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Pentax K-S2 Digital Camera

SLR 20.12MP CMOS Feb 2015
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27 Reasons For

Excellent Owner Reviews

Based on 36 owner reviews the average owner rating of this Pentax digital camera is terrific.

Easy to Use

Some Pentax K-S2 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use. Gadget Fan mentioned this year “It is a delight to use”. Vulf said on Amazon “Love the camera! Many cool features and easy to use”.

A number of customers considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Jonathan Pie wrote in his review of the Pentax K-S2 last year “Is hardware calibrated to 6500Kelvin, 2.2 Gamma and 120cd/m² luminance) + small yet still comfortable to hold + all plastic built” and scored the Pentax K-S2 very highly.

One person who purchased the product wrote that it was easy to use the menus. Jonathan Pie rated the product as very good and he mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Amazon last year “When the shutter release will be activated) + much better and logical menu”.

One Pentax K-S2 owner who reviewed it reckoned that it was easy to handle. S. Randle said on Amazon “Handling was lovely, with my existing prime lenses”.

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Good Quality Pictures

Six Pentax K-S2 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was able to produce good images. Gadget Fan said on Amazon “It seems to deliver sharper images than my K5, particularly in poor light”. This month Taha Idris wrote “The tones and smoothness of images is remarkable”.

Good Product Quality

A few Pentax K-S2 reviewers who purchased the Pentax K-S2 agreed that it was good quality. Addicted2pills gave the product a very good review score and wrote on Amazon “Very fast, great image quality, good videos” in their review of this digital camera. This month Gadget Fan mentioned in their review of the Pentax K-S2 on Amazon “**Image quality** Is simply stunning”. Jonathan Pie wrote “Very high quality + excellent weight distribution + WiFi” in his review of this digital camera.

Pentax Has Excellent Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Pentax SLR cameras have excellent ratings on average and across all digital cameras Pentax is one of the leading manufacturers.

Nice Design

A few Pentax K-S2 reviewers reckoned that the product was good looking. Lutuf N. Ghantous wrote in their review on Amazon in December last year “Great beautiful camera”. S. Randle said on Amazon last year “Terms and are more impressed with futuristic styling and features - a camera for the phone generation” and gave the Pentax K-S2 a very good review score.

One Pentax K-S2 owner who reviewed it thought it was neat. S. Randle said in December last year “The K-S2 is still very neat by comparison” in their review and gave the Pentax K-S2 a rating of 5 stars.

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Robust

A number of customers who bought it concluded that it was well made. Gadget Fan gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and said this year “If you are used to a K7, K5 or K3 you will find it feels less substantial, less solid as it doesn't have the same magnesium alloy body.”. S. Randle mentioned on Amazon last year “So what's new and to like on the K-S2? Built in WiFi” in their review of the Pentax K-S2.

One person who reviewed this digital camera said that it was strong and durable. Addicted2pills wrote “Lens, so this rugged body does a fantastic job keeping dirt”.

One customer thought the Pentax K-S2 was reliable. Jonathan Pie said in December last year “D7200) + large JPEG buffer (I use a 64GB Samsung PRO SDXC UHS-1 card which is more reliable than the SanDisk Extreme Pro III SDXC equivalent” in his review and rated this digital camera as excellent.

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Good Quality Lens

Some people who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it had a good lens.

One Pentax K-S2 owner who purchased it thought it had a good autofocus. Jonathan Pie said in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “Hues can be applied + impressively fast AF autofocus speed (almost the same as Pentax K-5, K-3, Nikon D5500”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Three Pentax K-S2 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the Pentax K-S2 had a good screen. Last year Addicted2pills mentioned in their review of this digital camera “PROs+ fully articulated tilt and swivel screen (the main reason why I went back to Pentax after I used the Samsung NX30, Nikon D5300, D5500” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Jonathan Pie mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “Quickly shows an orange cast when using lenses from f4 and slower + good pre-calibration of 3" display + 3" display can be manually re-calibrated”.

Good Support

A number of customers mentioned in their reviews that the product had good technical guidance.

Good Size

One Pentax K-S2 reviewer reckoned that it was compact. One customer said in their reviews that the Pentax K-S2 was a good weight.

Good Video Capture

One Pentax K-S2 owner mentioned that it was good for video recording.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Pentax K-S2 reviewer concluded that it was quiet. S. Randle mentioned “With the new generation of lenses, such as the 18-50mm kit lens, we now get faster and quiet focussing at last” and rated this digital camera 5 stars.

