Pentax QS-1 Review

January 22, 2015 | Amy Davies |


Camera Type Lens-interchangeable SL digital-still camera
Type CMOS sensor, with primary colour filter
Size 1/1.7-inch
Total Pixels Approx. 12.76 megapixels
Effective Pixels Approx. 12.4 megapixels
Still File formats:


RAW (DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant RAW and JPEG simultaneously recordable


Recorded Pixels



Quality level:

RAW (12bit): DNG, JPEG:  ★★★ (best), ★★ (better),  ★ (good)

Colour Depth sRGB, Adobe RGB

AUTO: ISO 100 to 12800 (1/3 EV steps),

Bulb mode: up to ISO 1600

Shake Reduction
Sensor shift Shake reduction
Sensor Cleaning Image sensor cleaning using ultrasonic vibrations ‘DRII’
Mount PENTAX bayonet Q-mount
Compatible Lens: Q-mount lenses
Focusing System
Type Contrast detection AF

Focus Method: AF/MF switching

Autofocus method: Face Detection, Tracking, Multi-point Auto, Select, Spot

Focus Peaking: OFF/ON

Applicable Illumination Range Brightness range: EV1 to 18 (ISO125)
AF assist

AF Assist Light: Dedicated LED AF assist light

Assist: OFF/ x2/ x4


Type: TFT color LCD monitor, wide-angle viewing,

Size: 3.0 inches

Adjustments: Brightness and colors adjustable

Display: Field of View: approx. 100%, Electronic Level, Grid display (4x4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale display), Bright area warning, Histogram


Resolution Approx. 460.000 dots

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

Exposure system
Metering TTL image sensor metering, segment metering, centerweighted metering, and spot metering


Exposure Modes Auto Picture mode : Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue Sky, Forest


Scene Mode : 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


Program Auto Exposure, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual Exposure, Bulb, Blur Control* (*JPEG Only)


ND Filter: Off/On *Not available when using a lens that has no lens shutter.


Auto Exposure Lock Can be assigned to the green/delete button from the menu. Continuous as long as the shutter release button is pressed halfway.


Compensation Exposure compensation: EV1 - 17 (ISO 100, F1.9 lens), +2EV using the Electronic Shutter setting or using the ND filter


EV Compensation: ± 3EV (1/3EV step)



Built-in retractable P-TTL flash

Guide Number approx. 4.9 (ISO 100/m) / approx.7 (ISO 200/m)
Modes Sync Speed P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
Angle of View Coverage Wide-angle lens, equivalent to 28mm in 35mm format
Exposure Compensation  -2.0 to + 1.0 EV
Exposure Parameters

Drive Modes

Mode Selection: Single frame, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-timer (12s, 2s), Remote Control (0 sec., 3 sec., continuous), Exposure Bracketing (3 frames, remote control), Multiexposure (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


Capture Functions


Custom Image: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing

Noise Reduction: High-ISO NR

Dynamic Range Setting: Highlight Correction, Shadow Correction

Lens Correction: Distortion Correction

HDR Capture: Auto, HDR 1, HDR 2

Multi-exposure: Number of shots: 2-9, Exposure adjusted automatically

Interval Shooting: Shooting interval: 3 sec. to 24 hr., Start Interval setting: immediately from the set time, Number of shots: up to 999 images

Smart Effect: Brilliant Color, Unicolor Bold, Vintage Color, Antique, Warm Fade, Tone Expansion, Bold Monochrome, Faded color, Vibrant Color Enhance, USER 1 to 3

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


Digital Filter Toy Camera, High Contrast, Shading, Slim, HDR, Invert Color, Extract Color, Color, Water Color, Posterization, Fish-eye



File format: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

Recorded Pixels: 

HD(1920x1080, 16:9, 30/25/24fps), HD(1280x720, 16:9, 30/25/24fps),
VGA(640x480, 4:3, 30fps/25fps/24fps)

Sound: Built-in monaural microphone

Recording time: Up to 25 minutes; automatically stops recording if the internal temperature of the camera becomes high

Custom Image: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing

Digital Filter: Toy Camera, High Contrast, Shading, Tone Expansion, Invert Color, Extract Color, Unicolor Bold, Water Color, Posterization, Slim, Fish-eye

Interval Movie:

Recording interval: 3, 5, 10, or 30 sec., 1, 5, 10, or 30 min., 1 hr.,
Recording time: 12 sec. to 99 hr.
Start Interval setting: immediately, from the set time

Continuous AF during movie recording: ON/OFF • 06Lens of High-performance Lens Series are not supported

Digital Filter 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


Options Playback View: Single frame, multi-image display (4, 9, 30, 56 segmentation), display magnifycation (up to 16x, scrolling and quick magnification available), rotating, histogram (Y histogram, RGB histogram), bright area warning, detailed inf, folder display, Date display, Slideshow


Delete: Delete single image, delete all images, select & delete, delete folder, delete instant review image


RAW Development: File Format (JPEG), Aspect Ratio, Color Space, Custom Image, White Balance, Sensitivity, High-ISO NR, Shadow Correction, Distortion Correction


Edit: 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



Storage medium: SD, SDHC and SDXC Memory card and Eye-Fi Card

File Name

Storage folder: Date (100_1018, 100_1019….)/PENTX (100 PENTX, 101 PENTX…)

Special Features
Features Custom functions: 16 items


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)


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


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



Connection Port: USB 2.0 (high-speed compatible)
AV output terminal, HDMI output terminal (Type D)

USB Connection: MSC/PTP

Video Output Format: NTSC/PA L

Source Battery Type: Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68
AC Adapter: AC Adapter Kit K-AC115 (optional)
Performance Battery Life: Number of recordable images : approx. 250 images (with 50% flash usage), approx. 260 images (without flash usage)


Playback time : approx. 160 min. 


*using a new lithium-ion battery under the temperature at 23°C, tested in compliance with CIPA standard.


Height 58mm
Width 105mm
Depth 34mm

200g (loaded with battery and SD card), 183g (body only)

Included Software Digital Camera Utility 5
Kit Content

USB Cable I-USB7
Strap O-ST131
Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
D-LI68, Battery Charger D-BC68P
Software (CDROM) S-SW133
Hot shoe cover FK
Body mount cove


PENTAX 01 Standard PRIME 8.5mm F1.9 AL [IF]
PENTAX 02 Standard ZOOM 5-15mm F2.8-4.5
PENTAX 03 Fish-Eye 3.2mm F5.6
PENTAX 04 Toy Lens Wide 6.3mm F7.1
PENTAX 05 Toy Lens Telephoto 18mm F8
PENTAX 06 Telephoto Zoom 15-45mm F2.8
PENTAX 07 Mount Shield Lens
PENTAX 08 Wide Zoom 3.8-5.9mm F3.7-4
Adapter Q for K-mount Lenses 

Rechargeable battery lithium-Ion D-LI68 39063
Battery charger K-BC115E 38959
AC Adapter K-AC115E 38945
D-DC Coupler D-DC115 39696
AV Cable I-AVC7 39552
USB Cable I-USB7 39551
Micro-HDMI cable 39550
Remote Control F 37377
Remote Control O-RC1 39892
External viewfinder O-VF1 31067
100FL Filter 35654
Multibag grey 50263
Multibag white 50264
Small neoprene case 50258
Large neoprene case 50259