NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - February 09, 2015) - B&H Photo would like to share Ricoh Imaging's announcement of the Pentax K-S2 DSLR Camera a compact, weather-resistant camera that is designed to provide excellent image quality, as well as built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC for image transfer and camera controls with a mobile device. This new 20.1-megapixel model introduces many features, such as a dedicated selfie button and a 3.0" 921k-dot vari-angle LCD screen. Alongside this camera is the release of the retractable HD PENTAX DA 18-50mm DC WR RE Lens, which will be included with the K-S2 Lens Kits, and the compact AF201FG Flash.

Pentax K-S2 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black)

Pentax AF201FG Flash

To provide the optimal image quality, the 20.1-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor found in the K-S2 eliminates the AA filter for sharper photographs. This system works in combination with the PRIME M II Image Processing Engine to produce low noise images and video at a native sensitivity of up to ISO 51,200, also, it introduces Advanced HDR and Clarity Enhancement modes that can bring out more detail from shadows as well as produce photos with improved contrast and sharpness. The sensor also benefits from an in-body Shake Reduction mechanism that reduces the appearance of camera shake and enables an AA Filter Simulation setting that can prevent moiré and aliasing issues when needed. And, full HD 1920 x 1080p video recording is possible at up to 30 fps.

This camera is speedy with the inclusion of the SAFOX X 11-point AF system in which 9 points are cross-type for high-speed focusing. Low-light shooting is also covered with AF sensitivity down to -3 EV. The K-S2 also has a continuous shooting rate of up to 5.5 fps and a maximum shutter speed of 1/6000 second. Further benefitting shooters is the 3.0" 921k-dot vari-angle LCD monitor on the rear of the camera enabling composing of images in many different angles and shooting scenarios. It can even flip out so photographers can easily make use of the new selfie-button. Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC can make sharing images much simpler, as well as shooting with full controls via the Live Sync mobile app.

The HD PENTAX DA 18-50mm f/4.0-5.6 DC WR RE Lens, with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 27.5-76.5mm offers users flexibility, and it has a retractable design for maintaining a smaller profile when not in use. Aspherical lenses are used to ensure edge-to-edge sharpness, and it has both the HD PENTAX coating to reduce flare and ghosting and the Super Protect coating to prevent scratches and other damage. Additionally, it has a direct current AF motor and a weather resistant construction to match that of the K-S1.

The highly compact AF201FG flash is designed for use with Pentax DSLRs, this P-TTL-compatible flash features a guide number of 65.6' at ISO 100, as well as a bounce head design for positioning between -10° to +135°. When used on full-frame cameras, it can cover wide-angle lenses up to 28mm or lenses as wide as 16mm with the integrated wide panel in place, and on APS-C cameras it can cover 19mm and 13mm lenses. P-TTL use avails both first- and second-curtain sync options, and manual control can be set at either full or 1/4 power. The compact design requires just two AAA batteries for use and, depending on the battery type, recycles times range from four to seven seconds between flashes. Additionally, matching the design of the two lenses, as well as many of Pentax's DSLRs, this flash also has an all weather construction for use in inclement conditions.

The K-S2 comes in a variety of color options and kits and will be available as a body only in Black, Black/Orange, and White, as a one-lens kit with the 18-50mm lens in Black, Black/Orange, White, Black with Racing Stripe, White with Racing Stripe, Desert Beige, Forest Green, Stone Gray, Black/Pink, and White/Lime, or as a two-lens kit with the 18-50mm and 50-200mm lenses in Black, Black/Orange, and White.

Pentax K-S2 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black)

Pentax K-S2 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black/Orange)

Pentax K-S2 DSLR Camera (Body Only, White)

Pentax K-S2 DSLR Camera with 18-50mm Lens (Black)

Pentax K-S2 DSLR Camera with 18-50mm Lens (Black/Orange)

Pentax K-S2 DSLR Camera with 18-50mm Lens (White)

Pentax K-S2 DSLR Camera with 18-50mm Lens (Black with Racing Stripe)

Pentax K-S2 DSLR Camera with 18-50mm Lens (Desert Beige)

Pentax K-S2 DSLR Camera with 18-50mm Lens (Black/Pink)

Pentax K-S2 DSLR Camera with 18-50mm Lens (Forest Green)

Pentax K-S2 DSLR Camera with 18-50mm Lens (Stone Gray)

Pentax K-S2 DSLR Camera with 18-50mm Lens (White with Racing Stripe)

Pentax K-S2 DSLR Camera with 18-50mm Lens (White/Lime)

Pentax K-S2 DSLR Camera with 18-50mm & 50-200mm Lenses (Black) 

Pentax K-S2 DSLR Camera with 18-50mm & 50-200mm Lenses (Black/Orange) 

Pentax K-S2 DSLR Camera with 18-50mm & 50-200mm Lenses (White)

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