Pentax K-S1 summary
Pentax K-S1 is Pentax's Advanced DSLR camera initially introduced on August of 2014. It uses a 20 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a full resolution of 5472 x 3648.
The K-S1 comes in at #39 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras & overall #185 out of 1436 for digital cameras in our database. Please look at our Smart camera search to see camera rankings based on your personal criteria.
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Pentax K-S1 family
The Pentax K-S1 has a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can find all earlier and most recent models along with important specs.
Pentax K-S1 Gallery
You can look at the K-S1 from different angles in the gallery here.
Pentax K-S1 Pros and Cons
Here is a shortlist of advantages and drawbacks of the Pentax K-S1 based on features which are often regarded as useful in a camera.
Pentax K-S1 Sensor features
The Pentax K-S1 is powered by the Prime MII processor. The sensor dimension in the Pentax K-S1 is 23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor is able to capture 5472 x 3648 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2. The camera features Image Stabilization (Sensor based). In body stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter can produce cropping.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The CMOS sensor has 20MP and supports a native ISO range of 100 - 51200. RAW files are supported so you have more margin for error.
Pentax made the decision to omit the anti-alias filter on the Pentax K-S1. This can result in more clear photos but may create moire in some conditions.
The image underneath shows the K-S1's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The K-S1 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is highlighted in green.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Pentax K-S1 dimensions
Pentax K-S1 weighs about 1.23 pounds (558 grams or 19.68 oz) & has exterior measurements of 121mm x 93mm x 70mm (4.8" x 3.7" x 2.8"). The weight of average Advanced DSLR camera is 776 grams so the Pentax K-S1 is less heavy as compared to various competitors.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Here is a image of the Pentax K-S1 alongside a soda so you can get a feel for its size.
The top view just below will highlight the button design on the K-S1.
Pentax K-S1 Lens features
The K-S1 uses the Pentax KAF2 mount and has 17 lenses available for sale. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our database that will work with the K-S1.
Pentax K-S1 Connectivity
The K-S1 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Digital cameras that include NFC and Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily copy pictures and oftentimes change settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.
Some apps also stream a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external screen. Virtually all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack using the USB socket.
Pentax K-S1 Video features
The highest possible video resolution in the Pentax K-S1 is 1920 x 1080 and you can record in H.264 format. 1080p resolution provides a good balance between quality versus file size but 1080p will not give you any room to downsample. The body does not offer a microphone and headphone jack so you have got absolutely no control over the audio. It is probably best to find an alternative model in case you require good audio for your video clips.
Pentax K-S1 Weather Sealing
Pentax K-S1 does not have environment proofing so rainy conditions may affect the camera.
Pentax K-S1 Display and Viewfinder
The Pentax K-S1 houses a 3" fixed screen having a resolution of 921k dots.
Please be aware that the screen has no touch support.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The View Finder specs for Pentax K-S1 are the following:
- ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
- Coverage 100 percent
- Magnification 0.64x
For sunny outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders will be quite valuable.
Pentax K-S1 Shutter features
Pentax K-S1 is able to shoot continuously at 5.4 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/6000 sec.
Pentax K-S1 Flash and Hot shoe features
Pentax K-S1 features both in-built flash together with external flash support.
Pentax K-S1 Autofocusing features
Pentax K-S1 features both Phase Detect AF as well as Contrast Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker and precise as compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera boasts Face detect which makes it helpful for taking photos of people.
The Sensor boasts 11 focus points to pick from. It also boasts Tracking AF for subjects on the move. Pentax K-S1 comes with manual focus when required during low light conditions or you need more precise focus control.
Pentax K-S1 Battery life
The battery life (D-LI109) in the Pentax K-S1 is designed to last for 410 photographs based on the CIPA specifications making it less in comparison with it's competition. The average Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 comes with the best (2260) battery life within this class of cameras.
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Pentax K-S1 for varying forms of photography
The following bar chart presents a rundown of the Pentax K-S1 for varying forms of photography. To understand more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.
Pentax K-S1 Portrait photography highlights
The Pentax K-S1 has a points total of 79 which is very high, meaning that it is a wonderful choice to use for portraits. Taking portrait images favors heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW files & flexibility to utilize off-camera flash.
Pentax K-S1 Street photography factors
Getting a very good rating of 73, the Pentax K-S1 is a respectable option to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of picture quality plus portability.
Pentax K-S1 Sports photography info
A above average sports photography rating of 70 suggests the Pentax K-S1 is a respectable fit for taking photos of sports. A camera must have fantastic tracking and shutter speeds for sports photography.
Pentax K-S1 Travel photography highlights
Portability is super crucial in selecting a camera for travel. All round, the Pentax K-S1 gets a moderate 60 for a travel camera which makes it somewhat suited for your vacations.
Pentax K-S1 as a Landscape photography camera
For anybody who is planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most important factor will be image quality. The Pentax K-S1 with it's nice score of 73 for a landscape camera is a good pick within the current marketplace.
Pentax K-S1 Vlogging factors
A vlogging camera should have a moving screen, microphone port and preferably image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Pentax K-S1 is just not appropriate for vlogging as it receives a low rating of 33.
Pentax K-S1 Alternatives
If you need alternatives to the K-S1, here is a number of the top rated cameras which fall into the family of Advanced DSLR.
The diagram followed below shows you a summary of the K-S1 compared to it's top ranked rivals suggested above.
There are more cameras you might look into as alternative options. To go through a full comparison, go to the "compare" link.