As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Pentax K-S2 is also often compared to mirrorless, boutiques, super zooms and pro DSLRs. The Pentax K-S2's top rivals come from Canon (such as the Rebel T4i and the EOS Rebel T6i) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-G85 and the Lumix DMC-GF8)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-S2 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps), slightly larger viewfinder (0.62x vs 0.53x), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), takes much higher resolution photos (20 MP vs 17.9 MP) and has a weather sealed body.

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,040k dots), doesn't have a touch screen, has much more startup delay (1000 ms vs 300 ms), lacks and external mic jack and slightly fewer lenses available (113 lenses vs 220 lenses).

Canon Rebel T4i

Canon Rebel T4i
2 years older

Significant advantages of the T4i (vs the K-S2)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the T4i (vs the K-S2)

  • Much lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 20 MP
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.53x vs 0.62x

common strengths of the T4i and K-S2

  • Flip-out screens
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Pentax K-70

Pentax K-70
1 year newer
$595 (body only)
$672 - $715 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-70 (vs the K-S2)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 20 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the K-70 (vs the K-S2)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-70 and K-S2

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.62x vs 0.62x
  • Weather sealed
  • Flip-out screens

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
similar age
$549 (body only)
$729 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

Significant advantages of the T6i (vs the K-S2)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 20 MP
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the T6i (vs the K-S2)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.51x vs 0.62x
  • No weather sealing
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the T6i and K-S2

  • Flip-out screens
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D90

Nikon D90
6 years older
$449 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D90 (vs the K-S2)

  • Significantly more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Longer battery life: 850 shots vs 410 shots

Significant disadvantages of the D90 (vs the K-S2)

  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 20 MP
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No weather sealing

common strengths of the D90 and K-S2

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.63x vs 0.62x
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5 II
2 years older
$1,094 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-5 II (vs the K-S2)

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Shoots significantly faster: 7 fps vs 5.4 fps
  • Significantly longer battery life: 980 shots vs 410 shots

Significant disadvantages of the K-5 II (vs the K-S2)

  • Much lower true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 20 MP
  • No 24p support
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the K-5 II and K-S2

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.62x
  • Weather sealed
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Pentax K-S1

Pentax K-S1
5 months older
$329 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-S1 (vs the K-S2)

  • Much higher true resolution: 21.1 MP vs 20 MP

Significant disadvantages of the K-S1 (vs the K-S2)

  • No weather sealing
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the K-S1 and K-S2

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.63x vs 0.62x
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-S2 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs none), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (51,200 ISO vs 16,000 ISO), has a weather sealed body and records movies in 24p.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,400k dots), doesn't have a touch screen, lacks and external mic jack and is slightly larger (prosumer size (91×123×73 mm) vs mid size (120×67×45 mm)).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85
1 year newer
$695 - $698 12-60mm lens

Significant advantages of the Lumix DMC-G85 (vs the K-S2)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DMC-G85 (vs the K-S2)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.36x vs 0.62x
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the Lumix DMC-G85 and K-S2

  • Weather sealed
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $694.59 vs $550.79

Sony NEX 7

Sony NEX-7
3 years older
$737 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the NEX 7 (vs the K-S2)

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Prosumer size (91×123×73 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.5" vs 2.9"

Significant disadvantages of the NEX 7 (vs the K-S2)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the NEX 7 and K-S2

  • Inexpensive: $736.89 vs $550.79
  • Each has a built-in flash

Fujifilm X-A3

Fujifilm X-A3
1 year newer
$489 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-A3 (vs the K-S2)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (117×67×40 mm) vs Prosumer size (91×123×73 mm)
  • Significantly lighter: 339 g vs 678 g

Significant disadvantages of the X-A3 (vs the K-S2)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentaprism
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • No weather sealing

common strengths of the X-A3 and K-S2

  • Inexpensive: $488.89 vs $550.79
  • Each has a built-in flash

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus OM-D E-M1
1 year older
$1,099 (body only)
$2,098 14-150mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-M1 (vs the K-S2)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,400k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the E-M1 (vs the K-S2)

