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5.0 out of 5 stars it's not the camera it's me..., 26 Nov 2012
This review is from: Pentax Q10 Compact System Camera with 5-15mm Lens Kit - Black Body/Black Grip (12MP) 3.0 inch LCD (Electronics)
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Let me get one thing out in the public domain, I'm not very talented with a camera. In fact I'm probably one of the least proficient photographers in the world. My holiday recollections are filled with burry, badly composed, finger obscured nonsense. It's like I only go on holiday to awkward out of focus huge finger land. Perhaps I do.

This camera doesn't help with an almost complete lack of talent. In fact it makes lack of talent even more of a problem as it doesn't do that much for you in terms of idiot hand holding. This is a proper camera.

The big draw is the inter-changeable Q lens system on a compact camera body. This is seriously cool. The sheer pleasure in changing lenses and feeling the smooth "schlick-click" as the lens is secured is almost erotic. The build quality is obvious here. The camera is small in the hand and quite heavy. The 1st thing I noticed was a total lack of a view finder, the large LCD screen is bright and responsive though. The manual focus is a new thing for me, but the action is fast and definite, same with zoom. There are various modes like auto and the other usual suspects, but I found the auto focus to be strangely unresponsive and hard to work with. It worked much better on manual focus taking quick clear pictures. The anti-shake and other features worked well, thought the facial recognition does seem to have problems with picking up other features not just faces and slowing things down. Again like the auto focus, the camera just works better without it. There are inbuilt colour saturation modes, various image processing things and other stuff about exposure, focal depth, shooting mode etc which I'm sure someone who knows what they are doing would love.

The camera has an internal battery with the usual clunky charger block and takes the usual SD card (about 3500 full resolution, 12megapixel images on a 16Gb card); there is a full hotshoe for external devices, a decent strap for the camera and the usual selection of cables and connectors. Note that I couldn't find a specifically designed case for this camera and lens system and that bags/cases for full DSLR cameras would be far too big for it.There is a bunch of software bundled with the camera, I haven't tested that as I have creative suite but from the manual and other reviewers it appears to be a good basic toolset.

For me it's the speed, responsiveness and accuracy of the manual zoom and focus which makes this camera great. Photographs seem much more immediate and intimate as the camera can be made to respond faster to changes and people don't need to pose or hold still. I'm really very impressed with this. Who know? Perhaps I'll even learn how to take a photograph or two without the lens cap or errant finger in it. Very highly recommended.
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Initial post: 13 May 2014 11:17:18 BDT
Roger Clark says:
Hi ... You say you're not much good as a photographer. I have a friend like you. For 25 years he's taken dreadful photos although he's intelligent and can operate a complicated radio studio broadcasting a live programme.

What's to be done? Can I recommend a book by Alan Buckingham called "Digital Photography". It's a few years old and looks like kid's book. But it contains the best and clearest explanation I've ever read about how to take good photos - ten vital tips that make all the difference. Buy a used copy if you can't find a new one. You can read the tips in a few minutes and if applied they'll transform your pictures. At the moment you're not thinking what you're doing. The result? - failure!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2014 21:13:44 BDT
Ed.F says:
thanks Roger, I'll have a look a that. Cheers. Ed

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2014 23:32:54 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 May 2014 23:35:37 BDT
Roger Clark says:
Hi Ed, glad to be of use! The great thing about photography is that one can produce vastly better pictures by applying a few simple rules. That's what I discovered many years ago. I didn't want to be blinded by science, or study abstruse academic works. I wanted to go out and take good pictures as soon as possible. The book I've suggested will help and it makes photography fun!

So good luck and I hope you'll soon be taking great photos!
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