a slow shutter speed of up to 2 sec.
*4 Built-in flash: 1/2000 sec., external flash: 1/250 sec.
*5 Flash sync speed is approx. 1/13 sec.
*6 Light is unevenly distributed.
*7 Lens shutter built-in to the adapter is used.
*8 Manual aperture control is performed using the aperture ring on the adapter.
Can filters be attached to this camera?


Filters with a diameter of 40.5 mm can be attached to the 01 STANDARD PRIME, 02 STANDARD ZOOM, and 06 TELEPHOTO ZOOM lenses in the High-performance-lens series. Filters cannot be used with lenses in the Unique-lens series.
In what kinds of situations or conditions can the ND filter on the lens be used?


The ND filter can be turned on for shooting in bright conditions when pictures are overexposed. (This is available as a manual setting only.)
Which lenses allow Distortion Correction?


The 01 STANDARD PRIME, 02 STANDARD ZOOM, and 06 TELEPHOTO ZOOM lenses in the High-performance-lens series do.
Turn Distortion Correction on in the [Rec. Mode] menu to enable processing to reduce distortion.
Distortion Correction cannot be turned on for lenses in the Unique-lens series.

Camera Shooting Functions

What kind of shooting formats are available with this camera?


Depending on the lens used and settings selected, images will be captured using the lens shutter or using the electronic shutter with the image sensor.
With the "High-performance-lens series" lenses, 1/2000 sec. to 30 sec. shooting and Bulb shooting are available using the lens shutter system.
When [Electronic Shutter] is set to [Enable] in the [Custom Setting] menu, shooting at higher shutter speeds of up to 1/8000 sec. using the electronic shutter system is enabled.
With the “Unique-lens series” lenses, 1/8000 sec. to 2 sec. shooting is available using the electronic shutter system. Bulb shooting is not available with the Unique-lens series lenses.
What is the range of sensitivities available on this camera?


ISO sensitivity can be set in the range from ISO100 to ISO6400 in increments of 1/3 EV in both AUTO and Manual modes.
The upper sensitivity limit for shooting at slow shutter speeds lasting longer than 2 sec. and Bulb shooting is ISO1600.
The minimum sensitivity is ISO 200 when [Highlight Correction] of [D-Range Setting] is set to [On].
How is the performance for Continuous Shooting?


When the file format is JPEG, the recorded pixels is 12M (default setting), and the quality level is ★★★ (Best)
- Approx. 5 fps max./Up to approx. 5 frames for Continuous Hi
- Approx. 1.5 fps max./Up to approx. 100 frames for Continuous Lo
*Only Continuous Lo can be used with RAW and RAW+ file formats.
Can Multi-exposure Shooting be used with this camera?


Yes, it can. You can create a picture by taking multiple exposures and merging them into a single image. The resultant composite picture is displayed in Instant Review whenever the shutter release button is pressed.
*Multi-exposure is not available when the recording format is set to RAW or RAW+; the capture mode is set to Movie or BC (Blur Control) mode or Night Scene HDR/Quick Macro/HDR of SCN (Scene) mode; or Digital Filter or HDR Capture is turned on.
Can Interval Shooting be used with this camera?


Yes, it can. Interval Shooting can be selected for both still pictures and movies.
- For Interval Shooting of still images, you can select from 2 to 999 for the Number of Shots, 1 sec. to 24 hrs. for the Interval, and immediately or from the set time for the Start Interval setting.
*Interval Shooting is not available when the capture mode is set to Movie or BC (Blur Control) mode or to Night Scene HDR/Quick Macro/HDR of SCN (Scene) mode.

- In Interval Movie mode, the camera takes still pictures one by one at a set interval and records them as a single movie file. You can select from 1 sec. to 1 hr. for the Interval, 5 sec. to 99 hrs. for the Recording Time, and immediately or from the set time for the Start Interval setting.
*The length of the recording time that can be set will vary depending on the [Interval] set.
Can Bulb shooting be used with this camera?


Yes, it can. Bulb shooting of up to 32 sec. is available with this camera.
Set the mode dial to M (Manual) and turn the e-dial to the left to set the shutter speed to Bulb. When "Bulb" is displayed after the slowest shutter speed, the shutter remains open as long as the shutter release button is pressed and held down.
The upper sensitivity limit for Bulb shooting is ISO 1600.
Bulb shooting cannot be used with "Unique-lens series" lenses that are not equipped with a lens shutter.
Is Slow Shutter Speed NR available? And if so, can I turn it off?


