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Pentax K-S1

£419.00
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PhotographyBlog.com Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended hi-tech.mail.ru/ Recommended
A multi award winning and fully featured SLR camera, perfect for wildlife photography
SLR 20.12MP CMOS Blue Apr 2015
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Pentax K-S1 Review

With excellent reviews and features, we have ranked the Pentax K-S1 number 190 across all digital cameras.
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158 Reviews + 3 Awards
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Why Has it Scored 65?

It has not bad expert reviews and outstanding user reviews with 95% of buyers recommending this camera to others. This digital camera has received three awards including a "Recommended" award from Hi-Tech.mail.ru/ plus one other site and a "Highly Recommended" award from Ephotozine. Canon cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer cameras with better features are available. However this Pentax digital camera has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest cameras 2017.
Customers report good picture quality, superior product quality and it is robust.
The K-S1 has some great features:
5472 x 3648 pixels image resolution
Fairly high megapixels sensor
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

Having compared it with other relevant digital cameras, we have concluded that it is excellent for wildlife photography, ranking number 169 in wildlife photography cameras. It is also excellent for sports photography, ranking number 156 in sports photography cameras as well being excellent for portrait photography, ranking number 145 in portrait photography cameras.
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How Big is the Pentax K-S1?

The Pentax K-S1 is 120mm wide and 92.5mm tall. It is 69.5mm deep and weighs 498g.

Pentax K-S1 front dimensions

Pentax K-S1 size in context

Pentax K-S1 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

Three Industry Awards

The writers at review sites Hi-Tech.mail.ru/ and PhotographyBlog.com both concluded that concluded that they would endorse this Pentax camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

The editor of review site Ephotozine strongly endorse this camera and have given it their "Highly Recommended" award.

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on 15 expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and Trusted Reviews this Pentax camera has an overall expert rating of 77%.

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Excellent Owner Reviews

On average, people who bought this digital camera rated it as excellent. Over 73% of reviewers gave this camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 95% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Users Report Good Picture Quality

10 owners who reviewed the product considered that it was able to produce good images.

Pentax Has Excellent Digital Camera Reviews

We checked 2,542 owner and expert reviews (including 474 verified purchases) for Pentax cameras and found that on average Pentax has excellent reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Pentax has excellent reviews specifically for its digital cameras. 98% of those that bought a Pentax camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report Good Product Quality

10 customers reckoned that the Pentax K-S1 was good quality.

Customers Report it is Robust

Four people concluded that the product was well made.

Customers Report That it is Reasonably Priced

Eight people wrote in their reviews that it was good value for money.

Customers Report Excellent Design

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that it was well designed and two owners reckoned that it was neat.

Customers Report Excellent Battery Life

Two customers thought the product had a good battery life.

Customers Report it is a Good Size

Two customers who purchased it concluded that it was lightweight.

Customers Report it is Easy to Use

Four people said that the product was easy to use the menus and three customers who reviewed it agreed that it was easy to use.

Customers Report a Good Screen / Viewfinder

Two owners who bought it said that it had a good viewfinder.

Users Report Good Video Capture

Four owners who bought this digital camera thought it was good for video recording.


Value For Money

Mediocre Value for Money

The product has excellent reviews and features, but is over 6 months old, and at £399.00 it is more expensive than 70% of cameras.

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Cheaper in the United Kingdom Than Overseas

We checked 22 other countries for prices for the Pentax K-S1 and the United Kingdom price of £399.00 was the cheapest. The cheapest price that we could find overseas was in the United States where the price is $391.29 (£508.48).

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Features

5472 X 3648 Pixels Image Resolution

The Pentax K-S1 has a maximum image resolution of 5472 x 3648 pixels. That's 25% higher resolution than a 4608 x 3456 pixels camera, which is the most common resolution. The best resolution of all digital cameras is 8256 x 6192 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Fairly High Megapixels Sensor

The lowest megapixels of digital cameras is 0.3MP, the highest is 80MP, and the average megapixels is 16MP. The megapixels of the Pentax K-S1 of 20.1MP is fairly high compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the highest 16% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Wide Range of Optical Zooms Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the optical zoom depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of optical zooms are possible with this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found resolution on digital cameras. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 is known as "Full HD".

