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Pentax K-S2 Digital Camera

SLR 20.12MP CMOS SDXC Mar 2015
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Compatible Memory Cards Release Date
One industry award
Unacceptable noise level
Video function
36 Reviews + 1 Award
Trusted Reviews Recommended
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Reviews

One Industry Award

The writer at one expert review site concluded that they would endorse this Pentax camera. This Pentax digital camera received a "Recommended" award from Trusted Reviews.

Good Expert Reviews

Based on five expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Chip.de, zoom.nl and digit.in the average expert rating of this camera is 80 out of 100.

User Reviews Are Excellent

Based on 41 user reviews this high megapixel digital camera has a terrific average user rating. Over 76% of reviewers gave this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Excellent Brand

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

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Camera

Features Saturation Adjustment

The Pentax K-S2 features saturation adjustment. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera also feature saturation adjustment.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Pentax K-S2 features contrast adjustment. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera also feature contrast adjustment.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Pentax K-S2 features brightness adjustment, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Features Histogram

The Pentax K-S2 features histogram. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also feature histogram.

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Power

Low Battery Life

Four people who purchased it reckoned that it did not have a good battery life. Trusted Reviews mentioned in their review of the Pentax K-S2 “Low battery life”. Amazon Customer mentioned in their review of the Pentax K-S2 on Amazon “In comparison with K-x is unfortunate lower battery lifetime, however in other ways the feel is little better”. Gadget Fan mentioned “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.


Weight & Dimensions

New Compact Retractable Lens

Seven people who bought the Pentax K-S2 concluded that it was compact. Trusted Reviews mentioned two years ago “New compact retractable lens” nonetheless they rated it 1 stars. Trusted Reviews also wrote “Available with compact zoom lens” in their review. Dave wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “It makes a truly compact kit with the excellent new collapsible SMC 18-50 lens” in his review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 8 stars.

Seven owners who purchased this digital camera considered that it was a good body shape. Trusted Reviews wrote “Weather-sealed body and kit lens”. Trusted Reviews also mentioned “Tropicalised body and lens” in their review. Digit.in mentioned “Autofocus motor in camera body”.

One owner mentioned that this digital camera was thick. Trusted Reviews wrote “A big viewfinder and a broad feature set” in their review of this digital camera. One customer who bought it thought it was heavy and bulky. Last year Dot said in her review of this digital camera on Amazon “Too heavy, especially with other lenses”.

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Heavy

The Pentax K-S2 is one of the heavier cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera (618 grams) amongst high megapixel cameras of this age. The lightest high megapixel digital camera that has been around for a comparable time to this digital camera is 90g , the heaviest is 1.5kg, and the average weight is 400g.

If you would consider a digital camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the D5500 ($466.89) (420g and higher rated), or the D7100 (675g and higher rated) both from Nikon or the Pentax K-S1 ($399) (498g and higher rated).

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Pentax K-S2 has an HDMI, as do most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most commonly supported USB version on high megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Pentax K-S2 features voice recording, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Pentax K-S2 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also have a built-in microphone.

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Loud Shutter

Nine owners wrote that the Pentax K-S2 was noisy. Trusted Reviews mentioned “Loud shutter” . Digit.in wrote “Noisy autofocus motor” in their review of this digital camera. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned two years ago “Noisy Shutter Me Hanism”.

Unacceptable Noise Level

Nine owners wrote that the Pentax K-S2 was noisy. Trusted Reviews mentioned “Loud shutter” . Digit.in wrote “Noisy autofocus motor” in their review of this digital camera. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned two years ago “Noisy Shutter Me Hanism”.


Flash

Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Pentax K-S2 has a flash exposure compensation, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Packaging Content

Has a Wrist Strap Included

The Pentax K-S2 has a wrist strap included. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that came out more than two years ago also have a wrist strap included.

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Has a Battery Charger Included

The Pentax K-S2 has a battery charger included, as do most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Pentax K-S2 has a batteries included. Most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camera also have a batteries included.

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Display

Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Pentax K-S2 has a vari-angle LCD display, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Pentax K-S2 has a pretty average display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

Other 3" screen cameras currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Pentax K-S1 ($399), or the Sony Alpha A5100 ($399).

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Support

Good Support

Three customers who purchased it said that it had good technical guidance. Kennuck mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “Scene modes to full manual control” in their Pentax K-S2 review.


Picture Quality

5472 X 3648 Still Image Resolution

The Pentax K-S2 has a 5472 x 3648 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most high megapixel cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. Most high megapixel cameras that have been around for a similar time to it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s). In addition, this camera have still image resolution(s) of 4224 x 2816 and 3072 x 2048 and 1920 x 1280. The still image resolution of all digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera ranges from 640 x 360 to 6000 x 4000.

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Features

Many Advanced Features

Seven customers said in their reviews that the Pentax K-S2 had good features. Trusted Reviews said “Tons of features in smartphonetablet app”. Trusted Reviews also wrote “Many advanced features” in their review. Jdr gave this digital camera a score of 7 stars and wrote “Great features including the movie function”.


Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax K-S2 has a built-in flash. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera also have a built-in flash.

We compared all the other cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the D7100, and the D5500 ($466.89) both from Nikon or the Pentax K-S1 ($399) is also worth considering.

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Design

Weather-Sealed Design

Three people said in their reviews that it was good looking. Lutuf N. Ghantous said on Amazon two years ago “Great beautiful camera” in their review of this digital camera.

Two customers said in their reviews that this digital camera was well designed. Two years ago Trusted Reviews said “Superb ergonomic design” in their review of the Pentax K-S2 but they only scored this digital camera 18.8 out of 100. Trusted Reviews also said “Weather-sealed design” in their review.

