Pentax’s Q-S1 is one of the world’s smallest and lightest digital cameras with interchangeable lenses. It offers a new refined look (including synthetic leather on the front panel), Smart Affect mode for creative photo enhancing, and colour variations from today’s hottest fashion trends.
The camera has a 12.4-megapixel, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, its processor minimizes annoying noises effectively at all ISO sensitivity levels to deliver rich gradation, fine-texture images, even in high-sensitivity shooting using a top sensitivity of ISO 12800. It also offers outstanding autofocus accuracy during low-illumination shooting, says the company.
The Quick Dial also lets the user assign as many as four favourite functions, including Smart Effect, aspect ratio, AF/MF switching, focus assist ON/OFF and ND filter ON/OFF, for instant mode switching during shooting.
The Q-S1’s advanced SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism features a state-of-the-art gyro sensor to effectively compensate for annoying camera shake.
The camera captures 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 to add more creativity to 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.
There’s a high-resolution 3.0-inch LCD monitor treated with AR (Anti-Reflection) coating to produce sharp, bright images even under bright sunshine by effectively minimizing glare and reflection on the screen.
A wide-view design makes it possible to view the image from 170 degrees horizontally and vertically.
The new camera offers an array of image-processing tools to create personalized images. The Custom Image function adds a distinctive finishing touch to an image, with a choice of 11 Custom Image modes, including Bleach Bypass, which produces a dramatic, movie-like finish. The digital filter function lets the photographer apply a variety of visual effects without requiring a computer. Of 17 total options, 11 filters including Toy Camera, Invert Colour and Posterization can be applied even during the shooting of still images and movie clips, while the remaining six can be applied only during image editing. The user can even apply multiple filters to a single image to produce more inventive visual effects. Using the Quick Dial positioned on the camera’s front panel, the user can 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 Colour for a chic, faded-colour finish – the user can assign four favourite modes to the dial in advance.
The Q-S1’s bokeh control function allows the user to make the subject stand out by automatically assessing the relative distance between the in-focus subject and obtrusive objects in the field of view.
Auto Picture mode 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 image composition. The Q-S1 also provides 21 Scene modes including Night Scene Portrait, Pet and Backlight Silhouette with the simple choice of an icon on the LCD monitor.
Other features include 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 colour 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.
Pentax continues the colour to order service for the Q-S1 it launched with the Q7 a year ago to express one’s personal taste and style. There are four standard colour combinations and additional 36 body and grip colours such as champagne, khaki green, and charcoal black. The standard prime lens colour can also be chosen from five different options.
The Pentax Q-S1 will be available this month for a suggested retail price of $529.95 for the kit with Pentax-02 standard zoom lens. Ordering for the custom colours will also available this month.