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Pentax K-S1 Digital Camera

$406.89
SLR 20.12MP CMOS SDXC Apr 2015
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Compatible Memory Cards Release Date
Two industry awards
Decent image quality
Reasonably priced
66 Reviews + 2 Awards
Ephotozine Highly Recommended hi-tech.mail.ru/ Recommended
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Reviews

Two Industry Awards

Two expert review sites thought that this high megapixel digital camera was good. The author at website Ephotozine gave this Pentax camera a "Highly Recommended" award, confirming their endorsement and it received a "Recommended" award from review site Hi-tech.mail.ru/, confirming their endorsement.

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on twelve expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, Trusted Reviews, Ephotozine and Expert Reviews the average expert rating of this camera is 77 out of 100.

Excellent User Reviews

Based on 109 user reviews this camera has an exceptional average user rating. Over 75% of reviewers gave this camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Pentax Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

We checked 2,026 owner and expert reviews (including 236 verified purchases) for Pentax cameras and found that on average Pentax has excellent ratings. We also found that Pentax has excellent ratings specifically for its high megapixel cameras. 99% of those that bought a Pentax camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Flash

Has an External Flash Connector

The Pentax K-S1 has an external flash connector, as do most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera.

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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Pentax K-S1 has a shoe mounting point. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago also have a shoe mounting point.

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Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Pentax K-S1 has a flash exposure compensation, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

This Pentax digital camera has been on the market since April 2017.


Decent Image Quality

Thirty-one people said in their reviews that the Pentax K-S1 was able to produce good images. Digital Versus mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Stabilised image sensor”. Pentaxforums.com said “Good image quality (especially in RAW” in their review of this digital camera. Pentaxforums.com also wrote “The K-01 takes great pictures” in their review.

Three owners who purchased it reckoned that it had a good ISO range. Bhphotovideo.com said “High ISO Performance” but even so they only gave the product a rating of 18.8 out of 100. Two years ago Jb said “Good results are obtained at high ISO (eg 3200”. Jb also said “It has good performance at high ISOs, live view works very well” in their review.

One person who bought it said that it was good in low light. Ephotozine said “Low light A” in their review of this digital camera but even so they gave the product a rating of 19.4 out of 100.

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Good Video Capture

Five customers mentioned in their reviews that the product was good for video recording. D wrote “It's capturing great shots and video already”. Charlie-Cj said on Amazon “An error has occurred while attempting video playback” in their review of the Pentax K-S1. Three years ago Katharine Kirby wrote on Amazon “Time spent in preparation will be repaid when the moment arises and needs a quick choice.I also approve of the easily located movie control on the on/off button” in her review of this digital camera and scored it 7 stars.

Excellent Viewfinder

Ten people said in their reviews that it had a good viewfinder. Three years ago Ephotozine said “Glass pentaprism viewfinder with 100 field of view” in their review of this digital camera. Amateurphotographer.co.uk said “Excellent 100 pentaprism viewfinder”. Three years ago What Digital Camera said “Excellent viewfinder”.

Three people reckoned that it had a good screen. Three years ago Norfolkbooks mentioned “The LCD display is very clear” in their review of this digital camera. Cookie321 wrote last year “Didn't realise it was ex display.” in their Pentax K-S1 review and scored it 6 stars. Three years ago Katharine Kirby mentioned “The 18 - 55mm lens locks on smoothly and the large screen lights up, you can get going with entering settings” and scored the product 6 stars.

One owner concluded that it had an electronic viewfinder. Three years ago Digital Versus wrote “Pentaprism EVF with 100 coverage” in their review of this digital camera.

One person who bought the product mentioned that it was mirrorless. Charlie-Cj wrote on Amazon “The only SLR alternative is a mirrorless dSLR like the bijou Olympus OMD E-M10 that uses a high res LCD screen (EVF) for the viewfinder”.

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Backwards Lens Compatibility

Seven owners who reviewed it mentioned that it had a good lens. Ephotozine mentioned “Backwards lens compatibility” but despite that they gave it a rating of 1 stars. Three years ago Techradar mentioned “Dynamic range expansion and lens corrections” in their review of this digital camera yet they gave it a score of 1 stars. Norfolkbooks gave the product a score of 76.392885888695 out of 100 and wrote on Amazon “The trend in DSLRs has been for the lens to be mounted further” in their review of this digital camera.

Five people said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good zoom. Bob he mentioned on Amazon “Although the SX 30 has a much greater zoom without needing to change lenses”. Lance Edwards wrote on Amazon “Only slightly cheaper (I got no 50 mm lens though - can that really be included? Probably better than the zoom, which is a bit soft” and scored it 8 stars. Lance Edwards also mentioned “It is a very good lens if you want a longer zoom (much better than the 55-200 included in some kits” in his review.

