Pentax Optio E70 Review


Features & Controls




The Optio E60 features a Pentax 6.3-18.9mm, 3x optical zoom lens with an 35mm equivalent focal length of 35-105mm, and an aperture range of F3.1-5.9. The lens is all glass and consists of 6 elements, 5 groups (4 aspherical elements). When the camera is powered down the lens is retracted inside of the body and a built in cover closes to protect the lens. It has a 3-point auto focus system with Multi, Spot, Auto Tracking, Macro, Infinity Landscape, Pan Focus, Manual and Face Recognition modes. The focusing range in Normal mode is 1.31� to infinity (wide), 1.97� to infinity (tele); Macro get you as close as 0.33-3.30� at wide angle.


Pentax Optio E70

The built in speedlight features Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash Off.

The maximum flash range at ISO Auto is:

Wide: 16 feet
Tele: 8.9 feet


Pentax Optio E70

On the top is the Power button and Shutter Release.



Pentax Optio E70

On the back is a large 2.4 inch LCD monitor with approximately 112K pixels.



Pentax Optio E70
Controls on the back: On top is the zoom control, which also functions as the index/magnify control in playback. Below it is the Playback and Face Recognition buttons. The 4-way controller lets you navigate menus and select images during playback. In record you press 'Up' to enable self-timer mode, press 'Left' to change flash mode, press 'Right' to change focus mode and press 'Down' to change recording Mode. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the menus. The GREEN button quickly puts the camera into the 'Green' or simple (point-n-shoot) mode, and during in playback it functions as the Delete button.








Pentax Optio E70

On the bottom is the PC/AV port, which handles both the USB 2.0 (High-speed) connection for downloading images and movies to your PC, and the Audio/Video output for TV display.







Pentax Optio E70

The Optio E70 is equipped with approx. 34.8MB of internal memory and has a SD/SDHC card slot on the right side for optional memory cards. It's compatible with SD and SDHC type memory cards, like the OCZ Class6 4GB SDHC card shown here.


Approx. Storage Capacities:

Pentax Optio E70

Pentax Optio E70




Pentax Optio E70

The Optio E70 is powered by two AA type batteries, which means you can use Alkaline, one-use Lithium or NiMH type cells. Pentax claims with lithium batteries, you can capture approx. 620 images or 900 minutes of continuous playback time (using CIPA standards for testing.) We always recommend using NiMH AA cells, they last longer and will save you money in the long run.






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