Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
The goal of this overview is to provide a detailed comparison of two popular camera models from Entry-Level Mirrorless category, introduced by Pentax. We are going to take a closer look at the technical and physical characteristics, features, and performance. The models we are going to assess and compare in this review are Q-S1 and Q10. The models we are going to compare in our review have different sensors. Pentax Q-S1 features a BSI-CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 12.0 MP. Pentax Q10, on the contrary, has a different CMOS sensor with 12.0 MP resolution.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Pentax Q-S1 and Pentax Q10.
Pentax Q-S1 Key Features:
Pentax Q10 Key Features:
|Sensor Area||41.52 mm2 vs 28.07 mm2||32.4% larger pixel area|
|Flash Range||7 vs 4.9||2.1 better flash range|
|Battery Life||270 shots vs 250 shots||20 more frames with a single charge|
|Weight||200 g vs 203 g||3 g lighter|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes | Yes||Creative shooting|
|External Flash Shoe||Yes | Yes||Flash Shoe available|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots | 460k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type | Fixed Type||No flexible viewing angles|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP | 12.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Continuous Shooting||5.0 fps | 5.0 fps||Low continuous shooting|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
|Battery Life||250 shots | 270 shots||Low battery life|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Pentax Q-S1 and Pentax Q10 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Pentax Q10 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 3g less than the Pentax Q-S1. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Pentax Q-S1 and Pentax Q10 any different in terms of sensor type?
Take a look below to find the comparison of Pentax Q-S1 and Pentax Q10 by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Pentax Q-S1 has a sensor area 0.7x bigger compared to Pentax Q10. What does it mean? This basically means that if you these cameras them with the same aperture and focal length, the first model will give you more control in terms of the blurry background and depth of field.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Pentax Q-S1 and Pentax Q10 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Pentax Q-S1||Pentax Q10|
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Pentax Q-S1 or Pentax Q10, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Pentax Q-S1 and Pentax Q10 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Pentax Q-S1 deserves a higher Total Score than the Pentax Q10. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Pentax Q-S1||Pentax Q10|
|Announced||Aug 04, 2014||Sep 10, 2012|
|Body Type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Dimensions||7.44 x 5.58 mm||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||41.52 mm2||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP||12.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4000 x 3000||4000 x 3000|
|Max Native ISO||12,800||6,400|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||100|
|Lens Mount||Pentax Q||Pentax Q|
|Number of Lenses||8||8|
|Focal Length Multiplier||5.6x||5.53x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a||25|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots||460k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 s||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||5.0 fps||5.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Trailing-curtain sync|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30,25, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30, 25, 24p), 640 x 480 (30, 25, 24p)||1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264||MPEG-4, H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||203 g||200 g|
|Physical Dimensions||105 x 58 x 34 mm||102 x 58 x 34 mm|
|Battery Life||250 shots||270 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC card||SD/SDHC/SDXC|