A highly functionable fashion accessory

You're looking at one of the world’s most compact interchangeable lens system cameras: the Q-S1. As fashionable as it is portable, this smart design gives you great maneuverability and performance.

A 12.4 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor delivers high-quality images for your inner photographer. Enjoy a wide range of shooting features, like a top ISO of 12800, the reliable shake-reduction system, and Bokeh Control lets you create SLR-like bokeh effects with ease. Simply turn the dial to add a unique digital filter touch with the Smart Effects Modes. Show your creative flair with the Q-S1.


12.4 MP backlit CMOS sensor

The 12.4 MP backlit CMOS image sensor delivers high-quality, high-resolution images. A state-of-the-art, high-speed Q ENGINE effectively minimizes noises at all ISO sensitivity levels for fine-textured images, even at ISO 12800. Get outstanding autofocus accuracy in low light and pinpoint focus, even at the faintest light level (EV 0).


Classic, high-grade design

The Q-S1 sports a classic, ultra compact design, with meticulous attention to detail, so it's perfect for an unlimited variety of shooting situations. The Quick Dial and grip are made of attractive high-grade aluminum and symmetrically positioned for your comfort. Note the custom look of the leather-textured exterior.

Outstanding operability

The Q ENGINE with an optimized algorithm assures quick, flawless response at all phases of shooting, including a fast start-up time (approx. one second). The Quick Dial also lets you assign as many as four favorite functions, including Smart Effects, Aspect Ratio, AF/MF switching, focus assist ON/OFF and ND filter ON/OFF, for instant mode switching.


Large, 3.0 inch LCD monitor with anti-reflection

The Q-S1 features a high-resolution 3.0 inch 3:2 proportion LCD monitor with approx. 460,000 dots. Its AR (Anti-Reflection) coating effectively minimizes glare and reflections on-screen to produce sharp, bright images even under bright sunshine. The wide-view design lets you see the image from 170 degrees horizontally and vertically, giving you a clear view of the on-screen image, even when facing the monitor from an angle.

Effortless bokeh control

The Q-S1’s unique Bokeh Control function lets you make a subject stand out by automatically assessing the relative distance between the in-focus subject and obtrusive objects in the field of view. This function simplifies the advanced, SLR-caliber technique of intentional defocusing, so even first-time digital shooters can effortlessly capture high-quality images with beautifully defocused foregrounds and backgrounds.


Full HD movie recording at 30 fps

Capture beautiful Full HD movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels at 30 fps in the H.264 recording format) with minimal noise. Get creative with an interval HD recording function. Take advantage of advanced image-processing tools like the Smart Effect modes* and an array of in-body movie editing tools. We've added the Continuous AF (AF-C) mode,** allowing you to capture a moving subject in sharp focus during movie recording.

*Frame rate may vary when a selected Smart Effect mode requires nonstandard image processing. **This mode is not compatible with the UNIQUE LENS-series lenses and the 06 TELEPHOTO ZOOM lens.

Simple auto picture & scene modes

The PENTAX-original Auto Picture mode auto-selects the most appropriate shooting mode from a range of options like Portrait, Landscape and Macro for a given scene or subject. The Q-S1 optimizes all affecting parameters, such as shutter speed, aperture, white balance, saturation, contrast and sharpness, so you can concentrate on the composition and moment. Includes 21 Scene modes — from Night Scene Portrait to Pet to Backlight Silhouette — represented by simple icons on the LCD monitor. So even an entry-level digital photographer can choose the best exposure settings for a complicated scene or subject.




