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Pentax K-S2 Review

May 20, 2015

Overall Rating:

4.5

Pentax K-S2


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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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Pentax K-S2 Review – Design

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Despite a plastic body, the K-S2 feels solidly built and is weather sealed

While the top plate of the Pentax K-S2 appears metal, it is in fact a cosmetic addition, with the body itself predominantly plastic. Despite this the K-S2 still feels solid in the hand and benefits from a weather-resistant finish.

The most striking element of the camera’s design is the substantial handgrip. It’s nearly 7cm deep and will certainly feel bulky in all but the largest of hands. After some getting used to this does begin to feel familiar, however those with smaller hands are still advised to check suitability first.

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The D-Pad found on the rear of the camera offers quick access to a host of shooting settings

The K-S2 also inherits one of the most useful Pentax DSLR features – the D-Pad can be toggled to control a range of camera functions including ISO, drive mode and white balance, while a selection of other controls feature dedicated buttons around the camera body.

  • 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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