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Fairly High ISO Sensitivity (max)

The ISO sensitivity (max) of the Pentax K-S1 of 51,200 is in the highest 2% of all cameras when ranked by this feature. The ISO sensitivities (max) of cameras range from 200 to 820,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 14,000.

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Wide Range of Minimum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the minimum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of minimum aperture numbers are possible with this camera.

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Optical Image Stabilisation May Be Available With Some Lenses

This Pentax digital camera has interchangeable lenses so whether this camera has an image stabilizer depends on the lens being used.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The Pentax K-S1 has a built-in flash. 66% of digital cameras also have a built-in flash.

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Heavy

The average weight of all cameras is 300g, with the lightest being 50g and the heaviest being 1.5kg. The weight of the Pentax K-S1 of 498g is in the heaviest 17% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Pentax K-S1 features brightness adjustment, unlike 79% of digital cameras which do not feature brightness adjustment.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

The average display resolution of all digital cameras is 590,000 pixels, with the lowest being 3 pixels and the highest being 16,000,000 pixels. The Pentax K-S1's display resolution of 921,000 pixels is in the highest 24% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Features Noise Reduction

The Pentax K-S1 features noise reduction, which is unusual. 92% of digital cameras do not feature noise reduction.

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Wide Range of Maximum Focal Lengths (35mm Film Equiv) Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) are possible with this camera.

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Has a Microphone in

The Pentax K-S1 has a microphone in. 88% of digital cameras do not have a microphone in.

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480 Battery Life

Most cameras take between 100 and 4,699 battery life, including the Pentax K-S1 which takes 480 battery life.

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Supports Full HD Video

Full HD video

The Pentax K-S1 supports Full HD video, unlike 75% of cameras which do not support Full HD video.

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Has a GPS (satellite)

GPS (satellite)

The Pentax K-S1 has a GPS (satellite). 90% of cameras do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Has a Self-Timer

The Pentax K-S1 has a self-timer. 82% of digital cameras do not have a self-timer.

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The Pentax K-S1 features saturation adjustment, which is unusual. 88% of cameras do not feature saturation adjustment.

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Average Display Diagonal

The display diagonal of the Pentax K-S1 of 3" is fairly average compared to most other cameras. It is in the smallest 1% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Features Multi-Shot Function

The Pentax K-S1 features multi-shot function, unlike 91% of digital cameras which do not feature multi-shot function.

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5472 X 3648 Pixels Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Pentax K-S1 is 5472 x 3648 pixels. That's 25% higher resolution than a 4608 x 3456 pixels digital camera, which is the most common resolution supported by digital cameras. This Pentax digital camera also supports a still image resolution of 3072 x 2048 pixels and 1920 x 1280 pixels. The worst resolution of all digital cameras is 384 x 480 pixels and the best is 6016 x 4016 pixels.

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Wide Range of Closest Focusing Distances Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the closest focusing distance depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of closest focusing distances are possible with this camera.

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Fairly Big Eye Relief

The Pentax K-S1's eye relief of 22.3mm is in the biggest 10% of all cameras when ordered by this feature. Across all the digital cameras the eye reliefs range from 8mm to 27mm, and the average eye relief is 19mm.

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Wide Range of Maximum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This Pentax digital camera has interchangeable lenses so the maximum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of maximum aperture numbers are possible with this camera.

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Wide Range of Aspherical Lenses Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the aspherical lens depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of aspherical lenses are possible with this camera.

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Has a Carrying Case

The Pentax K-S1 has a carrying case. 89% of digital cameras do not have a carrying case.

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Features Flash Exposure Compensation

The Pentax K-S1 features flash exposure compensation. 80% of cameras do not feature flash exposure compensation.

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Supports Dioptic Correction

The Pentax K-S1 supports dioptic correction. 90% of cameras do not support dioptic correction.

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Supports Live View

The Pentax K-S1 supports live view. 84% of cameras do not support live view.

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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Pentax K-S1 has a shoe mounting point. 90% of cameras do not have a shoe mounting point.

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Has an External Flash Connector

The Pentax K-S1 has an external flash connector, which is unusual. 87% of cameras do not have an external flash connector.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080|1280 x 720|640 x 480 pixels, which is the most commonly supported resolution on digital cameras. 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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Age

Released Over Two Years Ago

This camera has been on the market since April 2015.


Product Identifiers

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