New entry level Pentax DSLR: the K-S1

28 Aug


Following hot on the heels of the Q-S1, Pentax has just announced the K-S1. It has a 20 megapixel sensor Pentax/Ricoh haven’t used before, an inbuilt stereo mic, and supports ISO from 100 to 51200 as well as video at FullHD (1080p) at 30p. It includes an anti-aliasing simulator and shake reduction, and supports the Pentax FluCard for tethered shooting and immediate tablet or phone viewing.

There are several major interface novelties that should greatly increase the usability of the camera. Firstly, the K-S1’s on/off lever also allows you to switch to video. The mode dial will be on the back of the camera, and the currently active mode is illuminated. This will be an advantage when operating in dark environments like theatres or during night photography, and the placement of the dial may make it harder to change modes accidentally, without requiring a locking mechanism. On the front of the camera, there’s a series of LCDs that can be used to communicate things such as a count-down, and perhaps something to do with face, blink or smile recognition. On the newly placed mode dial, there is a position that allows selecting art effects, as well as a position for scene modes.

The camera has no front wheel for changing settings values, only a rear-oriented one.

The K-S1 will be available in twelve colours, the white model optionally including a white kit lens that I believe differs from previous incarnations in having a light grey rather than black rubber ring.


The K-S1 is about the same size as the Canon EOS 100D/SL1, but the Pentax includes a pentaprism, allowing for a brighter viewfinder image and 100% frame coverage.


2 Responses to “New entry level Pentax DSLR: the K-S1”


  1. Pentax to announce K-S2 DSLR and retractable lens | breakfastographer - February 7, 2015

    […] Pentax K-S2 is going to be a nice upgrade to the K-S1, featuring the same 20 megapixel sensor, a mode selection wheel that’s been moved back to the […]

  2. Pentax’ follow-up to the K-S1 combines competitors’ best features | breakfastographer - February 10, 2015

    […] has announced the K-S2, which enters its product line-up as a higher-grade companion to the K-S1. As previously rumoured and observed from the prototype presented at CES, the new model has an […]

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