The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is the fifth (sixth including the E-PL6) camera to reuse the OMD EM5’s 16MP sensor since it was first announced in February 2012. Over the years Olympus has tuned the performance of its imaging chip as it’s been incorporated into camera bodies including the PEN E-P5 and OMD EM10. But even with these improvements and tweaks, we still have to wonder how much more can we squeeze out of this nearly three-year-old sensor?
Meet Ricoh’s latest camera in its Pentax Q-series, the Q-S1. At first glance it’s quite a bit smaller than the last generation Q7. It’s even fair to say this camera is petite and a bit more fashionable sporting a minimalist metal and leather look. Ricoh also says it built the camera with a classic, high-grade design using aluminum dials and old style flash integrated into the body of the camera. It’s definitely got the hot looks of classic rangefinder camera.
Underneath the stylish body there’s a 12.1MP back-illuminated CMOS image sensor that should help the 1/1.7-inch sensor a fair bit with low-light performance. Speaking of sensitivity the ISO tops out at 12800 on this miniature camera. The unit also comes with built-in image via an internal gyro sensor.
Other specs of the camera include full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel movie shooting at 30fps, bokeh control to simulate the shallow depth of field produced by high-aperture lenses, and lots of digital filter options. Around the back of the camera, users will be treated with a three-inch, 460,000-dot LCD monitor.
Lastly for the real fashionista photographers out there Ricoh Imaging will launch the Pentax Q-S1 with a color to order service letting users personalize their digital camera into 40 different combinations. We’re not joking. Interested buyers can custom order the Q-S1 with their choice of 4 standard color options, or pick and chose between an additional 36 boy and grip color such as champagne, khaki green, and charcoal black.
The extremely customizable Q-S1 will be available later this month for $399.95 body only, $499.95 kitted with the 5-15mm lens. Alternatively, the camera comes with a $699.95 price tag kitted with the 5-15mm plus a 15-45mm F2.8 lens. Hit the jump for more images.