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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 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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19 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Average

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

Pentax Has Excellent Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Pentax MILC digital cameras have excellent ratings on average and across all digital cameras Pentax is one of the top rated 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

Like most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the Q-S1, the Pentax Q-S1 has a built-in flash.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the Samsung NX500[plb_2747846_price].

There are a number of other cameras which also have a built-in flash that you might want to consider including the Nikon 1 J1[plb_3182516_price].

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and type, the Pentax Q-S1 supports Full HD video.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available that you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Olympus PEN E-PL6[plb_2168948_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G70[plb_2967674_price].

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Very Light

With a weight of only 183 grams, the Pentax Q-S1 is fairly light compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Q-S1. The average weight of MILC digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Q-S1 is 330g, and the weights range from 150g to 590g.

Digital cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth considering include the Samsung NX Mini NXF1[plb_2266348_price] (158g).

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor and we think the NX3000[pl_2325036_price], and the NX1[pl_2538558_price] both from Samsung which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Pentax Q-S1 is more than most cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. This Pentax camera has a Micro HDMI connector type, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector type found on MILC digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Q-S1.

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Has Two Image Editings

The number of image editing modes found on the Pentax Q-S1 is more than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. The most commonly found image editing is Rotating, but this image editing is not found on this Pentax camera. The image editings Crop and Resizing are also found on this camera.

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The number of supported image formats on the Pentax Q-S1 is more than most MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. This digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Q-S1. The image formats supported "RAW" is also supported by this Pentax digital camera.

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Has One Photo Effects

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

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable spec and age 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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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The Pentax Q-S1 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most digital cameras of this age and type. This camera has an Auto light exposure modes, which is the most frequently found light exposure modes found on MILC digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Q-S1. The light exposure modess "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Pentax digital camera.

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Supports Nine ISO Sensitivitys

The Pentax Q-S1 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most MILC digital cameras that have been around for more than a year. This Pentax digital camera supports 6 and 400 ISO sensitivitys, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Q-S1. The ISO sensitivitys "100", "200", "400", "800", "1600", "3200", "12800" and "Auto" are also supported by this camera.

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H.264 Video Formats Supported

This digital camera supports an AVC|H.264|MPEG4 video formats supported, which is typical of many cameras that were released more than a year ago.

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TFT Display

The Pentax Q-S1 has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most similar spec digital cameras that were launched 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 of this spec and age.

The worst display across similar types of camera is LCD.

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14 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Pentax Q-S1 does not support wi-Fi, unlike most of the other MILC digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Q-S1.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might want to look at including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G70[plb_2967674_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Q-S1, the Pentax Q-S1 does not have a GPS (satellite).

It is worth considering alternative cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Samsung NX Mini NXF1[plb_2266348_price].

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Does Not Support Video Capability

The Pentax Q-S1 does not support video capability. Most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Q-S1 also do not support video capability.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also support video capability which you might want to look at including the Samsung NX500[plb_2747846_price], the Sony Alpha A5000[plb_2665971_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7[plb_2775892_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

The Pentax Q-S1 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other MILC digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Q-S1 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax Q-S1 does not have an image stabilizer, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been available for more than a year also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Not 3D

Most digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Q-S1 are not 3D. The Pentax Q-S1 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

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Very Low Megapixel

The Pentax Q-S1 has one of the lower megapixels (only 12.4 megapixels) amongst MILC digital cameras of this age. Across all the MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Q-S1 the megapixels range from 10MP to 43MP, and the average megapixel is 18MP.

If this MILC camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might also want to look at the Lumix DMC-GF7[pl_2775892_price] (16MP), or the Lumix DMC-G7[pl_2913114_price] (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 cameras that were released around the same time as it. This digital camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by cameras of this age and type. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0" and "RAW" are also supported by this Pentax digital camera.

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Only 1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution(s)

This camera has a still image resolution(s) of 4000x3000| 3072x2304| 1920x1440| 4000x2664| 3072x2048| 1920x1280| 4000x2248| 3072x1728| 1920x1080| 2992x2992| 2304x2304| 1440x1440, which is the most frequently found still image resolution(s) on cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Very Few Total Megapixels

With a total megapixels of only 12.76 megapixels, the Pentax Q-S1 has one of the less total megapixelss amongst MILC digital cameras of this age. The least total megapixels of digital cameras of this age and type is 12MP and the most is 44MP.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture Number

Digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Q-S1 have maximum aperture numbers of between 4 and 40. With a maximum aperture number of only 4.5, the Pentax Q-S1 has a fairly big maximum aperture number compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Q-S1.

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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 similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. Similar spec cameras that were released more than a year ago maximum image resolutions range from 1280 x 1024 pixels (worst) to 8688 x 5792 pixels (best).

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The average display resolution (numeric) of comparable spec digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago is 840,000 pixels. At only 460,000 pixels, the Pentax Q-S1 has a fairly low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Q-S1.

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Very Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

With an ISO sensitivity (max) of only 12,800, the Pentax Q-S1 has a fairly low ISO sensitivity (max) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type. The average ISO sensitivity (max) of MILC digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Q-S1 is 44,000, and the ISO sensitivity (max)s range from 6,400 to 410,000.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Pentax Q-S1

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when this camera was released.

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Pentax Q-S1 has a pretty average display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

There are a number of other 3" screen digital cameras currently available that you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1[plb_2070627_price], or the Nikon 1 J5[plb_2830177_price].

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on MILC digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. 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 X-A2[pl_2814041_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), or the X-Pro1[pl_3085451_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated) both from Fujifilm or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1[plb_2070627_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Type
Lens Mount Interface
Mounting Type
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Resolution At Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Audio System
Noise Reduction
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Image Editing
Camera File System
Camera Playback
Playback Modes
Scene Modes
Languages Support
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Other Features
Built-In Flash
Technical Details
Self-Timer

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…

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

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