Lens-interchangeable SL digital-still camera (Digital Hybrid ILC)


Type: 1/1.7” Backlit CMOS w/ primary color filter
Effective pixels: 12.4MP
Total pixels: 12.76MP
Dust Removal: Yes. DRII Ultrasonic.
Recorded Resolutions (Pixels)
Still: JPEG
[4:3] L: 12M(4000x3000), M:7M(3072x2304), S:3M(1920x1440)
[3:2] L: 10M(4000x2664), M:6M(3072x2048), S:2M(1920x1280)
[16:9 ] L: 9M(4000x2248), M:5M(3072x1728), S:2M(1920x1080)
[1:1] L: 9M(2992x2992), M:5M(2304x2304), 2M(1440x1440)
RAW: [4:3] 12M(4000x3000)
Quality Levels: RAW (12bit): DNG. JPEG: ★★★ (Best), ★★ (Better), ★ (Good)
RAW and JPEG simultaneously recordablej


Type: PENTAX bayonet Q-mount
Usable lenses: Q-mount lenses, K-mount lenses (w/ Adapter Q for K Lens).

Focus System

Type: Contrast detection AF
Autofocus Method: Face Detection, Tracking, Multi-point Auto, Select, Spot
Focus Method: AF / MF Switching
Brightness Range: EV0 to 18(ISO100)
AF Assist Light: Dedicated LED Lamp
Manual Focus Assist: OFF/x2/x4 / x6
Focus Peaking: Yes

LCD Monitor

Type: 3.0-inch TFT color LCD monitor, wide angle viewing, AR coating
LCD resolution: 460,000 dots
Adjustable: Brightness and Color
Field of View: approx. 100%,
Display info: Grid display (4x4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale display),
Bright/dark area warning, Histogram


Type: Built-in retractable P-TTL flash
Guide number: approx. 4.9 (ISO100/m) / approx. 7 (ISO200/m)
Angle of view: coverage: wide angle-lens, equivalent to 28mm in 35mm format
Flash modes: P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
Sync Speed: Lens shutter: 1/2000 seconds, Electronic shutter: 1/13 seconds
Flash Exposure Compensation: –2.0 to +1.0 EV

Storage Media

Removable memory: SD, SDHC, SDXC and Eye-Fi Card


Ports: USB 2.0 (high-speed compatible) / AV output terminal, HDMI output terminal (Type D)
Video out: NTSC, PAL
USB Connection: MSC / PTP

Power Supply

Power source: Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68
Number of recordable images: approx. 250 images (with 50% flash usage),
approx. 260 images (without flash usage)
Playback time: approx.160 minutes
* Using a new lithium-ion battery at 23 °C, (tested in compliance with CIPA standard).
AC adapter: K-AC115 (optional)

Physical Specs

Dimensions (W x H x D): Approx. 4.13”(W) x 2..28”(H) x1.33” (D) (exc. Operating parts and protrusions)
Without battery or removable memory: approx. 6.45oz (183g)
With battery and memory card: approx. 7.16oz (203g)
Construction material(s): Reinforced polycarbonate plastic
Operating temperature: 32-104°F


World Time: World Time settings for 75 cities (28 time zones)

Language Support

English, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish,
Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greece, Russian, Korean, Chinese
(Traditional), Chinese (Simplified)

Image Stabilization

Still: Sensor shift Shake Reduction

Metering System

TTL image sensor metering, segment metering, center-weighted metering, and spot metering
Exposure compensation: EV1 - 17 (ISO 100, F1.9 lens), +2EV using the Electronic Shutter
setting or using the ND filter

ISO Sensitivity

AUTO : ISO 100 to 12800 (1/3 EV steps)
Bulb mode: up to ISO 1600

White Balance

Auto TTL by CMOS image sensor
Preset: Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D: Daylight Color, N: Daylight White, W: Cool White, L: Warm White), Tungsten, Flash, CTE, Manual
Manual: Configuration using the display screen (up to 3 settings can be saved), Copying the white balance setting of a captured image
Fine Adjustment: Adjustable ±7 steps on A-B axis or G-M axis


Type: Lens shutter: 1/2000 - 30 seconds
(1/3EV step, 1/8000 - 30 seconds when Electronic Shutter setting is enabled), Bulb
*Shooting at 1/8000 - 2 seconds with Electronic Shutter and Bulb shooting are not available
when using a lens that has no lens shutter.

