Pentax XG-1 Review

Overall 37
Imaging 9
Features 22
Size 72
Price 0

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 9.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (120 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 119 x 89 x 98 mm
  • Weight: 567 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Pentax XG-1 Summary

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.

Pentax XG-1 Compared to other SuperZoom 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.

PROs

  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Continuous Shooting: 9.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Max Native Iso: 3200
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Pentax XG-1 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Superzoom 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.

Physical Characteristics Of Pentax XG-1

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:

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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.

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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:

Battery

Pentax XG-1 — 240 shots
Min: 120 shots
Average: 316 shots
Max: 600 shots

Thickness

Pentax XG-1 — 98 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Pentax XG-1 — 567 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

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 Photo and Sensor Features

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.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

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.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Pentax XG-1

LCD and ViewFinder

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.

Max Shutter speed

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.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, XG-1 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Video Features

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.

Connectivity and Storage

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.

Battery Life

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.

How Good is Pentax XG-1 for Different Types of Photography?

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.

Pentax XG-1 for Portrait Photography

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.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Pentax XG-1 for Street 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.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (119 x 89 x 98 mm)
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Pentax XG-1 for Sports 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.

Advantages:

  • Big size (119 x 89 x 98 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (9.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)
  • Small battery life (240 shots)

Pentax XG-1 for Daily 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.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (567 g)
  • Big size (119 x 89 x 98 mm)

Pentax XG-1 for Landscape 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.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)

Pentax XG-1 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Pentax
Model XG-1
Announced Jul 15, 2014
Body Type SLR-like (bridge)
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 460k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 200k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 4 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 9.0 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 6
Flash Modes Force Off, Flash Auto, Force Flash, Slow Sync., Slow Sync. + Red-Eye, Red-Eye Reduction
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment No
Average No
Spot No
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
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
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single No
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area No
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection No
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
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
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 567 g
Physical Dimensions 119 x 89 x 98 mm
Battery Life 240 shots
Battery Type 240 shots
Battery Model LB-060
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC
Storage Slots 1

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