The New PENTAX K-S1 D-SLR Camera

Ricoh Imaging Americas Corp. just announced the launch of the new PENTAX K-S1 D-SLR camera. This model offers users a newly designed 20.12 megapixel CMOS image sensor (with a sensitivity of ISO 51200), an in-body shake reduction (SR) mechanism, an AA (Anti-Aliasing) filter simulator for moiré reduction, a 100 percent field of view glass pentaprism viewfinder (with a magnification of approximately 0.95) and 5.4 fps shooting at a fast 1/6000 shutter speed.

The K-S1 features a high-precision AF with SAFOX IXi+ AF sensor module (with 11 sensors, including 9 cross-type sensors) to provide a spot bean to assist AF operation in poor lighting conditions. A selection of image-processing tools that can be accessed by setting the Mode dial to the EFFECTS position, users can then apply various visual effects and preview the result on the LCD monitor. There are 10 effects to choose from, including Fresh, Fade Color and Infrared. The K-S1 provides 21 digital filters (9 of them are applicable during shooting) including the new Color Replacement filter.

The K-S1 has a compensation function for diffraction and a unique flat field user interface that integrates a back-lit LED selection dial, 4-way navigation and a 3” (921,000 dot) wide-view LCD with the newly designed GUI (Graphical User Interface). This K-S1 can record full HD (1920x1080p, 30/25/24 frame rate) movie clips with stereo sound and the optional Flucard provides Wi-Fi transfer, wireless live view and Remote Capture control that allows you control the camera’s settings with a smartphone, tablet or a computer. It is compatible with Eye-Fi wireless LAN memory cards, has a 77-segment, multi-pattern metering system, a DR (Dust Removal) mechanism and the Digital Camera Utility 5 software is included.

The K-S1 is available in 12 stylish colors: the standard colors of white, black and blue. The Fabric Collection includes cotton beige, linen brown, denim blue and tweed gray. The Night Sky Collection includes sunset orange, dusk gold, moon silver, midnight black and dawn purple. The K-S1 kit includes an 18-55mm lens for a suggested retail price of $799.95, the body only is $749.95.

More info on the PENTAX K-S1 here.