Pentax K-S2 Review

May 20, 2015

Overall Rating:


Pentax K-S2



Price as Reviewed:

£649.00 (Body with 18-50mm lens)

The K-S2 is Pentax’s latest mid-range DSLR, continuing its tradition of offering affordable yet well-specified cameras. Find out how it gets on in our Pentax K-S2 review.

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Although numerical conventions would suggest that the Pentax K-S2 is a replacement for the entry-level K-S1, a brief glance at its specification reveals a more advanced camera perhaps more likely to replace the K-50.

As a result, the K-S2 is up against some fairly stiff competition – the Nikon D5500 and Canon 750D on the DSLR side of things, while the Olympus E-M10 and Sony A6000 are also sure to share similar space on stockist’s shelves.

So, how does Ricoh plan on making the K-S2 competitive? Well, once glance at its full specification instantly reveals you’re getting a lot of camera for your money.

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The K-S2 is as well set to offer strong competition in the mid-range DSLR market

Pentax K-S2 Review – Features

The K-S2 features a 20.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor which boasts an impressive ISO range of 100-51,200 and has had the low-pass filter removed for maximum sharpness. Any concerns about moiré and alias patterning are managed through the presence of an anti-alias filter simulator provided by the built-in image stabilisation system.

The image stabilisation is itself impressive – providing 3.5 stops of benefit as well as working with almost any lens including both wideangle and prime optics.

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The K-S2’s viewfinder is one of the best in class, offering 100% coverage of the frame

While the LCD screen on the rear of the camera is solid at 3in and 921k-dots in spec, the viewfinder is a tad more impressive. Unlike a lot of its competition the K-S2’s viewfinder offers 100% coverage rather than cropping in.

Also, as it’s the pentaprism type rather than the pentamirror type it remains bright despite its larger size.

Other features include in-camera Raw processing, HD video capture and built-in Wi-fi and NFC connectivity.

  • Sensor: 20.2-million-pixel, APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Output Size: 5472 x 3648 pixels
  • Lens Mount: Pentax K
  • Focal Length Magnification: 1.5x
  • Shutter Speeds: 30 - 1/6000 sec
  • ISO: 10 - 51,200
  • Exposure Modes: PASM, Auto, Scene, HDR
  • Metering System: 77-segment, Spot, Centre-weighted
  • Drive Mode: 5.4fps
  • LCD: 3in, 921k-dot articulated LCD
  • Viewfinder: 0.95x magnification, 100% coverage
  • AF Points: 11-point phase detect
  • Video: Full HD @ 1920 x 1080p, 30, 25 and 24fps
  • External Mic: Yes, 3.5mm stereo
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Power: D-Li109 rechargable Li-ion
  • Battery Life: Approx. 410 shots
  • Dimensions: 122.5 x 91 x 72.5mm
  • Weight: 678g

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