• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 26.1 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 12,800

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Differences

Pentax K-S2 advantages over Fujifilm X-T30

  • Less expensive
    $499 vs $999
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Fast startup
    ~1.00 vs 1.3 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones

Fujifilm X-T30 advantages over Pentax K-S2

  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (DCI) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Thinner
    46 mm vs 64 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    7 months vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    26.1 vs 20.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle kit lens
    23 mm vs 27 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Longer exposure
    900 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    20.0 fps vs 5.2 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    20.0 fps vs 5.2 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    17 vs 9 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/6000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Very compact for a weather-sealed DSLR; Good ergonomics and great viewfinder; Excellent image quality; Decent performance for its class; Articulated screen is great for difficult compositions; Offers features not found in other Pentax DSLRs

  • 18-50mm kit lens is fiddly and prone to jamming when retracted; Wi-Fi is slow and unintuitive; Slow startup; Limited movie mode; Poor battery life for a DSLR; Priced too close to its enthusiast-grade sibling

  • Same great image quality as the X-T3; Excellent high ISO performance for an APS-C camera; Improved hybrid AF system with full image area coverage; Fast AF speeds; 4K video up to 30p; Compact design; Great value.

  • Slightly higher noise levels than predecessor; No in-body image stabilization; Single card slot; No dedicated headphone jack; No weather sealing.

The Competition

Compared to Pentax K-500

Pentax K-S2
Pentax K-500
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Higher-res screen
Fujifilm X-T30
Pentax K-500
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection

Compared to Pentax K-S1

Pentax K-S2
Pentax K-S1
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $502
  • APS-C
  • Higher-res screen
Fujifilm X-T30
Pentax K-S1
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $502
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon D5500

Pentax K-S2
Nikon D5500
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $461
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Fujifilm X-T30
Nikon D5500
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $461
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Fujifilm X-E3

Pentax K-S2
Fujifilm X-E3
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
Fujifilm X-T30
Fujifilm X-E3
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Internal flash
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Fujifilm X-T200

Pentax K-S2
Fujifilm X-T200
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
Fujifilm X-T30
Fujifilm X-T200
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
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