Pentax K-70 Review: An Excellent Choice For The Beginner Photographer

If you're just getting started in photography your first thought might be to go with a Nikon or Canon. But don't overlook Pentax.

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The Pentax K-70 is a 24.24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor powered DSLR. This is a fantastic camera that comes with an array of features. Essentially aimed at an entry level user, or someone looking for their first ever DSLR, the Pentax K-70 should be an attractive choice. Let’s find out more about the camera.

Sensor

The Pentax K-70 is powered by a 24.24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with no AA (anti-aliasing) filter. As you are aware, an anti-aliasing filter is used for the purpose of softening down the image. This is done so that fine patterns don’t end up creating moiré on the image as well as to avoid false colors.

Having said that there is the option to select the effects of the anti-aliasing filter on demand. For example, when you are shooting landscapes you can keep the anti-aliasing filter off. This will facilitate capturing a greater amount of detail. Then again when shooting portraits or headshots or fashion you can turn on the effects of the AA filter. This will ensure that moiré and false colors will be avoided.

Image Processing

Image processing on the Pentax K-70 is powered by Pentax’s PRIME MII image processing engine.

Auto-focusing

SAFOX X 11-point AF system with 9 cross type AF points makes up the auto-focusing mechanism of this camera. Spec-wise 11 AF points don’t make interesting reading but the fact that there are 9 cross type points does. If you know what you are doing 9 cross type points can help you create interesting off-center compositions. Though tracking moving subjects would be a definite problem.

ISO Sensitivity

Native ISO range of the camera is 100 – 204800. That should be sufficient for shooting in most situations.

Still Shooting

Continuous shooting speed of the Pentax K-70 is 6 fps. That should be sufficient for shooting in most situations. Family, weddings, portraits and everything else would be fine to shoot with, but you wouldn’t be able to shoot fast action and sports with nearly the same result as with faster camera.

The Pentax K-70 comes with sensor-shift type image stabilization system. Sensor shift makes micro vibrations which compensate for hand movement. This movement stabilizes the image coming through the lens. The sensor shift mechanism also assists the AA filter stimulation mentioned above.

This camera has a built-in time-lapse stitching option. You can record 4K (3840 x 2160) stills and those will be compiled into a video file (MPEG4) for instant playback.

Video Shooting

The Pentax K-70 is capable of shooting full HD videos (1080i) at a maximum of 60 fps. It can shoot full HD in 1080p at 30 fps. Stereo mic ensures that the camera can record great quality audio along with the recorded video. Plus, you also have the option to plug in an external mic that will ensure that the camera will record even better quality sound.

Rear LCD Screen

The rear LCD screen of the camera is a standard 3” one with a resolution of 921k-dots. The screen can tilt and swivel. That usually means you can shoot those acute low and over the top angles much easily than with fixed LCD screen cameras.

Connectivity

The Pentax K-70 comes with built-in Wi-Fi and is compatible with O-GPS 1. We all know the advantages of a wireless connection. The last feature enables geotagging of your images. There is also an AstroTracer function which assists in taking those breathtaking night time skyline images as well Milky Way photos.

Build Quality and Weather Sealing

The Pentax K-70 is built according to Pentax standard. It has good weather sealing and is dust proof. Pentax rates the camera to be operational up to temperatures of 14 ˚ F.

The Verdict

Overall the Pentax K-70 is a great budget camera with most of the features you would need to shoot in everyday situations. High resolution, quick auto-focusing, 60 fps full HD videos and built-in time-lapse stitching features makes it a great consumer oriented camera.

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