Pentax Q-S1 with 5-15mm zoom £209.00 @ Park Cameras
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Pentax Q-S1 with 5-15mm zoom £209.00 @ Park Cameras

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Found 21st Dec 2015
If you want a pocketable interchangeable lens camera, you could do far worse than this. Image quality is generally regarded as more than decent and the lenses are ridiculously tiny.
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They seem like nice little cameras, but I can't help feeling a lot of people might be disappointed in terms of what's possible from the tiny sensor. Something like a Panasonic GM1 is smaller, has a much larger sensor and access to a huge range of amazing lenses. There are 6 lenses for this camera and they're nothing special. OR a Sony RX100 is also a much nicer option for this sort of money
camerasize.com/com…re/
kit lens size comparison
camerasize.com/com…ct/

Not voting hot or cold


Edited by: "SaltyCDogg" 22nd Dec 2015
SaltyCDogg

They seem like nice little cameras, but I can't help feeling a lot of … They seem like nice little cameras, but I can't help feeling a lot of people might be disappointed in terms of what's possible from the tiny sensor. Something like a Panasonic GM1 is smaller, has a much larger sensor and access to a huge range of amazing lenses. There are 6 lenses for this camera and they're nothing special. OR a Sony RX100 is also a much nicer option for this sort of moneyhttp://camerasize.com/compare/#561,491kit lens size comparisonhttp://camerasize.com/compact/#561.355,491.397,ha,tNot voting hot or cold


a6000 etc with kit lens also smaller
saw a nice review for this system though where the guy uses normal pentax lenses via adapter - gets great reach with the crop factor and macro was nice as well from the increased dof
The QS-1 is in an awkward place. It's a lot bigger than the original Q in a world where M43 and APS-C mirrorless systems have gotten a lot smaller, and now sits in line size-wise with cameras like GM1 mentioned above, the Nikon 1 series, and even the Sony A5000 isn't much larger. Sure the lenses are tiny and allow it to border on pocketable, but while image quality is decent that tiny sensor really does mean larger sensor cameras and the glass they have available will have a definite edge.

If you absolutely must have a pocketable camera, with interchangeable lenses, and a sub-£250 price tag, then yeah, this is probably your only option. As soon as one of those criteria gets loosened though, the field opens up. If it doesn't need to be completely pocketable, a standard mirrorless camera with kit lens is a better choice. If it doesn't need interchangeable lenses, the RX100 mk 1 has much better image quality and a versatile lens for about the same price (or less) as a Q kit and an additional lens.

I'm not going to vote cold, this is a camera that will inevitably appeal to some people, but that group of people is quite niche so I won't vote hot either.
Edited by: "ElGofre" 22nd Dec 2015
good little camera
Only just a few weeks ago, I part exchanged all of my Pentax Q system (Q body; spare batts; Pentax-02 Standard Zoom 5-15mm f/2.8-4.5; Pentax-01 Standard Prime 8.5mm f/1.9; Pentax-04 Toy Lens Wide; Pentax-05 Toy Lens Telephoto; Pentax-03 Fish-Eye lenses. I was quite sad to see it go, but pleased at what it gained me as a reduction of a different (also secondhand) camera that I currently use all the time. I simply wasn’t using the Q much any more, but when I was using it, I was nothing but pleased with it.
u0421793

Only just a few weeks ago, I part exchanged all of my Pentax Q system (Q … Only just a few weeks ago, I part exchanged all of my Pentax Q system (Q body; spare batts; Pentax-02 Standard Zoom 5-15mm f/2.8-4.5; Pentax-01 Standard Prime 8.5mm f/1.9; Pentax-04 Toy Lens Wide; Pentax-05 Toy Lens Telephoto; Pentax-03 Fish-Eye lenses. I was quite sad to see it go, but pleased at what it gained me as a reduction of a different (also secondhand) camera that I currently use all the time. I simply wasn’t using the Q much any more, but when I was using it, I was nothing but pleased with it.


did you try adapted lenses on it? im going to have to look for the review/blog now but the photos i saw were very very good, certainly at the size shown on the web

edit: cant find it but heres a reply in an old thread of 2 other photos

EricR

The power of the Pentax Q coupled with a good lens (Sigma 300mm f4).



Edited by: "brilly" 22nd Dec 2015
brilly

…did you try adapted lenses on it?


I tried a C-mount video lens on it (25mm) and the results were usually pretty poor — probably more a failing of the lens, which was no doubt just a security camera type of lens after all. With a bit of correction (usefully, the Pentax Q shoots in DNG format!) the shots are recoverable but not usually straight out of camera. flickr.com/sea…non shows the ones I shot on that lens, including some dark greenish looking uncorrected ones (that got uploaded by Aperture after it annoyingly decided for no reason to replace the carefully corrected and cropped ones with the SOOC ones). That’s the only other lens I had. A lot of people stick telescopes on the other end, and I think I sort of waveringly held one of my Nikon teles in front of it one night, but of course, not with any degree of planar accuracy — what with the massive air gap and guesswork involved.

One of the downsides to this Q is that once the body cap is off, the sensor is exposed, nearly almost at surface level — mind out!
u0421793

I tried a C-mount video lens on it (25mm) and the results were usually … I tried a C-mount video lens on it (25mm) and the results were usually pretty poor — probably more a failing of the lens, which was no doubt just a security camera type of lens after all. With a bit of correction (usefully, the Pentax Q shoots in DNG format!) the shots are recoverable but not usually straight out of camera. https://www.flickr.com/search/?user_id=49428112%40N00&view_all=1&text=kisanon shows the ones I shot on that lens, including some dark greenish looking uncorrected ones (that got uploaded by Aperture after it annoyingly decided for no reason to replace the carefully corrected and cropped ones with the SOOC ones). That’s the only other lens I had. A lot of people stick telescopes on the other end, and I think I sort of waveringly held one of my Nikon teles in front of it one night, but of course, not with any degree of planar accuracy — what with the massive air gap and guesswork involved.One of the downsides to this Q is that once the body cap is off, the sensor is exposed, nearly almost at surface level — mind out!


there is a 69 page thread on pentaxforums about adapted lenses - says it can be quite picky about what it performs well with
here is that thread i was on about before i think
photographerslounge.org/thr…73/
brilly

…there is a 69 page thread …


69!
(said in an exasperated procrastinating tone, not a Bill and Ted tone).
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