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Pentax K100D S vs Pentax Q

Portability
65
Imaging
46
Features
36
Overall
42
Pentax K100D Super front
 
Pentax Q front
Portability
93
Imaging
36
Features
47
Overall
40

Pentax K100D S vs Pentax Q Key Specs

Pentax K100D S
(Full Review)
  • 6MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 646g - 129 x 91 x 71mm
  • Launched June 2007
  • Earlier Model is Pentax K100D
  • Renewed by Pentax K200D
Pentax Q
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax Q Mount
  • 180g - 98 x 57 x 31mm
  • Launched June 2011
  • New Model is Pentax Q10
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Pentax K100D S vs Pentax Q Overview

On this page, we are comparing the Pentax K100D S vs Pentax Q, former being a Entry-Level DSLR while the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and both are created by Pentax. There exists a substantial gap among the image resolutions of the K100D S (6MP) and Q (12MP) and the K100D S (APS-C) and Q (1/2.3") posses different sensor size.

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The K100D S was brought out 5 years earlier than the Q and that is a fairly big difference as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras have different body design with the Pentax K100D S being a Compact SLR camera and the Pentax Q being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go into a comprehensive comparison, here is a concise introduction of how the K100D S matches up against the Q with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Pentax K100D S over the Pentax Q

 K100D S Q 

Reasons to pick Pentax Q over the Pentax K100D S

 Q K100D S 
LaunchedJune 2011June 2007Fresher by 48 months
Display dimensions3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution460k210kSharper display (+250k dot)

Common features in the Pentax K100D S and Pentax Q

 K100D S Q 
Manual focus Dial precise focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch display Missing Touch display

Pentax K100D S vs Pentax Q Physical Comparison

If you're going to carry your camera regularly, you're going to have to take into account its weight and volume. The Pentax K100D S has got outer dimensions of 129mm x 91mm x 71mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.8") having a weight of 646 grams (1.42 lbs) while the Pentax Q has sizing of 98mm x 57mm x 31mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.2") having a weight of 180 grams (0.40 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are using at the time. Underneath is a front view overall size comparison of the K100D S vs the Q.

Pentax K100D S vs Pentax Q size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the K100D S and Q is 65 and 93 respectively.

Pentax K100D S vs Pentax Q top view buttons comparison

Pentax K100D S vs Pentax Q Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very hard to imagine the contrast in sensor sizing only by going through specifications. The photograph underneath might provide you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the K100D S and Q.

Plainly, the 2 cameras have different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The K100D S featuring a larger sensor is going to make achieving shallower depth of field easier and the Pentax Q will produce greater detail having its extra 6MP. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop pics a bit more aggressively. The older K100D S will be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Pentax K100D S vs Pentax Q sensor size comparison

Pentax K100D S vs Pentax Q Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax K100D S vs Pentax Q Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax K100D S Portrait photography factors
Pentax Q Portrait photography factors
51
focusing manually
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
does not have liveview
low megapixels (6MP)
45
has manual focus
flash sync is higher than normal (1/2,000 seconds)
exports RAW formats
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Pentax K100D S as a Street photography camera
Pentax Q as a Street photography camera
59
image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
no moving screen
more heavy than average in class (646 grams)
69
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
exports RAW formats
lighter than competitors in class (180g)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Pentax K100D S as a Sports photography camera
Pentax Q as a Sports photography camera
48
image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
comes with phase detect autofocus
does not have liveview
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
low megapixels (6 megapixels)
32
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers tracking autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
resolution not great (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
low battery power (230 per charge)
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Pentax K100D S as a Travel photography camera
Pentax Q as a Travel photography camera
43
flash built-in
does not have Timelapse recording
more heavy than average in class (646 grams)
low megapixels (6 megapixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
57
lighter than competitors in class (180g)
flash built-in
missing Timelapse function
low battery power (230 CIPA)
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax K100D S Landscape photography features
Pentax Q Landscape photography features
52
focusing manually
change lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
tiny screen (2.5 inches)
does not have liveview
low megapixels (6 megapixels)
does not have Timelapse recording
51
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Pentax Q mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
exports RAW formats
resolution not great (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
low battery power (230 CIPA)
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax K100D S Vlogging details
Pentax Q Vlogging details
9
can't shoot video
34
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competitors in class (180 grams)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
missing external microphone jack
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Pentax K100D S vs Pentax Q Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax K100D S and Pentax Q
 Pentax K100D SuperPentax Q
General Information
Brand Name Pentax Pentax
Model type Pentax K100D Super Pentax Q
Category Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level Mirrorless
Launched 2007-06-28 2011-06-23
Body design Compact SLR Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 23.5 x 15.7mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 369.0mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 6MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3008 x 2008 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 3200 6400
Min native ISO 200 125
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
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 11 25
Lens
Lens mount type Pentax KAF2 Pentax Q
Amount of lenses 151 8
Focal length multiplier 1.5 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.5 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 210k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech - TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) None
Viewfinder coverage 96 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.57x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed 3.0 frames per sec 2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance - 5.60 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Trailing-curtain sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/180s 1/2000s
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution None 1920x1080
Video file format - 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
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 646 gr (1.42 lb) 180 gr (0.40 lb)
Physical dimensions 129 x 91 x 71mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.8") 98 x 57 x 31mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 47
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 20.2
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 11.1
DXO Low light rating not tested 189
Other
Battery life - 230 pictures
Battery format - Battery Pack
Battery ID 4 x AA D-LI68
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Retail pricing $520 $695