Two people wrote in their reviews that it was neat. S. Randle said in their review of the Pentax K-S2 “The K-S2 is still very neat by comparison”. Jdr mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “Controls are well organized and easy to use”.

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Build Quality

Eleven owners who reviewed the Pentax K-S2 concluded that it was well made. Two years ago Trusted Reviews mentioned “Built in WiFi and NFC” in their review of this digital camera. Trusted Reviews also wrote “A solid weathersealed build” in their review. Trusted Reviews also said “Solid build quality” in their review.

Two people who bought this digital camera thought it was strong and durable. Bhphotovideo.com wrote two years ago “Compact Yet Rugged” in their Pentax K-S2 review. Addicted2pills said on Amazon “People frequently underestimate how much fine dust is in the air that could get into the camera body and lens, so this rugged body does a fantastic job keeping dirt” in their Pentax K-S2 review.

One customer considered that it was sealed. One owner who purchased it reckoned that it was reliable.

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Build Quality

Twenty-two owners who reviewed the Pentax K-S2 considered that it was good quality. Trusted Reviews mentioned in their review of this digital camera two years ago “High image quality”. Trusted Reviews also said “Excellent high ISO image quality” in their review. Trusted Reviews also said “The Pentax K 2 offers excellent photo quality” in their review.

Handy OIS System

Twelve people mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to use. Trusted Reviews said “Excellent handling, intuitive controls”. Trusted Reviews also wrote “Dual control dials” in their review. Trusted Reviews also wrote “Handy OIS system” in their review.

Three people who bought it reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Bayou Bob scored it 7 stars and mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “It has a comfortable grip, vari-angle lcd”. Two people reckoned that the product was easy to use the menus. Two years ago Scottie Dog mentioned in his review of this digital camera “Easy menu system to use, its just what I expected”.

Two customers reckoned that this digital camera was easy to handle. S. Randle said on Amazon “Handling was lovely, with my existing prime lenses” in their review of this digital camera. Mtnbiker rated the product 6 stars and said in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “Camera feels solid, handles well and the articulating LCD screen makes getting multi-angled shots a breeze”.

One person reckoned that it had a good interface. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Easy Interface With Pc”.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Pentax K-S2 supports video recording, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Pentax K-S2 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by high megapixel cameras that have been available for more than two years. This digital camera also supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 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.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

The worst supported video resolution across 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 typical of many high megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Smart TV

Good Connectivity

One owner who bought it thought it was good in terms of connectivity.


Good Flash

Two people who bought it thought it had a good flash. Bill Somewhere in Ct gave it a very good rating and he mentioned in his Pentax K-S2 review “The metering is consistent as is flash metering”. Rainy Duck wrote “I chose this camera body due to a built in flash and weather-resistant body since many of our trips involve rainy weather”.

Swivel Display

Nine owners who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had a good screen. Two years ago Trusted Reviews said “Swivel display” yet they only gave the Pentax K-S2 a score of 18.8 out of 100. Trusted Reviews also wrote “Hochauflsendes, drehund schwenkbares Display 3 0 Zoll” in their review. Two years ago Jonathan Pie gave it a rating of 6 stars and he mentioned 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” in his review of this digital camera.

Nine people who purchased this digital camera wrote that it had a good viewfinder. Trusted Reviews wrote two years ago “Pentaprism viewfinder”. Trusted Reviews also wrote “100 Viewfinder” in their review. Trusted Reviews also mentioned “Large viewfinder with 100 percent field of view” in their review.

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High Image Quality

Twenty-four owners wrote in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Trusted Reviews said in their review of this digital camera “Image quality up to 1600 ISO”. Trusted Reviews also mentioned “Great image quality, particularly for RAW” in their review. Trusted Reviews also mentioned “Great for family photos” in their review.

Three customers mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good ISO range. Trusted Reviews mentioned two years ago “Sehr gute Bildqualitt bis ISO 1.600” in their review of this digital camera. Trusted Reviews also said “Gute Bildqualitt im hohen ISOBereich ab ISO 1.600” in their review. Bhphotovideo.com said in their review of the Pentax K-S2 “High ISO Performance” however despite that they rated it 18.8 out of 100.

Two customers said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good picture resolution. Last year Rainy Duck wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “The fully articulating LCD screen is another bonus that I have found helpful in shooting” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 7 stars.

One customer thought the product was good in low light. Trusted Reviews wrote two years ago “Classleading lowlight AF”. One person mentioned in their reviews that it had a good image sensor. Kennuck said two years ago “Has bigger sensor, articulating LCD” in their review of this digital camera and scored it 4 stars.

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Snappy Autofocus System

Five people concluded that the product had a good autofocus. Two years ago Digit.in wrote “Fast, accurate focusing” in their review of this digital camera. Five people who bought the product agreed that it had a good lens. S. Randle mentioned in their review of this digital camera “With the new generation of lenses, such as the 18-50mm kit lens, we now get faster”.

Five owners who bought this digital camera agreed that it had a good image stabiliser. Trusted Reviews mentioned in their Pentax K-S2 review two years ago “In-camera image stabilization” . Trusted Reviews also said “Comprehensive inbody image stabilisation” in their review. Expert review site Photoreview.com.au said in the same month “High resolution, body-integrated stabilisation” in their review of this digital camera and scored the product 6 stars.

One person who reviewed it considered that it had a good zoom.

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Video Function

Nine customers said in their reviews that the product was not good for video recording. Trusted Reviews said “Poor video quality and limited framerate options”. Trusted Reviews also mentioned “Fairly poor for video” in their review. Trusted Reviews also mentioned “Video shows rolling shutter effect” in their review.


Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

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

Product Identifiers

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