Pentax K-S2 Review: Some Interesting Touches Make This A Fun Camera to Shoot With

A Pentax camera that's been designed to make shooting selfies easier? Yes please.

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Pentax has always been the favorite of people who wanted an all-weather functional design that does what it is supposed to do without being pretentious. In fact not many professionals use the brand. Well, if I can rephrase that, there are a lot more pros using rival Nikon and Canon than Pentax DSLRs. But as they say looks can be misleading. And certainly the Pentax is more of a camera than an object of desire. Today, we are going to discuss about the Pentax K-s2.

Sensor

The Pentax K-S2 is an APS-C DSLR powered by a 20.12 CMOS APS-C sensor. Pentax systems, just like Nikon has a crop factor of 1.5x. That mean when you mount a lens the effective focal length will become longer in 35mm terms. Maximum resolution of the sensor is 5472 x 3648 pixels.

Maximum resolution is augmented by the absence of the anti-aliasing filter. That gives the sensor the ability to produce greater image sharpness.

However, you are likely going to get some moiré and false colors as well because of this.

Image Processing

The Pentax K-S2 is powered by Ricoh’s PRIME M II image processing engine. This is an updated image processor.

Auto-focusing

At the heart of a camera’s autofocusing prowess lies the AF points. The SAFOX X autofocus mechanism uses a total of 11 AF points. 9 out of which are cross-type. The world has moved on from a basic 11 –point AF system and thus the dated AF system of the Pentax K-S2 isn’t something to write home about. Having said that, 11 AF points is a lot if you know how to use it. plus, you get 9 cross-type AF points.

ISO Sensitivity

The ISO range of the camera is 100 – 51200.

Still Shooting

Continuous shooting speed of the Pentax K-S2 is 5.5 fps. That should be enough for shooting everyday photography such as weddings, parties, get togethers and vacations. Don’t expect to shoot too much of sports or action.

Image Stabilization

Image Stabilization on the Pentax K-S2 is a sensor-shift type. Sensor shift type actually makes micro adjustment of the physical sensor to compensate for inadvertent hand movements when the exposure is being made. Unlike lens based image stabilization systems these make all compatible lenses image stabilized.

Video Shooting

You can shoot full HD videos (1080p) at a maximum frame rate of 30 fps. There is a built-in stereo mic that records crisp audio. Maximum audio that can be recorded is 25 mins.

Rear LCD Screen

The Pentax K-S2 incorporates a number of unique features by Pentax standards. One of them is the vari-angle rear LCD screen. The 3” screen has a resolution of 921k-dots and most importantly it tilts and swivels. That makes it ideal for experimenting with the camera angle shooting from low down and high up while still maintaining desired composition.

Connectivity

Another feature that erstwhile Pentax users would love is the presence of built-in Wi-Fi and NFC. Built-in wireless would no doubt add the freedom to back up your work seamlessly and NFC will ensure that you can control your camera remotely for those neat selfies and as well for transferring images and videos between your camera and your phone or tablet.

Build Quality and Weather Sealing

Without a doubt Pentax systems provide excellent weather sealing even for their budget DSLRs, something you have to end up paying quite a lot more to get on rival systems. The Pentax K-s2 is well protected from the vagaries of Mother Nature.

Conclusion

There are some really nice touches in the camera that makes the Pentax K-S2 an interesting camera. We have already discussed a few of these features here. One I would like to mention about here is the extra front facing shutter button. Going with the demands of the time Pentax has made it possible to make selfies a lot easier, thanks to a rewired Wi-Fi button that doubles up as a shutter release when the LCD screen is turned all the way to the front.

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