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Pentax K-S1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 116 reviews of Pentax K-S1. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers really like the screen and design. The portability and performance also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the zoom.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax K-S1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Pentax K-S1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Pentax K-S1 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Comments about the usability and performance are generally positive, whereas there are some negative reviews about the image quality.

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67% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Pentax K-S1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Pentax K-S1 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Pentax K-S1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Pentax K-S1 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2019

Expert review by : Richard Sibley (trustedreviews.com)

Pentax K-S1

 

Beneath the rather odd exterior sits a solid DSLR

Decent image quality ; Tons of compatible lenses ; Handy light-up controls

Non-tilting screen ; No Wi-Fi or NFC ; Unconventional mode dial

Where things go off the rails is bit is when picking a mode. Instead of having an independent mode dial like most cameras of this grade, the Pentax K-S1 uses a dial that works around the directional pad on the back. It’s stiff and awkward – a visual...

Dec, 2014

Expert review by : Mike Lowe (pocket-lint.com)

Pentax K-S1: Built-in LED light displays distract from some interesting tech (hands-on) - Pocket-lint

 

Pentax isn't one for the norm. In addition to its multi-colour DSLR cameras, the company was also showing off its latest K-S1 DSLR at Photokina - a camera

Sep, 2014

Expert review by : Amy Davies (techradar.com)

Pentax K-S1 review

 

Flashing lights, different colours, are all these gimmicks hiding a decent camera?

No anti-aliasing filter ; Available in lots of different colours ; Good image quality

Poor kit lens ; Boxy design ; No Wi-Fi ; No touchscreen

Flashing lights and a body which is available in lots of different colours distract from what is actually a decently performing camera.

Dec, 2014

Expert review by : Ben Pitt (expertreviews.co.uk)

Pentax K-S1 review

 

Striking and impressive, but for entirely different reasons. The Pentax K-S1 might not be as popular as it deserves to be.

Nov, 2014

Expert review by (which.co.uk)

Pentax K-S1 review

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Pentax's K-S1 is a DSLR with a unique angular design, a 20-megapixel sensor and a viewfinder with 100 per cent scene coverage. For someone looking to make the step up from point-and-shoot photography, it's certainly an eye-catching proposition. But is...

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : paul_smart (gadgetspeak.com)

Pentax K-S1 DSLR Camera

 

This is quite a small and lightweight offering from Pentax. However this does not mean that the images its takes are anything but excellent in both JPG and RAW. The only unusual thing to me is that both the body and lens are white.

The Pentax K-S1 Digital SLR camera measures 11x9x15cm and weighs 771grams without the neck strap. The right side has a rubber bung behind which are HDMI and USB outlets, there is also a neck strap anchor point. The left side has the anchor point pair....

May, 2015

Highly Recommended

Expert review by : John Riley (ephotozine.com)

Pentax K-S1 Digital SLR Review

 

John Riley reviews the new Pentax K-S1, a compact and stylish Digital SLR with a 20 megapixel APS-C sensor.

Excellent image quality with 20MP sensor ; Flucard and Eye-Fi card compatibility ; Some unique prime lenses in range ; AA Filter Simulator ; Glass pentaprism viewfinder with 100% field of view ; Backwards lens compatibility ; In body shake reduction ;...

No weather resistance ; Awkward rear selector dial ; AF/MF lever can be accidentally moved ; 18-55mm kit lens

The Pentax K-S1 may be intended to expand the appeal of the Digital SLR to a younger market, but it also retains all the necessary photographic qualities to make high-quality images possible. It can appeal to a wide variety of users looking for a well...

Dec, 2014

Expert review by (photoanswers.co.uk)

Pentax K-S1

 

Pentax has a well-established foundation in creating cameras with character. Whether it's the K-50 D-SLR, available in 120 different colour combinations, or the fully weather-sealed K-5 II that can take a real drenching, Pentax makes some of the most...

We take our hat off to Pentax for constantly pushing D-SLR boundaries with new, stylish designs and quirky features. It’s not just the K-S1’s LED lights that grab your attention – its spec sheet shows a fully-loaded D-SLR at the entry-level sector,...

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Pentax K-S1

 

The Pentax K-S1 doesn't look like any other SLR on the market, but aside from a disappointing video mode, it's a solid performer.

Uniquely designed. Compact. Available in many color choices. Excellent image quality. In-camera shake reduction. AA filter simulation option. Pentaprism viewfinder. 1/6,000-second shutter.

Slow video AF. Shallow handgrip. Small continuous shooting buffer. Lacks in-camera Wi-Fi. No microphone input. Pricey.

The bottommost button, Info, changes what's shown on the rear display. By default the screen shows current shooting settings and devotes part of its area to mirror the directional controls to its right. Pressing Info again changes to an on-screen menu...

Oct, 2014

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (dpreview.com)

Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1

 

The Pentax K-S1 is a unique-looking DSLR, with pulsing LED lights on the front and a backlit mode dial on the back. There's more to the K-S1 than just its looks, including a new sensor, image processor, and even a new font in the menus. As always, all...

Aug, 2014

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