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Pentax Announces the K-S1

By Anthony Thurston on August 27th 2014

We have been following this K-S1 rumor for a little while now and just a little while ago we shared some leaked images of a futuristic looking body complete with snazzy LED lights and a unique control dial. Today, we have what are thought to be the complete specs for the new camera, as well as a leaked product demo from Ricoh itself. Pentax officially announced the new K-S1 moments ago!

Pentax K-S1 Official Specs


  • 20MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Prime M II Image Processor
  • SAFOX IXi+ Auto Focusing System
  • Continuous Shooting up to 5.4 fps
  • Sensitivity to ISO 51200
  • In-Camera Shake Reduction
  • 3.0″ 921K-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps

Those are some decent specs, if you ask me. Nothing to really write home about, but it seems to be a decent low-mid range DSLR for a beginner or hobbyist. We also finally know what these LEDs are about! Apparently they are status indicators, which I guess was the obvious answer before, but still, the mystery has been solved!


Speaking of solving mysteries, the video below features a Ricoh employee breaking down and demoing the new K-S1 for us. It’s a nice look at the upcoming camera for those interested.

Video was originally uploaded publicly by Ricoh US, but taken private. This is a repost of it from an user who downloaded it and re-uploaded to YouTube.

Overall, this looks like it should be a nice little announcement for Pentax and their fans/followers. The rumor is that the announcement should be made official tomorrow, and if that turns out to be the case, we will let you know with the full official specs and any availability/pre-order information.

The new K-S1 is already available for pre-order in more colors that I care to think (haha), you can find the body only from B&H here, and the K-S1 in the kit with an 18-55mm here. If you want to take a look at all of the color/kit combinations (I warn you, there are a lot) you can find those here.


What are your thoughts on this new K-S1 camera? How do you feel about that control dial and LED status lights? Leave a comment below!

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Herm Tjioe

    Skittles with bling bling . . . that’s a certifiable chick magnet

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  2. Rafael Steffen

    It would be interesting to find out how the focus system Works on one of these cameras.

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  3. Stan Rogers

    It *is* seriously tiny for a 35mm-derived DSLR. Add a collection of Pentax pancakes (21mm, 40mm, 70mm) and nobody will realize you’re a “real” photographer. (Or at least they’ll soon forget.) PJ/documentary isn’t my thing, but if you want “stealth mode”, I think this’ll give it to you (once you turn of the blinkenlights).

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  4. Austin Swenson

    Now that they have described a little more about this camera, I like the fact that you can turn those lights off and that you can get the body in all kinds of different colors… Jury is still out about what it feels like in the hands though…

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  5. Wendell Fernandes

    I always wondered HOW and WHAT Pentax works. Would love to try out their camera and lenses. Since I’m a canon person, not sure when that can happen!

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