Three customers who bought it wrote that it had a good autofocus. Pentaxforums.com mentioned “Fast live view autofocus”. Bob said three years ago “The auto focus is very fast”. One person who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had a good image stabiliser. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Good Image Stabilization”.

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Light Exposure

Supports Two ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Pentax K-S1 is more than most comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years. This camera supports a 100 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera. The ISO sensitivity "51200" is also supported by this Pentax camera.

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Viewfinder

Quite High Magnification

The lowest magnification of high megapixel cameras that came out more than two years ago is 0.17x, the highest is 20x, and the average magnification is 1.3x. At 0.95 times zoom factor, the Pentax K-S1 has a fairly high magnification compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Battery

480 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera take between 30 and 4,699 battery life (CIPA standard), including the Pentax K-S1 which takes 480 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Pentax K-S1 has an HDMI, as do most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most frequently supported USB version on high megapixel cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The Pentax K-S1 has a battery charger included, as do most of the other digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Pentax K-S1 has a batteries included, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

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Technical Details

Has a Self-Timer

The Pentax K-S1 has a self-timer, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

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Audio

Features Noise Reduction

The Pentax K-S1 features noise reduction, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

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Features Voice Recording

The Pentax K-S1 features voice recording. Most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Pentax K-S1 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Acceptable Noise Level

Five customers who reviewed the product said that it was noisy. Norfolkbooks mentioned three years ago “Good results, noisy shutter, best for small hands”. Norfolkbooks also mentioned “This was very noisy, especially when I tried a few indoor shots” in their review. Three years ago Charlie-Cj mentioned on Amazon “Noisy to focus” and gave the product a score of 7 stars.

One owner who purchased the Pentax K-S1 considered that it was quiet.

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Design

Decent Image Quality

Twenty-seven people who purchased this digital camera concluded that it was good quality. Three years ago Ephotozine mentioned “Excellent image quality with 20MP sensor” in their review of the Pentax K-S1 yet they only gave it a rating of 19.4 out of 100. Digital Versus wrote “Fantastic picture quality” in their review of the Pentax K-S1 but despite that they only gave it a score of 1 stars. Trusted Reviews said in their review of this digital camera “Decent image quality” .

Robust

Six people who reviewed it said that it was well made. Trustedreviews.com said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Trusted Reviews “Underneath the odd exterior of the Pentax K-S1 sits a solid APS-C DSLR offering good performance” and rated it 5 stars. Two years ago Jb said “Quality of construction is excellent” in their Pentax K-S1 review. Bonn mentioned last year “Anyone thinking of buying this would advise them to ignore the negative reviews it is a well built camera and once youget used to the dials” in their review of this digital camera and gave the product a score of 8 stars.

Two owners who reviewed it mentioned that it was strong and durable. Neil O'connor said in his review of the Pentax K-S1 “I love it - it's a robust, fully featured bit of kit, with the right balance between features”. Amazon Customer mentioned “Rugged feel and not uncomfortable as some reviews say”.

One person who purchased it considered that it was good at resisting water ingress. Lance Edwards gave it a rating of 6 stars and he said “It doesn't have tilt screen and is not waterproof.” in his review of this digital camera. One person considered that this digital camera was reliable. Last year Icewalker wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Reliable photo tool!” and rated the product 7 stars.

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Elegant Design

Four customers said in their reviews that it was well designed. Pentaxforums.com mentioned “Elegant design” in their review of this digital camera. Robert Michael Dixon Spence wrote “Love the size design and fit in the hand”.

Two people who purchased it agreed that it was neat. Jb mentioned two years ago “It's certainly tidy” . Katharine Kirby scored it 8 stars and she wrote three years ago “The lens is balanced to the body nicely and creates a tidy, together, feel when holding the camera”.

Two customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was good looking. Charlie-Cj scored it 7 stars and said three years ago “Good looking, well featured, easy to use dSLR” in their review of the Pentax K-S1. Two years ago Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon “Feels and performs beautifully! Look out for a second-hand Pentax 50mm f1.7 manual lens to partner the K-S1”.

One person said in their reviews that this digital camera was ergonomic. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Great Ergonomics”.

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Handy Lightup Controls

Sixteen owners concluded that the product was easy to use. Trusted Reviews wrote “Handy lightup controls” although they only scored it 18.2 out of 100. Techradar said in their Pentax K-S1 review three years ago “Effective control layout” . Amateurphotographer.co.uk gave it a rating of 5 stars and wrote “A couple of areas could be improved on the rear control dial of the camera” in their review of this digital camera.

Six owners who bought the product reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. Pentaxforums.com wrote “Userfriendly menu system”. Three years ago Bob mentioned on Amazon “There is not the normal "save" option, save is "Settings complete” in his review of the Pentax K-S1. Last year Icewalker scored it 6 stars and mentioned in their Pentax K-S1 review “Excellent camera! Very intuitive, menus and controls are easy to use”.

