Pentax K-70 DSLR Camera

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Pentax K-70 DSLR Camera

Combining a cutting-edge feature-set with a compact design, the Pentax K-70 which is available in black or silver is a sleek DSLR identified by its multimedia capabilities, penchant for poor-light shooting and tough construction. Centered around a 24.24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor along with a PRIME MII image processor, the K-70 is capable of continuous still image shooting up to 6 frames per second and Full 1080p HD video capture, and has a broad sensitivity range all the way to ISO 204800. The sensor's design also skips an anti-aliasing filter, as a way to obtain increased sharpness and resolution, but also takes advantage of a unique Selectable Anti-Aliasing Filter mode that vibrates the sensor as a way to mimic the moiré-diminishing effects of a filter. The sensor-shift device also applies Shake Reduction image stabilization, to diminish the appearance of camera shake, while adding Pixel Shift Resolution, to composite sequential exposures as a way to gain increased detail and resolution.

Adding to the imaging capabilities, the K-70 is just as refined in handling and design, and provides a dust-, freeze-, and weather-resistant components for working in taxing conditions. A big 921k-dot 3.0" LCD is provided, and features a vari-angle layout to provide working from both high and low angles, while a unique Night Vision setting may be applied to deliver a red-colored display as a way to maintain night-adjusted vision while shooting in dark situations. In addition, built-in Wi-Fi provides wireless image sharing and remote control of the camera using a mobile device, and the K-70 is also features an optional O-GPS1 GPS Module for AstroTracer and geotagging functions.

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MSRP $649/£559 (body only), £799 (w/18-135mm lens)
Body type
Body type Compact SLR
Max resolution 6000 x 4000
Other resolutions 4608 x 3072, 3072 x 2048, 1920 x 1280
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 25 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor PRIME MII
ISO Auto, 100-102400
White balance presets 8
Custom white balance Yes (3 slots)
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
Image stabilization notes 4.5 stop correction
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Best, better, good
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 11
Lens mount Pentax KAF2
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.95×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/6000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash Yes
Flash modes Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash + redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync, manual
Continuous drive 6.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 12 secs, continuous)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±5 (2, 3, 5 frames )
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n
Remote control Yes (wired or wireless)
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description D-LI109 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 410
Weight (inc. batteries) 688 g (1.52 lb / 24.27 oz)
Dimensions 126 x 93 x 74 mm (4.94 x 3.66 x 2.91)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS Optional
GPS notes O-GPS1



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