The Pentax K-S2 features a 20-megapixel CMOS sensor without AA filter, tied to the Prime MII processor, as well as a weather-resistant body, built-in Wi-Fi and NFC sharing. The camera is kitted with a newly designed retractable standard zoom lens.
This is claimed to be the world’s smallest dustproof, weather-resistant body, with 100 seals applied to crucial parts of the body to prevent the intrusion of rain and dust into the interior.
The K-S2 combines a compact and lightweight body with in-body shake reduction, as well as SAFOX X AF system to ensure fast and accurate autofocusing. With its 11 sensors including 9 cross-type sensors in the middle, this AF system is said to assure pinpoint focus on a subject at a minimum brightness level of as low as –3 EV. Its select-area expansion function ensures that the sensor module keeps tracking a moving subject, even when the subject moves out of a preassigned auto-tracking area, by assessing the distance data collected by neighbouring focus sensors. Its AF hold function maintains the in-focus position, even when the AF system loses track of the subject after once capturing it in focus.
The vari-angle 3.0-inch LCD features Air Gapless Construction (a special resin layer is applied between the protective panel and the LCD screen to effectively cut down the reflection and dispersion of light and assure excellent visibility).
With the all-new Self Shot Assist users can capture the perfect “selfie,” aided by the vari-angle LCD monitor and second shutter release button assist.
Along with the dedicated app, “Image Sync”, available for no additional cost in the Android and iOS stores, you can seamlessly remotely operate the camera, transfer images and share images from your camera to your favourite social networks. Connecting your camera to your smartphone or tablet is made simple with built-in Near Field Communication (NFC) and the touch of a button to easily connect.
The Clarity Enhancement feature, introduced with the K-S2, adds more realistic texture impression to imagery. This technology covers broader and more gradual tone changes of the subject since it was originally developed to reproduce the images that best match the whole screen on a display device. Clarity Enhancement is applied automatically on Advanced HDR and also user selectable for most still images on the setting menu.
Pentax touts its AA (anti-aliasing) filter simulator. By applying microscopic vibrations to the image sensor unit at the sub-pixel level during image exposure, the K-S2’s AA filter simulator provides the same level of moiré-reduction effect as an optical AA filter. Unlike an optical AA filter, which always creates the identical result, this simulator lets you not only switch the AA filter effect on and off, but also adjusts the level of the effect, so the user can effortlessly apply the desired effect to a particular scene or subject.
The K-S2’s SR unit has a flexible design that tilts the image sensor unit in all direction, by shifting it horizontally (left/right) and vertically (up/down), and even rotating it. Taking advantage of this flexibility, the K-S2 provides a host of handy shooting functions, including Astro Tracer, which simplifies advanced astronomical photography in combination with the optional O-GPS1 GPS Unit.
The K-S2 provides a pair of electronic dials: one on top of the grip, and another on the back panel. In the P (Program) mode shooting, for instance, the user can control the aperture and shutter-speed settings independently using these dials, allowing more intuitive camera operation without the need to remove the eye from the viewfinder.
Equipped with a built-in stereo microphone, the K-S2 captures Full HD movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels; 30/25/24 frame rate) in the H.264 recording format, along with natural, lively stereo sound. It even provides advanced movie functions, such as a 4K Interval Movie mode that connects still images recorded at a certain interval to create a single movie file, and a Star Stream mode to fade in and out the traces of stars to recorded movies.
Included in the K-S2 kit is the smc Pentax-DA L 18-50 mm f/4-5.6 DC WR RE lens.
The K-S2 will be available in three standard colours: black, white, and graphite with an orange accent. But there’s also a colour order service, providing users with a fashionable way of expressing their individual style and personal taste. Thisincludes a choice of seven colour options in two outdoor-themed collections: three in the Nature Collection; Forest Green, Desert Beige, and Stone Gray as well as four in the Sports Collection: White and Lime, Black and Pink, White with a Racing Stripe, and Black with a Racing Stripe.
The Pentax K-S2 kit including the new retractable standard zoom lens will be available in standard colours in March for a suggested retail price of $899.99. Colour collections will be available in April.