Slow Shutter Speed NR is designed to work automatically on the PENTAX Q10. It cannot be turned off.
What kind of focus detection is used?


Contrast detection autofocus method using the image sensor is used.
You can select an autofocus method from Face Detection, Tracking, AF Select (25 Points), Select, or Spot.
How many faces can be detected?


Up to 12 faces can be detected at one time.
Can image rotation information be saved for images that are taken while the camera is held vertically or horizontally?


Position information created from the detected orientation of the camera when images are taken cannot be saved. However, you can choose to add and save image rotation information for images by selecting [Image Rotation] in the playback mode palette during playback.
Can pictures be recorded in RAW format?


Pictures can be recorded in 12-bit DNG file format.
JPEG thumbnail images with the same aspect ratio as selected in [Image Capture Settings] and [Aspect Ratio] in the [Rec. Mode] menu are saved simultaneously in the RAW data file for display purposes. These JPEG thumbnail images are displayed at the aspect ratio selected when RAW data files are played back on the camera. The RAW data files themselves, however, are recorded at a full-sized aspect ratio of 4:3 (4000×3000), allowing you to select a different aspect ratio during RAW development.
What is BC (Blur Control) mode?


Blur Control is a mode that takes multiple images and merges them together into a single image to create a picture that looks as if it was taken with a wide-open aperture and shallow depth of field.
The camera determines the optimal settings to use based on the focus position, distance to the subject, and other conditions when images are taken in order to ensure that the most appropriate processing is carried out. Images are then merged together to create a picture with “background blur“ and “foreground blur“ effects that looks as if it was taken with a wide-open aperture and shallow depth of field.
In BC mode, the Exposure mode is set to Open Aperture Priority, the sensitivity is fixed to ISO AUTO, and the file format is fixed to JPEG.
Which lenses can be used with BC mode?


BC mode can be used with the 01 STANDARD PRIME, 02 STANDARD ZOOM, and 06 TELEPHOTO ZOOM lenses in the High-performance-lens series.
Can the Preview function be used on this camera?


Yes, it can. If you assign the Preview function to the Green button, you will be able to check the depth of field by stopping down the aperture of the lens to the actually set value.
Can an infrared remote control be used with this camera?


Yes, one can. The shutter can be released from a distance using the optional Remote Control Waterproof O-RC1 or Remote Control F.
You can choose from any of three modes: the shutter is released immediately after the button on the remote control is pressed, the shutter is released three seconds after the button is pressed, or continuous shooting starts when the button is pressed. The maximum operating distance of the remote control unit is approximately 4 m from the front of the camera and approximately 5 cm from the back of the camera.
Shooting with the remote control is not available when the capture mode is set to Moving Object/Pet/Kids of SCN (Scene) mode or when the shutter speed is set to Bulb.
Can the Cable Switch CS-205 be used with this camera?


No, it cannot. The optional Remote Control Waterproof O-RC1 and Remote Control F are available for use with the camera.
Can I hook up the camera to an AV device and leave it connected while shooting pictures?


Yes. To view an image on an external monitor while capturing it, connect the camera to an AV device with a video terminal. You cannot output images using the HDMI terminal while capturing pictures.
What is the guide number of the built-in flash?


Approximately 7 (ISO 200/m).
Does the built-in flash discharge even when retracted?


When [Flash When Retracted] is set to [Discharge Flash] in the [Custom Setting] menu, the built-in flash will discharge while it is retracted. The initial setting is [Discharge Flash].
What is the maximum focal length covered by the built-in flash?


The flash covers the angle of view of a 28 mm lens in 35 mm format.
What flash adjustment method is used?


P-TTL auto flash is used to adjust the flash output.
Can Wireless flash shooting be used with the PENTAX Q10?


No, it cannot.
Can I use my external flash with the PENTAX Q10?


