REVIEW OF PENTAX K-S1: BRIGHT CAMERA WITH AN UNUSUAL CONTROL

Nov

24

2014

Camera, especially when it comes to DSLRs – one of the most rigid in the art. Firstly, because there running the show Japanese and Japanese only known for its commitment to the roots. Secondly, because the photographer with big scratch respond to radical innovations, “why change something that works so well?” As a result, some really new solutions appear very rarely; it is mostly about minor improvements and overall improvement in the “old baggage”. Pentax – one of the few companies who are not afraid to experiment. In this case, we will focus on unusual variations on the theme of the design and management of a fairly standard in performance mid-level DSLR K-S1.New, announced in August, carries a 20-megapixel sensor with switchable anti-aliasing filter (in the manner of the model K-3 ) and the rest is close to the characteristics of the model K-50 less dust and moisture protection. It is unique for its design, developed jointly with Ziba Tokyo and custom control system, the like of which had not previously encountered. This experiment is an important product for Pentax, companies seeking and try to somehow change the industry.
New, announced in August, carries a 20-megapixel sensor with switchable anti-aliasing filter (in the manner of the model K-3 ) and the rest is close to the characteristics of the model K-50 less dust and moisture protection. It is unique for its design, developed jointly with Ziba Tokyo and custom control system, the like of which had not previously encountered. This experiment is an important product for Pentax, companies seeking and try to somehow change the industry.Pentax is not the first time creates a colorful SLR – and even this still looks courage for them not really in a hurry to repeat all: have their own colored (non-black, at least) model in Nikon (D3300, for example) at Canon (white 100D ), but all, perhaps. Only this is enough to attract attention. K-S1 goes further into the ledge to the right hand grip is integrated LED duplicate the shutter button and relaxed pulsating green at work. Contours camera recognizable (to protest against classical grip in the manner of his own model of K-01 “pentaksisty” did not), but still unusually sharp; full body edges and elements which are at different heights. Does she look beautiful? As a minimum, a bright and thus attractive in black realm of classic SLR cameras.Especially if we take into account a series of Sweets Collection in a gentle two-color design. At our test was the same blue-black-gray model also attracts the attention of others. Such an attitude on the part of passers-by can boast except Photo production company Leica – but on the other (a status) reasons. There are an assortment of black and a model that will be enjoyed by traditionalists. Until the LED turns on – with it anyway you will stand out from the crowd. At least this camera is not for those who like to shoot quickly.Dimensions Pentax K-S1 – 92.5 x 120 x 69.5 mm, weight – 558 grams. It’s pretty big, typical weight and size for its class camera. Comparable in size with the Canon 700D, and a Nikon D5200, and Sony SLT-A57. Pentaprism in place, expect compactness and not worth it. In his hand K-S1 is good, body is covered with two types of plastic, and at the point of contact with the right hand applied tenacious rough stuff. Build quality is assured, commands respect.Rear panel: dominant position occupies a three-inch screen; over it: a button to activate Live View (delete images), the viewfinder (with diopter adjustment slider on the top edge), the play button and display the main menu; right: a button lock focus / exposure and output the quick menu, load indicator clipboard and key control unit. It consists of a ring mode dial, which is entered into a five-way joystick with functional beams and the center is activated by selecting the focus point and employees in parallel to confirm. This center is highlighted by blue LED – another center in the flickering light little world K-S1.As I wrote above, the camera is notable not only for Design, but also in terms of unusual control scheme. Unusual first appearance – we do not see Marked mode dial and traditional for Pentax set of keys. In fact the scheme is not much different from the traditional, differs only in the location of some controls: Five-way navigation key, which is found on most full-size cameras are present only is inside (!) Transferred on top of the rear panel of the ring of regime change. But there is another feature – the value currently selected in the light of the selector are displayed on the main screen, if not activated live View, which allows you to quickly assess the situation and change the values ​​if necessary. It’s really good. In contrast to the modes of the selector, which used for the test and failed; learn to turn his ring without removing hands from one of the classic position when shooting, I did not succeed.

Not very well, in my opinion, is implemented and the selector disc; to work with him again, you need to use either the left hand or unnaturally bent thumb. In addition, he is alone, that is not much help when adjusting the Exposure value. The rest of the controls are quite familiar to DSLRs in general and in particular for Pentax (talking about the “green button”). The imposition of a video button again no – instead create a third position switch. Another problem with too soft focus mode switch, which is close to the left hand with a standard enough, and regularly touches, thereby switching the focus.

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