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11-03-2014, 10:35 AM   #1

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The Pentax XG-1 is a case of less is more. It may lack features like Wi-Fi, GPS and a fold-out or touch-sensitive screen, but it easily makes up for this with decent image quality. Detail, colour and noise levels are all impressive up to ISO1600, although it’s a shame the 16.0MP sensor doesn’t produce better dynamic range. The XG-1 isn’t short on creative effects filters or manual control though, making it appealing to novice and experience photographers alike.

It’s a pity the XG-1 doesn’t have a better quality LCD screen and experienced photographers won’t take kindly to the annoying automatic pop-up flash with its relentless need to fire. Equally irritating is the camera’s relative reluctance to focus on close-range subjects when zoomed in, making it tricky to achieve a shallow depth of field. The low-resolution electronic viewfinder isn’t ideal either, but it’s still a welcome feature nonetheless. You may also find some of the controls take a while to get used to, however once you do, the camera’s button layout and menus are fairly logical and easy to operate.

If you’re after a camera with more performance than frills, the Pentax XG-1 makes a good case for itself. Other cameras may zoom in slightly further, but we challenge you to find a scenario when 52x reach isn’t enough. It’s certainly not perfect, but the XG-1 doesn’t have any major shortcomings and performs well for the money.

11-03-2014, 11:35 AM   #2
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Interesting outcome IMO. Fair enough points IMO.
Still a shame for the crappy LCD.
11-03-2014, 01:12 PM   #3
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No GPS on a ruggedized camera is a little worse than "not being perfect", IMHO...
Anyway it's good to see Ricoh raising the IQ even on those "dirty work" tools!
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It does get "best buy" kudos on other sites. It costs about half of the price of other super zoom P&S cameras.


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