Pentax's retro-designed i-10 may look like the Micro SLR cameras of old, but does it continue the heritage in style? The What Digital Camera Pentax Digital i-10 review...

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Pentax Optio i-10

Overall score:79%
Image Quality:70%


  • Funky design


  • Poor image quality over ISO 200


Pentax Optio i-10 Review


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The Pentax Optio I-10 looks great from the outside as its retro design looks fresh and new, different in a class where most competitors’ compacts all appear the same. However, the overall experience is let down by the final image quality which, above ISO 200, suffers from excess noise reduction that significantly softens images and ‘mutes’ colours.

Performance is quite reasonable, albeit basic, and it’s only really when considering some other similarly-priced models on the market that the I-10 feels a little outshone.

HD movie mode is good to have, though it’s not peppered with control detail, but the rear screen is optimised for its 16:9 display – though not the priority for still images which are displayed in a small portion of the screen.

Overall the I-10 is a fashionable looker – particularly in the white finish – that falls short of the mark based on the images it produces.


Other:720p movie, 9-point multi AF, AF assist lamp, Green Button (Function button), Digital Filter, Face Detection,
Weight:153g (with battery and card)
Dimensions:65 x 105.5 x 28mm
Power:Rechargeable li-ion battery
Connectivity:mini USB
Memory Card:SD / SDHC
ISO Range:80-1600 (3200-6400 at 5MP)
Exposure Modes:Program Auto, scene modes, 720p HD Video, Auto
File Formats:JPEG
LCD:2.7in 230k-dot 16:9
Lens:5x optical zoom; 28-140mm
Sensor:12.1MP CCD
  1. 1. Pentax Optio I-10 review - Features
  2. 2. Performance, Image Quality & Value
  3. 3. Verdict
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