You can use the optional external flash AF540FGZ, AF360FGZ, AF200FG, and AF160FC with the camera.
:Available    ×:Not available
Flash
/Camera Function
Built-in Flash AF540FGZ
AF360FGZ
AF200FG
AF160FC*2
Red-eye reduction
Auto flash discharge
Automatic switching to the flash sync speed
Aperture value automatically set in P mode and Tv mode
P-TTL auto flash
Slow-speed Sync
Flash exposure compensation
Auto zoom flash head ×  
AF assist light of external flash × × ×
Trailing Curtain Sync *1 ×
Contrast-control-sync flash mode × × ×
Slave flash × × ×
Wireless flash × × ×
*1 1/2000 sec. or slower for a 01 STANDARD PRIME/02 STANDARD ZOOM/06 TELEPHOTO ZOOM lens (1/250 sec. or slower for external flash units), 1/13 sec. or slower for a 03 FISH-EYE/04 TOY WIDE/05 TOY TELEPHOTO lens.
*2 To use an AF160FC flash with the camera, you will need to use a commercially available step-up ring or similar accessory.
How do I use the Auto flash mode of an AF360FGZ or AF540FGZ flash?


Set the camera's flash mode to [Flash Off].
Is there a sync socket for professional flashes available for this camera?


No, there is not.

Movies

What recording format is used for recording movies with this camera?


The output video format is MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, the frame rate is 30 fps, and the file format is QuickTime (.MOV).
Can movies be recorded in Motion JPEG format with this camera?


Movies are recorded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format under normal movie recording modes. Movies are only saved in Motion JPEG format in Interval Movie Shooting mode.
Can I adjust the exposure by changing the aperture value and shutter speed while recording a movie?


When [Exposure Setting] is set to [Manual] in the [Movie] menu, you can set the shutter speed, aperture value, and sensitivity to match your photographic vision.
Are there any restrictions on capacity or shooting time for recording movies?


You can continuously record a movie up to 4 GB or 25 minutes. However, if the internal temperature of the camera becomes too high during movie recording, the recording may be terminated during recording to protect the camera circuitry.
Does the autofocus system operate while movies are being recorded?


Yes, it does. Press the OK button to perform autofocus while movies are being recorded.
You can also use the Green button to perform autofocus if [Enable AF] is assigned to the Green button.
What is "Interval Movie"?


In Interval Movie mode, the camera takes still pictures one by one at a set interval from a set time and records them as a single movie file.
You can select a recording interval from 1 sec., 5 sec., 10 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 5 min., 10 min., 30 min., or 1 hr.
The recording time from start of shooting to end can be set from 5 seconds to 99 hours depending on the value set for [Interval].

Memory Cards

Does the camera come with available built-in memory?


The camera has no built-in memory. Please prepare an SD Memory Card with the necessary capacity.
Which SD Memory Cards have been tested for compatibility?


Compatibility with the PENTAX Q10 has been tested with memory cards from the following manufacturers:
- Panasonic, Toshiba, SanDisk
SD Memory Cards with capacities of 1 GB and 2 GB
SDHC Memory Cards with capacities of 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB, and 32 GB
SDXC Memory Cards with capacities of 64 GB

- SanDisk
SDXC Memory Cards with capacities of 128 GB

As of August 2012.
*The information above is given for the convenience of customers and does not guarantee complete compatibility with the PENTAX Q10.
*The transfer rate is not compatible with UHS speed class, but such cards can be used in the same manner as standard cards.
*Use a high-speed memory card when recording movies. If the write speed cannot keep up with the recording speed, writing may stop during recording.
*The maximum number of recordable images is 65,535 images, regardless of the amount of available space on the SD Memory Card. The maximum number that can be displayed on the bottom right of the monitor is 9,999.
Does the PENTAX Q10 support UHS Speed Class?


The transfer rate is not compatible with UHS speed class, but such cards can be used in the same manner as standard cards.
Can a miniSD card or microSD card be used through a memory card adapter?


Proper operation of a memory card used through an adapter cannot be guaranteed.
Approximately how many images can be stored on or minutes of movie be saved to an SD Memory Card?


The number will vary according to the shooting conditions and subject or subjects being photographed. Below is a guide with details on available number of recordable images and shooting time.

