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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?


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.

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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.


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!

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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!


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    • Chuck Eggen

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

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