Q-S1 White

  • Customizable in 40 colors
  • Worlds most compact interchangeable lens system
  • Compatible with Q-Mount system lenses
  • Smart Effects Modes & Creative User Modes

Portable, Powerful and Now Fashionable

Indisputable style and performance are brought to light in the latest addition to the world’s most compact interchangeable lens system, with the introduction of the PENTAX Q-S1. The Q-S1 features an impressive 40 stylish color combinations.  A 12.4 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor promises to deliver high-quality images for the photographer in you. Equipped with a wide range of shooting features to make photography more enjoyable, the Q-S1 offers high-sensitivity shooting with a top sensitivity of ISO 12800, and a reliable shake-reduction system. Creativity is certainly not compromised in the PENTAX Q Series’ latest installment. Users will be able to use Bokeh Control to produce SLR-like bokeh effects with ease, as well as Smart Effects Modes to add desired filter effects with the simple turn of a dial. The combination of a well-conceived design and great operability makes the PENTAX Q-S1 an ideal everyday camera for photographers of all levels.

  • Dependable SR mechanism

    The Q-S1’s advanced SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism features a state-of-the-art gyro sensor to effectively compensate for annoying camera shake. It produces sharp, blur-free images even under shooting conditions prone to camera shake, such as: when using a telephoto lens, shooting in the dark without flash or capturing landscapes at twilight.

  • An array of image-processing tools to create personalized images

    (1) The Custom Image function adds distinctive finishing touches, faithfully expressing the photographer’s creative intent or reproducing the ambience of a specific scene. The user has a choice of 11 Custom Image modes, including: Bleach Bypass, which produces a dramatic, movie-like finish. (2) The Digital Filter function allows the photographer apply a variety of visual effects without requiring the use of a computer. From 17 total options, 11 filters including: Toy Camera, Invert Color and Posterization can be applied even when shooting still images and movie clips.  The remaining digital filters can be applied only during image editing. The user can apply multiple filters to a single image to produce more creative visual effects. (3) Using the Quick Dial, the user can select from the Smart Effects to quickly and effortlessly add a desired finishing touch to an image, while previewing the applied effect on the LCD monitor. From nine Smart Effect modes — including Antique for a nostalgic atmosphere and Fade Color for a chic, faded-color finish — the user can assign four favorite modes to the dial in advance.

  • Digital SLR-caliber exposure system

    The Q-S1’s comprehensive exposure system assures all the advantages and flexibility of a lens-interchangeable digital camera system. In addition to the all-purpose Programmed AE (P) mode, which automatically selects an optimum combination of aperture and shutter speed, it also provides the Aperture-Priority AE (Av) and Shutter-Priority AE (Tv) modes for manual setting of a desired aperture or shutter speed, as well as Metered Manual (M) mode for complete user control over exposure settings.

  • Other features

    ・Compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards ・High-speed continuous shooting of up to five images per second ・HDR mode to composite three images of varying exposures into one photo with extra-wide dynamic range ・CTE white-balance control mode to emphasize the predominant color of a particular scene, such as the sunset ・Multi-exposure mode (up to nine exposures on a single image), with an auto exposure compensation function ・Remote control receptors on front and back panels ・Digital level function to check the camera’s horizontal/vertical inclination ・Digital Camera Utility 5 software (latest version) included

  • Full HD movie recording, even during high-sensitivity shooting

    The Q-S1 captures beautiful Full HD movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels, at 30 frames per second, in the H.264 recording format) with minimal noise. It also provides an interval HD movie recording function for a more creative visual expression. The user can also take advantage of advanced image-processing tools like the Smart Effect modes* and an array of in-body movie editing tools. The Continuous AF (AF-C) mode** has been newly added to these creative options, allowing the user to capture a moving subject in sharp focus during movie recording. * The frame rate may vary when a selected Smart Effect mode requires nonstandard image processing. ** This mode is not compatible with the UNIQUE LENS-series lenses and the 06 TELEPHOTO ZOOM lens.

  • Simple, user-friendly Auto Picture and Scene modes

    The Q-S1 features the PENTAX-original Auto Picture mode, which automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode from an range of options including Portrait, Landscape and Macro for a given scene or subject. Since the camera optimizes all affecting parameters, such as shutter speed, aperture, white balance, saturation, contrast and sharpness, the user can concentrate on the composition and moment. The Q-S1 also provides 21 Scene modes including Night Scene Portrait, Pet and Backlight Silhouette, allowing even an entry-level digital photographer to choose the best exposure settings for a complicated scene or subject with the simple choice of an icon on the LCD monitor.

