This switches the screen into Live View mode for composition. In Playback mode, it brings up options to delete images.
The K-S2’s articulating LCD screen makes composition much easier in Live View mode. The screen pulls away from the camera body and can swivel over too, so you can turn it forwards, allowing you to shoot selfies or fold it in against the camera to prevent from scratches when not in use.
The K-S2 comes with the Eyecup FR installed, and its soft rubber creates a comfortable shooting position with your eye to the viewfinder. You can remove and upgrade the eyecup to a different design such as the larger Eyecup MII.
The K-S2 sports a high-quality pentaprism viewfinder (sculpted from one solid piece of glass) which offers a 100% view of the scene. Important shooting information, such as exposure settings, is visible beneath the scene you’re composing, so you can make changes without taking your eye off the action. The focus point is overlayed on the view.
The K-S2’s 3.2in monitor can be used to display shooting information and exposure settings, show an electronic compass (when the optional O-GPS1 GPS accessory is mounted in the hotshoe), display an electronic level, or it can be switched off entirely. It’s also where you access menus and view images in Playback mode.
When shooting, this dial is used in tandem with the front E-dial to change camera settings, such as the aperture in aperture-priority (Av) mode. It can be customised to fit other functions such as exposure compensation. The dial also cycles through menus being displayed and zooms in and out of images in Playback mode.
This is used to activate autofocus (AF), in the same way as half-pressing the shutter button. It can also be set to lock the auto exposure (AE) settings so that you can base exposure on one part of the scene, then recompose before shooting.
This button takes you into Playback mode for image review on the 3.2in LCD screen. If you’re in Playback mode, it takes you back into shooting mode.
Use this button to control the ISO sensitivity value, making the camera more or less sensitive to light. It’s also the Up button on the four-way controller, used to navigate through menus and camera settings.
The four-way controller’s right button accesses the Drive modes, allowing you to switch between Single Frame, Continuous Shooting, Self-timer, Remote Control, Exposure Bracketing, Mirror Lock-up, Multi-exposure, Interval Shooting and Interval Composite modes.
The left button on the four-way controller accesses the Flash modes, controlling the strength and style of lighting effects from the pop-up flash or an accessory flashgun. Options include flash exposure compensation; wireless settings to control an off-camera flash; and slow-speed sync for slow shutter speed effects with flash.
The four-way controller’s down button is a shortcut to the white-balance settings, allowing you to set how the colours in the scene are recorded, including Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Tungsten, Flash, Color Temperature Enhancement, Manual reading and Color Temperature (K) modes.
Used as a shortcut to the ISO sensitivity settings/Drive mode/Flash mode/or white-balance, the four-way controller also helps navigate menus and moves the focusing area when in that mode. OK is used to confirm selections when a menu or the control panel is displayed on screen and also to lock or unlock the AF point.
This button brings up the Control Panel on screen with access to frequently used settings. It also changes what’s displayed on the screen, switching between the shooting information, the electronic level, the electronic compass or nothing at all.
This button toggles the Main menu on or off screen. When the menu is in use it acts as a back or cancel button, returning a setting to the previous one, or taking you back to the previous screen.