Pentax Ricoh release another DLSR model, the KS-1, which is a colourful little beast, fitting into the beginner enthusiast category. Here’s dpreview’s thoughts…the illumination interface system sounds fairly pointless and garish, but boys, toys and flashing lights go together I suppose. The next logical step is for the camera to become the ‘KITT’ car of the camera world, with red pulsing lights, and a posh British voice drying questioning your composition…”are you sure you want to frame this selfie that way, Michael?” Still, it looks like it does boast a few bells and whistles, cribbed from its bigger brother, the mighty K-3, so it’s not all lights and mirrors.
Ricoh and its Pentax brand have never been afraid of a little color, and the introduction of the K-S1 DSLR reaffirms that. The K-S1 offers a 20.1MP APS-C sensor, an AA filter simulator (as seen on the Pentax K-3) and burst shooting at 5.4 fps, but none of that is quite as attention-grabbing as its headline body specification – a set of green LEDs on the camera’s grip and power switch.
Called an ‘illumination interface system,’ the lights serve more as an embellishment than a practical feature. They pulse as modes are changed, provide a visual cue as the countdown timer advances and change to red in video mode (power switch lights only).
More than just a shiny object, the K-S1 provides a solid set of specifications including a 100% coverage optical viewfinder with 0.95x magnification, a top shutter speed of 1/6000sec, 1080/30p HD video recording and built-in shake reduction. It will be sold in 12 different colors, and will be available mid-September for £549.99 / $749.95 body-only or £599.99 / $799.95 with SMC DA L 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens.