The MZ-S features a dramatically slanted top panel, which not only makes camera operation more accessible, but also provides a quick, effortless confirmation of the LCD panel and other settings.
Large, analog dial controls with electronic precision make for easy adjustments with quick visual verification on the LCD panel. Just one dial allows adjustment of shutter speeds, autofocus points, ISO settings and custom PENTAX functions; another large dial control allows adjustment of exposure compensation, auto bracketing settings, and other control functions with one touch.
Hyper Operation control allows instant mode-changing from Programmed Auto Exposure to Shutter-Preferred Auto Exposure, or from Aperture-Preferred Auto Exposure to Metered Manual Exposure modes, with just one turn of the main control dial.
The MZ-S's SAFOX VII autofocus system features an extra-wide AF frame with six autofocus points: five points aligned horizontally, and an additional point above the middle point. In the auto AF mode, the camera automatically selects the optimum point to capture the subject in sharp focus, even when it is far away from the center of the image field. In the Spot AF mode, the user can select one of the six points manually to best suit his/her subject and/or application. It even offers the predictive AF function when the focus mode is set to Servo.
The MZ-S provides a top shutter speed of 1/6000 second to meet specialized applications.
Three metering modes provide exact exposure control: multi-pattern metering, center-weighted metering, and spot metering.
Body components are made from a lightweight, extra-strong die-cast magnesium alloy for rugged use and high performance.
On-the-film data recording allows the user to record valuable photographic data directly onto film for future reference. The film roll number, ISO film speed and data-imprinting brightness are recorded on the film's leader portion, while the exposure mode, metering mode, shutter speed, aperture value, exposure compensation value, use of the auto bracketing function, and use of the multiple exposure function are indicated in the space between the picture frame and the perforation.
The MZ-S has 17 different PENTAX Functions (PF) to customize its operation to suit individual preferences.
A built-in PC connection enables use with a studio flash.
The KAF2 lens mount accepts the large assortment of PENTAX lenses.
Lens changes in low light conditions is made easy with an illuminated lens mount index.
Positioned inside the select dial, the large LCD panel presents a host of valuable operational data to the photographer at a glance. It even comes equipped with an EL (Electro-Luminescence) illuminator to make data reading easier in the dark.
Six-segment metering system responds to any lighting condition with perfect exposures.
The exposure mode button allows quick and easy switching from shutter priority to full program or from manual to aperture priority.
Using the electronic preview lever located by the shutter release button, the user can check the depth of field using just the index finger, without having to take his/her eye off from the viewfinder.