  RAW(DNG)
4:3 16:9 3:2 1:1
 
1GB 41 43 43 43
2GB 85 90 88 90
4GB 168 178 175 178
6GB 257 271 266 271
8GB 344 363 357 363
12GB 520 549 539 549
16GB 694 733 719 733
32GB 1395 1472 1445 1472

  JPEG(4:3)
Recorded Pixels 12M
(4000x3000)
9M
(3456x2592)
5M
(2688x2016)
3M
(1920x1440)
Quality Level ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★
 
1GB 205 391 659 275 524 883 490 932 1571 742 1411 2377
2GB 418 796 1341 561 1067 1797 998 1897 3196 1510 2871 4837
4GB 822 1564 2635 1102 2096 3530 1961 3727 6278 2967 5639 9498
6GB 1251 2379 4007 1677 3187 5369 2982 5667 9546 4512 8575 14442
8GB 1675 3184 5364 2245 4266 7186 3992 7586 12777 6040 11477 19331
12GB 2528 4804 8092 3387 6436 10840 6022 11443 19273 9111 17313 29159
16GB 3372 6409 10794 4518 8585 14461 8033 15264 25709 12154 23094 38897
32GB 6766 12857 21655 9064 17224 29009 16116 30621 51573 24382 46328 65535

  JPEG(16:9)
Recorded Pixels 9M
(4000x2248)
6M
(3456x1944)
4M
(2688x1512)
2M
(1920x1080)
Quality Level ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★
 
1GB 275 524 883 415 789 1331 620 1180 1988 1039 1976 3329
2GB 561 1067 1797 845 1607 2708 1263 2402 4046 2115 4020 6772
4GB 1102 2096 3530 1661 3157 5318 2482 4717 7945 4155 7895 13298
6GB 1677 3187 5369 2526 4801 8087 3774 7173 12081 6318 12005 20220
8GB 2245 4266 7186 3382 6427 10825 5052 9601 16171 8457 16069 27065
12GB 3387 6436 10840 5102 9694 16328 7622 14483 24393 12756 24238 40823
16GB 4518 8585 14461 6806 12932 21781 10167 19319 32538 17016 32333 54456
32GB 9064 17224 29009 13653 25943 43694 20397 38755 65273 34136 64860 65535

  JPEG(3:2)
Recorded Pixels 10M
(4000x2664)
8M
(3456x2304)
5M
(2688x1792)
2M
(1920x1280)
Quality Level ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★
 
1GB 247 470 792 308 587 990 490 932 1571 1039 1976 3329
2GB 503 957 1613 629 1196 2015 998 1897 3196 2115 4020 6772
4GB 989 1881 3168 1236 2350 3958 1961 3727 6278 4155 7895 13298
6GB 1505 2860 4818 1880 3573 6019 2982 5667 9546 6318 12005 20220
8GB 2014 3829 6450 2517 4783 8057 3992 7586 12777 8457 16069 27065
12GB 3039 5776 9729 3797 7215 12153 6022 11443 19273 12756 24238 40823
16GB 4055 7705 12978 5065 9625 16212 8033 15264 25709 17016 32333 54456
32GB 8135 15458 26036 10162 19310 32523 16116 30621 51573 34136 64860 65535

  JPEG(1:1)
Recorded Pixels 9M
(2992)
6M
(2592)
4M
(2016)
2M
(1440)
Quality Level ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★
 
1GB 275 524 883 415 785 1331 620 1180 1988 1039 1976 3329
2GB 561 1067 1797 845 1607 2708 1263 2402 4046 2115 4020 6772
4GB 1102 2096 3530 1661 3157 5318 2482 4717 7945 4155 7895 13298
6GB 1677 3187 5369 2526 4801 8087 3774 7173 12081 6318 12005 20220
8GB 2245 4266 7186 3382 6427 10825 5052 9601 16171 8457 16069 27065
12GB 3387 6436 10840 5102 9694 16328 7622 14483 24393 12756 24238 40823
16GB 4518 8585 14461 6806 12932 21781 10167 19319 32538 17016 32333 54456
32GB 9064 17224 29009 13653 25943 43694 20397 38755 65273 34136 64860 65535

  Movie (30fps)
Recorded Pixels Full HD(16:9)
(1920×1080)
HD(16:9)
(1280×720)
VGA(4:3)
(640x480)
 
