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Pentax K-70 Digital Camera

SLR 24.24MP CMOS Aug 2016
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The PENTAX K-70 has a compact body for easy carry-along to any outdoor shooting. Its outstanding weather-resistant performance and enormous imaging power, combining true-to-life image description... More
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33 Reasons For

User Reviews Are Excellent

On average, based on 8 user reviews this camera has a brilliant overall user rating. That puts this Pentax camera in the top 1% of all the new SLR cameras.

Good Quality Pictures

A number of Pentax K-70 reviewers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was able to produce good images. In October this year Photo.nomad mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “I haven't gotten around to looking closely at images in comparison”. Rainforests said in their Pentax K-70 review in the same month “Very fast focusing and very crisp images even up to ISO12800”.

Three people who purchased the Pentax K-70 thought it had a good picture resolution. Moreno Tagliapietra said “When shooting dynamic subjects (i.e” in their review of this digital camera and rated the product 5 stars. Moreno Tagliapietra also said “The high res pixel shift mode does enhance resolution and color accuracy”.

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Pentax Has Excellent Digital Camera Reviews

On average Pentax SLR cameras have excellent reviews compared to other manufacturers as do all digital cameras manufactured by Pentax.

Robust

Four Pentax K-70 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it was well made. C.pepper said “Excellent lens, easy to understand menu, strong build, feels perfect in medium size hands, excellent results with high speed SD card, great looking”. Moreno Tagliapietra mentioned in their review in October “Feels reassuringly solid” . Moreno Tagliapietra also said “Weatherization ensure that it is built with good materials”.

One Pentax K-70 reviewer thought this digital camera was reliable. Moreno Tagliapietra scored it very highly and mentioned in their Pentax K-70 review on Amazon “I find it to be quite reliable in most conditions”.

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Good Quality Lens

A number of people said in their reviews that the product had a good autofocus. Joe Blow mentioned on Amazon a few weeks ago “The Pentax K-70 introduces CONTINUOUS VIDEO autofocus” in his review and scored the Pentax K-70 very highly. This month Sitarix gave it a score of 5 stars and wrote in their Pentax K-70 review “The 80D has touchscreen, faster focus, etc.”.

One Pentax K-70 owner who purchased this digital camera thought it had a good lens.

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Easy to Use

One customer who purchased the Pentax K-70 reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold. This year Moreno Tagliapietra wrote in their review “The K70 is a small camera that is a pleasure to hold” and scored it 5 stars. One Pentax K-70 reviewer reckoned that it was easy to use. Joe Blow wrote “The following information is how to use these lens on the Pentax K-70” and gave it an excellent review score.

One Pentax K-70 owner who purchased the product thought it was easy to use the menus.

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Good Size

One Pentax K-70 reviewer considered that it was tight. One customer who bought the Pentax K-70 considered that it was compact. Moreno Tagliapietra said on Amazon this year “A very compact (for its class)” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Technical Features

A few Pentax K-70 owners agreed that this digital camera had good features.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Pentax K-70 owner who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was quiet. In October Tabema Miles wrote “Very quiet and quick to take pictures” in their review of the Pentax K-70.

Nice Design

One person wrote in their reviews that the product was good looking. C.pepper wrote this month “Pentax K-70 is a beautiful camera!”.

Good Video Capture

One person who reviewed it thought it was good for video recording.

Only Released Four Months Ago

This digital camera has only been on the market for four months. Newer digital cameras like this one are likely to use better technology.

Good Product Quality

One person mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was good quality. This month Moreno Tagliapietra mentioned on Amazon “The large pentaprism is of superior quality”.

Good Battery Life

One customer who bought it thought it had a good battery life. Photo.nomad wrote on Amazon this month “It seems to work better for me if I switch off live view (save battery life) or use it for short intervals, set raw+ (instead of raw) or JPEG”.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this digital camera is Full HD, which is typical of many recently released cameras.

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Has a GPS

has a GPS

Unlike most of the other new digital cameras which do not have a GPS, the Pentax K-70 has a GPS.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras with a GPS currently available including the Nikon D5300[plb_3823589_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports WiFi Connectivity

The Pentax K-70 supports WiFi connectivity. Most of the other cameras that came out in the last 12 months do not support WiFi connectivity.

Other digital cameras which support WiFi connectivity currently available which you might also want to consider include the Canon 1300D[plb_3861494_price] which is cheaper; or the Canon EOS 1300D - Rebel T6[plb_3313106_price], or the Nikon D5300[plb_3823589_price] which has better reviews.

