Updated 25 Oct 2017

Pentax

K-S2 (with 18-50mm lens)

Snapshot: The Pentax K-S2 (with 18-50mm lens) DSLR has an APS-C CMOS sensor, can shoot full HD video, and has an optical viewfinder. But how's the image quality?

K-S2 (with 18-50mm lens)
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1375

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Test results

Overall score
63
Image quality
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Screen
?/10
Video quality
?/10
Flash
?/10

Good points

  • OK image quality.
  • OK screen.
  • Very good viewfinder.
  • OK video quality.
  • OK flash.
  • Has a high resolution articulated monitor.
  • Can shoot full-HD video and manually focus.
  • Is water resistant.

But

  • Has a small zoom.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Image quality (40%): Unless otherwise stated the cameras are set to full automatic function – including exposure, white balance and focus – with maximum resolution and image quality setting in JPEG.
Ease of use (40%): An evaluation of the manual, viewfinder, monitor, data transfer, shutter delay, inserting/removing memory, changing settings, controls and batteries.
Screen (10%): A rating of image quality of the screen, and the difference between the height and width displayed and what is recorded on the final image.
Video quality (10%): A rating of the quality of short video clips.

Prices are from a June 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$1375

Specifications

Battery type
Lithium-ion
Megapixels (MP)
20
Sensor
APS-C CMOS
ISO range
100 - 51200
Optical zoom
2.8
Aperture range
4.0 - 5.6
Zoom range
29 - 77
Shutter range
1/6098 - 30
Dimensions (cm)
123 x 77 x 95
Weight (g)
718
Depth (mm)
77

Features

Water resistant
Yes
Raw support
Yes
GPS tagging
No
PASM modes
Yes
Manual focus option
Yes

Monitor

Size (inches)
2.9
Monitor pixels
921,000
Touchscreen
No
Articulated monitor
Yes

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
Optical
Viewfinder pixels
-

Video

Video
1920 x 1080
Microphone input
Yes

Memory

Memory card
SDHC, SDXC

Flash

Flash type
Switch on by hand
Connection for external flash
Yes

More info

Notes

Tested with a DA L 1:4-5.6 18-50mm DC WR RE lens. Optical zoom and closest focal distance varies, depending on the lens.