Pentax K-S2 DSLR Camera Specifications and Video Review

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Bottom Line:

The Pentax K-S2 is made for the action photographer. It’s the smallest weather resistant DSLR and is designed to take a beating.


The Specs:

  •  1. The Sensor
    • Effective pixels: Approx. 20.12 megapixels
    • Approx. 23.5 x 15.6mm APS-C CMOS sensor 
  • 2. Compatible Lenses
    • Lens Mount: PENTAX KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount
    • Compatible lenses: KAF3, KAF2, KAF, KA mount lens (K mount, 35mm screw-mount, 645/67 medium format lenses useable w adapter and/or restrictions)
  • 3. Autofocus
    • 11 AF points (9 cross type focus points in the center)
    • Focus modes: Single AF (AF.S), Continuous AF (AF.C), Auto select AF (AF.A)
  • 4. Video Features
    • Recording Size and (frame rate fps in parenthesis):
      • 1920 x 1080 (30 / 25 / 24 fps)
      • 1280 x 720 (60 / 50 fps)
    • Maximum Length of Continuous Video Recording: 25 minutes
  • 5. Image Features
    • File Formats: JPEG, RAW
    • High Speed Continuous Shooting: Maximum 5.4 shots/sec.
    • Sensor shift image stabilization
  • 7. Exposure Control
    • Exposure Modes: Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Shutter & Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb, A-HDR, Scene (SCN), Auto Picture (AUTO), Movie, USER 1 & 2
    • Auto Picture mode: Auto Picture mode (Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night
      Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest), Scene Mode (Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object,
      Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR*, Night Snap, Food, Pet,
      Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum) Advanced HDR
    • ISO Auto: 100-51200 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps)
    • Shutter Speed:  Auto: 1/6000 to 30 sec., Manual: 1/6000 to 30 sec. (1/3EV steps or 1/2EV steps),
    • Custom Image Modes: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
    • White Balance Settings: AUTO WB, Multi Auto WB,
      Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D:Daylight Color, N:Daylight White, W:Cool White,
      L:Warm White), Tungsten Light, Flash, CTE, Manual WB, Color Temperature Configuration, Copying the white balance settings of a captured image possible
    • Flash sync speed 1/180 sec
  • 8. Interface
    • Vari-angle 3 inch TFT monitor
    • 921,000 dots monitor resolution
    • Built in pop up flash
    • USB 2.0
    • HDMI output terminal (type D)
    • Built in wifi & NFC for easy pairing
  • 9. Power
    • Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI109
    • Battery Life: 480 shots (CIPA)
    • AC power optional  with AC Adapter Kit K-AC128
  • 10. Body
    • SD, SDHC, or SDXC , Eye-Fi, FLU card
    • Viewfinder coverage: 100%
    • Weather resistant: Yes (100 special seals)
    • Dimensions: 4.82” x 3.58” x 2.55”
    • Weight: 21.7 oz (body only)
  • 11. Price
    • MSRP: $800 (kit)

Pentax K-S2 Video Review:

Video review highlights:

  • Strong and rugged
  • Smallest weatherproof DSLR but still heavy
  • Collapsible weather sealed kit lens but feels a little cheap and hard to unlock
  • 15-16 continuous shots until buffer filled
  • Full coverage viewfinder
  • Variangle monitor is handy
  • Selfie function
  • Nice dynamic range, comparable to Nikon D5500
  • Video functionality disappointing, standard movie options, 60 fps only at 1280 x 720
  • Has microphone jack but no headphone jack
  • Focus peaking but not available while recording
  • 4k video for interval timing, but technically all cameras above 8 megapixels can do this with an interval set up, so it’s nothing too special
  • Camera focuses quickly in good lighting, but not the snappiest
  • Focus point adjustment a little too easy to accidentally change
  • Can remote shoot with the wifi
  • Image quality is good. Super sharp
  • Good in low light.
  • Doesn’t go above and beyond competition. But it is a good camera if you’re going to be doing some action and the camera might get beat up, since the K-S2 is rugged.

While the Pentax K-S2 may not be the best camera for video production, it still is outstanding as a durable action DSLR. For more specifications and review, please click the button below to visit their Amazon listings:

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