"Sweet" Pentax K-S1 Colors and Price Drop
3 new candy-themed color options, $100 rebate
Ricoh Imaging has just announced three additional colors for the Pentax K-S1, bringing the total number of special-order color options up to 12. The new colors, named "Strawberry Cake", "Blue Cream Soda", and "Lime Pie", form the K-S1 Sweets Collection.
Simultaneously, the US suggested retail price for the K-S1 has dropped by $100 to $646 for the body only and $696 for the 18-55mm lens kit. On top of this, an O-FC1 FluCard wireless card will be included with the kits.
In case you are not familiar with the K-S1, it is a 20-megapixel entry-level DSLR with looks as a key selling point. It went on sale worldwide in September. We are currently in the process of testing this camera for an in-depth review, and have found its performance to be in line with that of the Pentax K-50. You'll be able to read our first impressions and see some sample photos in the coming weeks.
Learn more about the Pentax K-S1 in the official announcement.
The photos below depict the white and yellow "Lime Pie" Pentax K-S1. All three colors within the Sweets Collection ship with a white and grey DA L 18-55mm kit lens.
US Press Release
Denver, Colorado October 22, 2014
RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX K-S1 Sweets Collection, which consists of three special-color models of the PENTAX K-S1 digital SLR camera. Featuring a compact, lightweight body and a stylish, progressive design, these special-edition PENTAX K-S1 models, now available with Flu card, provide outstanding imaging performance that rivals that of upper-class models and just in time for the holidays.
The PENTAX K-S1 Sweets Collection offers three brilliant body color options: Strawberry Cake, Blue Cream Soda and Lime Pie. The cameras’ streamlined, white-based bodies are accentuated with lustrous colors for a fashionable, lively appearance, while keeping all the outstanding functionality and progressive design of the K-S1. With the unique combination of superb performance, advanced design, and striking colors, these special-edition models make digital SLR photography more fun and exciting, and fit perfectly with every user’s lifestyle.
By combining proven imaging technology, distinct design cues and a flat field user interface (UI) the K-S1 appeals to the next generation PENTAX owner without surrendering the performance expected in a mid-class camera.
Building on the many technologies benchmarked in the company’s popular K-3 advanced DSLR; the K-S1 incorporates a newly designed 20 megapixel image sensor, super-high sensitivity ISO 51200. In addition this model contains in-body shake reduction, an AA filter simulator, 100% field of view glass pentaprism viewfinder, and 5.4 frames per second shooting at a fast 1/6000 shutter speed. Adding to the user experience is the camera’s unique flat field user interface, which integrates a back-lit LED selection dial, four-way navigation, and a bright 3” 921,000 dot LCD that breaks tradition of the knobs and buttons found on a traditional DSLR.
Pricing and Availability
The PENTAX K-S1 Sweets kit including an 18-55 mm lens and Flu card will be available at retailers nationwide and at www.ricohimaging.com in November 2014 for a suggested retail price of $699.95.