Capture Modes

Program Auto Exposure, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual Exposure, Bulb, Blur
Control* JPEG only.
Auto Modes: Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue
Sky, Forest.
Scene Modes: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue
Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR*, Night Snap, HDR*, Quick Macro*, Food, Pet,
Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum
Face detection available: Yes
Custom Image: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass,
Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
Digital Filter (capture): Toy Camera, High Contrast, Shading, Slim, HDR, Invert Color, Extract
Color, Color, Water Color, Posterization, Fish-eye
HDR Capture: Auto, HDR 1, HDR 2
Smart Effect: Brilliant Color, Unicolor Bold, Vintage Color, Antique, Warm Fade, Tone
Expansion, Bold Monochrome, Faded color, Vibrant Color Enhance, USER 1 to 3
Dynamic Range Adjustment: Highlight and / or Shadow correction
Interval Shooting: Shooting interval: Shooting interval: 3 sec. to 24 hr., Start Interval setting:
immediately from the set time, Number of shots: up to 999 images
Face detection available: Yes * JPEG Only
Electronic Level function: yes. Displayed on LCD monitor (horizontal and vertical directions)

Drive Modes

Single frame, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-timer (12s, 2s), Remote Control (0 sec., 3 sec.,
continuous), Exposure Bracketing (3 frames, remote control), Multi-exposure (0 sec., Self-time,
remote control), Interval Shooting
Continuous Shooting: Approx. 5 fps, JPEG (12M / ★★★ / Continuous HI): up to 5 frames,
Approx. 1.5 fps, JPEG (12M / ★★★ / Continuous LO): up to 100 frames
Self-timer: Yes (12 sec, 2 sec)
Remote control: Yes (Instant, 3 sec. Delay, Continuous)
EV Compensation: ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
AE Lock: Can be assigned to the green/delete button from the menu.
Continuous as long as the shutter release button is pressed halfway.

Playback Modes

Playback View: Single frame, multi-image display (4, 9, 30, 56 segmentation), display
magnification (up to 16x, scrolling and quick magnification available), rotating, histogram (Y
histogram, RGB histogram), bright area warning, detailed inf, folder display, Date display,
Digital Filters: Base Parameter Adjustment, Toy Camera, High Contrast, Shading, Tone
Expansion, Invert Color, Extract Color, Unicolor Bold, Water Color, Posterization, Slim, Fish
eye, Retro, Soft, Sketch Filter, Miniature, Soft, Starburst,
RAW Development: File Format (JPEG), Aspect Ratio, Color Space, Custom Image, White
Balance, Sensitivity, High-ISO NR, Shadow Correction, Distortion Correction.
Edit: Resize: Resize, Cropping (aspect ratio adjustment available), Index, Movie Editing (divide
or delete selected frames), Capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie, Red-eye Edit, Saving
buffer as a RAW file
Delete: Delete single image, delete all images, select & delete, delete folder, delete instant
review image

File Formats

Still: RAW (DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant
Movie: MOV MPEG–4 AVC/H.264 (.mov)
Color Space: sRGB, Adobe RGB

Custom Functions

Custom Functions: 16
Mode Memory: 10 items
Button/Dial Customization: Green/Delete button: Green Button, Preview, One Push File
Format, AE Lock, Enable AF
Quick Dial: Smart Effect, Custom Image, Digital Filter, Aspect Ratio

Computer Requirements

*For device connectivity. Bundled software requirements may vary.
Windows: Windows Vista (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows 8(32-bit, 64-bit)
Windows 8.1 (32-bit, 64-bit) *Can be run as a 32-bit application on any 64-bit Edition of Windows
Mac: Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9 USB port

Whats in the box?

USB Cable I-USB7
Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68
AC plug cord
Hot shoe cover FK
Strap O-ST131
Battery Charger D-BC68P
Software (CDROM) S-SW151
Body mount cover

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