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Ricoh has announced the Pentax Q-S1, its latest compact interchangeable lens camera with a Q lens mount. It offers some cosmetic updates, but the internals like a 12MP 1/1.7-inch BSI CMOS have remained largely unchanged from the previous Q7 model. The Q-S1 will be sold in 40 different color combinations when it becomes available in September for a price of $499.95/£379.99 with kit zoom.

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PENTAX Q-S1 Digital Camera

Providing endless artistic expression in a fashionable compact design complete, with interchangeable lenses

Denver, Colorado August 4, 2014 RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION is proud to introduce the new PENTAX Q-S1, one of the world’s smallest and lightest digital cameras with interchangeable lenses. With a new refined look, Smart Affect mode for creative photo enhancing, and color variations from today’s hottest fashion trends, the Q-S1 is an ideal everyday camera for the style-minded looking for the portability of a compact and added benefits of interchangeable lenses. 

‘Along with its stylish, petite body, this new model offers impressive specifications. The PENTAX Q-S1 is an ideal everyday camera for photographers of all levels, complete with an entire system of 8 lenses designed for on-the-go fun’ said Jim Malcolm, Executive Vice President of RICOH IMAGING  Americas, Corp.

The PENTAX Q-S1 is the latest addition to the popular PENTAX Q series of compact-sized, interchangeable-lens digital cameras. The  camera is equipped with a wide range of features to make photography more enjoyable, including a 12.4 megapixel, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor to deliver high-quality images, high-sensitivity shooting to a top sensitivity of ISO 12800, and a reliable shake-reduction system using a state-of-the-art gyro sensor. It also provides a variety of creative tools, such as bokeh control and Smart Effect to add the desired filters with just a simple turn of a dial. The PENTAX Q-S1 creates more personalized, creative images easily and beautifully.

In addition, RICOH IMAGING is pleased to announce the launch of a color to order® service for the new PENTAX Q-S1 digital camera. This unprecedented service, (originally launched with the Q7 in July 2013), has been popularly accepted by many users as a new, fashionable way of expressing one’s personal taste and style. 

There are 4 standard color combinations and additional 36 body and grip colors  taken straight from the runway, such as champagne, khaki green, and charcoal black, and can be ordered through the color to order® service. The PENTAX-01 STANDARD PRIME lens color can also be chosen from five different options to make the entire imaging system even more desirable and eye-catching.

Pricing and Availability

The Q-S1 will be available at retailers nationwide and at www.us.ricoh-imaging.com in August 2014 for a suggested retail price of $499.95 

Ordering for the custom colors will be available in August 2014

To learn more about the comprehensive lineup of Pentax products as well as other RICOH IMAGING products, please visit www.us.ricoh-imaging.com

Ricoh Pentax Q-S1 specifications

Price
MSRP $499 / £379 (with 5-15mm lens)
Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution 4000 x 3000
Other resolutions 4000 x 2664, 4000 x 2248, 2992 x 2992, 3072 x 2034, 3072 x 2048, 3072 x 1728, 2304 x 2304, 1920 x 1400, 1920 x 1280, 1920 x 1080, 1440 x 1440
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 13 megapixels
Sensor size 1/1.7″ (7.44 x 5.58 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
Processor Q Engine
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
Image
ISO Auto, 100 – 12800
White balance presets 9
Custom white balance Yes (3 slots)
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Best, better, good
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3, DCF v2.0
  • Raw (DNG)
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Manual focus Yes
Lens mount Pentax Q
Focal length multiplier 5.6×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 460,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT-LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program auto
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual exposure
  • Bulb
Scene modes
  • 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
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 4.90 m (at ISO 100)
External flash Yes (via hot shoe)
Flash modes Auto, redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync
Flash X sync speed 1/2000 sec
Drive modes
  • Single frame
  • Continuous (hi/lo)
  • Self-timer
  • Remote control
  • Exposure bracketing
  • Multi-exposure
  • Interval shooting
Continuous drive 5 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3 frames )
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30,25, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30, 25, 24p), 640 x 480 (30, 25, 24p)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Remote control Yes (Wireless)
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description D-LI68 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 250
Weight (inc. batteries) 203 g (0.45 lb / 7.16 oz)
Dimensions 105 x 58 x 34 mm (4.13 x 2.28 x 1.34)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (3 sec – 24 hrs, 999 shot max)
GPS None