Pentax K-70 Review

Overall 49
Imaging 24
Features 63
Size 73
Price 0

Main Features

  • 24.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 102400
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fully Articulated Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 6.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 126 x 93 x 74 mm
  • Weight: 688 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: Yes

Pentax K-70 Summary

This review is devoted to K-70 that Pentax has first introduced to the public in Jun 08, 2016. This model is a Entry-Level DSLR camera with a resolution of 24.0 MP and a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

In Entry-Level DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #26 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 49/100 and it takes a rank of #110 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Pentax K-70 Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Pentax K-70 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Viewfinder Coverage: 100
  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/6000
  • Continuous Shooting: 6.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Number Of Cross Focus Points: 9
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fully Articulated
  • Number Of Focus Points: 11

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Complete Comparison of Pentax K-70 With Other Cameras in Entry-Level DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Pentax K-70. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Entry-Level DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Pentax K-70

Pentax K-70 has the following external dimensions 126 x 126 x 74 mm (49.61 x 36.61 x 29.13″) with the weight of 688 g.

The typical weight for average Entry-Level DSLR type cameras is 539g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Pentax K-70, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Pentax K-70 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 74mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Pentax K-70 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Pentax K-70 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Pentax K-70 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Pentax K-70 — 410 shots
Min: 230 shots
Average: 588 shots
Max: 1900 shots

Thickness

Pentax K-70 — 74 mm
Min: 53 mm
Average: 73 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Pentax K-70 — 688 g
Min: 365 g
Average: 539 g
Max: 690 g

Unfortunately, Pentax K-70 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Pentax K-70 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Pentax K-70 Photo and Sensor Features

Pentax K-70 comes with PRIME MII processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 24.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Pentax K-70 has the following ISO range 100 - 102400 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

In a huge database of models that we have collected, Pentax K-70 features a 24.0 MP sensor. In the Entry-Level DSLR class, there is a high-resolution camera.

High-Resolution Mode

Pentax K-70 has a High-Resolution mode feature. It allows you to take multiple shots of a particular scene, at the same time, move its sensor with a special sensor-shift image stabilization system, and join all these shots into one MP picture automatically. To make the best use of this feature, we recommend capturing static scenes while using a tripod for more stability and less stitching artifacts.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Pentax K-70 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Pentax K-70

LCD and ViewFinder

Pentax K-70 is equipped with a Fully Articulated 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 921k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.

The ViewFinder in K-70 has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.63x and it also provides a coverage of 100%.

Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Pentax K-70 are its 6.0 fps max speed and 1/6000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

K-70 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Focusing

One more highlight that makes Pentax K-70 stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 11 points.

In addition, K-70 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Pentax K-70, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Pentax K-70 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Pentax K-70 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

In addition, Pentax K-70 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Pentax K-70 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, K-70 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect K-70 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Pentax K-70 provides a shooting life of 410, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 588 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Pentax K-70 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Pentax K-70 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Pentax K-70’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Pentax K-70’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the K-70 to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Pentax K-70 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax K-70 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 93. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax K-70 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (24 MP)
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages


Pentax K-70 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax K-70 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 96. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax K-70 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Fully Articulated Screen
  • Image Stabilization
  • Large APS-C(23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (126 x 93 x 74 mm)
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (11)

Pentax K-70 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax K-70 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 92. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax K-70 can be called a 92 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Nice Max Native ISO (102400)
  • Big size (126 x 93 x 74 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (6.0 fps)
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/6000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (11)
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (9)
  • Small battery life (410 shots)

Pentax K-70 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax K-70 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 41. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax K-70 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (688 g)
  • Big size (126 x 93 x 74 mm)

Pentax K-70 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax K-70 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 93. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax K-70 can be called a 93 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (24 MP)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support
  • Nice Max Native ISO (102400)

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages

Pentax K-70 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Pentax
Model K-70
Announced Jun 08, 2016
Body Type Compact SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Pentax KAF2
Number of Lenses 144
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fully Articulated
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 921k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.63
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/6000 s
Continuous Shooting 6.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 12
Flash Modes Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash + redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync, manual
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average Yes
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Sensor Area 366.60 mm2
Sensor Resolution 24.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 6000 x 4000
Max Native ISO 102,400
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 11
Number of Cross Focus Points 9
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 688 g
Physical Dimensions 126 x 93 x 74 mm
Battery Life 410 shots
Battery Type 410 shots
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS Optional
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
Storage Slots 1

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