Pentax Optio X70 Review
By Mike Flacy
Review posted 5/25/2009
Pentax's press release
GOLDEN, CO. (March 2, 2009) -- PENTAX Imaging Company has announced the PENTAX X70 Megazoom digital camera featuring a high magnification 24X optical zoom lens with wide-angle to super-telephoto coverage housed in a highly portable, compact, lightweight body. With 12 megapixels, SLR-like styling and flexible exposure modes, the PENTAX X70 is a true bridge between compact digital cameras and digital SLRs. The X70 is the ideal camera for the intermediate to advanced shooter who wants to step up in form and function from digital compact offerings without the size, weight, and expense of a true DSLR camera. The X70 offers photographers the ease-of-use of a compact camera with powerful shooting options traditionally found on a DSLR, such as aperture/shutter priority and metered manual modes, true hardware sensor-movement Shake Reduction, fast operation, and a high quality zoom lens. This new model performs superbly and effortlessly in a variety of photographic situations from casual day-to-day snapshots to travel and sports photography.
Also announced is the smc PENTAX DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited ultra wide-angle lens for PENTAX Digital SLR Cameras. This latest model in PENTAX's acclaimed Limited Lens series inherits all the attributes of this renowned product line including high quality image reproduction and high grade aluminum lens barrel finish, while providing users with a unique ultra wide-angle perspective. The lens will ship in April 2009 for $649.95 USD, while the PENTAX X70 will ship in April 2009 for $399.95 USD.
These PENTAX products will be displayed at PMA - The Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations Trade Show from March 3-5, 2009 in Las Vegas. More information is available here: www.pentaximaging.com and product images are available here: http://www.pentaximaging.com/press/pressfiles.html.
PENTAX Imaging Company is an innovative leader in the production of digital SLR and compact cameras, lenses, flash units, binoculars, scopes, and eyepieces. For almost 90 years, PENTAX has developed durable, reliable products that meet the needs of consumers and businesses.Â With headquarters in Golden, Colorado, PENTAX Imaging Company is a division of Hoya Corporation.
PENTAX X70 FACT SHEET
Versatile 24X optical Megazoom lens accommodates a range of subjects Within a compact, lightweight body, the X70 features a high magnification optical 24X zoom lens offering a focal-length coverage between a wide-angle 26mm to a super telephoto 624mm (in the 35mm format). This is ideal for wide-angle scenic shots or group photos, as well as getting closer to the action at a sporting event. Coupled with the Intelligent Zoom function, the X70 zoom range may be extended to approximately 150 times (for a focal length of an astonishing approximately 3900mm in the 35mm format) without compromising the optical performance of the zoom lens.
High image quality
Large, easy-to-view 2.7 inch color LCD monitor
Compact, lightweight design
Reliable Shake Reduction for sharp, blur-free images
High-speed Continuous Shooting mode to capture the decisive moment
* When the continuous-shooting mode is selected, the image size is fixed at 5M (2592 x 1944 pixels).
Fast Face Detection AF&AE captures up to 32 faces in focus in approx. 0.03 seconds
Movie capture in high-definition TV image quality with anti-shake protection
** When the Movie SR mode is selected, the angle of view becomes narrower than normal shooting.
Multi-mode exposure system
Auto Picture mode for the automatic selection of seven different shooting modes
Auto sensitivity control up to a high ISO of 6400
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