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Pentax K-S2

£439.00
Trusted Reviews Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended Ephotozine Editor's Choice Expert Reviews Recommended
A multi award winning and fully featured SLR camera, perfect for wildlife photography
SLR 20.12MP CMOS Yes Mar 2015
Camera Type Megapixels Sensor Type Waterproof Release Date
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Pentax K-S2 Review

With excellent reviews and features, we have ranked the Pentax K-S2 number 136 across all digital cameras.
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111 Reviews + 4 Awards
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Fully-Featured
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2 Years Old
Overall Score
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Why Has it Scored 69?

It has good expert reviews and superb user reviews with 97% of buyers recommending this digital camera to others. This digital camera has received four awards including a "Recommended" award from Trusted Reviews plus one other site and a "Highly Recommended" from PhotographyBlog.com. Canon cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer digital 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 product quality, great technical features and excellent design.
The K-S2 has some great features:
Quite high megapixels sensor
5472 x 3648 pixels image resolution
1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution
Fairly high ISO sensitivity (max)

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 125 in wildlife photography cameras. It is also excellent for sports photography, ranking number 114 in sports photography cameras as well being excellent for portrait photography, ranking number 104 in portrait photography cameras.
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How Big is the Pentax K-S2?

The Pentax K-S2 is 122.5mm wide and 91mm tall. It is 72.5mm deep and weighs 618g.

Pentax K-S2 front dimensions

Pentax K-S2 size in context

Pentax K-S2 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

Four Industry Awards

Two expert review sites both concluded that they would endorse this Pentax camera. Trusted Reviews and Expert Reviews both gave this digital camera a "Recommended" award.

Two other expert review sites both endorsed this camera. The author at website PhotographyBlog.com conluded that they would highly recommend this Pentax camera and gave it a "Highly Recommended" award and it received an "Editor's Choice" award from review website Ephotozine who concluded it was terrific.

Good Expert Reviews

Based on 28 expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com and Trusted Reviews this camera has an average expert rating of 80%.

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User Reviews Are Excellent

Based on 83 user reviews this camera has a brilliant average user rating. 40 reviewers (72% of all reviewers) gave this camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 97% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Pentax Has Excellent Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

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

Customers Report Great Product Quality

Nine customers who reviewed this digital camera said that it was good quality.

Users Report Excellent Technical Features

Nine people who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had good features.

Customers Report Nice Design

Five customers who bought it agreed that it was good looking and two customers considered that the Pentax K-S2 was neat.

Users Report Good Picture Quality

13 owners considered that the product was able to produce good images.

Customers Report it is Easy to Use

10 people who bought it considered that it was easy to use, three customers who purchased the product agreed that it was easy to use the menus and two owners who reviewed the product considered that it was easy to handle.

Users Report it is Robust

Three people who purchased it reckoned that it was well made.

Customers Report a Good Screen / Viewfinder

Three owners considered that it had a good screen.

Customers Report Good Video Capture

Three owners considered that the Pentax K-S2 was good for video recording.

Users Report Good Lens Quality

Two owners wrote in their reviews that the product had a good lens.


Value For Money

Mediocre Value for Money

The product has excellent reviews and features, but is over 6 months old, and at £439.00 it is more expensive than 63% of cameras.

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Features

Quite High Megapixels Sensor

The average megapixels of all digital cameras is 16MP, with the lowest being 0.3MP and the highest being 80MP. The megapixels of the Pentax K-S2 of 20.1MP is in the highest 16% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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5472 X 3648 Pixels Image Resolution

The Pentax K-S2 has a maximum image resolution of 5472 x 3648 pixels. That's 25% higher resolution than the most frequently found resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels. Across all cameras the worst resolution is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 8256 x 6192 pixels.

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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 typical of many digital cameras. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 is known as "Full HD".

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Fairly High ISO Sensitivity (max)

Cameras have ISO sensitivities (max) of between 200 and 820,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 14,000. The ISO sensitivity (max) of the Pentax K-S2 of 51,200 is in the highest 4% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Wide Range of Minimum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

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

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Heavy

The lightest camera is 50g , the heaviest is 1.5kg, and the average weight is 300g. The Pentax K-S2's weight of 618g is in the heaviest 10% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Has a Built-In Flash

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The Pentax K-S2 has a built-in flash. 66% of digital cameras also have a built-in flash.

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Supports Live View

The Pentax K-S2 supports live view, which is unusual. 84% of digital cameras do not support live view.

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Has a Self-Timer

The Pentax K-S2 has a self-timer. 82% of digital cameras do not have a self-timer.

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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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Average Display Diagonal

The display diagonal of the Pentax K-S2 of 3" is relatively average compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the smallest 1% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080|1280 x 720 pixels, which is typical of many 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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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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Features Saturation Adjustment

The Pentax K-S2 features saturation adjustment. 88% of digital cameras do not feature saturation adjustment.

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Features Flash Exposure Compensation

The Pentax K-S2 features flash exposure compensation, unlike 80% of digital cameras which do not feature flash exposure compensation.

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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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Waterproof

The Pentax K-S2 is waterproof. 92% of digital cameras are not waterproof.

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5472 X 3648 Pixels Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Pentax K-S2 is 5472 x 3648 pixels. That's 25% higher resolution than the most common resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels. In addition, this Pentax digital camera supports a still image resolution of 3072 x 2048 pixels and 1920 x 1280 pixels. Digital cameras resolutions range from 384 x 480 pixels (worst) to 6016 x 4016 pixels (best).

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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Pentax K-S2 has a shoe mounting point, unlike 90% of cameras which do not have a shoe mounting point.

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Wide Range of Maximum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This 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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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Pentax K-S2 has a vari-angle LCD display, which is unusual. 84% of digital cameras do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Pentax K-S2 supports Near Field Communication (NFC), which is unusual. 88% of digital cameras do not support Near Field Communication (NFC).

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Pentax K-S2 features brightness adjustment, unlike 79% of cameras which do not feature brightness adjustment.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Pentax K-S2 features contrast adjustment. 83% of digital cameras do not feature contrast adjustment.

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Has a Wrist Strap

The Pentax K-S2 has a wrist strap. 93% of digital cameras do not have a wrist strap.

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Dustproof

The Pentax K-S2 is dustproof, which is unusual. 93% of digital cameras are not dustproof.

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Supports Dioptic Correction

The Pentax K-S2 supports dioptic correction, unlike 90% of cameras which do not support dioptic correction.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The Pentax K-S2 supports Wi-Fi, which is unusual. 72% of cameras do not support Wi-Fi.

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480 Battery Life

The Pentax K-S2 is a camera that takes 480 shots battery life. Most of the other digital cameras take between 100 and 4,699 battery life.

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Age

Released Over Two Years Ago

This digital camera was released in March 2015.


Product Identifiers

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