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Pentax K-01 vs Pentax Q-S1

Portability
76
Imaging
57
Features
68
Overall
61
Pentax K-01 front
 
Pentax Q-S1 front
Portability
92
Imaging
38
Features
54
Overall
44

Pentax K-01 vs Pentax Q-S1 Key Specs

Pentax K-01
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Increase to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 561g - 122 x 79 x 58mm
  • Announced May 2012
Pentax Q-S1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax Q Mount
  • 203g - 105 x 58 x 34mm
  • Revealed August 2014
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Pentax K-01 vs Pentax Q-S1 Overview

Below is a thorough review of the Pentax K-01 versus Pentax Q-S1, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras and both of them are designed by Pentax. There exists a considerable gap between the image resolutions of the K-01 (16MP) and Q-S1 (12MP) and the K-01 (APS-C) and Q-S1 (1/1.7") provide totally different sensor sizes.

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The K-01 was manufactured 3 years before the Q-S1 and that is quite a large difference as far as technology is concerned. Both the cameras have different body design with the Pentax K-01 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Pentax Q-S1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go into a detailed comparison, here is a simple summation of how the K-01 scores vs the Q-S1 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Pentax K-01 over the Pentax Q-S1

 K-01 Q-S1 
Display resolution921k460kCrisper display (+461k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax Q-S1 over the Pentax K-01

 Q-S1 K-01 
RevealedAugust 2014May 2012More recent by 26 months

Common features in the Pentax K-01 and Pentax Q-S1

 K-01 Q-S1 
Focus manually Very exact focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display dimensions
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch display Lack of Touch display

Pentax K-01 vs Pentax Q-S1 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to lug around your camera regularly, you'll need to think about its weight and dimensions. The Pentax K-01 has got physical dimensions of 122mm x 79mm x 58mm (4.8" x 3.1" x 2.3") along with a weight of 561 grams (1.24 lbs) and the Pentax Q-S1 has dimensions of 105mm x 58mm x 34mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") with a weight of 203 grams (0.45 lbs).

Analyze the Pentax K-01 versus Pentax Q-S1 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you use at that time. Underneath is a front view dimensions comparison of the K-01 vs the Q-S1.

Pentax K-01 vs Pentax Q-S1 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the K-01 and Q-S1 is 76 and 92 respectively.

Pentax K-01 vs Pentax Q-S1 top view buttons comparison

Pentax K-01 vs Pentax Q-S1 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it can be tough to envision the contrast between sensor measurements simply by reading through specifications. The graphic here will help offer you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the K-01 and Q-S1.

To sum up, the 2 cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The K-01 featuring a larger sensor will make getting shallower depth of field less difficult and the Pentax K-01 will resolve extra detail due to its extra 4MP. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop images more aggressively. The older K-01 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Pentax K-01 vs Pentax Q-S1 sensor size comparison

Pentax K-01 vs Pentax Q-S1 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax K-01 vs Pentax Q-S1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax K-01 Portrait photography details
Pentax Q-S1 Portrait photography details
74
focusing manually
good resolution (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detect autofocus
delivers RAW formats
46
you can focus manually
offers face detection focus
exports RAW formats
low MP (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Pentax K-01 Street photography advice
Pentax Q-S1 Street photography advice
66
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
fixed screen
heavier than competitors (561 grams)
69
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
exports RAW formats
lighter than others (203 grams)
no articulating screen
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Pentax K-01
Sports photography with Pentax Q-S1
61
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
good battery life (540 CIPA)
slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames per second)
has no phase detect autofocus
37
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers tracking autofocus
slow fps (5.0 fps)
low MP (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
bad battery power (250 per charge)
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Pentax K-01
Travel photography with Pentax Q-S1
65
good battery life (540 per charge)
good resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
heavier than competitors (561 grams)
does not contain selfie friendly display
60
lighter than others (203 grams)
has built in flash
bad battery power (250 shots)
low MP (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax K-01 Landscape photography advice
Pentax Q-S1 Landscape photography advice
80
focusing manually
switch lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
good battery life (540 shots)
55
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Pentax Q mount)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
exports RAW formats
low MP (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
bad battery power (250 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Pentax K-01
Vlogging with Pentax Q-S1
34
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes mic jack
does not contain selfie friendly display
heavier than competitors (561 grams)
35
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than others (203g)
display is not selfie friendly
missing external microphone jack
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Pentax K-01 vs Pentax Q-S1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax K-01 and Pentax Q-S1
 Pentax K-01Pentax Q-S1
General Information
Company Pentax Pentax
Model type Pentax K-01 Pentax Q-S1
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2012-05-30 2014-08-04
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip - Q Engine
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C 1/1.7"
Sensor measurements 23.7 x 15.7mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor area 372.1mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4928 x 3264 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 12800 12800
Highest boosted ISO 25600 -
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 81 -
Lens
Lens mount type Pentax KAF2 Pentax Q
Amount of lenses 151 8
Crop factor 1.5 4.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 921 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech TFT LCD monitor -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 6.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 4.90 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync Auto, redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/180 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps),1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25, 24 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30,25, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30, 25, 24p), 640 x 480 (30, 25, 24p)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 561 grams (1.24 lbs) 203 grams (0.45 lbs)
Physical dimensions 122 x 79 x 58mm (4.8" x 3.1" x 2.3") 105 x 58 x 34mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 79 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 23.7 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.9 not tested
DXO Low light rating 1135 not tested
Other
Battery life 540 pictures 250 pictures
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID D-LI90 D-LI68
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage slots Single Single
Retail price $899 $250