As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Pentax Q-S1 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, boutiques, travel zooms and pro DSLRs. The Pentax Q-S1's top rivals come from Pentax (such as the K-3 and the Q7) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-TZ60 and the Lumix DC-ZS70 (Lumix DC-TZ90))

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax Q-S1 compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), records movies in 24p, has a built-in focus motor, is newer (august 2014 vs january 2014) and is slightly smaller (compact (105×58×34 mm) vs standard size (133×92×49 mm)).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs UHD @ 30fps), has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (12 MP vs 19.8 MP).

Pentax Q7

Pentax Q7
1 year older
$219 5-15mm lens

Significant advantages of the Q7 (vs the Q-S1)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Q7 (vs the Q-S1)

  • None found

common strengths of the Q7 and Q-S1

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Fairly small: Compact (102×58×34 mm) vs Compact (105×58×34 mm)
  • Very light: 200 g vs 203 g

Pentax Q10

Pentax Q10
1 year older
$3,307 (body only)

Significant advantages of the Q10 (vs the Q-S1)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Q10 (vs the Q-S1)

  • No 24p support

common strengths of the Q10 and Q-S1

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Fairly small: Compact (102×58×34 mm) vs Compact (105×58×34 mm)
  • Very light: 200 g vs 203 g

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
7 months older
$498 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the Q-S1)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly more lenses available: 62 lenses vs 7 lenses
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 19.8 MP vs 12 MP

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (vs the Q-S1)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the A5000 and Q-S1

  • Fairly small: Compact (110×63×36 mm) vs Compact (105×58×34 mm)
  • Very light: 210 g vs 203 g
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.3"

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
4 years older
$593 (body only)

Significant advantages of the NEX-5 (vs the Q-S1)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly more lenses available: 62 lenses vs 7 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-5 (vs the Q-S1)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No 24p support
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the NEX-5 and Q-S1

  • Fairly small: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Compact (105×58×34 mm)
  • Light weight: 287 g vs 203 g
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.3"

Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm X-T2
1 year newer
$939 - $1,099 (body only)
$1,404 - $1,499 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T2 (vs the Q-S1)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the X-T2 (vs the Q-S1)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Larger: Standard size (133×92×49 mm) vs Compact (105×58×34 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 507 g vs 203 g

common strengths of the X-T2 and Q-S1

  • Thin: 1.9" vs 1.3"
  • Inexpensive: $939.00 vs $332.96

Sony a7 III

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3 years newer
$1,876 - $1,998 (body only)
$2,116 - $2,198 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the a7 III (vs the Q-S1)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the a7 III (vs the Q-S1)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (127×96×74 mm) vs Compact (105×58×34 mm)
  • Much heavier: 650 g vs 203 g

common strengths of the a7 III and Q-S1

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax Q-S1 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), records movies in 24p, is newer (august 2014 vs june 2013) and is much smaller (compact (105×58×34 mm) vs professional size (131×100×77 mm)).

However, on average it has a much lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (12 MP vs 24 MP), it's body is not weather sealed, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (5 fps vs 7 fps) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3
10 months older
$818 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K-3 (vs the Q-S1)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 12 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the K-3 (vs the Q-S1)

  • Much larger: Professional size (131×100×77 mm) vs Compact (105×58×34 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1.3"
  • Much heavier: 800 g vs 203 g

common strengths of the K-3 and Q-S1

  • Very fast max shutter speeds: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3
3 years older
$394 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3 (vs the Q-S1)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 12 MP
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 7 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the T3 (vs the Q-S1)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the T3 and Q-S1

  • Inexpensive: $393.99 vs $332.96

Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5
3 years older
$331 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K-5 (vs the Q-S1)

  • Much higher true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 12 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the K-5 (vs the Q-S1)

  • No 24p support
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm) vs Compact (105×58×34 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.9" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the K-5 and Q-S1

  • Inexpensive: $330.72 vs $332.96
  • Very fast max shutter speeds: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

Pentax K-70

Pentax K-70
1 year newer
$595 (body only)
$672 - $715 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-70 (vs the Q-S1)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 12 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the K-70 (vs the Q-S1)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (126×93×74 mm) vs Compact (105×58×34 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.9" vs 1.3"
  • Much heavier: 688 g vs 203 g

common strengths of the K-70 and Q-S1

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (126×93×74 mm) vs Compact (105×58×34 mm)
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/5999 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50
1 year older
$1,444 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-50 (vs the Q-S1)

  • Much higher true resolution: 16.2 MP vs 12 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the K-50 (vs the Q-S1)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (129×97×70 mm) vs Compact (105×58×34 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.8" vs 1.3"
  • Much heavier: 650 g vs 203 g

common strengths of the K-50 and Q-S1

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (129×97×70 mm) vs Compact (105×58×34 mm)
  • Thin: 2.8" vs 1.3"
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/6000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
1 year newer
$872 - $999 (body only)
$870 - $1,149 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS 80D (vs the Q-S1)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 12 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the EOS 80D (vs the Q-S1)

  • Much larger: Professional size (139×105×79 mm) vs Compact (105×58×34 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.3"
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the EOS 80D and Q-S1

  • Very fast max shutter speeds: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax Q-S1 compared to boutique competitors include: it is slightly smaller (compact (105×58×34 mm) vs prosumer size (133×85×70 mm)), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), is thinner (1.3" vs 2.7"), is significantly lighter (203 g vs 675 g) and has interchangeable lenses.

