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Advantages of the Pentax K-S1

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
113 lenses vs 62 lenses
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More than 80% more lenses available
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentaprism vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
51,200 ISO vs 16,000 ISO
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The K-S1's maximum light sensitivity is 3.4 f-stops better
Battery life
Longer battery life
480 shots vs 420 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
5.4 fps vs 3.5 fps
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More than 50% faster continuous shooting
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
21.1 MP vs 19.8 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
Fastest shutter speed
Slightly faster max shutter speed
1/6000s vs 1/4000s
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More than 30% faster max shutter speed
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Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Size
Smaller
110×63×36 mm vs 121×93×70 mm
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3.2x smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
210 g vs 558 g
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2.7x lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.4" vs 2.8"
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Around 50% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Interchangeable lenses Interchangeable lenses Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              K-S1480 shots
              A5000420 shots
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              K-S1$329.00
              A5000$498.00
              Common Weaknesses
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              K-S11080p @ 30fps
              A50001080p @ 24fps
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              K-S15.4 fps
              A50003.5 fps
              Image stabilization One has image stabilization Help
              K-S1
              1. Sensor shift
              A5000None
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              K-S1921k dots
              A5000460k dots

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