The K-S2 is Pentax’s latest mid-range DSLR, continuing its tradition of offering affordable yet well-specified cameras. Find out how it gets on in our Pentax K-S2 review.

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Pentax K-S2

Image Quality:18%


  • Wide range of physical controls; Comprehensive in-body image stabilisation; Generous viewfinder


  • Lacking a touchscreen; JPEG image quality not great; Handgrip on the large side


Pentax K-S2 Review


Price as reviewed:

£649.00 (with 18-50mm lens)
Although numerical conventions would suggest that the Pentax K-S2 is a replacement for the entry-level K-S1, a brief glance at its specification reveals a more advanced camera perhaps more likely to replace the K-50.

As a result, the K-S2 is up against some fairly stiff competition – the Nikon D5500 and Canon 750D on the DSLR side of things, while the Olympus E-M10 and Sony A6000 are also sure to share similar space on stockist’s shelves.

So, how does Ricoh plan on making the K-S2 competitive? Well, once glance at its full specification instantly reveals you’re getting a lot of camera for your money.

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The K-S2 is as well set to offer strong competition in the mid-range DSLR market

Pentax K-S2 Review – Features

The K-S2 features a 20.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor which boasts an impressive ISO range of 100-51,200 and has had the low-pass filter removed for maximum sharpness. Any concerns about moiré and alias patterning are managed through the presence of an anti-alias filter simulator provided by the built-in image stabilisation system.

The image stabilisation is itself impressive – providing 3.5 stops of benefit as well as working with almost any lens including both wideangle and prime optics.

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The K-S2’s viewfinder is one of the best in class, offering 100% coverage of the frame

While the LCD screen on the rear of the camera is solid at 3in and 921k-dots in spec, the viewfinder is a tad more impressive. Unlike a lot of its competition the K-S2’s viewfinder offers 100% coverage rather than cropping in.

Also, as it’s the pentaprism type rather than the pentamirror type it remains bright despite its larger size.

Other features include in-camera Raw processing, HD video capture and built-in Wi-fi and NFC connectivity.

  1. 1. Pentax K-S2 Review - Features
  2. 2. Pentax K-S2 Review - Design
  3. 3. Pentax K-S2 Review - Performance
  4. 4. Pentax K-S2 Review - Image Quality
  5. 5. Pentax K-S2 Review - Verdict
  6. 6. Pentax K-S2 Review - Specification
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