1GB 00:09′58″ 00:20′56″ 00:50′29″
2GB 00:20′18″ 00:42′36″ 01:42′46″
4GB 00:39′54″ 01:23′42″ 03:21′52″
6GB 01:00′40″ 02:07′16″ 05:06′58″
8GB 01:21′13″ 02:50′22″ 06:50′54″
12GB 02:02′31″ 04:16′59″ 10:19′49″
16GB 02:43′46″ 05:42′49″ 13:46′49″
32GB 05:27′52″ 11:27′44″ 27:38′39″

- The maximum number of recordable images is 65,535 images, regardless of the amount of available space on the SD Memory Card.
- The number of storable images may vary depending on the subject, shooting conditions, selected capture mode, type of SD Memory Card used, etc.
Are there any precautions that need to be followed with the use of SD Memory Cards?


Please note the below points.
- Cards that have not yet been used or that have been used on other devices, such as on another camera or a computer, must first be formatted on the PENTAX Q10.
- Do not remove an SD Memory Card or turn the camera off while you are recording data or playing back images or audio, or while the camera is connected to a computer via a USB cable.
- Do not bend an SD Memory Card or subject it to violent impacts. Do not leave cards in locations where they may be exposed to water, moisture, or high temperatures.
- Avoid using or storing cards in places where they may be exposed to static electricity or electrical interference.
- Data saved to SD Memory Cards that have been left unused for long periods of time or that have been damaged may become unreadable and lost. Important data should be backed up regularly.
Can an Eye-Fi card be used with the camera?


Proper operation of the Eye-Fi function on an Eye-Fi SD Memory Card cannot be guaranteed.

Battery and Power Sources

What type of batteries can be used with the PENTAX Q10?


Use the rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68 to power the camera.
Are there any precautions or suggestions to follow regarding charging, use, and storage of the Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68?


- To keep the battery in optimum condition, avoid storing it in a fully charged state or in high temperatures.
- Charging the battery a day before use or on the day of use is recommended.
How many shots can be taken and how much playback time is available when the rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68 is used?


Number of recordable images: With 50% flash usage, approx. 230 images; Without flash usage, approx. 250 images
Playback time: Approx. 160 minutes
*Tested in compliance with the CIPA standard using a new rechargeable lithium-ion battery under a temperature of 23°C (73.4°F). Actual results may vary depending on the shooting conditions/circumstances.
Is there an optional AC adapter available?


Yes, the AC Adapter Kit K-AC115 is available, sold separately.
Can I use the battery charger and AC adapter overseas?


The provided Battery Charger D-BC68 and AC plug cord and the optional AC Adapter Kit K-AC132 work in the range from 100 V AC to 240 V AC (50/60 Hz), which should allow the adapter to be used in almost any overseas country, although a plug converter may need to be used depending on the type of electrical outlet in use in a specific country. Do not attempt to use a commercially available transformer or similar device with the charger and adapter as doing so may cause them to become damaged.
Plug adapters can be found at travel goods stores and similar shops.

Playback and Editing

Can the camera be connected to a TV for playback of images on a TV screen?


You can connect the camera to a TV or other device with a video input terminal or HDMI input terminal and play back images.
You cannot output both composite and HDMI video signals at the same time.
While the camera is connected to an AV device, nothing will be displayed on the camera monitor. Also, you will not be able to adjust the volume on the camera.
To adjust the volume, change the volume on the AV device.
By default, the maximum resolution will be selected automatically to suit the AV device and camera. However, you will be able to manually change the HDMI output format setting from the menu as desired.
Can images be resized or trimmed on the camera directly?


JPEG files captured on the PENTAX Q10 can be resized and cropped.
Images already resized to 0.2M or 0.3M with the PENTAX Q10 cannot be resized or cropped, however.
Can movies be edited on the camera?


Movies can be divided up and unwanted segments deleted directly on the camera.
Also, you can capture a single frame from a movie on the camera and save it as a JPEG still picture.

Computer Connections and Software

What are the system requirements for using still pictures and movies captured with the PENTAX Q10 on a computer?


The system requirements are as listed below.

