Don’t you just hate it when you are taking photographs and you can’t remember what mode you are shooting in?

If you are some of the clever people over at Pentax, you have been confronted with this conundrum all too often, which is why they developed a DSLR camera that has LED lights to tell you exactly the mode you are in.

The Pentax K-S1’s power switch, mode dial, OK button and grip have LED lights that change colour depending on the functions being used.

“The LEDs for the power switch, for instance, stay green during still-image shooting, but change colour to red during movie recording. When the Face Detection function is activated, the number of LEDs illuminated on the grip corresponds with the number of faces that have been detected,” Pentax explains on their website.

There is also a row of little lights down the grip with acts as a countdown timer for when you need to take shots that require self-shooting.

As for the reason for all the brightly coloured lighting? “This LED body illumination gives a decorative illumination to the choice of distinctive body colours; furthering the look of the camera as a sophisticated digital device.”

In case you were wondering, the Pentax K-S1 packs a 20.12 megapixel CMOS sensor, super-high sensitivity of ISO 51200, and has been designed with an optical AA (anti-aliasing) filter, which according to Pentax, optimises the imaging power of the sensor. Oh, and don’t forget the in-body shake reduction mechanism and a top shutter speed of 1/6000 second.

[Source – Pentax]
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