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Pentax combines its two-tone tendencies and colored lights with a more staid design sensibility in a weather-sealed body with a large viewfinder and solid photo quality.
The new collapsible 18-50mm lens is pretty annoying. It's slow -- only f4 at its widest -- has a shorter telephoto end than most competitors, and feels pretty cheap.
Though the body is smaller than many competitors, it's oddly heavier.
Overall, the control design and layout is good. My only complaint is that the four navigation buttons on the back -- ISO, flash, drive mode and white balance -- are quite flat with very little give.
Though it doesn't have the lights on the grip the way the K-S1 did, Pentax kept the light on the shutter button -- it differentiates between movie and photo modes -- and the one around the back OK button.
The ring around OK lights up when the camera is on.
The placement of the SD card slot on the grip is much nicer than in the battery compartment, where many cameras have it.
Yes, it's a nice accent color, but more importantly you can still open the battery compartment when there's a tripod plate attached to the bottom.
The K-S2 has wireless and NFC built-in; unfortunately, at press time the apps to take advantage them weren't available.
The K-S2 has more beveled edges than we're used to seeing on dSLRs these days.
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