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New Pentax Q-S1 Comes With An Insane 40 Color Variations

By Anthony Thurston on August 5th 2014

Pentax has a bit of history releasing cameras with insane amounts of color options, and they did not disappoint with the release of their new Q-S1 mirrorless camera. The new Q-S1 comes with over 40 different color variations to choose from. Don’t like black or silver, why not try pink or maybe burgundy?

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In all seriousness though, I doubt the color options are what you are interested in, so let’s take a look at the important bits. The Q-S1 comes with 12.1mp back illuminated CMOS sensor, which should help with low light performance a bit, which tops out at 12800 ISO.

[REWIND: Pentax 645Z Monster Review]

Q-S1 Specs

  • 12.4MP 1/1.7″ Backlit CMOS Sensor
  • Q Engine Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 460k-Dot LCD Screen with AR Coating
  • Full HD Video Recording at 30 fps
  • Sensor-Shift Type Shake Reduction
  • Sensitivity to ISO 12800
  • Full Resolution Shooting up to 5 fps
  • In-Camera RAW Processing & HDR Shooting
  • Smart Effects and Bokeh Control
  • Manual Exposure Modes and Pop-Up Flash

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The price is pretty nice for this basic mirrorless camera too, coming in at just $399 for the body only and $499 when combined in a kit with a 5-18mm lens. An exact release date has not been announced yet, but the company has said it should be available at some point later this month.

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What are your thoughts on this new Pentax Q-S1? What color would you get if you decided to grab one of these new mirrorless cameras? Leave a comment below!

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Phil Bautista

    Are the protective cases for these out already?

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  2. Steven Pellegrino

    I wonder if they’re getting this idea for different colors from ebay? I see vintage film cameras being refurbished and recovered in different colored leather. Maybe it’s from all the different protective cases you can put on your smart phone? I just wish they’d start making these cameras with viewfinders.

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  3. Rafael Steffen

    I don´t see the point in providing so many different color options. Two options make it easier for both the manufacture and the clients who will have interest into buying it.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Quite the contrary, IMO. It doens’t cost much to paint a couple parts, and people will buzz about it and pick a camera to match all kinds of things from their wardrobe to their business branding. I think it’s a brilliant idea!

      =Matt=

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    • Chuck Eggen

      Good point Matt. Hadn’t considered the branding aspect.

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