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The best Pentax cameras for party photos are the compact point and shoot cameras which are narrowed down to only those which support high portability and a burst rate of at least 3 fps (frames per second). Available under the Optio and other prominent product lines, some of the below listed top-rated cameras are rugged cameras. These cameras support image resolution of over 14 Megapixel, HD video recording capability and are affordable under the $250 price range.

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Pentax QS-1

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Pentax QS-1
Pentax Q7
Pentax WG-10
Pentax Q10
Pentax K-01
Pentax QS-1
Pentax Q7 12.4MP Compact System Camera
Pentax WG-10 Digital Camera
Pentax Q10 Compact System Camera
Pentax K-01 Body Only Light Field Camera
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Release Date
Dec 2014
Jun 2013
Apr 2013
Sep 2012
Mar 2012
Frames Per Second
5.0 Frames
5.0 Frames
5.26 Frames
5.0 Frames
6.0 Frames
Weight
0.45 lb.
0.44 lb.
0.36 lb.
0.44 lb.
0.11 lb.
Camera Type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Compact System Camera, Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Compact
Compact System Camera, Digital camera - Mirrorless system
SLR-style mirrorless, Compact System Camera
Resolution
12.0 Megapixel
12.0 Megapixel
14.0 Megapixel
12.4 Megapixel
16.28 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CCD
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
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
7.66 mm
28.4 mm

  • The compact system camera market is very crowded at the moment, and the area which has a lot of competition in particular is the very small, pocket friendly cameras with lots of companies vying for attention as “world’s smallest”.
    Although Pentax has created a very small camera here in the shape of the QS-1, as a trade off, the sensor is very small - the same size as the majority of compact cameras.
    By comparison, other very small compact cameras, such as the Samsung NX Mini and the Nikon 1 range have one-inch sensors, while the Panasonic GM5, which isn’t a great deal bigger, has a Four Thirds sensor.


  • Although it's the world's smallest interchangeable lens camera, it doesn't offer a huge amount aside from that. Image quality is decent, but not amazing. Consider the fantastic Panasonic GM5 instead which is a little more expensive but gives you much more flexibility.


  • The Pentax Q-S1 boasts slightly improved speed and picture quality over its predecessor, but there's still something rustic about it. If you're looking for a small, modern, responsive, large-sensor interchangeable-lens camera, then the Q-S1's rivals have more going for them. Between the Nikon 1, the Samsung NX Mini and the Panasonic GM1 and GM5, there's a world of choice... Unless you're just a Pentax fanatic with a bunch of K lenses looking for a home, in which case, we say go for it!.


  • The impressively small Pentax Q7 mirrorless camera features an image sensor that is 50 percent larger than previous models, but its shutter lag is a drawback.


  • In conclusion if you equate small with beautiful then the retro-styled Pentax Q7 is worth further investigation. This may also mean you'll take it out with you more and achieve shots you might not otherwise have attempted. Yet whilst it looks great and is a lot of fun, predictably there are still better compromises between image quality and smaller form factor to be found elsewhere.


  • Unfortunately I can't wholeheartedly recommend the Q series cameras to those debating on choosing an ILC system. The Q7 just isn't consistent at giving the user a high quality image straight out of camera. With the Olympus E-PM2 being $50 less than the Pentax Q7 it makes more sense for the average ILC user to choose the Olympus unless a smaller camera with more physical buttons trumps image quality and AF speed.


  • The Pentax WG-10 offers decent picture quality at a reasonable price a waterproof camera. There are better waterproof cameras available, but if you're on a limited budget, or the camera is for a child, you can't go wrong. You can create unique pictures with the Digital Microscope mode, as well has the range of digital filters available for editing pictures in playback.


  • The Pentax Q10 is a tiny interchangeable lens camera with a point-and-shoot sized sensor, but it doesn't perform as well as other cameras in its price range.


  • Ultimately, shoppers interested in the Q10 should understand that they're essentially buying into a very well-built, very expensive toy camera system. Maybe the large selection of toy lenses was already tip-off enough, but if not, understand this: the Q system exists for the sake of quirk, and quirk alone.


  • Thankfully Pentax seem to have realised that the Q10 can't take on DSLRs or CSCs and priced it accordingly. While £379.99/$599.95 for the single-lens kit with the 5-15mm lens is still a big outlay, it does make the Q10 cheaper than some high-end compacts, against whom it more naturally competes. If you're looking for a camera that's small enough to slip inside a coat pocket, yet flexible enough to offer a DSLR-like take on the world, then the new, more affordable Pentax Q10 is at least worth taking for a test-drive.


  • It's a great option if you have a shelf full of K-mount lenses and don't mind missing some action shots, but the Pentax K-01 isn't such a great option for a typical amateur photographer.


  • Larger than its peers, but interestingly designed, the Pentax K-01 can capture sharp photos in all types of light and delivers full compatibility with every Pentax K-mount lens ever produced.


  • In a world of ever-shrinking interchangeable lens cameras, the mirrorless Pentax K-01 stands out from the crowd with a unique design that eschews the idea of a compact mirrorless camera. The camera defies conventional classification, as it's technically neither a DSLR nor a compact system camera. That leaves it out on its own, seemingly destined for the island of misfit cameras.


Top 5 pentax camera for party photos:

  1. Pentax QS-1
  2. Pentax Q7 12.4MP Compact System Camera
  3. Pentax WG-10 Digital Camera
  4. Pentax Q10 Compact System Camera
  5. Pentax K-01 Body Only Light Field Camera