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Pentax Q-S1 vs Pentax Q7

Portability
92
Imaging
38
Features
54
Overall
44
Pentax Q-S1 front
 
Pentax Q7 front
Portability
92
Imaging
37
Features
54
Overall
43

Pentax Q-S1 vs Pentax Q7 Key Specs

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
  • Launched August 2014
Pentax Q7
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax Q Mount
  • 200g - 102 x 58 x 34mm
  • Announced August 2013
  • Superseded the Pentax Q10
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Pentax Q-S1 vs Pentax Q7 Overview

Its time to take a closer look at the Pentax Q-S1 vs Pentax Q7, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras and both of them are sold by Pentax. The sensor resolution of the Q-S1 (12MP) and the Q7 (12MP) is pretty well matched and they enjoy the exact same sensor measurements (1/1.7").

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The Q-S1 was announced 13 months later than the Q7 which makes the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both the cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before getting through a in depth comparison, below is a quick view of how the Q-S1 matches up vs the Q7 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Pentax Q-S1 over the Pentax Q7

 Q-S1 Q7 
AnnouncedAugust 2014August 2013Fresher by 13 months

Reasons to pick Pentax Q7 over the Pentax Q-S1

 Q7 Q-S1 

Common features in the Pentax Q-S1 and Pentax Q7

 Q-S1 Q7 
Focus manually Very accurate focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurements
Screen resolution460k460kExact same screen resolution
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Absent Touch friendly screen

Pentax Q-S1 vs Pentax Q7 Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to carry your camera, you're going to have to factor in its weight and proportions. The Pentax Q-S1 provides outer measurements of 105mm x 58mm x 34mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") and a weight of 203 grams (0.45 lbs) while the Pentax Q7 has measurements of 102mm x 58mm x 34mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.3") and a weight of 200 grams (0.44 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you have during that time. Here is the front view proportions comparison of the Q-S1 versus the Q7.

Pentax Q-S1 vs Pentax Q7 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the Q-S1 and Q7 is 92 and 92 respectively.

Pentax Q-S1 vs Pentax Q7 top view buttons comparison

Pentax Q-S1 vs Pentax Q7 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very tough to imagine the difference between sensor sizing merely by checking a spec sheet. The visual underneath might give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the Q-S1 and Q7.

As you can see, each of the cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements and the exact same resolution therefore you can expect similar quality of pictures but you would want to consider the age of the products into consideration. The more recent Q-S1 provides a benefit in sensor tech.

Pentax Q-S1 vs Pentax Q7 sensor size comparison

Pentax Q-S1 vs Pentax Q7 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax Q-S1 vs Pentax Q7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax Q-S1 Portrait photography highlights
Pentax Q7 Portrait photography highlights
46
has manual focus
provides face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/1.7")
48
manual focus
great flash sync speed (1/2,000 seconds)
includes face detect focus
exports RAW formats
resolution not great (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Pentax Q-S1 Street photography info
Pentax Q7 Street photography info
69
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
exports RAW formats
lighter than competition in class (203 grams)
screen is fixed
small sensor (1/1.7")
69
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
exports RAW formats
lighter than average in class (200 grams)
screen is fixed
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Pentax Q-S1
Sports photography with Pentax Q7
37
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides tracking autofocus
low fps (5.0 fps)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/1.7")
terrible battery power (250 CIPA)
doesn't have phase detect AF
32
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes tracking focus
max fps very slow (5.0 frames/s)
resolution not great (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
not so great battery power (250 shots)
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Pentax Q-S1 as a Travel photography camera
Pentax Q7 as a Travel photography camera
60
lighter than competition in class (203 grams)
built-in flash
terrible battery power (250 shots)
megapixel count low (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
60
lighter than average in class (200g)
has built in flash
not so great battery power (250 per charge)
resolution not great (12MP)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax Q-S1 as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax Q7 as a Landscape photography camera
55
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Pentax Q mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
exports RAW formats
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/1.7")
terrible battery power (250 CIPA)
55
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Pentax Q mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
exports RAW formats
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
not so great battery power (250 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax Q-S1 Vlogging information
Pentax Q7 Vlogging information
35
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition in class (203 grams)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have external mic support
35
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than average in class (200 grams)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
missing mic jack
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Pentax Q-S1 vs Pentax Q7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax Q-S1 and Pentax Q7
 Pentax Q-S1Pentax Q7
General Information
Brand Name Pentax Pentax
Model type Pentax Q-S1 Pentax Q7
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Launched 2014-08-04 2013-08-08
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Q Engine -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/1.7"
Sensor dimensions 7.44 x 5.58mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area 41.5mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 12800 12800
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type Pentax Q Pentax Q
Total lenses 8 8
Crop factor 4.8 4.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 460 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display technology - TFT color LCD monitor, wide angle viewing, AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Optical (optional)
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/8000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed 5.0fps 5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 4.90 m (at ISO 100) 4.90 m (ISO100/m)
Flash settings Auto, redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync - 1/2000s
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30,25, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30, 25, 24p), 640 x 480 (30, 25, 24p) FullHD(1920x1080, 30fps/25fps/24fps), HD(1280x720,16:9,30fps/25fps/24fps), VGA(640x480,4:3,30fps/25fps/24fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
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 203g (0.45 lbs) 200g (0.44 lbs)
Dimensions 105 x 58 x 34mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") 102 x 58 x 34mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 250 shots 250 shots
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID D-LI68 D-LI68
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (12 sec, 2 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD, SDHC, SDXC and Eye-Fi Card
Storage slots Single Single
Price at launch $250 $480