Pentax K-S2 20MP Wi-Fi Enabled Weatherized SLR Body Only (Black)
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- 20 MP AA filter less APS-C CMOS Sensor w/ISO Speeds up to 51200
- In camera Wi-Fi with dedicated Wi-Fi connect button/dedicated "selfie" mode
- Large High-Resolution 3 inch variable angle swing out LCD Monitor (921K Dots)
- Fully Weather-sealed, Dustproof, Cold proof Design w/in body shake reduction
- 4K interval movie capture & 1080P h.264 HD video
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With built-in WiFi and NFC module, users can wirelessly control camera operation, transfer images, and view images, making image transferring and sharing easy and seamless. Dedicated app (Image Sync) is available for Android and iOS devices. Image Sync app brings improved ease of use to wireless tethering.
Vari-angle LCD & self shot assist
PENTAX’s first DSLR with Vari-angle LCD extends the freedom of shooting position and a 2nd shutter release button helps you to capture your best ‘selfie.’ 3.0 inch, 921K dots and Air Gapless LCD construction ensure good visibility of displayed image even outdoors.
Charity enhancement feature
Newly adopted clarity enhancement option adds more texture impression to images by enhancing the spatial frequencies to match with human visual characteristics. Enjoy outstanding clarity even on screen-fit view on a variety of display monitors from a tablet PC to 4K high-resolution displays.
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|Screen Size||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3.2 inches||3 inches|
|Item Dimensions||2.55 x 4.82 x 3.58 inches||2.90 x 4.90 x 3.70 inches||3.58 x 2.87 x 4.84 inches||5.16 x 3.03 x 3.94 inches||5.87 x 3.07 x 4.41 inches|
|Item Weight||1.50 lbs||2.00 lbs||1.49 lbs||1.76 lbs||2.01 lbs|
|Max Resolution||20 megapixels||24.24 megapixels||20.1 megapixels||24.4 megapixels||20.2 megapixels|
|Photo Sensor Size||APS-C||APS-C||APS-C||APS-C||APS-C|
|Style||Body only||Body Only||Lens kit||N/A||Body|
|Video Capture Resolution||4K UHD 2160p||FHD 1080p||FHD 1080p||FHD 1080p||FHD 1080p|
|Wireless Communication Technology||Wi-Finfc||BuiltIn; 802.11b/g/n||BuiltIn, With NFC support||Optional, Special version of Flu Card available||yes|
Excite your inner artist with the PENTAX K-S2. Building on the legacy of great SLRs, Ricoh Imaging brings you our first DSLR with Wi-Fi connectivity allowing you to seamlessly share your images to social media as well as browsing images from remote tablet or PC. Capturing sharp images has never been easier with its 20 megapixel, AA Filter-less CMOS sensor with Prime MII. Completing your kit is an all-new retractable standard zoom. This ultra thin, weather resistant lens matches perfectly with the compact body of the K-S2, offering high-level ease of carrying. This model features a "selfie" button making it easy to capture the photographer in the shot as well. Shoot compelling images and share them instantaneously as the PENTAX K-S2 becomes your go-to photography companion.
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I have this K-S2 for a few weeks now. Attached here are some recent pictures taken at the Cincinnati Zoo. All taken with K-S2 and Sigma 70-200 OS HSM. The camera has performed really well. AF is fast and accurate. Shutter is relatively soft and quiet. I took several hundreds shots in a day and the battery was still OK, my initial concern with battery capacity is eliminated. It is an incredibly capable camera. At the current low price, it is better than products from the other two major brands. Highly recommended.
This is my latest Pentax addition. I bought it with the intention of replacing a K-01, which I am still keeping for now. My main camera is a K-5 IIs. I picked K-S2 over K-50 because it is almost a K-3 but w/ a 20 MP sensor. I don't need 24 MP but like the elimination of AA filter (like K-3 and K-5IIs) and the AA simulator just in case. For the price, I could easily pick up a K-3 but I prefer the smaller size for situations that are better served with smaller cameras. BTW, I also have a Olympus e-pm2 m43 system.
Let me get the minor cons out of the way. I am used to the K-5 interface, so it takes a few days to get to know how to use K-S2 effectively. The front and back dials were a little stiff initially. It is easy to turn the on/off dial all the way to video. It does not take wired remote. The WIFI app still needs more work.
Once I am properly oriented, I am rewarded with superb RAW images captured by the 20 MP sensor. Using the camera is now no different from K-5IIs. The shutter noise is slightly louder than K-5 series but quiet compared to many mid-tier competitions. It is significantly smaller than the K-5IIs such that I can fit it into my bag that is used for my m43 system. Since I already have a Pentax 18-135, I think this light weight WR combination will travel with me to many places that I may not want to carry my full system.
