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Pentax Q-S1

Ephotozine Recommended
An award winning and 2 year old MILC digital camera
MILC 12.4MP 1" CMOS Jul 2015
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Pentax Q-S1 Review

With very good reviews but at over 2 years old, we have ranked the Pentax Q-S1 number 631 across all digital cameras.
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17 Reviews + 1 Award
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Average Features
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2 Years Old
Overall Score
46
Mediocre

Why Has it Scored 46?

It has not bad expert reviews and good user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this digital camera to others. This digital camera has received a "Recommended" award from Ephotozine. Canon cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
At over a year old this camera is slightly out of date, and newer digital cameras with more up to date technology are available. View the latest cameras 2017.
Customers report is a good size.
It has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution
Only 4000 x 3000 pixels image resolution
Quite low megapixels sensor

Pentax Q-S1 Video Reviews


How Big is the Pentax Q-S1?

The Pentax Q-S1 is 105mm wide and 58mm tall. It is 34mm deep and weighs 183g.

Pentax Q-S1 front dimensions

Pentax Q-S1 size in context

Pentax Q-S1 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

One Industry Award

The writer at review site Ephotozine said that concluded that they would recommend this digital camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

Average Expert Reviews

Based on 10 expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Techradar and Digital Versus the average expert rating of this digital camera is 71 out of 100.

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Average Owner Reviews

On average, people who bought this digital camera rated it as 73%. 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Pentax Has Excellent Reviews for Its Cameras

Based on 2,542 expert and owner reviews (including 474 verified purchases), Pentax has excellent ratings for its digital cameras. Pentax also has excellent ratings specifically for its digital cameras compared to other brands. 98% of those that bought a Pentax digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report it is a Good Size

Three people said in their reviews that it was compact.

  • The compact system camera market is very crowded at the moment…
  • It performs like a compact camera when it comes to image quality…
  • It made some compromises to get there, including an image sensor that was the same size you'd find in a compact camera…

Users Report it is Robust

Two owners who bought this digital camera said that it was well made.


Features

Only 4000 X 3000 Pixels Image Resolution

The Pentax Q-S1 has a maximum image resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels. That's 25% lower image resolution than a 4608 x 3456 pixels camera, which is the most common resolution. The resolution of all digital cameras ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 8256 x 6192 pixels (best).

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Quite Low Megapixels Sensor

Cameras have megapixels of between 0.3MP and 80MP, and the average megapixels is 16MP. The Pentax Q-S1's sensor megapixels of only 12.4MP is quite low compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the lowest 23% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Wide Range of Optical Zooms Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the optical zoom depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of optical zooms are possible with this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many cameras. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 is known as "Full HD".

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Wide Range of Minimum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the minimum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of minimum aperture numbers are possible with this camera.

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Optical Image Stabilisation May Be Available With Some Lenses

This camera has interchangeable lenses so whether this camera has an image stabilizer depends on the lens being used.

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Average Weight

The Pentax Q-S1's weight of 183g is pretty standard compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the lightest 1% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The Pentax Q-S1 has a built-in flash. 66% of cameras also have a built-in flash.

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Supports Full HD Video

Full HD video

The Pentax Q-S1 supports Full HD video, unlike 75% of digital cameras which do not support Full HD video.

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Wide Range of Aspherical Lenses Depending On Lens Used

This Pentax camera has interchangeable lenses so the aspherical lens depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of aspherical lenses are possible with this camera.

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Wide Range of Closest Focusing Distances Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the closest focusing distance depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of closest focusing distances are possible with this camera.

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Features Noise Reduction

The Pentax Q-S1 features noise reduction, unlike 92% of digital cameras which do not feature noise reduction.

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4000 X 3000 Pixels Still Image Resolution

The Pentax Q-S1 supports a maximum still image resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels. That's 25% lower still image resolution than the most frequently found resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels. In addition, this camera supports still image resolutions of 4000 x 2664 pixels, 4000 x 2248 pixels, 2992 x 2992 pixels plus 6 more values. The worst resolution of all cameras is 384 x 480 pixels and the best is 6016 x 4016 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080|1280 x 720|640 x 480 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras. 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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Average Display Diagonal

The display diagonal of the Pentax Q-S1 of 3" is relatively typical compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the smallest 1% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Has a Self-Timer

The Pentax Q-S1 has a self-timer. 82% of cameras do not have a self-timer.

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Quite Big Image Sensor Size

The Pentax Q-S1's image sensor size of 0.588" is fairly big compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the biggest 11% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature. The smallest image sensor size of digital cameras is 0.25", the biggest is 1.5", and the average image sensor size is 0.5".

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Wide Range of Maximum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This Pentax camera has interchangeable lenses so the maximum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of maximum aperture numbers are possible with this camera.

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Wide Range of Maximum Focal Lengths (35mm Film Equiv) Depending On Lens Used

This digital camera has interchangeable lenses so the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) are possible with this camera.

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Age

Released Over Two Years Ago

Pentax released the Q-S1 in July 2015.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers pentax pentaxqs1purewhite, pentax 06963, pentax 06956, pentax 06942
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Frequently Asked Questions About the Pentax Q-S1

Two more awards
Higher megapixel
Six more awards
Considerably better user reviews
Better expert reviews
Smaller maximum aperture number
Eight more awards
User reviews are appreciably better
Expert reviews are appreciably better
59% heavier

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