BEST FOR: Adventure auteurs.
THE TEST: MILCs (mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras) attempt to occupy the sweet spot between DSLRs and point-and-shoot cameras. They let you switch lenses, they’re packed with giant sensors and plenty of features, and they’re small—kind of. The knock on the category is that most MILCs aren’t appreciably smaller than DSLRs. Pentax’s Q10 actually is. The seven-ounce cam fits comfortably into a jersey or parka but still shoots a blazing 1/8,000 second, features immediate focusing (there’s no annoying shutter lag), and fires off an action-sequence-worthy 5 fps. That we like.
VERDICT: Grown-up capabilities in a toy-size package.