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Fairly High Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 24.24 megapixels, the Pentax K-70 has one of the higher megapixel counts amongst SLR cameras of this age. Across all the comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the K-70 the megapixel counts range from 6MP to 37MP.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on latest comparable spec cameras.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor and we think the Canon 1300D[plb_3861494_price] which is cheaper; or the Canon EOS 1300D - Rebel T6[plb_3313106_price], and the Nikon D5300[plb_3823589_price] which has better reviews are also worth considering.

If the sensor type of this SLR camera is not good enough for you then you might want to look at the Nikon D40[plb_3214006_price] (CCD) which is also higher rated.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The Pentax K-70 has a greater number of supported image formats than most latest cameras. This digital camera supports a RAW image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by new similar spec digital cameras. The image format "JPEG XR" is also supported by this camera.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is the most commonly found camera shutter on latest SLR cameras.

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Very High Maximum ISO Speed

With a maximum ISO speed of 102,400, the Pentax K-70 has a very high maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other SLR cameras that were released in the last year. The lowest maximum ISO speed of new SLR cameras is 1,600, the highest is 110,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 23,000.

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Quite Many Total Megapixel Count

With a total megapixel count of 24.78 megapixels, the Pentax K-70 has a quite many total megapixel count compared to most of the other SLR cameras that came out in the last 12 months. Newly released comparable spec cameras have total megapixel counts of between 6.2MP and 38MP, and the average total megapixel count is 21MP.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The Pentax K-70 has a greater number of white balance modes than most new SLR cameras. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on SLR cameras that have been on the market for the last year. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent H", "Fluorescent L", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Pentax camera.

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Has Four Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Pentax K-70 is more than most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it. This Pentax camera has a Neutral photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on recently released cameras. The photo effects "Black&White", "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this digital camera.

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6000 X 4000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 6000 x 4000 pixels, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that came out in the last year.

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Short

At only 93 millimeters, the Pentax K-70 is quite short compared to most of the other new comparable spec digital cameras. Cameras that were released around the same time as the K-70 have heights of between 66mm and 160mm, and the average height is 100mm.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most commonly supported USB version on latest similar spec digital cameras.

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Very Long Maximum Battery Life

The shortest maximum battery life of cameras that came out around the same time as the K-70 is 1.3h and the longest is 4.5h. When compared to other newly released comparable spec digital cameras, the Pentax K-70's maximum battery life of 4.5 hours is one of the longest.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Pentax K-70 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution across all recently released SLR cameras.

Across similar types of camera the worst supported video resolution is 640 x 424 pixels.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The number of light exposure modes found on the Pentax K-70 is more than most cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most frequently found light exposure mode found on comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the K-70. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Pentax camera.

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TFT Display

The Pentax K-70 has a TFT display which is better than most latest SLR cameras. Most new SLR cameras have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

This camera's display (TFT) is actually the best display amongst all digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the K-70.

Amongst comparable types of camera the worst display is LCD.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto focus, which is the most commonly found focus on recently released SLR cameras.

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12 Reasons Against

Poor Connectivity

One Pentax K-70 owner considered that it was not wifi compatible. In October Photo.nomad said on Amazon “Like it with one big complaint - WI-FI” in their review of this digital camera. One customer who reviewed it considered that it was not good in terms of USB connections.

Poor Support

A number of people said in their reviews that the Pentax K-70 did not have good technical guidance. This year Joe Blow he wrote on Amazon “A printed Operating Manual(A printed Start Guide is included, however more in depth information is in the Operating Manual) and USB cable are NO longer included” in his review. In October this year Photo.nomad mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Also ordering AC power supply for use in remote shooting * focus confirmation in viewfinder when doing manual focus Dislike”.

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Pentax K-70 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other cameras that have been on the market for the last year also do not support Full HD video.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a Full HD video and we think the Canon EOS 1300D - Rebel T6[plb_3313106_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The Pentax K-70 is not waterproof. Most of the other SLR cameras that have been available for around the same time as the K-70 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Pentax K-70 does not have an image stabiliser, although it is worth noting that most of the other latest cameras also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Pentax K-70 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other new SLR cameras are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The Pentax K-70 does not support video recording. Most of the other SLR cameras that have been around for a similar time to the K-70 also do not support video recording.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Pentax K-70 does not have a built-in flash, although this is within the context that most of the other recently released SLR cameras also do not have a built-in flash.

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Only Features Five Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Pentax K-70 is more than most similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on recently released SLR cameras. The flash modes "Flash off", "Flash on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Pentax camera.