  • DRII mechanism for effective dust removal

    The Q-S1’s DRII (Dust Removal II) mechanism effectively prevents annoying dust spots from spoiling captured images, even after the user changes lenses out in the open. Like the PENTAX K-3 and 645Z digital SLR cameras, it employs a highly efficient supersonic vibration mechanism, which vibrates the image sensor at high speed to shake dust off its surface.


Lens-interchangeable SL digital-still camera (Digital Hybrid ILC)


Type: 1/1.7” Backlit CMOS w/ primary color filter
Effective pixels: 12.4MP
Total pixels: 12.76MP
Dust Removal: Yes. DRII Ultrasonic.
Recorded Resolutions (Pixels)
Still: JPEG
[4:3] L: 12M(4000x3000), M:7M(3072x2304), S:3M(1920x1440)
[3:2] L: 10M(4000x2664), M:6M(3072x2048), S:2M(1920x1280)
[16:9 ] L: 9M(4000x2248), M:5M(3072x1728), S:2M(1920x1080)
[1:1] L: 9M(2992x2992), M:5M(2304x2304), 2M(1440x1440)
RAW: [4:3] 12M(4000x3000)
Quality Levels: RAW (12bit): DNG. JPEG: ★★★ (Best), ★★ (Better), ★ (Good)
RAW and JPEG simultaneously recordablej


Type: PENTAX bayonet Q-mount
Usable lenses: Q-mount lenses, K-mount lenses (w/ Adapter Q for K Lens).

Focus System

Type: Contrast detection AF
Autofocus Method: Face Detection, Tracking, Multi-point Auto, Select, Spot
Focus Method: AF / MF Switching
Brightness Range: EV0 to 18(ISO100)
AF Assist Light: Dedicated LED Lamp
Manual Focus Assist: OFF/x2/x4 / x6
Focus Peaking: Yes

LCD Monitor

Type: 3.0-inch TFT color LCD monitor, wide angle viewing, AR coating
LCD resolution: 460,000 dots
Adjustable: Brightness and Color
Field of View: approx. 100%,
Display info: Grid display (4x4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale display),
Bright/dark area warning, Histogram


Type: Built-in retractable P-TTL flash
Guide number: approx. 4.9 (ISO100/m) / approx. 7 (ISO200/m)
Angle of view: coverage: wide angle-lens, equivalent to 28mm in 35mm format
Flash modes: P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
Sync Speed: Lens shutter: 1/2000 seconds, Electronic shutter: 1/13 seconds
Flash Exposure Compensation: –2.0 to +1.0 EV

Storage Media

Removable memory: SD, SDHC, SDXC and Eye-Fi Card


Ports: USB 2.0 (high-speed compatible) / AV output terminal, HDMI output terminal (Type D)
Video out: NTSC, PAL
USB Connection: MSC / PTP

Power Supply

Power source: Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68
Number of recordable images: approx. 250 images (with 50% flash usage),
approx. 260 images (without flash usage)
Playback time: approx.160 minutes
* Using a new lithium-ion battery at 23 °C, (tested in compliance with CIPA standard).
AC adapter: K-AC115 (optional)

Physical Specs

Dimensions (W x H x D): Approx. 4.13”(W) x 2..28”(H) x1.33” (D) (exc. Operating parts and protrusions)
Without battery or removable memory: approx. 6.45oz (183g)
With battery and memory card: approx. 7.16oz (203g)
Construction material(s): Reinforced polycarbonate plastic
Operating temperature: 32-104°F


World Time: World Time settings for 75 cities (28 time zones)

Language Support

English, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish,
Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greece, Russian, Korean, Chinese
(Traditional), Chinese (Simplified)

Image Stabilization

Still: Sensor shift Shake Reduction

Metering System

TTL image sensor metering, segment metering, center-weighted metering, and spot metering
Exposure compensation: EV1 - 17 (ISO 100, F1.9 lens), +2EV using the Electronic Shutter
setting or using the ND filter

ISO Sensitivity

AUTO : ISO 100 to 12800 (1/3 EV steps)
Bulb mode: up to ISO 1600

White Balance

Auto TTL by CMOS image sensor
Preset: Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D: Daylight Color, N: Daylight White, W: Cool White, L: Warm White), Tungsten, Flash, CTE, Manual
Manual: Configuration using the display screen (up to 3 settings can be saved), Copying the white balance setting of a captured image
Fine Adjustment: Adjustable ±7 steps on A-B axis or G-M axis


Type: Lens shutter: 1/2000 - 30 seconds
(1/3EV step, 1/8000 - 30 seconds when Electronic Shutter setting is enabled), Bulb
*Shooting at 1/8000 - 2 seconds with Electronic Shutter and Bulb shooting are not available
when using a lens that has no lens shutter.

