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Pentax Q-S1
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Pentax Q-S1 Digital Camera

MILC 12.4MP CMOS Mar 2015
Camera Type Megapixel Count Sensor Type Full HD Video Release Date
- 1/1.7-inch back-illuminated CMOS image sensor.- Top sensitivity of ISO 12800.- In-body SR (Shake Reduction).- Full HD Video and continuous AF.- Wide range of lenses and accessories. Exceptional... More
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21 Reasons For

Average Expert Reviews

Digital camera expert review site log.com.tr scored this camera 77 out of 100.

Pentax Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

We calculated the average ratings for all Pentax cameras and also specifically for Pentax MILC cameras and found that in both cases Pentax had excellent ratings compared to other brands.

Nice Design

One Pentax Q-S1 reviewer who purchased this digital camera considered that it was a good design. Dan said “I was impressed with the design and handling of it”.

Robust

One Pentax Q-S1 owner who reviewed it reckoned that it was well made. Dan he mentioned in his review “It felt solid and the buttons were easy to push”.

Easy to Use

One Pentax Q-S1 reviewer who bought the product concluded that it was easy to use. Two years ago Dan said on Amazon “The round grip although I won't say it's horrible, just gets uncomfortable to use after a while” but he only gave the Pentax Q-S1 a rating of 60 out of 100.

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Unlike most of the other MILC cameras that are a comparable age to the Q-S1 which do not have a built-in flash, the Pentax Q-S1 has a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the 1 J5 ($212.94), or the 1 J4 ($232.88) both from Nikon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 ($599.99) which has better reviews.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the Q-S1, the Pentax Q-S1 supports Full HD video.

There are a number of alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G70, or the Sony Alpha A7 II.

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Light

With a weight of only 183 grams, the Pentax Q-S1 is fairly light compared to most of the other MILC cameras that were released around the same time as the Q-S1. The average weight of similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Q-S1 is 370g, and the weights range from 180g to 680g.

Digital cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth considering include the Pentax K-500 ($499.99) (590g).

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than a year.

Alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Leica M Monochrom ($7,450.00), or the Samsung NX3000 ($467.72).

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is typical of many cameras of this spec and age.

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Has Two Image Editing Modes

The Pentax Q-S1 has a greater number of image editing modes than most digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camera has a Resizing image editing mode, which is the most commonly found image editing mode found on MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Q-S1. The image editing mode "Crop" is also found on this Pentax camera.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Pentax Q-S1 is more than most MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by cameras of a comparable age and type to the Q-S1. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this camera.

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Has One Photo Effect

The Pentax Q-S1 has a greater number of photo effects than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. The most commonly found photo effect is Vivid, but this photo effect is not found on this Pentax digital camera. The photo effects Black&White are also found on this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many MILC cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many MILC cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Supports Nine ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Pentax Q-S1 is more than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 25,600, but this ISO speed is not supported by this Pentax camera. The ISO speeds 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 and Auto are also supported by this camera.

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H.264 Video Format

This digital camera supports an AVC|H.264|MPEG4 video format, which is the most frequently supported video format on comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Very Thin

MILC cameras that are a similar age to the Q-S1 have depths of between 28mm and 78mm, and the average depth is 47mm. The Pentax Q-S1 is quite thin (only 34 millimeters) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Q-S1.

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Very Narrow

With a width of only 105 millimeters, the Pentax Q-S1 is fairly narrow compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Q-S1. The average width of MILC cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Q-S1 is 120mm, and the widths range from 98mm to 140mm.

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TFT Display

The Pentax Q-S1 has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most MILC cameras that came out around the same time as it. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

A TFT display is in fact the best display amongst all digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Q-S1.

The worst display amongst comparable types of camera is LCD.

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Short

At only 58 millimeters, the Pentax Q-S1 is quite short compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age. The average height of MILC cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Q-S1 is 76mm.

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14 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Pentax Q-S1 does not support WiFi connectivity, unlike most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the Q-S1 which support WiFi connectivity.

Alternative cameras which also support WiFi connectivity that you might want to look at include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G70, or the Sony Alpha A7 II.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The Pentax Q-S1 does not support video recording. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also do not support video recording.

There are a number of other cameras which also support video recording which you might also want to look at including the Nikon 1 J5 ($212.94), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 ($599.99), or the Olympus PEN E-PL6 which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

The Pentax Q-S1 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as the Q-S1 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Most MILC cameras that were released around the same time as the Q-S1 do not have an image stabiliser. The Pentax Q-S1 is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabiliser.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for more than a year, the Pentax Q-S1 is not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer a camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 ($267.99) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Pentax Q-S1 does not have a GPS. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also do not have a GPS.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also have a GPS including the Samsung NX3000 ($467.72) which is also higher rated.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

The Pentax Q-S1 has a quite low megapixel count (only 12.4 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec. Across all the MILC cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Q-S1 the megapixel counts range from 12MP to 29MP.

