• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Pentax Q-S1 advantages over Samsung NX3300

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/180 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Wider angle kit lens
    23 mm vs 30 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Samsung NX3300 advantages over Pentax Q-S1

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/1.7 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.29 vs 1.90 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 370 vs 250 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More pixels
    20.3 vs 12.4 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    13 vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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

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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
Samsung NX3300
Pentax Q7
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $195
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Fujifilm X-A1

Pentax Q-S1
Fujifilm X-A1
  • $350
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $524
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Samsung NX3300
Fujifilm X-A1
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Newer
  • $524
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Nikon J4

Pentax Q-S1
Nikon J4
  • $350
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $375
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Samsung NX3300
Nikon J4
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $375
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion

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
Samsung NX3300
Nikon S2
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $259
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Canon EOS M10

Pentax Q-S1
Canon EOS M10
  • $350
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Samsung NX3300
Canon EOS M10
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
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