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Pentax K-S1 glows in the dark (pictures)

In addition to being a relatively small dSLR, Pentax put glowing buttons on the entry-level K-S1.

Lori Grunin
I've been reviewing hardware and software, devising testing methodology and handed out buying advice for what seems like forever; I'm currently absorbed by computers and gaming hardware, but previously spent many years concentrating on cameras. I've also volunteered with a cat rescue for over 15 years doing adoptions, designing marketing materials, managing volunteers and, of course, photographing cats.
Lori Grunin
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Get your Cylon on

Although it looks bigger, the K-S1 is roughly the size of the Canon EOS Rebel SL1. Plus it's got a strobing light on the grip to jazz things up. (You can turn it off, of course.)

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Colorful

In addition to the glowing colored lights, the body will be available in "fabric" colors like cotton beige, linen brown denim blue, tweed gray as well as "night sky" options such as sunset orange, dusk gold, moon silver, dawn purple and midnight black (green and black).

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Grip

The HDMI and USB connectors sit right behind the grip.

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Where it's all different

In addition to lighting up the controls, Pentax puts the mode dial on the back, where you operate it with your left thumb. The company did this so that it's more like a phone, with all the controls on a single plane. Also, look at how large that viewfinder eyecup is.

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Take a little off the top

Moving the mode dial from the top to the back allows for a much narrower camera.  The only controls left on top are the exposure compensation button, ajdustment dial and Pentax's hypermanual green button.

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No connectors on the left

Unlike most dSLRs, the K-S1 doesn't have any connectors on the left side, just the autofocus/manual focus switch.

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