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03-02-2009, 05:24 AM   #1
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Pentax X70 bridge camera is here!

Here is the new Pentax X70 bridge camera official release in English.

The rumours are over! Here are all the details:
  • 12 megapixel (4000x3000) on 1/2.33" sensor
  • 24x zoom lens 26/2.8 -624/5.0 in 35mm equivalent (!)
  • shake reduction
  • 11 fps continuous shooting at 2592 x 1944 pixels
  • AF is 9-point AF with switchable points, spot, auto, manual or "infinity-landscape"
  • metering is multi-segment, center-weighted or spot
  • ±2EV (1/3EV steps) exposure compensation
  • shutter range: 1/4000 - 1/4s with 4s long exposure
  • self-timer, 2s delay timer, interval shooting and auto bracket
  • 33.6MB built-in memory and SD card storage
  • HD movies with SR (1280 x 720 pixels)
  • programme, aperture-priority, shutter-priority and manual modes plus auto
  • face recognition for up to 32 faces (big party, what?)
  • auto sensitivity control, up to ISO 6400
  • 2.7" LCD (230,000 dots)
  • electronic viewfinder
  • image ratio selectable from 4:3 (native), 3:2, 16:9 or 1:1
  • auto plus custom white balance
  • overexposure compensation
  • macro mode down to 1cm
  • "Digital Wide" function to composite a 20mm (35mm equivalent) image from two images
  • world-time clock
  • decorative photo frames
  • red-eye reduction
  • lithium-ion battery with 170 shot life
  • 110.5 x 82.5 x 89.5 mm and 410g (loaded and ready)

The lens is composed of 14 elements in 11 groups with 4 aspherical elements and 3 ED elements


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QuoteOriginally posted by rparmar Quote
Here is the new Pentax X70 bridge camera official release in English.

The rumours are over! Here are all the details:
  • 12 megapixel (4000x3000) on 1/2.33" sensor
  • 24x zoom lens 26/2.8 -624/5.0 in 35mm equivalent (!)
  • shake reduction
  • 11 fps continuous shooting at 2592 x 1944 pixels
  • AF is 9-point AF with switchable points, spot, auto, manual or "infinity-landscape"
  • metering is multi-segment, center-weighted or spot
  • ±2EV (1/3EV steps) exposure compensation
  • shutter range: 1/4000 - 1/4s with 4s long exposure
  • self-timer, 2s delay timer, interval shooting and auto bracket
  • 33.6MB built-in memory and SD card storage
  • HD movies with SR (1280 x 720 pixels)
  • programme, aperture-priority, shutter-priority and manual modes plus auto
  • Face Recognition
  • auto sensitivity control, up to ISO 6400
  • 2.7" LCD (230,000 dots)
  • electronic viewfinder
  • image ratio selectable from 4:3 (native), 3:2, 16:9 or 1:1
  • auto plus custom white balance
  • overexposure compensation
  • macro mode down to 1cm
  • "Digital Wide" function to composite a 20mm (35mm equivalent) image from two images
  • world-time clock
  • decorative photo frames
  • red-eye reduction
  • lithium-ion battery with 170 shot life
  • 110.5 x 82.5 x 89.5 mm and 410g (loaded and ready)

The lens is composed of 14 elements in 11 groups with 4 aspherical elements and 3 ED elements
This seams like an fantastic good allround camera.

Nothing to be shamed of! Good Work pentax!
03-02-2009, 05:49 AM   #3
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It is true that the feature list is rather impressive!

However, according to my calculations this sensor works out to only 1/12 the size of what we have in the DSLR cameras. For example even the sensor on the Panasonic LX3 / Leica D-Lux 4 or Fuji Finepix F10/F11/F30 families is 50% bigger.

This may not effect sales in the market this is aimed towards, but it is a shame (and rather a lost opportunity) that Pentax couldn't have managed something larger.
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From those specs and picture, it looks like it uses the same sensor, lens as the Nikon P90, and the body is very similar as well. The LCD screen is different, though, and I can't find details on the Nikon's AF system.

Hopefully the X70 has some goodies to differentiate itself from the other bridges in that price bracket.

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Selling for $400 at B&H.
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The Kodak Z980 also seems to use the same sensor & lens: KODAK EASYSHARE Z980 Digital Camera Specifications

MSRP is 399 US$ as well...
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QuoteOriginally posted by rparmar Quote
However, according to my calculations this sensor works out to only 1/12 the size of what we have in the DSLR cameras.
Robin, this is unavoidable in order to a) keep prices down, and most of all b) manage that huge zoom range.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Miserere Quote
Robin, this is unavoidable in order to a) keep prices down, and most of all b) manage that huge zoom range.
indeed. The LX3 is a completely different beast, with a very short zoom range.

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No word on whether it has an articulated screen or not. Not having it would be a big blunder IMO.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Miserere Quote
No word on whether it has an articulated screen or not. Not having it would be a big blunder IMO.
I agree, unless it is to make the body weather-sealed. Unfortunately, there is no mention of this anywhere in the leaked litterature so far.
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if only it went from 16-160mm

It is really too bad it does not meet the real needs of a travel camera, to go ultra wide, and moderately long, as opposed to moderately wide and extremely long.

Although the 24 X zoom is bigger than most others, who is really going to use this at 624mm?

I admit 600MM F5 sounds interesting, but for a travel camera wider would be much better. 26mm is not wide enough,
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
Although the 24 X zoom is bigger than most others, who is really going to use this at 624mm?
That's what I don't get with these "super zooms" in general. The long end of their range might be fun for e.g. birding, but you need extremely good light conditions in order to freeze the motions of birds at an ISO which still gives good results with this camera (which I assume is ISO 200 - maybe ISO 400 if you're aiming for small prints or the web).
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QuoteOriginally posted by gazonk Quote
That's what I don't get with these "super zooms" in general. The long end of their range might be fun for e.g. birding, but you need extremely good light conditions in order to freeze the motions of birds at an ISO which still gives good results with this camera (which I assume is ISO 200 - maybe ISO 400 if you're aiming for small prints or the web).
the reason is that it is easy to do.

I presently have a Kodak DX7590 which is a 5MP camera and a 10:1 zoom 36mm to 360mm

400 ISO on that camera is about equal to an *istD at between 1600 ands 3200

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the reason is that it is easy to do
Easy to make, you mean? Yes, I guess so. And looks impressive in the specs, of course...

Also, I guess it might be quite usable in the movie mode for zooming in on very distant objects.
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