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Pentax K-S1 Digital Camera

£399.00
SLR 20.12MP CMOS Apr 2015
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Full HD Video Release Date
Two industry awards
Decent image quality
Reasonably priced
68 Reviews + 2 Awards
Ephotozine Highly Recommended hi-tech.mail.ru/ Recommended
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Reviews

Two Industry Awards

Website Ephotozine conluded that they would definitely endorse this camera and gave it a "Highly Recommended" award and it received a "Recommended" award from website Hi-tech.mail.ru/.

Average Expert Reviews

Twelve experts from sites including What Digital Camera, Trusted Reviews, Ephotozine and Expert Reviews have rated this digital camera on average 77 out of 100.

Excellent Owner Reviews

K-S1 owners on average rated this digital camera as marvellous. 30 reviewers (75% of all 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.

Pentax Has Excellent Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Based on 2,040 user and expert reviews (including 236 verified purchases), Pentax has excellent reviews for its cameras. Pentax also has excellent reviews specifically within its high megapixel cameras range. 99% of those that bought a Pentax camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Reasonably Priced

Thirteen customers who reviewed this digital camera thought it was good value for money. Robert Michael Dixon Spence scored it 5 stars out of 5 and he wrote on expert website Amazon “The photos come out perfect, also amazing value” in his Pentax K-S1 review. Missey88 rated it 5 stars out of 5 and said “I have been shopping in the area for a new camera and this was a reasonable camera price” in their review of this digital camera. They also wrote “The Price was reasonable and right” in their review.


Power

Good Battery Life

Three customers said in their reviews that it had a good battery life. Icewalker wrote on expert review site Amazon “Second battery recommended! Overall I'm delighted” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars out of 5. They also mentioned “The battery is OK for a couple of hundred shots” in their review.


Weight & Dimensions

Light and Compact

Six owners wrote in their reviews that it was heavy and bulky. Norfolkbooks mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The first thing to strike me in taking the camera body out of the box is that it is quite heavy” and scored the Pentax K-S1 4 stars out of 5. They also said “I did wonder if this would render it prone to be imbalanced when being carried around the neck with the right hand side being heavier.” in their review. Two years ago Jb wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “It's rather heavy for its size”.

Six people mentioned in their reviews that it was compact. Website Pentaxforums.com gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Light and compact”. Expert website Dxomark.com wrote three years ago “The K-S1 boasts a compact design, flashing LED lights, illumi” in their review of this digital camera. Norfolkbooks said in their review of this digital camera in the same month “I know this is common with compact cameras” and rated the product 80 out of 100.

Four owners who bought it thought it was a good body shape. Ephotozine scored it 5 stars out of 5 and wrote “In body shake reduction”. Bob said on expert website Amazon “I compared it to my Cannon SX30 which has exactly the same size body (ignore the lens)” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Lance Edwards wrote in his review of this digital camera in April last year “It was £100 cheaper for the camera body and I already had 3 non-waterproof lenses” and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Two people said in their reviews that it was lightweight. Amazon Customer mentioned on expert review site Amazon “Who cares? It's lightweight, compact and portable” in their review of this digital camera. Icewalker wrote last year “Bought this as a lightweight holiday camera” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 5 stars out of 5.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 498 grams, the Pentax K-S1 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera.

If you are not bothered about having a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Nikon D3300 (£460.51) (410g).

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Design

Decent Image Quality

Twenty-six customers who bought it wrote that it was good quality. Trusted Reviews wrote “Decent image quality”. Digital Versus mentioned “Fantastic picture quality”. Website Pentaxforums.com scored it 73 out of 100 and wrote in their Pentax K-S1 review “Good image quality (especially in RAW”.

Robust

Six people wrote in their reviews that it was well made. Expert website Trustedreviews.com mentioned “Underneath the odd exterior of the Pentax K-S1 sits a solid APS-C DSLR offering good performance” in their Pentax K-S1 review. Jb said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Quality of construction is excellent” in their review of this digital camera. Bonn wrote on expert website Amazon “Anyone thinking of buying this would advise them to ignore the negative reviews it is a well built camera and once youget used to the dials”.

Two people wrote that this digital camera was strong and durable. Neil O'connor said in his review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “I love it - it's a robust, fully featured bit of kit, with the right balance between features”. Amazon Customer wrote on expert review site Amazon two years ago “Rugged feel and not uncomfortable as some reviews say” and scored the product 5 stars out of 5.

