New Gear: Ricoh Pentax K-S1 Super-Compact DSLR

Pentax defends their crown as makers of the most interesting-looking DSLRs

Pentax K-S1 DSLR Camera
Pentax K-S1 DSLR Camera

No DSLR-maker comes close to Pentax when it comes to colorful camera bodies, but they have taken the design of their new K-S1 to the next level, giving it a drastically different style and some lights built into the body.

The camera itself has a 20.1-megapixel APS-C sensor and a viewfinder with 100^ and 0.95x magnification. It also has a top-end ISO of 51,200. Like other Pentax bodies, it has in-body shake reduction and maxes out at 5.4 frames-per-second.

But, the real story here is the design. The body has been re-shaped and trimmed down to make it as small as possible, taking clear aim at the interchangeable-lens compact market and users who are looking at the Canon SL1 DSLR. The lights on the grip are for decoration, but they can also serve as self-timer indicators and telling you which mode the camera is in.

It has a 3-inch, 921,000 dot LCD display and the nav buttons on the back are illuminated to match the style and help you navigate in the dark.

You can get three stander colors at the moment, Blue, Black, and White, but there are a few other options as well in the special lines.

The Kit will be available in September 2014 for $799, while the body alone will be $749, making the kit lens an obvious purchase.

Pentax has always done exceptionally well at this level, so we're excited to see if the performance is able to match the flashy exterior.

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