LCD and Viewfinder
Pentax Q-S1 has a Fixed Type 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 460k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
Q-S1 doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Mirrorless camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 (Compare) or Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Pentax Q-S1 can shoot continuously at max speed of 5 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/8000 sec.
Q-S1 has a built-in flash, and it also has a flash shoe to mount your external flashes too.
Pentax Q-S1 features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system.
Pentax Q-S1 also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Pentax Q-S1, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 30,25,24 fps and save in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats. Full HD resolution of Pentax Q-S1 will be adequate in most of the situations. But if you are after the highest resolution videos available, see our list of Top Cameras with 4K (Ultra-HD) Video.
Q-S1 has a built-in Mono microphone and a Mono speaker.
Pentax Q-S1 doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Mirrorless camera with external microphone connectivity, consider or in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
You can connect Q-S1 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Pentax Q-S1 is powered by D-LI68 battery which provides a shooting life of 250 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Mirrorless type cameras is 352 shots, Pentax Q-S1 has a short battery life for its class so we strongly recommend Q-S1 owners to buy some extra batteries.
Battery Life Comparison in Entry-Level Mirrorless Cameras
Samsung NX mini with its 650shots is the model with longest battery life among Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras. Check the comparison of Pentax Q-S1 vs Samsung NX mini or take a look at Longest Battery Life Mirrorless cameras list.
Pentax Q-S1 Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Pentax Q-S1 is $249.95