Pentax K-S2 DSLR Key Features

Read more about the key features of Pentax's latest compact DSLR, the K-S2.

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Ricoh K-S2

Pentax recently announced the K-S2, which they claim to be the world's smallest weather resistant DSLR camera. Here, we take a look at the camera's key features in more detail.

 

Weather resistant body and lenses

The weather resistance of the K-S2 means that you can take the camera anywhere without having a worry about sudden and unexpected changes in the weather. Sealing is used in over 100 different locations on the K-S2 body including buttons, dials and covers to prevent rain, water droplets, sand and dust from entering the camera. The kit lens the K-S2 comes with is also weatherproof. 

 

Vari-angle LCD monitor

The K-S2 features a vari-angle LCD monitor that can rotate in order to enable good view of your images, whatever angle you shoot from. You can also position the screen to be front facing, ideal for when you want yourself in the shot. The LCD monitor is also air gapless, meaning the space between the LCD panel and protective cover is filled with a special resin. This construction removes light reflection from in the space, improving screen visibility even in bright conditions. 

 

In-body shake reduction (SR)

The K-S2 features the same SR system as its predecessor. It effectively reduces camera shake with all lenses, from ultra-wide-angle to super-telephoto. It also has a DR (Dust Removal) cleaning function that uses high-speed SR vibration to effectively remove dust from the image sensor. 

 

High-precision AF system 

Equipped with the SAFOX X AF system, perfect for shooting in the dark and low light conditions. There is also a diffractive lens in the optical system, keeping chromatic aberrations to a minimum and increasing focus detection accuracy. The AF system has 11 sensors with 9 cross type sensors, letting you freely compose shots. There is also the option to expand the AF Area, allowing surrounding AF sensors to be used if the subject moves away from the selected sensor points. This allows you to capture moving subjects continuously.

 

CMOS sensor with low pass filterless design

The K-S2 has a 20.12 megapixel CMOS sensor, and does not have an AA filter. This allows the capture of finer details in images, allowing you to see true colours with a sense of transparency. Instead, the K-S2 has a AA filter simulator, which can significantly reduce false colours and moire in an image. This gives you the benefit of being able to turn the AA filter simulator on or off as you wish, something that's not possible with other cameras.

For  more information on the K-S2, take a look at the Ricoh Imaging UK website

 

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