Ricoh (Pentax) has announced a new DSLR named the Pentax K-S1. It’s slotted as an entry level camera priced at $750 (body only). And, in usual Pentax style, this entry level camera is being offered in several colors. Twelve colors to be exact. If you read the specs for this camera (you can read them here), its hard to argue about this camera’s abilities. From the 20mp sensor to the selectable AA filter, this camera is packed with some pretty high end stuff. But what sets this apart from any other DSLR to date is the bling. Pentax has lit this thing up like a Christmas tree. Ok, it’s not that bad, but this is the first DSLR that I have ever seen decked out with so many LEDs.
The LED’s are not only there for show either. The ring around the shutter changes from green for still photos to red when recording video. The LED lit mode dial and 4 way selector on the back is backlit with LEDs for visibility in low light. And the 5 LEDs on the front work with the countdown timer and the face detection function. Hate the LED’s? No worries, you can turn them all off using the settings menu.
But how well does it take photos? Pentax has some sample JPEG images straight from the camera so you can see for yourself.