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Pentax XG-1 Digital Camera

16MP 52x CMOS Jul 2014
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
- Powerful 52-times optical zoom lens- Aperture F2.8 in wide-angle- 3.0-inch LCD monitor- 1cm Macro Mode- Ultralight & compact body A Powerful 52-times Optical Zoom Lens Brings New Discoveries And... More
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22 Reasons For

Pentax Has Excellent Camera Reviews

Pentax bridge cameras have excellent reviews on average and across all cameras Pentax is one of the top rated brands.

Quite Big Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of digital cameras of this type and age is 4x and the biggest is 65x. With an optical zoom of 52 times zoom factor, the Pentax XG-1 has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

If this Pentax camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS[plb_2497189_price] (65x).

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Pentax XG-1 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other bridge cameras that have been available for a similar time to the XG-1.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras which support Full HD video currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS[plb_124816_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62[plb_1884253_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax XG-1 has a built-in flash. Most of the other bridge cameras that are a similar age to the XG-1 also have a built-in flash.

There are a number of alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS[plb_124816_price].

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Pentax XG-1 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years also have an image stabiliser.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabiliser and we think the PowerShot SX40 HS[pl_124816_price], and the PowerShot SX50 HS[pl_1497435_price] both from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on bridge cameras that have been available for 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.

Cameras with a better memory card type that might also be worth considering include the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS[plb_124816_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Sony RX10[plb_2051754_price] (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Pentax XG-1 is more than most cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. The most frequently found HDMI connector is Mini, but this HDMI connector is not found on this digital camera. The HDMI connectors Micro are also found on this Pentax digital camera.

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Electrical Viewfinder

This camera has an Electrical viewfinder, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. Most compact cameras do not have enough space to accommodate an optical viewfinder and use the display screen on the back as an electrical viewfinder.

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Very Long Maximum Focal Length

When compared to other digital cameras of this type and age that we have assessed the maximum focal length of, the Pentax XG-1's maximum focal length of 1,248 millimeter is one of the longest. The maximum focal lengths of bridge cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the XG-1 range from 100mm to 1,600mm.

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Fairly Big Combined Zoom

The combined zoom of bridge cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the XG-1 range from 25x to 3,600x, and the average combined zoom is 240x. The Pentax XG-1 has a quite big combined zoom (208 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has Six White Balance Modes

The Pentax XG-1 has a greater number of white balance modes than most bridge cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Pentax digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on bridge cameras that were released more than two years ago. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Manual" are also found on this camera.

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Has Five Photo Effects

The Pentax XG-1 has a greater number of photo effects than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera has a Vivid photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on bridge cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the XG-1. The photo effects "Black&White", "Negative film", "Positive film" and "Sepia" are also found on this Pentax camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Pentax XG-1 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution found on most bridge cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Pentax camera also have still image resolutions of 3648 x 2736, 2592 x 1944, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480 and 4608 x 3072 and 4608 x 2592.

A 4608 x 3456 still image resolution is in fact the best still image resolution across all bridge cameras that have been around for more than two years.

The worst still image resolution amongst comparable types of camera is 640 x 360.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable spec and age to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Pentax XG-1 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by digital cameras that are a similar age to the XG-1. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this digital camera. In addition, this camera supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. 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 digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the XG-1.

Across similar types of digital camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Supports Six ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Pentax XG-1 is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The most commonly supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this camera. The ISO speeds 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 and 3200 are also supported by this digital camera.

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H.264 Video Format

This digital camera supports a H.264|MOV video format, which is the most frequently supported video format on cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many bridge cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on bridge cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Supports One Power Source

The Pentax XG-1 has a greater number of power sources than most similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This digital camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most commonly supported power source supported by cameras of this type and age.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture

Digital cameras of this age and spec have minimum apertures of between 2.5 and 19, and the average minimum aperture is 3.5. At only 2.8, the Pentax XG-1 has a quite small minimum aperture compared to most of the other bridge cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto focus, which is the most commonly found focus on bridge cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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14 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Recording

The Pentax XG-1 does not support video recording, although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the XG-1 also do not support video recording.

Alternative digital cameras which also support video recording that you might want to consider include the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS[plb_124816_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Pentax XG-1 does not support WiFi connectivity, although keep in mind that most of the other bridge cameras that have been available for a similar time to the XG-1 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

It is worth considering alternative cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Samsung NX30[plb_2169297_price].

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Not 3D Compatible

The Pentax XG-1 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago are also not 3D compatible.

If you want a digital camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to look at the DSC-HX100V[pl_613234_price], or the DSC-HX200[pl_1475281_price] both from Sony or the Samsung NX200[plb_1494658_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

Most bridge cameras that have been available for around the same time as the XG-1 are not waterproof. The Pentax XG-1 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the XG-1, the Pentax XG-1 does not have a GPS.

