Pentax’ follow-up to the K-S1 combines competitors’ best features

10 Feb

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The whiners have been heard, Pentax has a fully articulated screen now, and simply weather-sealed it as well, for good measure. But slowly:

Ricoh 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 articulated display, is fully weather-sealed (a rare combination, especially given Pentax’ high standards of weather sealing), and will have Wi-Fi with NFC built in. Those who liked the K-S1 should note that the control layout on the K-S2 reverts back to older traditions, with the mode dial on top of the camera, and quick access buttons on a four-way pad on the back, to access series, exposure bracketing and time delay shooting modes (one button), as well as ISO, white balance, and flash settings (one button each) – the same as on a K-30, K-50 or K-500.

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According to Ricoh, it is currently the smallest dust- and weather-sealed DSLR on the market. It will be launched together with the world’s shortest DSLR zoom lens as a kit option, the new HD Pentax DA 18-50mm f/4-5.6 DC RE WR.

There are a few notable things under the hood as well – first off, an “intelligent” Auto HDR mode that’s accessible right from the mode dial and according to Imaging Resource gives a more natural look. Also according to IR, there is a new “clarity” function that does the opposite of what clarity does in other applications and instead increases dynamic range in JPEG output.

Whether Ricoh is taking a leaf from Canon’s book, and leaving older models on the market for an extended time, is unclear. I would see it as a smart move if it were true.

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