Q-S1by Pentax

  • Q-S1
  • Q-S1
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Not recommended. This product is super problematic.
69%
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PROS

  • The Q-S1 offers an impressive array of on-body buttons and is simple to navigate even without a touch screen. Rubberized sides make it easy to grip.
  • With the included 5-15 mm lens kit, the Q-S1 offers 40 color options and filters--perfect for the Instagram crowd.
  • The top of the camera includes a hot shoe, enabling you to attach a viewfinder or exterior flash.

CONS

  • Although the Q-S1 is impressively compact, it won't fit in your pocket with a lens attached.
  • With a relatively small 1/1.7 sensor, the Q-S1's image quality isn't competitive with other cameras in its price range. It is particularly disappointing when shooting in low light.
  • The lack of Wi-Fi and a touch screen are significant omissions.
The compact camera market remains saturated with enough options to confound even the most dedicated digital photographer. With the Q-S1, Pentax attempts to move ahead of the pack by combining interchangeable lens capacity (through a Q mount) with all the benefits of a compact, mirrorless model. The Q-S1’s 2-megapixel, 1/1.7-inch BSI CMOS remains largely unchanged and fails to offer a significant improvement in image quality when compared with earlier models such as the Q7.
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The Pentax QS-1 is designed for the consumer who wants an easy to use camera that's also versatile and stylish. Because of the smaller senso…

The Pentax QS-1 is designed for the consumer who wants an easy to use camera that's also versatile and stylish. Because of the smaller sensor that isn't compensated for in another aspect like speed, we recommend enthusiasts look elsewhere, but average users may find a lot to like about the QS-1.

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Whilst the Pentax Q-S1 may not have as large a sensor as other mirrorless cameras, the compact size of the camera and lenses may make this a…

Whilst the Pentax Q-S1 may not have as large a sensor as other mirrorless cameras, the compact size of the camera and lenses may make this a stylish compact camera you'd want to take with you when you didn't want to cart a Digital SLR around with you.

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Image quality from the Pentax QS-1 is decent, if not amazing, and there’s a good amount of control you can take with fully automatic modes a…

Image quality from the Pentax QS-1 is decent, if not amazing, and there’s a good amount of control you can take with fully automatic modes available. Creativity is catered for with the different digital effects, and while they’re worth experimenting with, sadly there’s nothing extraordinary here.

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Although it's the world's smallest interchangeable lens camera, it doesn't offer a huge amount aside from that. Image quality is decent, but…

Although it's the world's smallest interchangeable lens camera, it doesn't offer a huge amount aside from that. Image quality is decent, but not amazing. Consider the fantastic Panasonic GM5 instead which is a little more expensive but gives you much more flexibility.

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The Pentax Q-S1 is one of the smallest interchangeable lens cameras on the market, but it performs like a compact camera when it comes to im…

The Pentax Q-S1 is one of the smallest interchangeable lens cameras on the market, but it performs like a compact camera when it comes to image quality.

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The Pentax Q-S1 is a compact interchangeable-lens camera, but its features and performance fall flat compared with similarly priced competit…

The Pentax Q-S1 is a compact interchangeable-lens camera, but its features and performance fall flat compared with similarly priced competitors.

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Along with its stylish, petite body, this new model offers impressive specifications. The PENTAX Q-S1 is an ideal everyday camera for photog…

Along with its stylish, petite body, this new model offers impressive specifications. The PENTAX Q-S1 is an ideal everyday camera for photographers of all levels, complete with an entire system of 8 lenses designed for on-the-go fun.

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Like its forebears, the Pentax Q-S1 is still a camera of extremes, aimed at those photographers for whom minimizing system size is the prima…

Like its forebears, the Pentax Q-S1 is still a camera of extremes, aimed at those photographers for whom minimizing system size is the primary goal. For many photographers who need to shoot without flash in low light, its sensor size will likely still prove difficult to accept. If size is more important to you, however, the Q-S1 looks to be the most exciting Q-series camera to date.

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No, the Q-S1 is not meant to replace your higher-end camera, but it’s more of a companion or a step-up from pocket cameras and cameraphones.…

No, the Q-S1 is not meant to replace your higher-end camera, but it’s more of a companion or a step-up from pocket cameras and cameraphones. Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/photography/pentax-q-s1-incredibly-small-like-pocket-cam-yet-swaps-lenses-like-dslr/#ixzz4FeIXrdZD Follow us: @digitaltrends on Twitter | digitaltrendsftw on Facebook

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Despite its tiny stature and relatively low price, this is a seriously well-designed piece of kit, and one that feels like it'll stand up to…

Despite its tiny stature and relatively low price, this is a seriously well-designed piece of kit, and one that feels like it'll stand up to years bouncing around in your pocket.

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