The newly announced Pentax Q-S1 digital camera from Ricoh Imaging occupies the space where intermediate-level functionality and fashion merge. Touting a variety of body and grip colors like khaki green and champagne as a main selling point, the Q-S1 brings enough to the party to differentiate itself from a fashion accessory, and just enough to put it a few steps above the average pocket cam or smartphone camera.
Described as one of the smallest and lightest digital cameras to include swappable lenses, the Q-S1 comes with eight different lenses and measures roughly 4.1 x 2.3 x 1.3 inches, with a weight of approximately 7 ounces with battery installed.
Additional features include a 12.4-megapixel, back-illuminated CMOS sensor, a built-in gyro sensor that enables shake-reduction, and a 3-inch LCD monitor with anti-reflection coating for use in bright environments. Video is recorded at 30 frames per second in full HD 1080p.
The Q-S1 also includes a Smart Effect mode for easy filter selection and bokeh control to create blur effects on out-of-focus objects. Both tools can be controlled by a Quick Dial situated on the front of the camera next to the lens. The Quick Dial can also be customized for up to four functions, such as aspect ratio, AF/MF switching, focus assist, and ND filter. Additionally, the camera offers Aperture and Shutter Priority as well as manual shooting modes.
The Pentax Q-S1 is available beginning this month for approximately $500.