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Pentax K-70 Review & Specs

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Pentax K-70 Review & Specs

The Pentax K-70 is equipped with an APS-C sensor that provides 24 megapixels of sufficient resolution, and this is paired with Pentax’s latest 3″, 921k dots to give a native sensitivity range of ISO 100-102,400 along with a maximum burst speed of 6.0 fps. Compact and lightweight, the Pentax K-70 is designed to go everywhere you go. The Pentax K-70's high ISOs are more than enough, but nothing supreme. At ISO 102,400 there is some noise, just like ISO 100 film. This Compact SLR camera’s worthy 24 megapixels full frame sensor is one of the best on the market and has become a staple in the arsenals of many an adventure and travel photographer. The sophisticated, worldly-wise and advanced camera saw the daylight on 2016-06-08. Since then, it has become an accessible and state-of-the-art camera among wildlife photographers. Its 3″-inch 921k dots LCD (sans touchscreen) flips 180 degrees for stunning selfies upward.

The new display is a bit dimmer than its predecessor's, so it can be tricky to use in sunlight, even at maximum brightness.

The Pentax K-70 is equipped with a 100% viewfinder with a magnification of around Optical (pentaprism) and coverage. However, it’s the in-body IS system that delivers most of the best tricks. Most obviously, it promises sharper images at slow shutter speeds with almost any lens you can mount. Photographers who shoot sports, wildlife or energized toddlers will especially appreciate faster shooting rates, this camera can shoot at 6.0 fps. The new AF module includes 11 phase-detection AF points, located in the central portion of the viewfinder. Pentax cameras have some of the most excellent autofocus systems available. The camera is waterproof up to 50 feet, so you can take it snorkeling with you. All Compact SLR cameras come with at least one SD memory card slot, although an increasing number of high-end models sport two.

Pentax K-70 has a Pentax KAF2 lens mount and currently there are 144 lenses available for this mount. The 24 megapixels images it can capture are among the best in its class, as is the available lens ecosystem. Choosing Pentax brand also opens the doors to endless creative opportunity with the large number of colorful respectable lenses on offer. The intuitive body has a pleasing heft and a size that's great for nature, wedding or landscapes shooting and even better for video ,where extra weight actually helps with stability. Somewhat, the modified Pentax K-70 itself feels like a high-class imaging device, with an elegant, beautiful and stylish design and easy to use navigation. First of all, it's worth noting that it comes with a fresh selection of original accessories, which can expand its capabilities even further. A camera with CMOS 24 megapixels sensor and Fully Articulated 3″ LCD screen or more will suit beginners just fine. The camera's weight (688g) is very optimal, so it's good for people traveling a lot, for studio and other occasions. A chunky rubber cover on the other side of the camera protects HDMI, USB and a power-in ports, while earphone and microphone sockets are found above. The camera has a 4K video (with 1920 x 1080 resolution and MPEG-4, H.264 video formats), which is a very excellent choice for video shooters.

Needless to say, image quality from the Pentax K-70 is exceptional, vivid, expressive and sharp. Capture a astonishing photos revealing an worthy wide dynamic range, but with less noise and rich color rendering than ever before. Finally, I should also mention that in my review of the Pentax K-70, I found it to be a hugely fun camera to shoot with. Moderately it has all the upgraded enhancements that we was waiting along with a few incredible features in a body that feels well made and intuitive in the hand. If you already have an investment in another camera system, consider it as a backup. Once you have your gear, make sure you check out all of our tips and tricks including our guide for the best low light cameras to help you make the most of your shots.

Pentax K-70 Specs

General

ManufacturerPentax
ModelPentax K-70
Announced2016-06-08
Body TypeCompact SLR
Indicative Price$594.89

DxO Sensor Scores

DxO Overall Scorenot tested
DxO Color Depthnot tested
DxO Dynamic Rangenot tested
DxO Low Light ISOnot tested

Sensor

Sensor Resolution24 megapixels
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Dimensions23.5 x 15.6 mm
Sensor Area366.60mm2
Max Image Resolution6000 x 4000
Min Native ISO100
Max Native ISO102,400
RAW Supporttrue

Lens

Lens MountPentax KAF2
Number of Lenses144
Manual Focustrue
Focal Length Multiplier1.5x
Macro Focus Rangen/a

Viewfinder

ViewfinderOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage100%
Viewfinder Resolutionno electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Magnification0.63

Screen

Display TypeFully Articulated
Display Size3″
Display Resolution921k dots
Live Viewtrue
Touch Screenfalse

Photography Features

Min Shutter Speed30s
Max Shutter Speed1/6000s
Continuous Shooting6.0 fps
Shutter Prioritytrue
Aperture Prioritytrue
Manual Exposure Modetrue
Exposure CompensationYes
Custom White Balancetrue
Image Stabilizationtrue
Built-in Flashtrue
External Flashtrue
Flash Range12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash ModesAuto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash + redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync, manual
WB Bracketingfalse
AE Bracketingtrue

Exposure Modes

Multi-Segmenttrue
Averagetrue
Spottrue
Partialfalse
AF-Areafalse
Center Weightedfalse

Autofocus

Touch Autofocusfalse
Continuous Autofocustrue
Single Autofocustrue
Tracking Autofocustrue
Selective Autofocustrue
Center Autofocustrue
Multi Area Focustrue
Live View Focustrue
Face Detection Autofocustrue
Contrast Autofocustrue
Phase Detection Autofocustrue
Number of Autofocus Points11
Number of Cross Focus Points9

Video Features

Video Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
Max Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Video FormatsMPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Intrue
Headphone Outfalse

Connectivity

WiFi ConnectivityBuilt-In
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Outtrue

Physical

Camera Weight688g
Body Dimensions126 x 93 x 74mm
Environmental Sealingtrue
Water Prooffalse
Dust Prooffalse
Shock Prooffalse
Crush Prooffalse
Freeze Prooffalse
Battery Life410 shots
Battery TypeBattery Pack

Other Features

Timelapsetrue
Self TimerYes (2 or 12 secs, continuous)
GPSOptional
Storage TypeSD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
Storage Slots1