If you want a higher megapixel count then you might want to consider the Lumix DMC-GF7 ($599.99) (16MP), or the Lumix DMC-G7 ($267.99) (16MP) both from Panasonic which also has a higher rating.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Pentax Q-S1 is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This Pentax camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by cameras of a comparable age and type to the Q-S1. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0" and "RAW" are also supported by this camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixel Count

The total megapixel counts of digital cameras of this spec and age range from 12MP to 31MP, and the average total megapixel count is 20MP. With a total megapixel count of only 12.76 megapixels, the Pentax Q-S1 has one of the less total megapixel counts amongst MILC cameras of this age.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture

With a maximum aperture of only 4.5, the Pentax Q-S1 has one of the bigger maximum apertures amongst MILC cameras of this age. The maximum apertures of comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than a year range from 3.5 to 38, and the average maximum aperture is 18.

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Only 4000 X 3000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Pentax Q-S1 has a 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. Most similar spec cameras that were released one year ago have a 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution. The best image resolution of all digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Q-S1 is 8688 x 5792 pixels and the worst is 1280 x 1024 pixels.

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Only 1920x1080@25fps Resolution and Capture Speed

The Pentax Q-S1 has a higher resolution at capture speeds than most MILC cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. This Pentax digital camera has a 1920x1080@25fps resolution and capture speed, whereas most MILC cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it have a 1920x1080@30fps resolution and capture speed. In addition, this camera have resolution and capture speeds of 1280x720@25fps, 1280×720@30fps, 1920x1080@24fps and 640x480@25fps and 640x480@30fps. Across all cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Q-S1 the resolution at capture speeds ranges from 1280x720@50fps to 3840x2160@30fps.

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Very Low Display Resolution

With a display resolution of only 460,000 pixels, the Pentax Q-S1 has a fairly low display resolution compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Q-S1. The average display resolution of similar spec digital cameras that were released one year ago is 920,000 pixels, and the display resolutions range from 460,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

The average maximum ISO speed of comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than a year is 43,000, and the maximum ISO speeds range from 6,400 to 410,000. At only 12,800, the Pentax Q-S1 has a fairly low maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other MILC cameras that came out around the same time as the Q-S1.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Pentax Q-S1

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the Pentax Q-S1 has a pretty standard screen size compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Q-S1.

We compared this camera to all the other 3" screen cameras and we think the Leica M Monochrom ($7,450.00), the Fujifilm X-A2 ($400.00), and the Olympus OM-D E-M10 ($65.99) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many digital cameras that were released more than a year ago. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this MILC digital camera is too bad for you then you might also want to consider the Fujifilm X-A2 ($400.00) (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Canon M3 ($368.00) (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Lens Mount Interface
Lens Mount
Focusing
Auto Focus
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
HD Type
Audio
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
GPS
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Included Cable
Other Features
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

(2)
27 December 2015

Dünyan?n en küçük de?i?tirilebilir lensli makinelerden biri olan Pentax Q-S1 , günlük kullan?ma uygun ultra hafif ve ??k tasar?m? ile göz dolduruyor. Moday? takip eden foto?raf tutkunlar?na... Read more…

Very small
In-body stabilization system
Intriguing lens system
Sharp rear LCD
In-camera art filters
Lacks Wi-Fi
Lags behind other mirrorless systems in image quality
Raw uncorrected for distortion
Small sensor
No touchscreen
13 December 2014

Unsere Kamera-Tests bieten zwar Orientierung bei der Auswahl der richtigen Kamera. Doch am Ende entscheidet der User selbst, welches Modell es für ihn sein soll. Welche Digicams derzeit besonders... Read more…

Most compact mirrorless system on the market
Good image quality for its size
Accurate colors and white balance
Low noise through ISO 800
Ability to adapt DSLR lenses
Small lens selection with high prices
Not available in a kit with the 01 prime lens (outside of Japan)
Requires 2 hands to operate
Kit zoom lens suffers from distortion, flare, and fringing
Images still not detailed enough for cropping

User Reviews

(2)
Reviewed 26 January 2015 by Tom
Tom would recommend the Pentax Q-S1 (Verified Purchase)

I have determined that the Pentax Q-S1 (and this applies to all the Q series cameras) is a very fun camera to use, and it has really inspired me to "play" with photography in a way I haven't done... Read more…

Build quality
Lots of Features
Responsive Auto Focus
Small Compact
Limited lens selection

A great camera for fun, and more serious photography.

Reviewed 3 December 2014 by Dan

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Looks like I have a defective camera. For some reason when in Auto ISO mode the camera would refuse to drop the ISO when using the flash, which causes all my indoor images to have... Read more…

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

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