Two people reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold.

One owner who bought the product thought it was easy to handle. Expert website Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned in their review of this digital camera three years ago “The camera handles a lot better than a quick glance at i”.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Two owners who reviewed it agreed that it had good features. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon “Has all the essential features and many more” and gave this digital camera a rating of 77.450145709578 out of 100.


Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax K-S1 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Nikon D5500 ($467.88), or the Sony Alpha A5100 ($379) which has better reviews.

There are a number of other cameras which also have a built-in flash that you might also want to consider including the Pentax K-S2.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax K-S1 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera also have an image stabilizer.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might also want to consider including the Sony Alpha A5100 ($379) which has better reviews.

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5472 X 3648 Still Image Resolution

The Pentax K-S1 has a 5472 x 3648 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s) found on most high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This camera also have still image resolution(s) of 5472x3648, 4224x2816 and 3072x2048 and 1920x1280. Across all similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as this camera the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360 and the best is 6000 x 4000.

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Support

Good Support

Seven owners who purchased this digital camera agreed that it had good technical guidance. Dpreview.com said on expert review site DP Review three years ago “Several companies make excellent SLRs to help consumers get better quality pictures for under $1,000”. Also three years ago Bob said on Amazon “This is where the fun starts as you can use it as a full manual camera or select various exposure modes such as `shutter' or `aperture' priority”. Abdul Farooq said on Amazon in April last year “It has a wide variety of pre set modes which are great for when you are beginning off to help build confidence” in his review of the Pentax K-S1.


Camera

Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The Pentax K-S1 has a GPS (satellite). Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera do not have a GPS (satellite).

Alternative digital cameras with a GPS (satellite) currently available which you might want to consider include the Nikon D5500 ($467.88) which has better reviews.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) to this camera and we think the Nikon D7100 is also worth considering.

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Features Multi-Shot Function

The Pentax K-S1 features multi-shot function. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera also feature multi-shot function.

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Has a Dioptre Correction

The Pentax K-S1 has a dioptre correction, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The Pentax K-S1 features saturation adjustment. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera also feature saturation adjustment.

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Supports Live View

The Pentax K-S1 supports live view, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Pentax K-S1 features brightness adjustment. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera also feature brightness adjustment.

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Features Histogram

The Pentax K-S1 features histogram, as do most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Very Big Eye Relief

At 22.3 millimeters, the Pentax K-S1 has a very big eye relief compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera. The average eye relief of similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 19mm, and the eye reliefs range from 17mm to 23mm.

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Smart TV

Good in Terms of Connectivity

One person thought it was good in terms of connectivity. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Fast Connectivity” in their Pentax K-S1 review.


Power

Good Battery Life

Three owners who bought the product agreed that it had a good battery life. In April last year Icewalker gave it a score of 6 stars and said “The battery is OK for a couple of hundred shots” in their Pentax K-S1 review. Icewalker also said “Second battery recommended! Overall I'm delighted” in their review.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Pentax K-S1 supports video recording. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera also support video recording.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Pentax K-S1 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is actually the best supported video resolution across all cameras of this age and type.

The worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of digital camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Weight & Dimensions

Light and Compact

Six people who bought it said that it was heavy and bulky. Norfolkbooks said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “The first thing to strike me in taking the camera body out of the box is that it is quite heavy” and gave it a score of 7 stars. Norfolkbooks also wrote “I did wonder if this would render it prone to be imbalanced when being carried around the neck with the right hand side being heavier.” in their review. Jb wrote two years ago “It's rather heavy for its size” in their Pentax K-S1 review.

Six people who purchased the product agreed that it was compact. Pentaxforums.com wrote “Light and compact”. Three years ago expert review site Dxomark.com wrote “The K-S1 boasts a compact design, flashing LED lights, illumi” in their review of this digital camera. Peter P. said “Great camera, my first DSLR and it feels like a giant leap from compact cameras and phone cameras”.

Four people who purchased it concluded that it was a good body shape. Ephotozine wrote “In body shake reduction” in their review of this digital camera. Bob said “I compared it to my Cannon SX30 which has exactly the same size body (ignore the lens)” in his review of the Pentax K-S1. Lance Edwards gave it a rating of 6 stars and he said last year “It was £100 cheaper for the camera body and I already had 3 non-waterproof lenses” in his review of the Pentax K-S1.

Two owners mentioned that the product was lightweight. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “Who cares? It's lightweight, compact and portable”. Icewalker wrote “Bought this as a lightweight holiday camera”. One owner who bought it considered that it was good structurally.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 498 grams, the Pentax K-S1 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

Cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth considering include the Nikon D7100 (675g).

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

The Pentax K-S1 has a fairly average display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available including the Sony Alpha A5100 ($379) which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a larger display diagonal then you might also want to look at the Nikon D5500 ($467.88) (3.2" and higher rated).

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Product Identifiers

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