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Pentax K-S2 Digital Camera

£397.97
SLR 20.12MP CMOS Mar 2015
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Waterproof 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

This Pentax camera was given a "Recommended" award by review websites Trusted Reviews who concluded that this camera was good.

Expert Reviews Are Good

Five experts from sites including Trusted Reviews, zoom.nl, digit.in and photoreview.com.au have rated this Pentax digital camera on average 80%.

Excellent User Reviews

This Pentax camera has a fantastic average user rating based on 41 user reviews. 23 reviewers (76% 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 Digital Camera Reviews

We checked 2,040 expert and owner reviews (including 236 verified purchases) for Pentax cameras and found that on average Pentax has excellent ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Pentax has excellent ratings 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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Power

Low Battery Life

Four owners who reviewed the Pentax K-S2 agreed that it did not have a good battery life. Two years ago Trusted Reviews wrote “Low battery life”. This month Amazon Customer said “In comparison with K-x is unfortunate lower battery lifetime, however in other ways the feel is little better” yet they still rated it 5 stars out of 5. Last year 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”.


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Value for Money

Seven customers said in their reviews that the Pentax K-S2 was good value for money. Trusted Reviews said two years ago “Value for money”. In the same month Jonathan Pie scored it a maximum of 5 stars and he mentioned on expert website Amazon “The reading/writing speed of the internal card reader is around 40MB/s which is outstanding for such a price category + almost no shutter lag” in his review of this digital camera. Bayou Bob wrote in the same month “It has some new features that the K3 does not even offer and does so at a reasonable price”.

Two customers said in their reviews that it was expensive.

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Features

Many Advanced Features

Five customers who bought the product mentioned that it had good features. Trusted Reviews scored the product 80 out of 100 and mentioned two years ago “Many advanced features” in their review of this digital camera. Vulf wrote on expert review site Amazon “Love the camera! Many cool features and easy to use”. Jdr said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Great features including the movie function”.


Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

Pentax released the K-S2 in March 2015.


Audio

Unacceptable Noise Level

Eight people who reviewed it considered that it was noisy. Trusted Reviews said “Loud shutter”. Two years ago website Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Noisy Dust Removal System”. They also said “Noisy Shutter Mechanism” in their review.

Features Voice Recording

The Pentax K-S2 features voice recording. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this camera also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Pentax K-S2 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Loud Shutter

Eight people who reviewed it considered that it was noisy. Trusted Reviews said “Loud shutter”. Two years ago website Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Noisy Dust Removal System”. They also said “Noisy Shutter Mechanism” in their review.


Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax K-S2 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of their better review scores, the Pentax K-S1 (£399), or the Nikon D5500 (£389).

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also have a built-in flash including the Nikon D3300 (£460.51).

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Pentax K-S2 supports video recording. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago also support video recording.

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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 the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels. In addition, this camera 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is actually the best supported video resolution across all cameras that have been available for more than two years.

The worst supported video resolution amongst comparable 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 the most frequently found maximum video resolution on high megapixel cameras that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Weight & Dimensions

New Compact Retractable Lens

Seven people who bought this digital camera concluded that it was compact. Trusted Reviews mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Available with compact zoom lens” . They also said “New compact retractable lens” in their review. Bayou Bob wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “I am an advanced DSLR user that was looking for a little more compact camera body for use as a travel kit”.

Three people said in their reviews that it was a good body shape. Last year Rainy Duck said “The pentax camera body was a great purchase” and rated it 5 stars out of 5. Bayou Bob mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “This K-S2 is a very well thought out body that is fun to shoot with”.

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Heavy

High megapixel cameras that came out more than two years ago have weights of between 90g and 1.5kg. The Pentax K-S2 is fairly heavy (618 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Other digital cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Nikon D5500 (£389) (420g and higher rated), or the Pentax K-S1 (£399) (498g and higher rated).

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Pentax K-S2 has a relatively typical display diagonal compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

Alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available that you might want to look at include the Sony Alpha A5100 (£310), or the Pentax K-S1 (£399) which both of have better reviews.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Pentax K-S2 has a vari-angle LCD display. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera also have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Design

Nice Design

Three customers thought the Pentax K-S2 was good looking. Lutuf N. Ghantous mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Great beautiful camera, easy to use” and gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was neat. Two years ago S. Randle wrote in their review of this digital camera “The K-S2 is still very neat by comparison”. Jdr scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Controls are well organized and easy to use”.

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Strong and Durable

Nine people said that the product was well made. Rainy Duck gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and said “I chose this camera body due to a built in flash and weather-resistant body since many of our trips involve rainy weather”. Scottie Dog wrote on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “Build quality is fantastic, weather proofing, tilting view screen”. Gadget Fan scored it 4 stars out of 5 and said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “If you are used to a K7, K5 or K3 you will find it feels less substantial, less solid as it doesn't have the same magnesium alloy body.”.