Good Technical Features

One person who reviewed the product thought it had good features.

Good Connectivity

One person who bought the product reckoned that it was wifi compatible. In December last year S. Randle rated the Pentax K-S2 as very good and mentioned “To like on the K-S2? Built in WiFi and NFC connectivity will appeal to many, as will the HD movie mode that matches that of it's more expensive stablemate”.

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax K-S2 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as the K-S2.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Canon EOS 760D - Rebel T6s ($844.69) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Pentax K-S2 is more than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This digital camera has a Micro HDMI connector type, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector type found on cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the K-S2.

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Very High ISO Sensitivity (max)

When compared to other digital cameras of this type and age that we have assessed, the ISO sensitivity (max) of the Pentax K-S2 of 51,200 is one of the highest. Across all the SLR cameras that came out around the same time as the K-S2 the ISO sensitivity (max)s range from 6,400 to 52,000.

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Supports Five Image Formats Supporteds

The number of supported image formats on the Pentax K-S2 is more than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by cameras of a similar age and type to the K-S2. The image formats supporteds "DNG", "EXIF", "PEF" and "RAW" are also supported by this digital camera.

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Has Seven White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Pentax K-S2 is more than most SLR cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This camera has a Shade white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the K-S2. The white balances "Auto", "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Manual" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Pentax camera.

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Has Two Photo Effectss

The Pentax K-S2 has a greater number of photo effects than most cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on SLR cameras that were released around the same time as the K-S2. The photo effects "Pastel" is also found on this digital camera.

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5472 X 3648 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 5472 x 3648 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on digital cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camera supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of this spec and age. 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.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The number of light exposure modes found on the Pentax K-S2 is more than most SLR cameras that have been available for more than a year. This camera has a Manual light exposure modes, which is the most frequently found light exposure modes found on cameras of a comparable age and type to the K-S2. The light exposure modess "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Pentax camera.

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H.264 Video Formats Supported

This camera supports an AVC|H.264|MPEG4 video formats supported, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and spec.

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TFT Display

This digital camera has a TFT display, which is the most frequently found display on SLR cameras that are a comparable age to it. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

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1920 X 1280 Still Image Resolution(s)

This digital camera has a still image resolution(s) of 5472 x 3648| 4224 x 2816| 3072 x 2048| 1920 x 1280, which is typical of many SLR cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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12 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

One Pentax K-S2 owner who purchased it considered that it did not have a good battery life. This month Gadget Fan said “It is worth considering the K-S2 for this alone! The only downside to the handling is a lack of battery grip - there is none” in their review of the Pentax K-S2.

Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most cameras of a comparable spec and age to the K-S2 do not support Full HD video. The Pentax K-S2 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also support Full HD video that you might also want to look at including the Canon EOS 760D - Rebel T6s ($844.69) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Pentax K-S2 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other SLR cameras that have been available for a similar time to the K-S2 also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Pentax K-S2 does not support wi-Fi, although this is within the context that most of the other SLR cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the K-S2 also do not support wi-Fi.

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Not Waterproof

The Pentax K-S2 is not waterproof. Most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the K-S2 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax K-S2 does not have an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the K-S2 also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Not 3D

Most comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the K-S2 are not 3D. The Pentax K-S2 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Most cameras of this spec and age do not support video capability. The Pentax K-S2 is no exception to this as it too does not support video capability.

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Only Features Six Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Pentax K-S2 is more than most SLR cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on SLR cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. The flash modess "Flash on", "Hi-speed sync", "Manual", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Only Has Five Shooting Modess

The number of shooting modes found on the Pentax K-S2 is more than most cameras of this age and type. This Pentax camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most commonly found shooting modes found on SLR cameras that have been around for around the same time as the K-S2. The shooting modess "Aperture priority", "Manual", "Sensitivity priority" and "Shutter priority" are also found on this Pentax digital camera.

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Only ±1EV (1/3 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

The Pentax K-S2 has a ±1EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction which is wider than most cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. Most similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it have a ±2EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction. Across all cameras of this spec and age the worst flash exposure correction is ±3EV (1/3 EV step) and the best is ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step).

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Only 1280x720@50fps Resolution At Capture Speed

This camera has a resolution at capture speed of 1280x720@25fps|1280x720@50fps|1280×720@24fps|1280×720@30fps|1280×720@60fps, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Pentax K-S2

Released Over Two Years Ago

This Pentax digital camera was released over two years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Pentax K-S2 has a fairly standard display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as the K-S2.