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Effective Control Layout

Fifteen people who reviewed the Pentax K-S1 agreed that it was easy to use. Techradar wrote in their review of this digital camera “Effective control layout” . Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned in their review of this digital camera three years ago “A couple of areas could be improved on the rear control dial of the camera”. Two years ago Missey88 wrote “I still have a lot to learn about my camera and the best way to do that is to use it”.

Five owners who bought this digital camera thought it was easy to use the menus. Bob rated it 4 stars out of 5 and he mentioned “There is not the normal "save" option, save is "Settings complete” in his review of this digital camera. Three years ago Katharine Kirby wrote on expert review site Amazon “It has a menu for many different settings to explore”. Icewalker gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “Excellent camera! Very intuitive, menus and controls are easy to use”.

Two owners agreed that this digital camera was comfortable and easy to hold.

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Elegant Design

Four owners said in their reviews that this digital camera was well designed. Website Pentaxforums.com said in their Pentax K-S1 review “Elegant design” and gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5. Robert Michael Dixon Spence mentioned on expert review site Amazon “Love the size design and fit in the hand”.

Two customers who purchased this digital camera said that it was neat. Jb said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “It's certainly tidy”. Katharine Kirby wrote “The lens is balanced to the body nicely and creates a tidy, together, feel when holding the camera”.

Two customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was good looking. Charlie-Cj said “Good looking, well featured, easy to use dSLR” . Amazon Customer mentioned on expert website Amazon “Feels and performs beautifully! Look out for a second-hand Pentax 50mm f1.7 manual lens to partner the K-S1” in their review of this digital camera.

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Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was April 2015 when this camera was released.


Features

Good Technical Features

Two people who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had good features. Amazon Customer mentioned on expert review site Amazon “Has all the essential features and many more” and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Pentax K-S1 has a fairly standard display diagonal compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 3" screen cameras currently available including the Sony Alpha A5100 (£389.99) which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Nikon D5500 (£389) (3.2") which also has a higher rating.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax K-S1 has a built-in flash. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camera also have a built-in flash.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Nikon D5500 (£389), and the Sony Alpha A5100 (£389.99) which both of have better reviews are also worth considering.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also have a built-in flash that you might want to consider including the Pentax K-S2 (£439).

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Pentax K-S1 supports video recording, as do most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Pentax K-S1 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. 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 across all similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution across comparable types of digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on high megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax K-S1 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

Other digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might want to consider include the Sony Alpha A5100 (£389.99) which has better reviews.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also have an image stabilizer that you might want to consider including the Nikon D3300 (£460.51).

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5472 X 3648 Still Image Resolution

The Pentax K-S1 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera has a 5472 x 3648 still image resolution(s), whereas most digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s). This digital camera also have still image resolution(s) of 5472x3648, 4224x2816 and 3072x2048 and 1920x1280. The still image resolution of all high megapixel cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera ranges from 640 x 360 to 6000 x 4000.

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20.12 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 20.12 megapixels digital camera.

If you are looking for a camera with a higher megapixel then you might want to look at the Nikon D5500 (£389) (24.2MP and higher rated).

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Camera

Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The Pentax K-S1 has a GPS (satellite). Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera do not have a GPS (satellite).

There are a number of alternative digital cameras with a GPS (satellite) currently available which you might want to consider including because of their better review scores, the D5500 (£389), or the D5300 (£318.99) both from Nikon.

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Features Multi-Shot Function

The Pentax K-S1 features multi-shot function, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The Pentax K-S1 features saturation adjustment. Most of the other similar spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago also feature saturation adjustment.

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Has a Dioptre Correction

The Pentax K-S1 has a dioptre correction, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

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Supports Live View

The Pentax K-S1 supports live view. Most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera also support live view.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Pentax K-S1 features brightness adjustment. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago also feature brightness adjustment.

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Features Histogram

The Pentax K-S1 features histogram. Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also feature histogram.

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Very Big Eye Relief

When compared to other high megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this camera, the Pentax K-S1's eye relief of 22.3 millimeters is one of the biggest. The eye reliefs of high megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 17mm to 23mm.

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Technical Details

Has a Self-Timer

The Pentax K-S1 has a self-timer. Most of the other cameras of this age and type also have a self-timer.

