Pentax K-S1 Review

February 4, 2015 | Jack Baker |

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Pentax K-S1 from around the web. »

Despite the fact that Pentax does indeed make some very good DSLRs, it always plays second fiddle to the big names of Canon and Nikon. It's possibly for this reason that in recent years, the company has tended towards gimmicks to try and shift units. Here with the K-S1, it's available in an array of bewildering colours, including a new "sweets" collection (yipee).
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The Pentax K-S1 is a DSLR with a difference, one that tries to infuse some of the lifestyle flavour we see more commonly in compact cameras and, to a lesser extent, CSCs. What this means in practice is that you can to choose between loads of colour combinations besides boring old black, its shape is a little unusual, and that parts of the camera light-up during operation. It’s a DSLR, looked at from a slightly askew perspective.
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A revamped body style, some flashing lights and a multitude of bright colour options herald the entry of a new range of Pentax DSLRs. This is the K-S1, aimed clearly at a younger market but retaining some very traditional photographic features. Is this the best of two worlds combined, or a matter of glitz over substance? Let's have a look and find out.
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Ricoh turned more than a few heads when it announced the Pentax K-S1 ($649.95, body only). To call the 20-megapixel D-SLR quirky doesn't do it justice. Yes, it's shaped like an SLR, but bold color choices, an angular design, and a slew of disco light buttons leaves you wondering just what the target market for this camera is.
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While we may be accustomed to plain DSLRs in the UK – with most models available in colour so long as it’s black – that’s not the case in other countries around the world and certainly not the case in Japan.
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