There are a number of alternative 3" screen cameras currently available which you might also want to look at including the Canon EOS 760D - Rebel T6s ($844.69) which has better reviews.

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 20.12 megapixels, the Pentax K-S2 has a fairly standard megapixel compared to most of the other SLR cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the K-S2.

If you would prefer a camera with a higher megapixel then you might want to consider the EOS 760D - Rebel T6s ($844.69) (24.2MP), or the 750D ($589.99) (24.2MP) both from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on cameras of this age and type. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared all the other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the EOS 760D - Rebel T6s ($844.69), the 750D ($589.99), and the EOS 760D - Rebel T6s ($844.69) all from Canon is also worth considering.

If the memory card type of this SLR digital camera is not good enough for you then you might want to look at the Canon 700D ($394.98) (SD|SDHC|SDXC).

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Average Weight

With a weight of 618 grams, the Pentax K-S2 has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the K-S2.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many SLR cameras that are a comparable age to it.

We compared all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this digital camera and we think the EOS 760D - Rebel T6s ($844.69), and the 750D ($589.99) both from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Image Stabilizer Location
Sensor Format
Design
Colour of Product
Material
Dustproof
Lens System
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Mount Interface
Mounting Type
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Guide Number
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Exposure Compensation
Flash Exposure Correction
Shoe Mounting Point
Shoe Mounting Point Type
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Resolution At Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Magnification
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Dioptre Correction
Live View
Camera Playback
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
Eye Relief
Scene Modes
Languages Support
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Quick Start Guide
Wrist Strap Included
Networking
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Other Features
Built-In Flash
Technical Details
Self-Timer
Housing Material

Expert Reviews

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Easy auto mode
Fast, accurate focusing
Decent dim light performance
Autofocus motor in camera body
Weatherproofing in budget DSLR body
Noisy autofocus motor
Bulky and heavy
Build lacks refinement
Amateur interface
Lens is somewhat flimsy

User Reviews

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Reviewed 25 April 2015 by Bill somewhere in Ct
Bill somewhere in Ct would recommend the Pentax K-S2 (Verified Purchase)

I use the K-S2 for general photography. Most of my photos are a mix of landscapes and close ups. I'm very impressed with the noise levels of the photos and sharpness out of the camera. The... Read more…

Easy To Use
Fast Accurate Auto-Focus
Fast Shutter Speed
Good Image Quality
Good Image Stabilization
Short Battery Life
Reviewed 13 March 2015 by Kennuck
Kennuck would recommend the Pentax K-S2 (Verified Purchase)

Similar to the K30 in many popular respects but has bigger sensor, articulating LCD and WiFi for remote operation and image transfer. Built as expected from Pentax with weather proof seals, solid... Read more…

Easy To Use
Fast Accurate Auto-Focus
Fast Shutter Speed
Good Image Quality
Good Image Stabilization
Movie Mode Switch
Noisy Dust Removal System
Noisy Shutter Mechanism
Noisy Shutter Me Hanism
Reviewed 12 May 2015 by Bayou Bob
Bayou Bob would recommend the Pentax K-S2 (Verified Purchase)

I am an advanced DSLR user that was looking for a little more compact camera body for use as a travel kit. I have been through several camera systems including PnS cameras and Micro 4/3rds... Read more…

Easy To Use
Fast Accurate Auto-Focus
Good Image Quality
Good Image Stabilization
High ISO Performance
Noisy shutter
Reviewed 18 May 2015 by Scottie Dog
Scottie Dog would recommend the Pentax K-S2 (Verified Purchase)

I've only had the camera for a few weeks, but it's exceeding my expectations. In Oregon, I could not even find one to hold and check out, but being a Pentax Fan, I gambled on it and things are... Read more…

Easy To Use
Fast Accurate Auto-Focus
Good Image Quality
Good Image Stabilization
Tilt Swivel LCD
Short Battery Life
Reviewed 23 November 2015 by Dave
Dave would recommend the Pentax K-S2

I have several Pentax bodies and many lenses, including a K-3. But the K-S2 is often what I grab when I go out, along with a couple of extra lenses in a small Lowepro Rezo AW 140 shoulder bag. It... Read more…

Easy To Use
Fast Accurate Auto-Focus
Fast Shutter Speed
Good Image Quality
Good Image Stabilization
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Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

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