Pentax K-S2 review

Pentax continues to nip at the heels of Canon and Nikon in the DSLR market, and the K-S2 has quite a bite

Pentax K-S2

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This is a test of the camera's noise levels. The higher the signal to noise ratio, the greater the difference in strength between the real image data and random background noise, so the 'cleaner' the image will look. The higher the signal to noise ratio, the better.

Pentax K-S2 signal to noise ratio

Pentax K-S2 signal to noise ratio chart

JPEG analysis: The K-S2 delivers similar results to the E-M5 II and EOS 700D right up to ISO 1600 and opens up a slight gap at higher ISOs. It's clearly better than the Nikon D5500, even though the K-S2 also dispenses with the anti-aliasing effect.

Pentax K-S2 signal to noise ratio chart

Raw analysis: Here, the Pentax fares slightly less well compared to its rivals. The innate noise levels in its raw files appear to be slightly higher, though it still beats the Nikon D5500.

Amy Davies

Amy has been writing about cameras, photography and associated tech since 2009. Amy was once part of the photography testing team for Future Publishing working across TechRadar, Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N Photo and Photography Week. For her photography, she has won awards and has been exhibited. She often partakes in unusual projects - including one intense year where she used a different camera every single day. Amy is currently the Features Editor at Amateur Photographer magazine, and in her increasingly little spare time works across a number of high-profile publications including Wired, Stuff, Digital Camera World, Expert Reviews, and just a little off-tangent, PetsRadar.