Other digital cameras which also have a GPS that you might also want to look at include the DSC-HX100V[pl_613234_price], the DSC-HX200[pl_1475281_price], or the DSC-HX400[pl_2173117_price] all from Sony which is also higher rated.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The Pentax XG-1 has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras of this age and type. This Pentax digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on digital cameras of this spec and age. The flash modes "Forced off", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Pentax XG-1 is more than most bridge cameras that came out around the same time as it. The most commonly supported camera file system is Exif 2.3, but this camera file system is not supported by this Pentax camera. The camera file systems DCF 2.0, DPOF and PRINT Image Matching III are also supported by this camera.

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Only Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The Pentax XG-1 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This digital camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on bridge cameras that were released more than two years ago. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this camera.

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Very Small Internal Memory

The average internal memory of similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the XG-1 is 54MB. With an internal memory of only 15.4 megabytes, the Pentax XG-1 has a fairly small internal memory compared to most of the other bridge cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the XG-1.

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Only 240 Shots Per Battery Charge

The Pentax XG-1 is a camera that takes 240 shots shots per battery charge.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

The Pentax XG-1 has a quite low maximum ISO speed (only 3,200) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the XG-1. The average maximum ISO speed of bridge cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the XG-1 is 8,000, and the maximum ISO speeds range from 1,600 to 26,000.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The Pentax XG-1 has a greater number of supported image formats than most similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by bridge cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the XG-1.

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Only 1920x1080@30fps Resolution and Capture Speed

This camera has a resolution and capture speed of 1280×720@30fps|1280×720@60fps|1920x1080@30fps|640x480@30fps|640x480@60fps, which is the most commonly found resolution and capture speed on bridge cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Very High Minimum Hard Disk Space Requirement

At 1,000 megabyte, the Pentax XG-1 has a very high minimum hard disk space requirement compared to most of the other bridge cameras that were launched around the same time as the XG-1. Cameras of this type and age have minimum hard disk spaces requirement of between 110MB and 1GB.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Pentax XG-1

Released Over Two Years Ago

Pentax released the XG-1 over two years ago.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Pentax XG-1 has a pretty typical screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available including the Lumix DMC-FZ200[pl_3140190_price], or the Lumix DMC-FZ62[pl_1884253_price] both from Panasonic or the Sony DSC-HX400[plb_2173117_price] which has better reviews.

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Average Weight

The Pentax XG-1 has a fairly typical weight (539 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

If you would consider a camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200[plb_1875132_price] (537g).

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Average Megapixel Count

The Pentax XG-1 has a fairly standard megapixel count (16 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

We compared all the other 16MP digital cameras to this digital camera and we think the Kodak Pixpro AZ251[plb_2452647_price], the Pentax X5[plb_1456635_price], and the Fujifilm FinePix HS30[plb_1334661_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a camera with a higher megapixel count then you might also want to look at the Kodak Pixpro AZ421[plb_2515884_price] (16.15MP) which is also higher rated.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Pentax XG-1 has a pretty average digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the XG-1.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 4x digital zoom cameras and we think the PowerShot SX40 HS[pl_124816_price], and the PowerShot SX50 HS[pl_1497435_price] both from Canon or the Kodak Pixpro AZ421[plb_2515884_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Pentax XG-1 has a MOS sensor type which is better than the CCD sensor type found on most bridge cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

We compared all the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the PowerShot SX40 HS[pl_124816_price], and the PowerShot SX510 HS[pl_1602380_price] both from Canon is also worth considering.

If the sensor type of this camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to consider the Fujifilm FinePix S4800[plb_1735658_price] (CCD), or the Kodak Pixpro AZ421[plb_2515884_price] (CCD) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Image Stabilizer
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Macro Focusing Range
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
System Requirements
Mac Operating System
Windows Operating System
Minimum Processor
Minimum RAM Requirement
Minimum Hard Disk Space Requirement
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Other Features

Expert Reviews

10 December 2014
10fps continuous shooting
52x optical zoom lens
2.8 at wideangle
Manual controls
HDR mode
Lacks panoramic mode
Image stabilisation not effective in video mode
Short battery life
Sehr schwach aufgelster und daher pixeliger elektronischer Sucher 200.000 Subpixel)
Display mit 460.000 Supixel nur "durchschnittlich" aufgelst

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers pentax 7987, pentax ptx27976, pentax promotion, pentax ptx27976e, pentax ptx27976ea, pentax ptx27976ean
Barcodes 00027075279766, 04549212279751

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