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Camera Launch: Pentax Q-S1

Pentax has announced a new camera in its mirrorless Q series, the interchangeable lens Q-S1 that can be customized in 40 colours. Small and compact at 4.1 x 2.3 x 1.3 inches, the Q-S1 sports an aluminum-leather body in 70’s shades and comes fitted with a standard 3X zoom kit lens.

It has a 12.4-megapixel 1/1.7″ backlit CMOS sensor, coupled with a high ISO cap at 12800 for good low-light performance. To further better results in low-light conditions, the camera embodies a sensor-shift Shake Reduction image stabilization system with a gyro sensor designed to ensure high image quality in a range of lighting conditions. The Q-S1 shoots both JPEG and RAW images and has in-camera RAW image processing and HDR shooting.

“The Q-S1’s biggest challenge,” writes Cherlynn Row in “will be to wring mirrorless-grade image quality from its tiny 1/1.7-inch sensor, which is about 1/8 the size of the APS-C sensors in most mirrorless and DSLR cameras.“

The Q-S1’s Bokeh Control function allows the user to auto-blur foreground and backgrounds with the subject in focus by automatically assessing the relative distance between the subject and objects in the field of view. And unlike many mirrorless cameras out there, the Q-S1 shoots full-HD video up to 30 fps in the mpeg and H.264 (.mov) formats and also features in-body movie editing.

Product: Pentax Q-S1
Price: $499 (Rs. 30,309)
You can preorder the Q-S1 from the Ricoh website.

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