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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Pentax K-S2 Review – Performance

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The K-S2’s AF performance is solid

In terms of specification, the K-S2’s AF configuration is some way behind its competitors. The 11-point AF set-up is certainly superseded by the 19-point set-up found on the EOS 750D or the 39-point system on the Nikon D5500, although on the whole it still performs perfectly well on static subjects. AF performance in Live View mode more impressive, being as it is powered by a contrast-detect set-up.

The only potential issue is with regards to manual focus – unlike most other brands there’s no way to switch off the manual focus wheel on the lens which can prove rather distracting in use.

In general use the K-S2 is perfectly snappy with no noticeable power-up or shot-to-shot delay, while the controls and menu system are all perfectly intuitive and make for a pleasing user experience.

  • 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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