The Pentax Q line is one of the smallest, most colorful mirrorless lines on the market today. That line is expanding with the QS-1, a little reto-inspired shooter with a variety of creative modes and filters.
The Pentax Q line has the smallest interchangeable lens cameras available, but they also have the smallest sensors to accomodate such a tiny body. The QS-1 has a 1/1.7" sensor, while Nikon uses 1" sensors and other manufacturers use either Micro Four Thirds or the APS-C size found in entry-level DSLRs. That smaller sensor means a smaller resolution compared to competing models, making this camera more for the average consumer that wants a little more versatility than photography enthusiasts.
Along those same lines, the QS-1 is full of different creative modes for easily making your pictures stand out. The new Boekh Control feature will allow users without any photography background to achieve that soft, out-of-focus look in the background of their images. Different scene modes allow for shooting in a variety of different conditions and still achieving solid results. The Pentax QS-1 is also equipped with features like high dynamic range shooting, and digital filters for effects like toy camera and fish eye.
Of course, the QS-1 does include manual modes, for those who prefer to fine tune their images with a bit of photography knowledge. Interestingly, the QS-1 is also equipped with RAW, but still overall appears to be more of a consumer's camera than an enthusiast's.
And in keeping with the history of the Q line, the QS-1 is available in a variety of different colors, with four standard options plus 36 more when you order directly through the manufacturer's website.
The Pentax QS-1 is designed for the consumer who wants an easy to use camera that's also versatile and stylish. Because of the smaller sensor that isn't compensated for in another aspect like speed, we reccomend enthusiasts look elsewhere, but average users may find a lot to like about the QS-1.