This review is devoted to K-S2 that Pentax has first introduced to the public in Feb 10, 2015. This model is a Entry-Level DSLR camera with a resolution of 20.0 MP and a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
This is an upgraded model that Pentax released to replace their older product
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Pentax K-S2 vs. K-S1
In Entry-Level DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #127 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 40/100 and it takes a rank of #927 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Pentax K-S2 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
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In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Pentax K-S2. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Entry-Level DSLR cameras.
Pentax K-S2 has the following external dimensions 91 x 91 x 73 mm (35.83 x 48.43 x 28.74″) with the weight of 678 g.
The typical weight for average Entry-Level DSLR type cameras is 539g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Pentax K-S2, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Pentax K-S2 has about an average thickness compared to other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 73mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Pentax K-S2 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Pentax K-S2 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Pentax K-S2 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Pentax K-S2‘s body is protected from dust with its high-quality dustproof feature.
Unfortunately, Pentax K-S2 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Pentax K-S2 comes with PRIME MII processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 20.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Pentax K-S2 has the following ISO range 100 - 51200 .
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
Pentax K-S2 features a 20.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Pentax K-S2 with other standard sensor sizes.
Pentax K-S2 is equipped with a Fully Articulated 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 921k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.
The ViewFinder in K-S2 has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.64x and it also provides a coverage of 100%.
Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.
Some of the other highlights of Pentax K-S2 are its 5.4 fps max speed and 1/6000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
K-S2 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.
One more highlight that makes Pentax K-S2 stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 11 points.
In addition, K-S2 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Pentax K-S2, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Pentax K-S2 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.
Pentax K-S2 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
In addition, Pentax K-S2 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.
One more advantage of Pentax K-S2 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and NFC connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.
In addition, K-S2 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect K-S2 with suitable external devices.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Pentax K-S2 provides a shooting life of 410, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 588 shots.
With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Pentax K-S2 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Pentax K-S2’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Pentax K-S2’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the K-S2 to the average DSLR camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax K-S2 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 86. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax K-S2 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
No Significant Disadvantages
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax K-S2 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 96. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax K-S2 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax K-S2 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 86. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax K-S2 can be called a 86 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax K-S2 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 44. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax K-S2 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax K-S2 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 90. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax K-S2 can be called a 90 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Feb 10, 2015|
|Body Type||Compact SLR|
|Lens Mount||Pentax KAF2|
|Number of Lenses||144|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/6000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||5.4 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash on + redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync, manual flash|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.5 x 15.6 mm|
|Sensor Area||366.60 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5472 x 3648|
|Max Native ISO||51,200|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||11|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264|
|Physical Dimensions||91 x 123 x 73 mm|
|Battery Life||410 shots|
|Battery Type||410 shots|