Pentax K-S1 specs to include 20-megapixel APS-C sensor

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Pentax K-S1 specs to include 20-megapixel APS-C sensor

Sources familiar with the matter have revealed more Pentax K-S1 photos, but the new leaks are now joined by some of the DSLR camera’s specifications, which will include a 20-megapixel sensor.

Ever since it has bought Pentax, Ricoh has promised that it will not let the brand die. Although multiple products have been released on the market, nobody can say that Pentax is among the best-selling digital camera and lens makers in the world.

Nevertheless, this market will not be abandoned and the company is planning to introduce a new DSLR, whose photos have showed up online recently. In anticipation of Photokina 2014, a preliminary Pentax K-S1 specs list has been leaked on the web along with two new photos of the camera.

Pentax K-S1 gray
Pentax K-S1 will feature a 20-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor.

Pentax K-S1 specs list revealed  along with two new photos of the DSLR camera

Ricoh will put a 20-megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor in the Pentax K-S1. This is important because Pentax cameras are not known for having 20MP sensors. Usually, K-mount models are offering a 16-megapixel sensor or a 24-megapixel one. By the looks of it, Ricoh is trying to find the sweet spot, which is exactly in the middle of what we have seen on the market so far.

The DSLR will also feature a 3-inch 921K-dot LCD screen, which does not appear to be articulated, nor a touch panel. Although the camera comes with a built-in optical viewfinder, the display can be used in Live View mode.

The K-S1 will be able to record full HD videos at a frame rate of 30fps with stereo audio support. Both videos and stills will not turn out shaky or blurry, as the DSLR will come packed with Shake Reduction (image stabilization) technology.

Pentax’ new shooter will offer an ISO sensitivity range between 100 and 51,200. Such a high maximum value means that the K-S1 will be great for low-light photography, but only for users who are not bothered by noise.

Pentax K-S1 white
Pentax K-S1 will offer an impressive maximum ISO of 51,200.

Purpose of Pentax K-S1’s green LEDs is still unknown

The source has confirmed that the Pentax K-S1 will be powered by the conventional D-Li109 battery, which can be found in multiple Pentax-branded shooters.

The device will measure 120 x 92.5 x 69.5mm, while the total weight remains unknown. It is said that the DSLR will be available in multiple colors and the number could go up to 12.

Unfortunately, the source has been unable to confirm the purpose of the green LEDs embedded in the camera’s grip. Thankfully, the announcement will take place soon therefore you should stay tuned for more details!

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