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HolidayBuyer's Guide

New kit lens

Heavy body

Back layout

You light up my shutter button

Back glow

Side slot

Bottom's up

Wireless built-in

Boxy

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.

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Though the body is smaller than many competitors, it's oddly heavier.

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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.

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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.

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The ring around OK lights up when the camera is on.

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The placement of the SD card slot on the grip is much nicer than in the battery compartment, where many cameras have it.

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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.

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The K-S2 has wireless and NFC built-in; unfortunately, at press time the apps to take advantage them weren't available.

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The K-S2 has more beveled edges than we're used to seeing on dSLRs these days.

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