• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 12,800

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Differences

Pentax Q-S1 advantages over Olympus AIR

  • Rear display
    Yes vs No
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Wider angle kit lens
    23 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Olympus AIR advantages over Pentax Q-S1

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 1/1.7 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.75 vs 1.90 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 320 vs 250 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    84 mm vs 69 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 12.4 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    23 vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus

Common Weaknesses

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Pentax Q7

Pentax Q-S1
Pentax Q7
  • $350
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • $195
  • 1/1.7 inch
Olympus AIR
Pentax Q7
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $195
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Rear display
  • Less expensive

Compared to Panasonic GM1

Pentax Q-S1
Panasonic GM1
  • $350
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Olympus AIR
Panasonic GM1
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • Rear display
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Nikon J4

Pentax Q-S1
Nikon J4
  • $350
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $365
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Olympus AIR
Nikon J4
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $365
  • 1 inch
  • Rear display
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Nikon S2

Pentax Q-S1
Nikon S2
  • $350
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $259
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Olympus AIR
Nikon S2
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $259
  • 1 inch
  • Rear display
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Panasonic GF7

Pentax Q-S1
Panasonic GF7
  • $350
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $431
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Olympus AIR
Panasonic GF7
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $431
  • 4/3
  • Rear display
  • Touchscreen
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