  • No 24p support
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the E-M1 and K-S2

  • Weather sealed
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 113 lenses

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
1 year older
$379 - $498 (body only)
$479 - $598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the K-S2)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (120×67×45 mm) vs Prosumer size (91×123×73 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the K-S2)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • No weather sealing

common strengths of the A6000 and K-S2

  • Inexpensive: $379.00 vs $550.79
  • Each has a built-in flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DMC-GF8 (vs the K-S2)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (107×65×33 mm) vs Prosumer size (91×123×73 mm)
  • Much lighter: 266 g vs 678 g

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DMC-GF8 (vs the K-S2)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentaprism
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • No weather sealing

common strengths of the Lumix DMC-GF8 and K-S2

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-S2 compared to boutique competitors include: it has a weather sealed body, shoots faster continuously (5.4 fps vs 1.9 fps), has a significantly longer battery life (410 shots vs 250 shots), focuses automatically (phase detection vs contrast detection) and is newer (february 2015 vs january 2012).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 2,360k dots), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), takes slightly lower resolution photos (20 MP vs 51.1 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Fujifilm GFX 50S

Fujifilm GFX 50S
1 year newer
$5,499

Significant advantages of the GFX 50S (vs the K-S2)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,360k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

Significant disadvantages of the GFX 50S (vs the K-S2)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Larger: Professional size (148×94×91 mm) vs Prosumer size (91×123×73 mm)
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the GFX 50S and K-S2

  • Flip-out screens
  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 410 shots

Canon PowerShot G1X

Canon PowerShot G1X
3 years older
$695

Significant advantages of the G1X (vs the K-S2)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the G1X (vs the K-S2)

  • Much shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 410 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the G1X and K-S2

  • Flip-out screens
  • Built-in flashes
  • Inexpensive: $695.00 vs $550.79

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-S2 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is significantly smaller (prosumer size (91×123×73 mm) vs large (140×103×137 mm)), takes slightly higher resolution photos (20 MP vs 9.7 MP), much higher maximum light sensitivity (51,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO), has a weather sealed body and much larger viewfinder (0.62x vs 0.26x).

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (5.4 fps vs 12 fps) and lacks and external mic jack.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
4 years older
$496 - $498

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ1000 (vs the K-S2)

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ1000 (vs the K-S2)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Significantly larger: Large (137×99×131 mm) vs Prosumer size (91×123×73 mm)

common strengths of the DMC-FZ1000 and K-S2

  • Capture very high resolution images: 20.9 MP vs 20 MP
  • Great battery life: 360 shots vs 410 shots
  • Each supports an external flash

Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900
similar age
$458 - $597

Significant advantages of the P900 (vs the K-S2)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the P900 (vs the K-S2)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Significantly larger: Large (140×103×137 mm) vs Prosumer size (91×123×73 mm)

common strengths of the P900 and K-S2

  • Great battery life: 360 shots vs 410 shots
  • Built-in GPS
  • Inexpensive: $458.00 vs $550.79

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-S2 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs none), has a much larger screen (3" vs 1.8"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 180k dots), has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none) and takes much higher resolution photos (20 MP vs 6 MP).

However, on average it doesn't have a touch screen, has much more startup delay (1000 ms vs 700 ms), lacks and external mic jack, has much more shutter lag (124 ms vs 75 ms) and slightly fewer lenses available (113 lenses vs 220 lenses).

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
1 year older
$1,877 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the K-S2)

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 113 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the K-S2)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (91×123×73 mm)
  • No built-in GPS
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the 70D and K-S2

  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (91×123×73 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $1,099.69 vs $550.79

Pentax *ist D

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12 years older

Significant advantages of the *ist D (vs the K-S2)

  • Much thinner: 2.4" vs 2.9"

Significant disadvantages of the *ist D (vs the K-S2)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 3"
  • No live view
  • Much lower true resolution: 6 MP vs 20 MP

common strengths of the *ist D and K-S2

  • Very small: Prosumer size (129×95×60 mm) vs Prosumer size (91×123×73 mm)
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Thin: 2.4" vs 2.9"