I’ve been contemplating upgrading my trusty Pentax Q body to the newer Q7 for a while – larger sensor for better image quality, faster autofocus, improved low-light performance. I was just getting involved in the research and beginning the long, drawn-out process of convincing myself to buy something when up popped the Pentax QS-1 – the upgrade of my upgrade. Hmmm.
I’ve used the Q a lot, through a huge range of scenarios from kayaking to climbing, at home and on holiday, to take pictures of anything from macros of flowers to hyper-telephoto moonshots. I love the size, the portability, the looks, the build quality – it makes a great package. It is the proverbial ‘camera I have on me’ and so is easily the best camera that I own. Upgrading it is a no-brainer, but the QS-1 has given me pause. Looking through the specs it looks to be very similar to the Q7, as the Q10 was similar to the Q (post-firmware update, at least). Do I wait for the reviews and comparisons and blow-by-blow detailed accounts of every difference, do I just up and buy one because it looks great, or do I go for the Q7 and hope that there is nothing revolutionary in the QS-1 to make me regret my decision?
Or do I just wait for the rain to stop, by which time there will be more info out there? Someone out there who can get their hands on a QS-1 needs to do a review. Quickly, please. I’ve got shopping verve.