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Pentax K-1 II vs Pentax Q-S1

Portability
55
Imaging
78
Features
82
Overall
79
Pentax K-1 Mark II front
 
Pentax Q-S1 front
Portability
92
Imaging
38
Features
54
Overall
44

Pentax K-1 II vs Pentax Q-S1 Key Specs

Pentax K-1 II
(Full Review)
  • 36MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 819200
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF4 Mount
  • 1010g - 137 x 110 x 86mm
  • Introduced February 2018
  • Earlier Model is Pentax K-1
Pentax Q-S1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax Q Mount
  • 203g - 105 x 58 x 34mm
  • Announced August 2014
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Pentax K-1 II vs Pentax Q-S1 Overview

Below, we will be reviewing the Pentax K-1 II versus Pentax Q-S1, one being a Advanced DSLR and the latter is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and they are both sold by Pentax. There exists a sizeable gap between the sensor resolutions of the K-1 II (36MP) and Q-S1 (12MP) and the K-1 II (Full frame) and Q-S1 (1/1.7") enjoy different sensor measurements.

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The K-1 II was unveiled 3 years later than the Q-S1 and that is quite a large gap as far as technology is concerned. Both cameras come with different body type with the Pentax K-1 II being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Pentax Q-S1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before going through a detailed comparison, below is a quick summary of how the K-1 II grades versus the Q-S1 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Pentax K-1 II over the Pentax Q-S1

 K-1 II Q-S1 
AnnouncedFebruary 2018August 2014More recent by 44 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen dimension3.2"3"Bigger screen (+0.2")
Screen resolution1037k460kClearer screen (+577k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax Q-S1 over the Pentax K-1 II

 Q-S1 K-1 II 

Common features in the Pentax K-1 II and Pentax Q-S1

 K-1 II Q-S1 
Manual focus Very exact focus
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch screen Lacking Touch screen

Pentax K-1 II vs Pentax Q-S1 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to lug around your camera, you will need to take into account its weight and measurements. The Pentax K-1 II features physical dimensions of 137mm x 110mm x 86mm (5.4" x 4.3" x 3.4") accompanied by a weight of 1010 grams (2.23 lbs) and the Pentax Q-S1 has proportions of 105mm x 58mm x 34mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 203 grams (0.45 lbs).

Examine the Pentax K-1 II versus Pentax Q-S1 in the all new Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you select at that moment. Below is the front view size comparison of the K-1 II and the Q-S1.

Pentax K-1 II vs Pentax Q-S1 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the K-1 II and Q-S1 is 55 and 92 respectively.

Pentax K-1 II vs Pentax Q-S1 top view buttons comparison

Pentax K-1 II vs Pentax Q-S1 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, its hard to visualize the contrast between sensor measurements just by reading through specifications. The visual underneath should provide you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the K-1 II and Q-S1.

To sum up, each of these cameras posses different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The K-1 II using its bigger sensor is going to make shooting shallow depth of field less difficult and the Pentax K-1 II will give you more detail having an extra 24 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop photographs somewhat more aggressively. The younger K-1 II provides a benefit with regard to sensor technology.

Pentax K-1 II vs Pentax Q-S1 sensor size comparison

Pentax K-1 II vs Pentax Q-S1 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax K-1 II vs Pentax Q-S1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax K-1 II Portrait photography features
Pentax Q-S1 Portrait photography features
86
focusing manually
sensor resolution is excellent (36MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
has face detection focus
saves RAW formats
46
focusing manually
provides face detection autofocus
delivers RAW formats
MP count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Pentax K-1 II Street photography advice
Pentax Q-S1 Street photography advice
70
screen can move to multiple angles
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
saves RAW formats
weather proof
above average high ISO (819,200)
more heavy than others in class (1,010 grams)
69
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
delivers RAW formats
lighter than competition in class (203g)
no moving screen
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Pentax K-1 II
Sports photography with Pentax Q-S1
77
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor resolution is excellent (36 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
has tracking autofocus
weather proof
has phase detect auto focus
slow fps (4.4 fps)
terrible battery (670 per charge)
37
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides tracking autofocus
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
MP count low (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
low battery life (250 shots)
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Pentax K-1 II
Travel photography with Pentax Q-S1
53
weather proof
sensor resolution is excellent (36MP)
terrible battery (670 shots)
more heavy than others in class (1,010 grams)
screen is not selfie friendly
60
lighter than competition in class (203g)
built-in flash
low battery life (250 CIPA)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
does not have selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Pentax K-1 II
Landscape photography with Pentax Q-S1
82
focusing manually
change lenses (Pentax KAF4 mount)
screen size is good (3.2 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor resolution is excellent (36 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
no low pass filter
above average high ISO (819,200)
saves RAW formats
weather proof
two card slots
terrible battery (670 CIPA)
55
focusing manually
switch lenses (Pentax Q mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
delivers RAW formats
MP count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
low battery life (250 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Pentax K-1 II
Vlogging with Pentax Q-S1
32
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
has face detection focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
has external microphone socket
screen is not selfie friendly
more heavy than others in class (1,010g)
35
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition in class (203 grams)
does not have selfie friendly display
no external mic port
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Pentax K-1 II vs Pentax Q-S1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax K-1 II and Pentax Q-S1
 Pentax K-1 Mark IIPentax Q-S1
General Information
Make Pentax Pentax
Model type Pentax K-1 Mark II Pentax Q-S1
Class Advanced DSLR Entry-Level Mirrorless
Introduced 2018-02-22 2014-08-04
Body design Mid-size SLR Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip PRIME IV Q Engine
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Full frame 1/1.7"
Sensor dimensions 35.9 x 24mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor area 861.6mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 36MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 7360 x 4912 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 819200 12800
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 33 -
Cross type focus points 25 -
Lens
Lens mount type Pentax KAF4 Pentax Q
Amount of lenses 151 8
Crop factor 1 4.8
Screen
Range of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display sizing 3.2 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 1,037k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) None
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000s 1/8000s
Continuous shutter speed 4.4 frames per sec 5.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 4.90 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Auto Flash Discharge, Auto Flash + Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On + Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Slow-speed Sync + Red-eye, P-TTL, Trailing Curtain Sync, Contrast-control-sync, High-speed sync, Wireless sync Auto, redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/200s -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p) 1920 x 1080 (30,25, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30, 25, 24p), 640 x 480 (30, 25, 24p)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Auto Flash Discharge, Auto Flash + Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On + Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Slow-speed Sync + Red-eye, P-TTL, Trailing Curtain Sync, Contrast-control-sync, High-speed sync, Wireless sync None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Built-in None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 1010g (2.23 lbs) 203g (0.45 lbs)
Dimensions 137 x 110 x 86mm (5.4" x 4.3" x 3.4") 105 x 58 x 34mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 670 photographs 250 photographs
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID D-LI90 D-LI68
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I) SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage slots 2 1
Pricing at release $1,737 $250