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Pentax Q-S1
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Pentax Q-S1 Digital Camera

MILC 12.4MP CMOS SDXC Sep 2014
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- 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

This Pentax digital camera received an expert rating of 77 out of 100 from log.com.tr.

Pentax Has Excellent Camera Reviews

Based on 1,276 expert and owner reviews, Pentax has excellent ratings for its cameras. Pentax also has excellent ratings specifically within its MILC digital cameras range.

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

The Pentax Q-S1 has a built-in flash, which is unusual. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the Q-S1 do not have a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the 1 J5[pl_2830177_price], or the 1 J4[pl_2510399_price] both from Nikon which has better reviews.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also have a built-in flash that you might want to consider including the Canon EOS M3[plb_2751170_price].

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other MILC digital cameras that came out more than a year ago, the Pentax Q-S1 supports Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G70[plb_2967674_price] which has better reviews.

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Light

Across all the digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Q-S1 the weights range from 180g to 680g, and the average weight is 370g. With a weight of only 183 grams, the Pentax Q-S1 is one of the lighter MILC digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Q-S1 amongst cameras of this age.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

We compared all the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this camera and we think the Leica M Monochrom[plb_1983444_price], the Sony Alpha A6000[plb_2165999_price], and the Samsung NX3000[plb_2325036_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is typical of many digital cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Has Two Image Editing Modes

The Pentax Q-S1 has a greater number of image editing modes than most cameras of this spec and age. This Pentax digital camera has a Resizing image editing mode, which is the most commonly found image editing mode found on digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Q-S1. The image editing mode "Crop" is also found on this digital camera.

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Supports Two Image Formats

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

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Has One Photo Effect

The Pentax Q-S1 has a greater number of photo effects than most digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. The most frequently found photo effect is Vivid, but this photo effect is not found on this camera. The photo effects Black&White are also found on this Pentax digital camera.

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Slideshow Playback Mode

This digital camera has a Rotation|Slideshow playback mode, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable age and type 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 the most commonly supported video resolution on MILC digital cameras that have been available 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 MILC digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 25,600, but this ISO speed is not supported by this Pentax digital 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 commonly supported video format on digital cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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Very Thin

At only 34 millimeters, the Pentax Q-S1 is quite thin compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Q-S1. Across all the MILC digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Q-S1 the depths range from 28mm to 78mm, and the average depth is 46mm.

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Very Narrow

The narrowest camera of this spec and age is 98mm wide and the widest is 140mm. With a width of only 105 millimeters, the Pentax Q-S1 is one of the narrower digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Q-S1 amongst MILC digital cameras of this age.

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TFT Display

The Pentax Q-S1 has a better display than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than a year. This digital camera has a TFT display, whereas most cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have an LCD display. 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 actually the best display across all cameras of a similar type and age to the Q-S1.

An LCD display is the worst display amongst comparable types of digital camera.

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Short

MILC digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Q-S1 have heights of between 58mm and 110mm. The Pentax Q-S1 is quite short (only 58 millimeters) compared to most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Q-S1.

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14 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Q-S1 support WiFi connectivity, however the Pentax Q-S1 does not support WiFi connectivity.

Other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity that you might want to consider include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G70[plb_2967674_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The Pentax Q-S1 does not support video recording, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for more than a year also do not support video recording.

Other digital cameras which also support video recording that you might also want to consider include the Nikon 1 J5[plb_2830177_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7[plb_2775892_price], or the Olympus PEN E-PL6[plb_2168948_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other MILC digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Q-S1, the Pentax Q-S1 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Pentax Q-S1 does not have an image stabiliser, although keep in mind that most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Q-S1 also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Pentax Q-S1 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth noting that most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Q-S1 are also not 3D compatible.

Digital cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7[plb_2913114_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS

Most cameras of a similar type and age to the Q-S1 do not have a GPS. The Pentax Q-S1 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also have a GPS including the Samsung NX3000[plb_2325036_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

Comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than a year ago have megapixel counts of between 12MP and 43MP, and the average megapixel count is 20MP. The Pentax Q-S1 has a fairly low megapixel count (only 12.4 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Q-S1.

If this digital camera megapixel count is not high enough for you then you might want to look at the Lumix DMC-G7[pl_2913114_price] (16MP), or the Lumix DMC-GF7[pl_2775892_price] (16MP) both from Panasonic which is also higher rated.

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

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Very Few Total Megapixel Count

The average total megapixel count of MILC digital cameras that have been available for more than a year is 21MP, and the total megapixel counts range from 12MP to 44MP. With a total megapixel count of only 12.76 megapixels, the Pentax Q-S1 has one of the less total megapixel counts amongst digital 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 a fairly big maximum aperture compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Q-S1. The maximum apertures of cameras that were released one year ago range from 4.5 to 38.

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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 the 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution found on most cameras that were released around the same time as it. Across all cameras that were released around the same time as the Q-S1 the image resolution ranges from 1280 x 1024 pixels to 8688 x 5792 pixels.

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Only 1920x1080@25fps Resolution and Capture Speed

The Pentax Q-S1 has a 1920x1080@25fps resolution and capture speed which is higher than the 1920x1080@30fps resolution and capture speed found on most MILC digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. In addition, this digital camera have resolution and capture speeds of 1280x720@25fps, 1280×720@30fps, 1920x1080@24fps and 640x480@25fps and 640x480@30fps. Across all digital cameras that have been around for more than a year the best resolution at capture speeds is 1920x1080@60fps and the worst is 1280x720@50fps.

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Very Low Display Resolution

At only 460,000 pixels, the Pentax Q-S1 has a quite low display resolution compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Q-S1. The display resolutions of similar spec cameras that were released one year ago range from 460,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

At only 12,800, the Pentax Q-S1 has a fairly low maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Q-S1. The lowest maximum ISO speed of MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Q-S1 is 6,400, the highest is 410,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 46,000.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Pentax Q-S1

Average Screen Size

The Pentax Q-S1 has a pretty average screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Q-S1.

We compared all the other 3" screen cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Leica M Monochrom[plb_1983444_price], the Nikon 1 J5[plb_2830177_price], and the Olympus OM-D E-M10[plb_3280067_price] is also worth considering.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that came out 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.

Cameras with a better memory card type that might also be worth looking at include the Sony Alpha A6000[plb_2165999_price] (MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC), the Leica M-P (Typ 240)[plb_2842795_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Canon M3[plb_3907199_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

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Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
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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
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Auto Exposure Lock
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
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Audio System
Noise Reduction
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Histogram
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
Operational Conditions
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Included Cable
Battery Included
Included Battery Charger
Hand Strap
Technical Details
Self-Timer
Networking
Certificates
Other Features
Built-In Flash
Special Features

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

EDIT:

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…

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