Ilse Jurriën : March 2nd 2009 - 19:55 CET
Pentax X70 Megazoom digital camera : Just before the PMA 2009 Show kicks off, rumors and leaks are daily business. Most brands have already introduced their new digital camera line-up, but still no word from Pentax so far. However; we strongly believe that a new Pentax DSLR is on its way. The following text is a copy of the information we have received from an active Pentax forum member. Until we receive the official information we consider the following information still as unofficial. |
Pentax X70 offers a 24x zoom lens|
Within its compact, lightweight body, the Pentax X70 features a high-magnification optical 24-times zoom lens offering a focal-length coverage between 26mm wide angle to 624mm super telephoto (in the 35mm format). Coupled with the Intelligent Zoom function, the X70’s zoom range can 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.
Pentax X70 features a shake reduction system
The Pentax X70 incorporates image-sensor-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) system to assure sharply focused, blur-free images even under demanding photographic conditions prone to camera shake, such as when using a telephoto lens or when shooting a sunset or indoor scene using only incident light. By accurately detecting the amount of camera shake using a high-performance gyro sensor and shifting the CCD image sensor vertically and horizontally at high speed, the Pentax X70 offers an outstanding camera-shake compensation effect, equivalent to approximately three shutter steps.
High-speed continuous shooting with the Pentax X70
The Pentax X70 lets the photographer capture the subject continuously at a maximum speed of approximately 11 images per second, and up to 21 images in succession. Coupled with the Auto-Tracking AF mode that keeps a fast-moving subject in focus all the time, the Pentax X70 captures once-in-a-lifetime, decisive moments in sharp focus, even when the subject is an active child or unpredictable pet. Thanks to the combination of approximately 12.0 megapixels, a high-performance imaging engine, and the high-quality Pentax zoom lens, the X70 delivers super-clear, high-quality images. It even allows the photographer to choose the preferred finishing touch - Bright, Natural or Monochrome.
Pentax X70 video capture function & Exposure modes
The Pentax X70 captures high-quality movie clips, equivalent in image quality to that of high-definition TV (1280 x 720 pixels). It also features the Movie SR mode, which effectively minimizes annoying camera shake during movie shooting through the use of exclusive software. As a result, the photographer enjoys high-quality, blur-free movie shooting with minimal effort. Furthermore, the Pentax X70 offers a choice of four exposure modes: Programmed AE, in which the camera automatically selects the optimal combination of aperture and shutter speed for a given subject; and Aperture-Priority AE, Shutter-Priority AE and Metered Manual modes, in which photographers are free to select either or both aperture and shutter speed to express their creative intentions and personal touches.
Auto Picture mode on the Pentax X70 Megazoom camera
The Pentax X70 features the advanced Auto Picture mode, which automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode for a given subject or scene by detecting the subject’s lighting and other conditions. This user-friendly mode not only makes the right mode choice for the photographer (from Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Flower, Sport and Standard modes), but also features an auto macro mode, which automatically switches the camera’s focus range to macro in close-range applications.
Pentax X70 features a super fast face recognition function
The X70’s Face Recognition AF&AE function comes extremely handy for taking casual snapshots of people. It optimizes the focusing and exposure status of the subject - up to 32 faces in a single image - in approximately 0.03 seconds. The Pentax X70 also offers other user-friendly functions: a Smile Capture function that automatically releases the shutter the instant it detects the subject’s smile; and a Blinking Detection function that warns the photographer when the subject’s eyes close at the time of shutter release.
Auto sensitivity control on the Pentax X70
The Pentax X70 comes equipped with an auto sensitivity control function, which automatically shifts the sensitivity level in relation to the subject’s lighting condition and the lens focal-length setting. This allows the photographer to use a high shutter speed in dimly lit locations, such as night scenes or indoor sports events, to effectively minimize camera shake and subject shake. The auto sensitivity control range can be set randomly between ISO 50 and super-high ISO 6400.
Pentax X70 equipped with a 2.7" color LCD
Despite its compact dimensions, the Pentax X70 features a large 2.7-inch high-brightness color LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 dots. Thanks to the AR (Anti-Reflection) coating, sunlight reflections are held to a minimum for comfortable outdoor viewing. The X70 also comes with an electronic viewfinder, which comes handy when shooting against intense backlight or when the photographer needs firmer grip of the camera.
Pentax X70 digital camera - Other features
• Choice of image format, from proportions of 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 or 1:1
• Shooting mode palette for easy selection of the most appropriate shooting mode from 20 different shooting modes, including a new Baby mode programmed to capture the face of a baby
• Overexposure compensation function to prevent white-washed highlight areas
• 1cm Macro mode can be used as close as 1 cm. away from a subject for close-up shots
• Digital Wide function to composite one extra-wide-angle image (equivalent to an image taken with an approx. 20mm lens in 35mm format) from two images
• World-time clock to display standard time in 75 cities in 28 time zones around the world, for an extra convenience on the road
• Frame Composite function (with 90 frames stored in the camera) to shoot or compose images with decorative photo frames
• Approx. 33.6MB built-in memory
• Red-eye reduction function to correct annoying red eyes in recorded images during playback