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Flash

Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Pentax K-S1 has a flash exposure compensation, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Has an External Flash Connector

The Pentax K-S1 has an external flash connector, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Pentax K-S1 has a shoe mounting point, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The Pentax K-S1 has a battery charger included. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this camera also have a battery charger included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Pentax K-S1 has a batteries included, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera.

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Battery

480 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The Pentax K-S1 is a camera that takes 480 shots battery life (CIPA standard). Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years take between 30 and 4,699 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Pentax K-S1 has an HDMI, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most frequently supported USB version on cameras of this age and spec.

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Viewfinder

Quite High Magnification

With a magnification of 0.95 times zoom factor, the Pentax K-S1 has a quite high magnification compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera. High megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this camera have magnifications of between 0.17x and 20x.

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Light Exposure

Supports Two ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Pentax K-S1 is more than most similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camera supports a 100 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera. The ISO sensitivity "51200" is also supported by this Pentax camera.

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Audio

Features Noise Reduction

The Pentax K-S1 features noise reduction, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera.

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Features Voice Recording

The Pentax K-S1 features voice recording, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Pentax K-S1 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Acceptable Noise Level

Five customers who reviewed the Pentax K-S1 thought it was noisy. Norfolkbooks mentioned on expert website Amazon “This was very noisy, especially when I tried a few indoor shots”. They also wrote “Good results, noisy shutter, best for small hands” in their review. Charlie-Cj mentioned “Noisy to focus”.


Decent Image Quality

Thirty people who reviewed the product concluded that it was able to produce good images. Digital Versus mentioned “Stabilised image sensor” in their review of the Pentax K-S1. Expert website Pentaxforums.com wrote in their review of this digital camera two years ago “The K-01 takes great pictures”. Dpreview.com mentioned on expert review site DP Review “Several companies make excellent SLRs to help consumers get better quality pictures for under $1,000”.

Three people thought it had a good ISO range. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “High ISO Performance” in their review of this digital camera. Jb said in their review of this digital camera “Good results are obtained at high ISO (eg 3200” . They also wrote “It has good performance at high ISOs, live view works very well” in their review.

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Excellent Viewfinder

Eight customers who purchased this digital camera wrote that it had a good viewfinder. What Digital Camera wrote in their review of this digital camera “Excellent viewfinder” . Website Pentaxforums.com mentioned “Large 100 coverage viewfinder (best in class” and scored the product 4 stars out of 5. Jb said “The KS1 is compact, has a great viewfinder and produces high quality images” and scored this digital camera 80 out of 100.

Three people who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good screen. Norfolkbooks wrote in their review of this digital camera three years ago “The LCD display is very clear”. In April last year Cookie321 mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Didn't realise it was ex display.”. Katharine Kirby gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and she wrote in her review of this digital camera “The 18 - 55mm lens locks on smoothly and the large screen lights up, you can get going with entering settings”.

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Good Video Capture

Five people wrote in their reviews that the product was good for video recording. D said in their Pentax K-S1 review on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “It's capturing great shots and video already”. Three years ago Charlie-Cj wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “An error has occurred while attempting video playback”. Katharine Kirby mentioned on expert website Amazon “Time spent in preparation will be repaid when the moment arises and needs a quick choice.I also approve of the easily located movie control on the on/off button” in her review of this digital camera.

Backwards Lens Compatibility

Seven people who reviewed it agreed that it had a good lens. Ephotozine mentioned “Backwards lens compatibility”. Techradar wrote “Dynamic range expansion and lens corrections”. Norfolkbooks gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned on expert website Amazon “The trend in DSLRs has been for the lens to be mounted further” in their review of the Pentax K-S1.

Five customers who bought this digital camera agreed that it had a good zoom. Three years ago Bob wrote on expert website Amazon “Although the SX 30 has a much greater zoom without needing to change lenses” in his review of this digital camera. Lance Edwards said “It is a very good lens if you want a longer zoom (much better than the 55-200 included in some kits” in his review of this digital camera. He also wrote “Only slightly cheaper (I got no 50 mm lens though - can that really be included? Probably better than the zoom, which is a bit soft” in his review.

Two customers reckoned that it had a good autofocus. Two years ago website Bhphotovideo.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Fast Accurate Auto-Focus”. Bob said “The auto focus is very fast”.

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Product Identifiers

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