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Pentax Q-S1 Digital Camera

MILC 12.4MP CMOS SDXC Jul 2015
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Compatible Memory Cards Release Date
One industry award
Reasonably priced
Does not have a good battery life
25 Reviews + 1 Award
Ephotozine Recommended
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Reviews

One Industry Award

This low megapixel digital camera was given a "Recommended" award by review websites Ephotozine who thought that this camera was good.

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on ten expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Techradar and Digital Versus this low megapixel digital camera has an overall expert rating of 71%.

Average Owner Reviews

Based on 6 owner reviews the average owner rating of this Pentax camera is 76%. 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Pentax Has Excellent Camera Reviews

Based on 2,026 expert and owner reviews (including 37 verified purchases), Pentax has excellent reviews for its cameras. Pentax also has excellent reviews specifically within its low megapixel digital cameras range compared to other manufacturers. 100% of those that bought a Pentax digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Power

Does Not Have a Good Battery Life

Two customers who reviewed it said that it did not have a good battery life. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned last year “Short Battery Life” yet they rated the product 4 stars out of 5. Tom mentioned “I have read one reviewer who complained that the battery and SD card doors seem lighter” in his review of this digital camera but even so he scored the product a maximum of 5 stars.


Price

Reasonably Priced

Two people reckoned that the Pentax Q-S1 was expensive. Expert review site Techradar.com mentioned “Consider the fantastic Panasonic GM5 instead which is a little more expensive”. One customer thought the product was good value for money.


Design

Robust

Three customers who bought the Pentax Q-S1 reckoned that it was well made. Dan said “It felt solid and the buttons were easy to push” in his review of this digital camera. Tom wrote “The camera has a very solid feel to it” in his review of this digital camera.

Manual Control

Six owners mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use. Techradar wrote in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Manual control” and rated the product 4 stars out of 5. In the same month Bhphotovideo.com wrote in their Pentax Q-S1 review “Easy To Use”. Dan wrote on Amazon “The round grip although I won't say it's horrible, just gets uncomfortable to use after a while”.

Two owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to setup. Ed mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “It is very easy to set up”.

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Quite Stylish

Four customers said that it was good looking. Tomsguide.com mentioned “Cute vintage style” in their review of this digital camera. Tom mentioned “I am now shooting with pretty consistent quality” and rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

One person mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was well designed. Dan mentioned on Amazon three years ago “I was impressed with the design and handling of it” in his review of this digital camera.

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Good Image Quality for Its Size

Seven owners said in their reviews that the product was good quality. Three years ago Pentaxforums.com said in their review of this digital camera “Good image quality for its size”. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Build quality”. Expert review site Techradar.com said “Image quality is decent.” in their review of this digital camera.


Other

Released Over a Year Ago

It was April 2017 when this camera was released.


Features

Q System Features Eight Interchangeable Lenses

Two people who reviewed it concluded that it had good features. Tomsguide.com said in their review of this digital camera three years ago “Q system features eight interchangeable lenses” . Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Lots of Features”.


Support

Manual Control

Two customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had good technical guidance. Three years ago Pentaxforums.com mentioned “Full manual video controls”.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Pentax Q-S1 supports video recording, as do most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Pentax Q-S1 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera. 1280 x 720 pixels is also supported by this camera. In addition, this digital camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels. 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is actually the best supported video resolution across all low megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution across similar types of camera.

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Weight & Dimensions

Number of Compact Lenses Available

Nine customers wrote in their reviews that the product was compact. Ephotozine said in their review of this digital camera “Number of compact lenses available”. Pentaxforums.com wrote “Most compact mirrorless system on the market” in their review of this digital camera. Ephotozine.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Ephotozine “The compact size of the camera”.

One owner said that the product was a good body shape.

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Very Light

The Pentax Q-S1 is fairly light (only 183 grams) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera. The lightest digital camera that is a comparable age to this digital camera is 18g , the heaviest is 1kg, and the average weight is 430g.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax Q-S1 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras that have been available for more than a year also have a built-in flash.

Alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Lumix DMC-FZ300, or the Lumix DMC-TZ71 both from Panasonic or the Nikon D100 (£59).

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Pentax Q-S1 has a relatively standard display diagonal compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

We compared all the other 3" screen cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the D700 (£1,869), and the D90 (£67.93) both from Nikon or the Canon PowerShot G16 (£246.99) is also worth considering.

