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Futuristic Pentax K-S1 DSLR Images Leak Online

By Anthony Thurston on August 20th 2014

Pentax isn’t the biggest name in the world of cameras these days, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a quality product. Just look at their K-3 which won best Advanced DSLR Camera from EISA. They do though, have a knack for making some interesting styling decisions with their cameras, and these leaked images of their upcoming K-S1 DSLR prove that.

The images that you see below are supposedly leaked images of the upcoming Pentax camera. Unfortunately, there are no rumored specs or anything on this camera other than the name and these images, so all we can really comment on is the style and design.

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The top down view is fairly standard, doesn’t give off any indication of the unique features surrounding this camera. The front view is the first one that makes you pause, and wonder, “what the heck are those green LEDs for?” I mean they are right over the hand grip, so for 95% of photographers, these would never been seen except by the cells on the inside of your hand. Seems like an odd design/style choice, and I am curious to find out what they are for.

Things get odder as you move to the back view of the camera. They seem to have taken Canon’s back dial, and turned it into some sort of crazy futuristic mode dial. I’m not sure how I would like that, seems like it could be an easy place to accidentally move the dial while shooting.

Anyway, stay tuned for more details about this upcoming camera as I am sure specs of some kind will be known as its announcement gets closer.


What are your thoughts on this Pentax K-S1 DSLR? What do you think the green LED on the front is for, and what about that mode dial on the back? Leave a comment below!

[via Photo Rumors]

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Matthew Saville

    Looks like a mirrorless camera, not a DSLR…


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  2. Phil Bautista

    Call me old fashioned but this camera looks fugly, like one of those golfers wearing those loud pants screaming for attention cos they don’t have the game to draw the crowd.

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  3. Austin Swenson

    You know, if I was into Pentax (i’ve never had a chance to shoot Pentax before) and I could change the color of all the lights to a single color so it would be all uniform, this might be appealing when you shoot at night so you can find your camera in the dark, but then again, I would probably turn them off for a night shot? Meh, it looks fun at any rate.

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  4. Nic M

    Another rumor site states KS-1 specs:
    20 mP APS-C CMOS sensor –
    – LCD monitor 3 inches 921 000 dots. Aspect ratio is 3: 2. Touch panel is not mounted.
    – ISO100-51200
    – video 1920 x 1080,30fps, stereo
    – built-in camera shake correction
    – The battery D-LI109
    – 120 mm x 92.5 mm x 69.5mm size

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  5. Bogdan Teodorescu

    LEDs on front are a battery gauge

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  6. Stan Rogers

    Whatever else it may be, it’s severely tiny for K-mount SLR. It’s about the same size as a K1000 cut off just to the left of the mirror box, but not quite as tall at the top plate (so the prism hump seems taller). I’m going to assume that the mode dial is a little harder to turn than the Canon control wheel (and detented). It doesn’t seem like a bad control layout for an entry-level camera that’ll spend most of its time in Auto or P (and let’s face it, the market for that sort of thing is larger than we often like to think). I’m not going to hazard a guess about the blinkenlights.

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