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Pentax Q-S1 vs Samsung NX mini

Portability
92
Imaging
38
Features
54
Overall
44
Pentax Q-S1 front
 
Samsung NX mini front
Portability
93
Imaging
52
Features
68
Overall
58

Pentax Q-S1 vs Samsung NX mini 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
  • Announced August 2014
Samsung NX mini
(Full Review)
  • 20.5MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 160 - 12800 (Bump to 25600)
  • 1/16000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Samsung NX-M Mount
  • 196g - 110 x 62 x 23mm
  • Launched March 2014
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Pentax Q-S1 vs Samsung NX mini Overview

Following is a comprehensive overview of the Pentax Q-S1 vs Samsung NX mini, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras by manufacturers Pentax and Samsung. There is a noticeable difference between the resolutions of the Q-S1 (12MP) and NX mini (20.5MP) and the Q-S1 (1/1.7") and NX mini (1") enjoy different sensor sizes.

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The Q-S1 was launched 5 months after the NX mini which means that they are of a similar age. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before diving through a step-by-step comparison, below is a brief overview of how the Q-S1 grades vs the NX mini with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Pentax Q-S1 over the Samsung NX mini

 Q-S1 NX mini 

Reasons to pick Samsung NX mini over the Pentax Q-S1

 NX mini Q-S1 
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution461k460kClearer screen (+1k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Pentax Q-S1 and Samsung NX mini

 Q-S1 NX mini 
LaunchedAugust 2014March 2014Similar age
Manual focus Dial exact focusing
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen dimensions
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen

Pentax Q-S1 vs Samsung NX mini Physical Comparison

If you're intending to carry around your camera often, you should take into account its weight and measurements. The Pentax Q-S1 has got physical dimensions of 105mm x 58mm x 34mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") having a weight of 203 grams (0.45 lbs) whilst the Samsung NX mini has proportions of 110mm x 62mm x 23mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 0.9") with a weight of 196 grams (0.43 lbs).

Compare the Pentax Q-S1 vs Samsung NX mini in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you choose during that time. Below is the front view over all size comparison of the Q-S1 compared to the NX mini.

Pentax Q-S1 vs Samsung NX mini size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the Q-S1 and NX mini is 92 and 93 respectively.

Pentax Q-S1 vs Samsung NX mini top view buttons comparison

Pentax Q-S1 vs Samsung NX mini Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is tough to picture the contrast between sensor sizes just by reading specs. The image underneath will help provide you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the Q-S1 and NX mini.

All in all, both of the cameras enjoy different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The Q-S1 due to its tinier sensor is going to make shooting shallower DOF trickier and the Samsung NX mini will offer you extra detail utilizing its extra 8.5 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also help you crop pictures far more aggressively.

Pentax Q-S1 vs Samsung NX mini sensor size comparison

Pentax Q-S1 vs Samsung NX mini Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax Q-S1 vs Samsung NX mini Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax Q-S1 Portrait photography features
Samsung NX mini Portrait photography features
46
you can focus manually
provides face detect focus
delivers RAW files
megapixel count low (12MP)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
71
you can focus manually
MP count good (20.5 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
has face detection focus
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Pentax Q-S1 Street photography information
Samsung NX mini Street photography information
69
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
delivers RAW files
lighter than others (203 grams)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor (1/1.7")
81
screen tilts up and down
sensor size is nice (1")
exports RAW files
provides touch to focus
lighter than others (196 grams)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Pentax Q-S1
Sports photography with Samsung NX mini
37
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides tracking focus
slow frames per second (5.0 fps)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
bad battery life (250 CIPA)
does not have phase detect auto focus
54
maximum shutter speed is high (1/16,000s)
MP count good (20.5MP)
sensor size is nice (1")
great battery power (650 per charge)
low fps (6.0 fps)
no image stabilization
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Pentax Q-S1
Travel photography with Samsung NX mini
60
lighter than others (203g)
flash built-in
bad battery life (250 CIPA)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
does not offer selfie friendly display
76
great battery power (650 shots)
lighter than others (196g)
provides touch to focus
MP count good (20.5 megapixels)
built-in flash
doesn't have Timelapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax Q-S1 Landscape photography advice
Samsung NX mini Landscape photography advice
55
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Pentax Q mount)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
delivers RAW files
megapixel count low (12MP)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
bad battery life (250 CIPA)
68
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Samsung NX-M mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
MP count good (20.5MP)
sensor size is nice (1")
exports RAW files
great battery power (650 per charge)
no image stabilization
doesn't have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax Q-S1 Vlogging info
Samsung NX mini Vlogging info
35
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than others (203 grams)
does not offer selfie friendly display
lack of mic socket
38
screen is touchscreen
has face detection focus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have external microphone support
lighter than others (196g)
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
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Pentax Q-S1 vs Samsung NX mini Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax Q-S1 and Samsung NX mini
 Pentax Q-S1Samsung NX mini
General Information
Manufacturer Pentax Samsung
Model Pentax Q-S1 Samsung NX mini
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2014-08-04 2014-03-19
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by Q Engine -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1"
Sensor measurements 7.44 x 5.58mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area 41.5mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 20.5MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 5472 x 3648
Maximum native ISO 12800 12800
Maximum boosted ISO - 25600
Min native ISO 100 160
RAW files
Min boosted ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points - 21
Lens
Lens mounting type Pentax Q Samsung NX-M
Number of lenses 8 2
Focal length multiplier 4.8 2.7
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 460 thousand dots 461 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display tech - TFT-LCD (180 degree tilt)
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/16000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 5.0 frames/s 6.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 4.90 m (at ISO 100) -
Flash modes Auto, redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync Smart Flash, auto, auto + redeye reduction, fill-in, fill-in + redeye reduction, 1st curtain, 2nd curtain
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/200 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30,25, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30, 25, 24p), 640 x 480 (30, 25, 24p) 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 (all 30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 203 gr (0.45 lb) 196 gr (0.43 lb)
Dimensions 105 x 58 x 34mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") 110 x 62 x 23mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 250 photos 650 photos
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model D-LI68 B740
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2-30 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC card microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC
Card slots Single Single
Retail cost $250 $530