Capture Modes

Program Auto Exposure, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual Exposure, Bulb, Blur
Control* JPEG only.
Auto Modes: Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue
Sky, Forest.
Scene Modes: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue
Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR*, Night Snap, HDR*, Quick Macro*, Food, Pet,
Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum
Face detection available: Yes
Custom Image: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass,
Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
Digital Filter (capture): Toy Camera, High Contrast, Shading, Slim, HDR, Invert Color, Extract
Color, Color, Water Color, Posterization, Fish-eye
HDR Capture: Auto, HDR 1, HDR 2
Smart Effect: Brilliant Color, Unicolor Bold, Vintage Color, Antique, Warm Fade, Tone
Expansion, Bold Monochrome, Faded color, Vibrant Color Enhance, USER 1 to 3
Dynamic Range Adjustment: Highlight and / or Shadow correction
Interval Shooting: Shooting interval: Shooting interval: 3 sec. to 24 hr., Start Interval setting:
immediately from the set time, Number of shots: up to 999 images
Face detection available: Yes * JPEG Only
Electronic Level function: yes. Displayed on LCD monitor (horizontal and vertical directions)

Drive Modes

Single frame, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-timer (12s, 2s), Remote Control (0 sec., 3 sec.,
continuous), Exposure Bracketing (3 frames, remote control), Multi-exposure (0 sec., Self-time,
remote control), Interval Shooting
Continuous Shooting: Approx. 5 fps, JPEG (12M / ★★★ / Continuous HI): up to 5 frames,
Approx. 1.5 fps, JPEG (12M / ★★★ / Continuous LO): up to 100 frames
Self-timer: Yes (12 sec, 2 sec)
Remote control: Yes (Instant, 3 sec. Delay, Continuous)
EV Compensation: ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
AE Lock: Can be assigned to the green/delete button from the menu.
Continuous as long as the shutter release button is pressed halfway.

Playback Modes

Playback View: Single frame, multi-image display (4, 9, 30, 56 segmentation), display
magnification (up to 16x, scrolling and quick magnification available), rotating, histogram (Y
histogram, RGB histogram), bright area warning, detailed inf, folder display, Date display,
Digital Filters: Base Parameter Adjustment, Toy Camera, High Contrast, Shading, Tone
Expansion, Invert Color, Extract Color, Unicolor Bold, Water Color, Posterization, Slim, Fish
eye, Retro, Soft, Sketch Filter, Miniature, Soft, Starburst,
RAW Development: File Format (JPEG), Aspect Ratio, Color Space, Custom Image, White
Balance, Sensitivity, High-ISO NR, Shadow Correction, Distortion Correction.
Edit: Resize: Resize, Cropping (aspect ratio adjustment available), Index, Movie Editing (divide
or delete selected frames), Capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie, Red-eye Edit, Saving
buffer as a RAW file
Delete: Delete single image, delete all images, select & delete, delete folder, delete instant
review image

File Formats

Still: RAW (DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant
Movie: MOV MPEG–4 AVC/H.264 (.mov)
Color Space: sRGB, Adobe RGB

Custom Functions

Custom Functions: 16
Mode Memory: 10 items
Button/Dial Customization: Green/Delete button: Green Button, Preview, One Push File
Format, AE Lock, Enable AF
Quick Dial: Smart Effect, Custom Image, Digital Filter, Aspect Ratio

Computer Requirements

*For device connectivity. Bundled software requirements may vary.
Windows: Windows Vista (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows 8(32-bit, 64-bit)
Windows 8.1 (32-bit, 64-bit) *Can be run as a 32-bit application on any 64-bit Edition of Windows
Mac: Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9 USB port

  • USB Cable I-USB7
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68,
  • AC plug cord
  • Hot shoe cover FK
  • Strap O-ST131
  • Battery Charger D-BC68P
  • Software (CDROM) S-SW151
  • Body mount cover


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