This review is devoted to XG-1 that Pentax has first introduced to the public in Jul 15, 2014. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.
In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #199 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 37/100 and it takes a rank of #1088 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Pentax XG-1 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.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Pentax XG-1. 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 Small Sensor Superzoom cameras.
Pentax XG-1 has the following external dimensions 119 x 119 x 98 mm (46.85 x 35.04 x 38.58″) with the weight of 567 g.
The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Pentax XG-1, 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 XG-1 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 98mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Pentax XG-1 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Pentax XG-1 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Pentax XG-1 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Pentax XG-1 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 XG-1 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 XG-1 boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.
The base of Pentax XG-1 has the following ISO range 100 - 3200 .
Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Pentax XG-1. However, if you are looking specifically for a SLR-like (bridge) camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .
Pentax XG-1 features a 16.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
Pentax XG-1 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Pentax XG-1 with other standard sensor sizes.
Pentax XG-1 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.The Pentax XG-1’s embedded viewfinder comes with a resolution of 200k dots.
% coverage ensures that that the resulting photo will capture the scene a bit differently from what you could see in the viewfinder while shooting.
Some of the other highlights of Pentax XG-1 are its 9.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Besides, XG-1 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/2000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, XG-1 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.
As for the video quality characteristics of Pentax XG-1, 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 XG-1 allows you to save files in Motion JPEG formats.
Pentax XG-1 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
Pentax XG-1 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
One more advantage of Pentax XG-1 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, XG-1 is equipped with USB 2.0 port. that make it possible to connect XG-1 with suitable external devices.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Pentax XG-1 provides a shooting life of 240, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 316 shots.
With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Pentax XG-1 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.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Pentax XG-1’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Pentax XG-1’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the XG-1 to the average SuperZoom camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax XG-1 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 33. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax XG-1 can be called a Intermediate 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.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax XG-1 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 71. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax XG-1 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax XG-1 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 86. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax XG-1 can be called a 86 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax XG-1 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 83. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax XG-1 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax XG-1 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 5. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax XG-1 can be called a 5 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.
No Significant Advantages
|Announced||Jul 15, 2014|
|Body Type||SLR-like (bridge)|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||200k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||4 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||9.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Force Off, Flash Auto, Force Flash, Slow Sync., Slow Sync. + Red-Eye, Red-Eye Reduction|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4608 x 3456|
|Max Native ISO||3,200|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (120 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||Motion JPEG|
|Physical Dimensions||119 x 89 x 98 mm|
|Battery Life||240 shots|
|Battery Type||240 shots|