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Only ±1EV (1/2 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

The Pentax K-70 has a ±1EV (1/2 EV step) flash exposure correction which is wider than most latest digital cameras. Most new similar spec digital cameras have a ±2EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction. Across all comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for the last year the flash exposure correction ranges from ±3EV (1/3 EV step) to ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step).

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Only 1280x720@30fps Resolution and Capture Speed

The Pentax K-70 has a higher resolution at capture speeds than most new SLR cameras. This camera has a 1280x720@30fps resolution and capture speed, whereas most recently released comparable spec digital cameras have a 1920x1080@30fps resolution and capture speed. In addition, this Pentax camera have resolution and capture speeds of 1280x720@24fps, 1280x720@25fps, 1280x720@60fps, 1920x1080@24fps and 1920x1080@25fps and 1920x1080@60fps.

A 1280x720@30fps resolution and capture speed is in fact the worst resolution at capture speeds amongst all cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the K-70.

Amongst similar types of digital camera the best resolution at capture speeds is 1920x1080@60fps.

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Heavy

The Pentax K-70 is fairly heavy (688 grams) compared to most of the other new similar spec digital cameras. The weights of recently released SLR cameras range from 350g to 1.3kg.

If you would consider a camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Nikon D40[plb_3214006_price] (475g), or the Canon EOS 1300D - Rebel T6[plb_3313106_price] (485g) which also has a higher rating.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Pentax K-70

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Pentax K-70 has a pretty standard screen size compared to most of the other SLR cameras that were launched in the last year.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 3" screen cameras currently available including the Canon EOS 1300D - Rebel T6[plb_3313106_price] which has better reviews.

If this SLR camera screen size is not large enough for you then you might also want to look at the Nikon D5300[plb_3823589_price] (3.2" and higher rated).

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

There are a number of other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available which you might want to look at including the EOS 1300D - Rebel T6[pl_3313106_price], or the EOS 1300D - Rebel T6[pl_3313106_price] both from Canon or the Nikon D5300[plb_3823589_price] which has better reviews.

If the memory card type of this SLR camera is too bad for you then you might want to look at the Canon 1300D[plb_3861494_price] (SD,SDHC,SDXC and cheaper).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Lens System
Focal Length Range
Lens Mount Interface
Focusing
Focus Points Selection
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
USB Connector Type
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Maximum Battery Life
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Networking
Wireless LAN Type

User Reviews

(8)
Reviewed 12 September 2016 by Danny deal
(Verified Purchase)

Everything I wanted and more.

Reviewed 1 September 2016 by Tabema Miles
(Verified Purchase)

Had to replace my old pentax of 10 years. love this one. new settings. very quiet and quick to take pictures. Pentax never lets me down. Reveived very quickly. Will always by pentax...

Reviewed 31 August 2016 by C.pepper
(Verified Purchase)

Excellent lens,easy to understand menu,strong build,feels perfect in medium size hands,excellent results with high speed SD card,great looking.Had it in the rain the other day,the camera is... Read more…

Reviewed 18 August 2016 by Photo.Nomad
(Verified Purchase)

Initial Preview: Upgraded from a 5 year old Pentax K-5. Realized I was stepping down from flag ship series to high end enthusiast camera. But I was looking to using some new features, save money,... Read more…

Reviewed 9 August 2016 by Sitarix | 77 Comments

I have been shooting for 30 years now as a hardcore enthusiast who sells my photos online. In that entire time, its been Canon everything for me and I never strayed given my familiarity and... Read more…

Reviewed 7 August 2016 by Moreno Tagliapietra | 99 Comments
(Verified Purchase)

Hello, I have been a photographer for 50+ years working with a lot of different subjects and gear, on and off as a part-time pro. Today, I mostly shoot landscapes, cityscapes, flowers, birds (a... Read more…

Reviewed 28 July 2016 by JOE BLOW

The Pentax K-70 introduces CONTINUOUS VIDEO autofocus. In the previous K-50 camera you had to manually focus while you shot videos. It also has 14 bit RAW and a 24 Megapixel CMOS sensor verses 12... Read more…

Reviewed 27 July 2016 by Rainforests

Upgraded from a Pentax K-r, which was a great camera to begin with. As usual the in camera image stabilization means I can use any Pentax lens lens made since the 50's and still have the 21st... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers ricoh w18135, pentax 16243, pentax 16256, ricoh w18135m, ricoh w18135mm, pentax da18135, pentax da18135w, pentax da18135wr
Barcodes 00027075297272, 00027075297685, 00027075298262, 00027075298378, 00894563807349, 04549212297298

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