Two owners who purchased the product considered that it was strong and durable. Website Bhphotovideo.com said “Compact Yet Rugged”. Addicted2pills mentioned “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”.

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Build Quality

Nineteen people said in their reviews that this digital camera was good quality. Trusted Reviews wrote “High image quality” in their review of this digital camera. They also said “Great image quality, particularly for RAW” in their review. And also wrote “Solid build quality”.

Dual Control Dials

Eleven customers who purchased it thought it was easy to use. Trusted Reviews wrote in their Pentax K-S2 review “Excellent handling, intuitive controls” and scored the product 80 out of 100. They also said “Dual control dials” in their review. Gadget Fan wrote in their review of this digital camera “It is a delight to use”.

Three customers concluded that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Bayou Bob scored it 80 out of 100 and said in their review of this digital camera two years ago “It has a comfortable grip, vari-angle lcd”. Two people who reviewed the product mentioned that it was easy to use the menus. Scottie Dog gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5 and he mentioned “Easy menu system to use, its just what I expected”.

Two people concluded that it was easy to handle. Mtnbiker said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Camera feels solid, handles well and the articulating LCD screen makes getting multi-angled shots a breeze”. S. Randle wrote in their review of this digital camera “Handling was lovely, with my existing prime lenses”.

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Flash

Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Pentax K-S2 has a flash exposure compensation. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera also have a flash exposure compensation.

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Camera

Features Saturation Adjustment

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

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Pentax K-S2 features contrast adjustment, as do most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

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

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Features Histogram

The Pentax K-S2 features histogram, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera.

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Packaging Content

Has a Wrist Strap Included

The Pentax K-S2 has a wrist strap included, as do most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Has a Battery Charger Included

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

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Has a Batteries Included

The Pentax K-S2 has a batteries included. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for more than two years also have a batteries included.

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Video Function

Seven owners mentioned that it was not good for video recording. Trusted Reviews mentioned “Its video quality is middling to poor” but despite that they still rated the product 4 stars out of 5. They also said “Fairly poor for video” in their review. And also wrote “Video shows rolling shutter effect”.

Good Flash

Two people who reviewed the Pentax K-S2 wrote that it had a good flash. Two years ago Bill Somewhere in Ct mentioned in his review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “The metering is consistent as is flash metering”.

High Image Quality

Eighteen owners said in their reviews that the product was able to produce good images. Trusted Reviews wrote “Great for family photos” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Digit.in mentioned “It also delivers good image quality” yet they gave the product a rating of 3 stars out of 5. Smitty said “The K-S2 with lens combo will be a great addition for very high quality pictures in all weather conditions”.

Two people who reviewed the Pentax K-S2 concluded that it had a good picture resolution.

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Swivel Display

Eight customers who purchased this digital camera thought it had a good screen. Trusted Reviews scored the product 80 out of 100 and wrote “Swivel display” in their review of this digital camera. Jonathan Pie mentioned on expert website 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. Last year Rainy Duck gave the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote “The fully articulating LCD screen is another bonus that I have found helpful in shooting”.

Seven customers who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had a good viewfinder. Trusted Reviews said in their review of this digital camera “100 optical viewfinder”. They also wrote “Generous viewfinder” in their review. And also mentioned “Large viewfinder with 100 percent field of view”.

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Fast, Accurate Focusing

Three owners who bought it considered that it had a good autofocus. Two years ago Digit.in wrote “Fast, accurate focusing” in their review of this digital camera.

Three owners mentioned in their reviews that it had a good lens. S. Randle wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “With the new generation of lenses, such as the 18-50mm kit lens, we now get faster” and scored it 5 stars out of 5.

Two owners mentioned in their reviews that the Pentax K-S2 had a good image stabiliser. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Good Image Stabilization”. Two years ago expert review site Photoreview.com.au wrote “High resolution, body-integrated stabilisation”.

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Battery

480 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The Pentax K-S2 is a camera that takes 480 shots battery life (CIPA standard). Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type take between 30 and 4,699 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Pentax K-S2 has an HDMI. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera also have an HDMI.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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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 the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s) found on most high megapixel cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera also have still image resolution(s) of 4224 x 2816 and 3072 x 2048 and 1920 x 1280. The best still image resolution of all cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera is 6000 x 4000 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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20.12 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 20.12 megapixels digital camera.

We compared this camera to all the other 20.12MP cameras and we think the Pentax K-S1 (£399) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Product Identifiers

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Pentax K-S2 Review Sources

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