- Windows®
OS Windows® XP(SP3 or later、Home/Pro32bit) / Windows® Vista(32bit/64bit)/ Windows® 7(32bit/64bit)
*A user account with administrative rights is needed to install the software.
*Can be run as a 32-bit application on any 64-bit edition of Windows.
CPU Intel Pentium-compatible processor (Pentium 4 or Athlon XP or higher recommended)
*Supports multi-core processors (Intel Core i5, i7; Core 2 Quad, Duo; AMD Phenom II X4, X6; Athlon II X2, X4; and other).
RAM 1 GB or more (2 GB or more recommended)
HDD For installing and starting up the program: 100 MB minimum of free space
For saving image files: Approx. 10 MB/file
Monitor 1024×768 dots, 24-bit full color or higher
Other Input devices such as a keyboard and a mouse

- Macintosh
OS Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5, or 10.6
CPU Intel processor-compatible, Power PC
RAM 1 GB or more (2 GB or more recommended)
HDD For installing and starting up the program: 100 MB minimum of free space
For saving image files: Approx. 10 MB/file
Monitor 1024×768 dots, 24-bit full color or higher
Other Input devices such as a keyboard and a mouse

To playback movies on a computer that were shot with this camera is required the software that can playback MOV file or AVI file.
What software is included with the camera?


"SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 for PENTAX" (Ver.3.0.0.7) comes with the camera. This software accepts RAW files from images captured using a PENTAX Q10, PENTAX Q, K-01, or K-30 model camera.
Are there any Custom Image functions available in the included SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 like those on PENTAX cameras?


SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 does not offer any of the PENTAX Custom Image effects.
To use such effects for the captured images, select the desired Custom Image on the camera when RAW images are developed.
Can PENTAX Q10 RAW (DNG) files be used in applications such as Photoshop that support the DNG file format?


Yes, they can.
Can images captured using the PENTAX Q10 be used with Digital Camera Utility 4?


Digital Camera Utility 4 can be used to view JPEG images but cannot be used to edit images or develop RAW images.
How can I play back movies on a computer?


To playback movies on a computer that were shot with this camera is required the software that can playback MOV file or AVI file.file.

Troubleshooting

The camera makes a scratching sound when it first starts up. What is this from?


This is a sound that goes off inside the replacement lens when the shutter mechanism first turns on.
I cannot enlarge images for MF Assist when focusing using a "Unique-lens series" lens. Why is this, and how can I enable images to be enlarged?


- Select either [x2] or [x4] (one of the settings other than [OFF]) in [MF Assist] of [Focus Settings] in the [Rec. Mode] menu.
- You cannot enlarge images with the 03 FISH-EYE, 04 TOY LENS WIDE, or 05 TOY LENS TELEPHOTO "Unique-lens series" lenses using the focus ring. Instead, use the OK button to enlarge images.
I cannot set the sensitivity lower than ISO200. Why is this, and how can I change this?


The minimum sensitivity is ISO 200 when [Highlight Correction] of [D-Range Setting] is set to [On].
I accidentally selected the wrong language in the Initial Settings. How can I change the settings to the appropriate language?


Press the MENU button in Capture/Playback mode, and use the four-way controller or e-dial to display the [Set-up 1] menu.
Select the desired language on the [Language/言語] screen, and press the OK button.
Refer to p.181 for instructions on how to change the date and time and p.162 for instructions on how to change the video output format.
I cannot save any images. Why would this happen, and how can I fix it?


Check the below potential issues and suggestions for fixing the problem to resolve it.
- If the message "Memory card full" appears
The SD Memory Card is full and no more images can be saved to it. Insert a new SD Memory Card or delete unwanted files. You may be able to save more images to the card if you change the image quality level or the number of recorded pixels.
- If the message “Memory card error” appears
The SD Memory Card has a problem, and image capture and playback cannot be performed on the camera from the card. You may still be able to view the contents of the Memory Card on a computer, however.
- If the message “Card is not formatted” appears
The SD Memory Card you have inserted is unformatted or has been formatted on a computer or another device and is not compatible with this camera. First format the SD Memory Card before attempting to use it with the camera.
- If the message “Card is locked” appears
The write-protect switch on the SD Memory Card you have inserted is locked. You can still operate the menus, switch between modes, and play back the images on the card in such cases.
Portions of an image on the monitor blink red or yellow when I try to play back the image on the camera. What would cause this to happen?


When [Bright/Dark Area] is On in the [Playback] menu, bright (overexposed) portions blink red and dark (underexposed) portions blink yellow.
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