The Pentax K-S1 is a striking DSLR for sharp snapshots

Its illuminated body might have minor practical benefit, but the K-S1 is a head-turner

So what’s the deal with the lights on the grip?
It’s what Ricoh is calling “an innovative illumination interface system.” Effectively, the lights shine green when taking photographs, but turn red when shooting video.

What’s the benefit of that?
We suppose it allows you to see at a glance which setting you left the camera on, or maybe allow camera-savvy bystanders to know if they’re being filmed or captured in stills. But really, it’s just kind of cool-looking and distinctive.

Just like the colour schemes then.
Indeed. The K-S1 launches in a dozen different style options, and while the black and white options look fairly common, others fall into the “Fabric” and “Night Sky” collections, delivering intriguing combos like Linen Brown and Denim Blue in the former and Dusk Gold and Moon Silver in the latter.

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Is this a case of style over substance?
We’d wager not, considering the specs. This digital SLR looks like a winner, thanks to its new CMOS sensor with 20.12 effective megapixels, ultra-high ISO 51200 sensitivity, and a shutter speed of 1/6000 second. It’s not quite as high-end as the K-3, but we gave that shooter a five-star rating this past spring, so there's a recent legacy of quality here.

What else can I expect?
The K-S1 has a 3in LCD display with a new, easier-to-use UI, plus if you use a Flucard for Pentax memory card, you can control the camera via an iOS and Android app - ideal for mounting the camera and snagging perfectly-considered shots.

When can I join the light-up camera revolution?
Ricoh says the Pentax K-S1 will debut in mid-September at a price of £549.99 for just the body. You can add in an SMC DA L 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 lens for a bundle price of £599.99, or drop £679.99 to toss in yet another lens, an SMC DA L f4-5.6 AL 50-200mm AL.

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I have owned a few Pentax cameras over the years, my present camera is a Pentax K-5, and when they brought out the K-3, it was a no-brainer a K-1 was on the cards.......but this!!! What a load of poo! The lights on the handgrip that change when you switch from stills to video, what's that all about??? The range of colours the body comes in, just awful......must go now and find a toilet to throw up in!!!

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