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The best Pentax cameras for beginners are the basic point and shoot with relatively simple and less features. The below listed top-rated cameras are also the rugged and ultra-compact cameras with life proof features. These cameras can capture images of over 14 Megapixel resolution and HD videos - these cameras support ease of use and are affordable under the $300 price range.

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Pentax QS-1

Pentax QS-1


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Pentax QS-1
Pentax Q7
Pentax WG-10
Pentax Optio WG-2
Pentax Optio VS20
Pentax QS-1
Pentax Q7 12.4MP Compact System Camera
Pentax WG-10 Digital Camera
Pentax Optio WG-2 Light Field Camera
Pentax Optio VS20 Light Field Camera
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Release Date
Dec 2014
Jun 2013
Apr 2013
Mar 2012
Mar 2012
Weight
0.45 lb.
0.44 lb.
0.36 lb.
0.42 lb.
0.52 lb.
Camera Type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Compact System Camera, Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Compact
Light Field Camera, Compact
Light Field Camera, Compact
Resolution
12.0 Megapixel
12.0 Megapixel
14.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CCD
BSI-CMOS
CCD
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
1.97 mm
1.97 mm
2.5 mm
7.7 mm
7.7 mm

For those looking for an ultra small compact system camera, the Pentax QS-1 is a reasonable option, especially if you've got some kind of affinity to the Pentax brand.

Very small, Bright rear LCD, Sharp kit lens

Waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof and crushproof

The WG-2's shooting performance isn't particularly fast and it only has digital image stabilization

Autofocus easily confused