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Audio

Low Noise Through ISO 800

Two customers who reviewed the Pentax Q-S1 agreed that it was noisy. Pentaxforums.com wrote “Low noise through ISO 800” in their review of this digital camera.

Oldbike mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Above 1600 it becomes too noisy” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

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Acceptable Noise Level

Two customers who reviewed the Pentax Q-S1 agreed that it was noisy. Pentaxforums.com wrote “Low noise through ISO 800” in their review of this digital camera. Oldbike mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Above 1600 it becomes too noisy” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Pentax Q-S1 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Features Voice Recording

The Pentax Q-S1 features voice recording. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera also feature voice recording.

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Features Noise Reduction

The Pentax Q-S1 features noise reduction, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera.

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The Pentax Q-S1 has a battery charger included, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than a year.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Pentax Q-S1 has a batteries included, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera.

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Has a Hand Strap

The Pentax Q-S1 has a hand strap, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than a year.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Pentax Q-S1 has an HDMI, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera.

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Camera

Features Histogram

The Pentax Q-S1 features histogram. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than a year also feature histogram.

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Technical Details

Has a Self-Timer

The Pentax Q-S1 has a self-timer. Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera also have a self-timer.

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Picture Quality

4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution

The Pentax Q-S1 has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This digital camera also have still image resolution(s) of 4000x3000, 3072x2304, 1920x1440, 4000x2664, 3072x2048, 1920x1280, 4000x2248, 3072x1728, 1920x1080, 2992x2992 and 2304x2304 and 1440x1440.

A 4000 x 3000 still image resolution(s) is actually the best still image resolution amongst all digital cameras of this type and age.

The worst still image resolution amongst similar types of camera is 640 x 480.

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Good Video Capture

Three owners concluded that it was good for video recording.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Three owners considered that the product was mirrorless. Ephotozine.com wrote on Ephotozine “The Pentax Q-S1 is Pentax's latest compact mirrorless camera, updating the Q7”. Three years ago Dpreview.com mentioned on expert website DP Review “Entry-level mirrorless cameras provide a nice middle ground between fixed-lens point-and-shoots”.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good screen.

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Low Noise Through ISO 800

Six customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was able to produce good images. Oldbike said in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “It has good image quality up to ISO 1600”. Tom wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “No -- the Q-S1 is not going to give you image quality as good as your APS-C camera (usually).” in his review of this digital camera.

Two owners who reviewed the Pentax Q-S1 concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Two customers who purchased this digital camera agreed that it had a good ISO range. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “High ISO Performance”.

One owner mentioned that the product had a good image sensor. Digitalversus.com said on expert website Digital Versus “Since then, innovations have been few and far between—there was just the Q7's 1/1.7" sensor, which wasn't exactly enough to change the scene”.

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Intriguing Lens System

Four owners who reviewed it said that it had a good lens. Two years ago Pc Mag said on PC Mag “Intriguing lens system” but even so they scored the Pentax Q-S1 60 out of 100. Ephotozine.com rated this digital camera 4 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Ephotozine “Features a 12 megapixel 1/1.7inch BSI CMOS sensor, Pentax Q lens mount, built-in anti-shake sensor”. Techradar.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Techradar “Ricoh's latest super small Pentax interchangeable lens camera enters a crowded marketplace of diminutive system cameras vying for a place in our pockets”.

Four customers wrote in their reviews that the product had a good autofocus. Pentaxforums.com said in their review of this digital camera three years ago “Speedy autofocus” . Pentaxforums.com also mentioned “Continuous video autofocus” in their review. Bhphotovideo.com gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said “Fast Accurate Auto-Focus”.

Two customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had a good image stabiliser. Pc Mag said on PC Mag “In-body stabilization system” yet they only gave it a rating of 3 stars out of 5. Two years ago Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Good Image Stabilization” in their review of this digital camera and scored this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers pentax pentaxqs1purewhite, pentax 06963, pentax 06956, pentax 06942
Barcodes 00006517278407, 00006536175687, 00027075276932, 00027075277045, 00027075277052, 00027075277151, 00027075277274, 00027075277380, 00027075277496, 00027075277618, 00027075277625, 00027075277724, 00027075277830, 00027075277953, 00027075278066, 00027075278172, 00027075281271, 00027075281288, 00027075281295, 00027075281301, 00027075281318, 00027075281325, 00027075281332, 00027075281349, 00027075281356, 00027075281363, 00027075281370, 00027075281387, 00027075281394, 00027075281400

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