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 2,100k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (12 MP vs 24.3 MP), significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 204,800 ISO), doesn't have a touch screen and it's body is not weather sealed.

Nikon Coolpix A

Nikon Coolpix A
1 year older
$748

Significant advantages of the Coolpix A (vs the Q-S1)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix A (vs the Q-S1)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Built-in lens only
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

common strengths of the Coolpix A and Q-S1

  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×64×40 mm) vs Compact (105×58×34 mm)
  • Light weight: 299 g vs 203 g
  • Thin: 1.6" vs 1.3"

Canon EOS RP

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4 years newer
$1,299 - $1,699

Significant advantages of the EOS RP (vs the Q-S1)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the EOS RP (vs the Q-S1)

  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (133×85×70 mm) vs Compact (105×58×34 mm)
  • Built-in lens only
  • Significantly thicker: 2.8" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the EOS RP and Q-S1

  • Inexpensive: $1,299.00 vs $332.96

Nikon Z6

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4 years newer
$1,764 - $1,997

Significant advantages of the Z6 (vs the Q-S1)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,100k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a touch screen
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 204,800 ISO vs 12,800 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the Z6 (vs the Q-S1)

  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (134×101×68 mm) vs Compact (105×58×34 mm)
  • Built-in lens only
  • Much heavier: 675 g vs 203 g

common strengths of the Z6 and Q-S1

  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax Q-S1 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO), has interchangeable lenses, is much less expensive ($332.96 vs $2,192.19), supports an external flash and has a faster max shutter speed (1/8000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a much lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (5 fps vs 10 fps).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
5 months older
$2,192

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the Q-S1)

  • Has a GPS
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the Q-S1)

  • Built-in lens only
  • No external flash support
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

common strengths of the DMC-TZ60 and Q-S1

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS70 (Lumix DC-TZ90)

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2 years newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DC-ZS70 (Lumix DC-TZ90) (vs the Q-S1)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much longer battery life: 380 shots vs 250 shots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DC-ZS70 (Lumix DC-TZ90) (vs the Q-S1)

  • Built-in lens only
  • No external flash support
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

common strengths of the Lumix DC-ZS70 (Lumix DC-TZ90) and Q-S1

  • None found

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax Q-S1 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), is much smaller (compact (105×58×34 mm) vs professional size (141×113×82 mm)), is slightly less expensive ($332.96 vs $1,399.00), is thinner (1.3" vs 3.2") and is much lighter (203 g vs 860 g).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a significantly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a much lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 2,359k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (12 MP vs 36.2 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO).

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
similar age
$1,149 - $1,297 (body only)
$1,797 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the Q-S1)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.3 MP vs 12 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the Q-S1)

  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.3"
  • Much larger: Professional size (141×113×78 mm) vs Compact (105×58×34 mm)
  • Much heavier: 750 g vs 203 g

common strengths of the D750 and Q-S1

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Light weight: 750 g vs 203 g
  • Inexpensive: $1,149.00 vs $332.96

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
1 year newer
$1,399 - $1,797 (body only)
$2,114 - $2,397 16-80mm lens

Significant advantages of the D500 (vs the Q-S1)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 460k dots
  • Shoots much faster: 10 fps vs 5 fps

Significant disadvantages of the D500 (vs the Q-S1)

  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 1.3"
  • Much larger: Large (147×115×81 mm) vs Compact (105×58×34 mm)
  • Much heavier: 860 g vs 203 g

common strengths of the D500 and Q-S1

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Inexpensive: $1,399.00 vs $332.96

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
10 months older
$790 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,774 - $2,447 28-300mm lens

Significant advantages of the D610 (vs the Q-S1)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 12 MP
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the Q-S1)

  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 1.3"
  • Much larger: Professional size (141×113×82 mm) vs Compact (105×58×34 mm)
  • Much heavier: 760 g vs 203 g

common strengths of the D610 and Q-S1

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Very inexpensive: $789.99 vs $332.96
  • Light weight: 760 g vs 203 g

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
2 years older
$999 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,330 - $1,899 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 6D (vs the Q-S1)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 20.9 MP vs 12 MP

Significant disadvantages of the 6D (vs the Q-S1)

  • Much thicker: 2.8" vs 1.3"
  • Much larger: Professional size (145×111×71 mm) vs Compact (105×58×34 mm)
  • Much heavier: 770 g vs 203 g

common strengths of the 6D and Q-S1

  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×111×71 mm) vs Compact (105×58×34 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.8" vs 1.3"
  • Inexpensive: $999.00 vs $332.96

Nikon D810

Nikon D810
similar age
$1,999 - $2,797 (body only)
$2,583 - $3,297 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D810 (vs the Q-S1)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 12 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D810 (vs the Q-S1)

  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 1.3"
  • Much larger: Large (146×123×82 mm) vs Compact (105×58×34 mm)
  • Much heavier: 880 g vs 203 g

common strengths of the D810 and Q-S1

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Built-in flashes

Pentax K-1

Pentax K-1
1 year newer
$1,797 (body only)
$2,197 28-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-1 (vs the Q-S1)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 12 MP
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the K-1 (vs the Q-S1)

  • Much thicker: 3.4" vs 1.3"
  • Much larger: Professional size (137×110×86 mm) vs Compact (105×58×34 mm)
  • Much heavier: 1,010 g vs 203 g

common strengths of the K-1 and Q-S1

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these