The flip out LCD screen is just outstanding. Low angle shots are no longer a drag. Placing it on dirt ground for that special view is not a challenge anymore. Simply rinse it with water and it is clean again.
I mostly photograph landscapes, cityscapes, flowers, and some birds, and do some tabletop in my livingroom "studio". I typically work in Raw+jpeg, Av, +-1 f/stop bracketing, spot focus and reframing, and use the camera viewfinder. Video is not a priority to me. With APS-C cameras, when changing subject I switch a moment to Live View to confirm exposure settings with the histogram on the LCD. I customized the K-S2 buttons and dials to my way of working: the rear dial is on ISO, the front on f/stop, and the Raw/Fx button on Bracketing. The LCD shows histogram and exposure warnings in recording and playback.
After putting the camera through its paces, these are my personal impressions. The K-S2 is particularly small for an APS-C body, also considering that is weatherized. It has plastic in it but you would never know given how reassuringly dense and solid it feels. The camera fits well in my average size male hands. The deep grip lets me hold and operate it with my right hand with the palm of my left hand supporting the whole setup under the lens focusing ring. This works even better with larger DA* lenses. After (quickly) getting used to the camera, I found the controls to be easy to reach and operate. I don't press any control accidentally. The pentaprism finder is large and clear, at par with higher level DSLR's. I can use it with my glasses on. With the Oly M4/3 cameras (E-M10II and E-M5II), and the little Nikon P7800 that goes with me everywhere, I got used to the luxury of articulated LCD monitors for ground level and over the head shooting which I do regularly. The K-S2 LCD is bright and sharp. The articulation is solid and the panel stays where you put it. I love the fact that I can close it against the body for protection when not using it. AF-S is quick as is AF-C. In Live View, focus is set on "Sel" which allows me to move the spot focus point around (camera on tripod). This is useful with tabletop photography and, especially, when I do focus stacking and can pick the different planes of focus right off the subject without moving the camera.
One weakness of this camera, as mentioned by most pro reviews, is the limited number of AF points in comparison with the competition. Most pro photographers most of the time use central spot focusing and recomposing or a variation of this method. This is because it allows you to nail the focus exactly where you want it every time (no camera guessing), and point to an area of the subject with high contrast to favor focusing in poor light conditions and/or flat subjects with the most sensitive of your AF points. If you know where the action is (i.e.: racing cars coming around a curve), you can spot focus at the right point firstly, then switch to manual focus so that the camera cannot change it from shot to shot. More focus points looks great on paper but is mostly irrelevant in real life. A couple of things that I miss is the lack of a wired remote connection and/or an IR receiver in the back of the body for tripod work.
I tried the K-S2 with the DA* 16-50mm f/2.8, DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 and 55-300mm F/4-5.8 lenses, and took test pics up to ISO3200. I processed the Raw files in Camera Raw, applied noise reduction and clarity and then High Pass sharpening in Photoshop (High Pass sharpens the edges but leaves alone the flat surfaces where noise is more visible). I wanted to try DxO OpticsPro but the modules for the K-S2 are not available till July. The first thing I noticed was that very often the camera's automatic exposure is well centered without any correction. As usual, my print tests confirmed the Imaging Resource findings: the combination of sensor and pro grade lenses offers perfectly salable 24x36" prints at ISO100-200 and 13x19" at ISO1600. Depending on the subject (some are more resolution-hungry than others) and light conditions, I can get a good 12x16" at ISO3200.
In conclusion, photographing with this camera is very satisfying. Construction, ergonomics, features and IQ are way ahead of its very affordable price. Unless you do some specific, demanding photography such as sports, the K-S2 is definitively capable of pro quality work. Weatherization has its definite advantages: you can keep shooting in tough conditions when others have to quit (i.e.: heavy weather which I love), and it gives you peace of mind when traveling to places that you can afford to see and photograph only once in your lifetime. The price of the camera is very reasonable. One issue that is typically left out of these reviews is that if you travel and are serious about your photography you want to have two bodies with you. You can have two K-S2 for one thousand dollars. With auto functions and scenes, the K-S2 is novice-friendly but is ready for some real action as soon as you are.
The attached K-S2 pics from left:
1) New Rochelle, NY, from 5 Island Park, Pentax DA* 16-50mm, f/11, 1/2000sec, ISO3200
2) Mamaroneck harbor, NY, Pentax DA* 16-50mm f/8, 1/250sec, ISO100
3) Seagull 1, Pentax DA 55-300mm, f/8, 1/5000, ISO1600
4) Seagull 2, same
5) Purple iris, Pentax DA* 50-135mm, f/11, 1/8sec, ISO400