Pentax Optio P70 reviews and prices: Compact camera

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9.3 out of 10 based on 34 reviews.
Pentax Optio P70: 12 MP (Megapixels), 4x optical zoom, SD Card storage, Yes image stabiliser digital Compact camera. See full product description

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Mike, Somerset Point & shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
An ideal size to keep in a pocket or handbag.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 31 Dec 2009

Cathy, Harrow Point & shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Small easy to use - tended to use automatic focus only. Clear large screen especially compared to size of camera.
Bad points:
Didn't like information on camera being held on CD - difficult to carry round with you and access easily. Booklet provided very basic information only.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 29 Sep 2009

Tony, Newton le Willows

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Good price for what I want it to do
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 7.0
Features 7.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 28 Sep 2009

Dean, Wigan Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
it take's exellent quality picutres and video. it is built solidly and to last. there are a lot of menu options that are unnessacery, but you might like to experiement. I have had a few misfires with the flash though, one to watch...I would recommend this camera.
Bad points:
it does not stand up verticaly very well, it needs a flat bottom...
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 6.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 25 Sep 2009

David, Redcar Point & shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
compact and easy to use
Bad points:
would have liked a view finder when using in sunlight
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 6.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 21 Apr 2010

Anjo, London, UK Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Simplicity but good quality
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 18 Jun 2010

John, Loughborough Point & shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
very light with pleaty of features.
Bad points:
is a little fiddley for people with big hands and could easily be droped, however this is overcome by using the wrist strap suppled.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 04 Dec 2009

This Pentax Optio P70 is reviewed on PC Advisor

Product Features

Camera Type Compact
Optical zoom ratio 4
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Digital zoom ratio 6
Type of image stabiliser Yes
Type of image stabiliser Electronic
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour White
Media format SDHC Card
Media format SDXC Card
Media format SD Card
PictBridge Yes
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 110
Flash Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/4
Waterproof No
Viewfinder LCD Monitor
RAW Format No
GPS Receiver No
In-built memory (Megabytes) 34
Release date 2009-03-03
Height in mm 54
Width in mm 97
Depth in mm 21.5
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens No
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 110
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 27

Also known as: Optio P70

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Manufacturer's Description

Feel the quality. Optio P70 digital compact camera

With a stylish and ultra-thin body, this high-performance model features a host of advanced functions that make impressive digital photography both effortless and enjoyable.

The Optio P70 packages outstanding core features, such as a 4X optical zoom, approximately 12 effective megapixels for incredible high-resolution images, and a large, easy-to-view 2.7-inch colour LCD monitor, all in a high-quality metallic shell. Even with this robust feature set, the Optio P70 has been designed to be extremely compact, with a body as thin as 16.5 millimetres in some sections.

This new digital compact camera also offers a variety of user-friendly features, including Vertical Snap to facilitate vertical-position shooting; a Smile Capture function to automatically release the shutter when it detects a subject’s smile; and an Auto Picture mode to automatically select one of eight shooting modes for a given subject. The Optio P70 is further enhanced by triple anti-shake protection using Pentax exclusive in-camera software, High-Sensitivity Shake Reduction, and Movie Shake Reduction modes.

Taken together, these features produce high-quality digital photography with simple, effortless operation under any circumstance every time. The Optio P70 also offers a choice of five fun colours to suit the user’s preference.

Main Features of the PENTAX Optio P70

1. High image quality

The Optio P70 is designed for the highest level of performance and image quality in its class, thanks to the combination of approximately 12 effective megapixels producing incredible high-resolution images, a high-performance imaging engine for true-to-life colour reproduction, and a renowned smc PENTAX lens. It even records movie clips at 1280 × 720 pixels, producing beautiful movies equivalent in quality to those of high-definition broadcast.

2. Advanced 4X Optical zoom lens with wide-angle coverage

The Optio P70 uses an impressive 4X optical zoom lens covering a focal length from 4.9mm to 19.6mm (equivalent to approx. 27.5mm to 110mm in 35mm format). This covers a wide range of subjects and scenes, from wide-angle images of scenery, architecture, or group shots taken in close quarters, to telephoto images depicting detailed subjects at great distance. For higher-magnification photography, it is equipped with an Intelligent Zoom function. When combined with the optical zoom lens, this function extends the zoom range to approximately 25X without compromising the optical performance of the lens.

3. Triple anti-shake protection to prevent different types of camera shake

1) Pixel Track SR mode

When recording still images, the Optio P70’s new Digital SR (Shake Reduction) mode effectively compensates for camera shake by processing affected images with Pentax exclusive software.

2) High-Sensitivity SR mode**

When the Optio P70 detects low-lighting conditions while shooting still-images, it automatically raises the sensor’s sensitivity to as high as ISO 6400 for a higher shutter speed. This effectively minimizes the effects of camera shake from longer exposures and subject shake due to poor lighting conditions.

  • When the High-Sensitivity SR mode is selected, the recorded size is fixed to 5M (2592 × 1944 pixels).

3) Movie SR mode***

During movie shooting, the Optio P70 prevents blurry images by effectively minimizing annoying camera shake through the use of exclusive software.

  • When the Movie SR mode is selected, the angle of view becomes narrower than normal shooting.

4. Vertical Snap mode for easy vertical-position shooting

The Optio P70’s unique Vertical Snap mode simplifies vertical-position shooting, as it allows the photographer to turn the power on and off and zoom the lens in and out with simple pushbutton operation on the back panel. In addition, all icons on the LCD monitor are automatically rotated for vertical-position viewing. This new mode provides the user with the same ease of operation as a mobile phone.

5. Compact, ultra-slim body

The compact design of the Optio P70 was achieved using new PENTAX advanced technology, including the newly developed “Sliding Lens System.”* Size and weight were further saved by downsizing all parts, and using space-efficient high-density mounting technology.

*PENTAX’s own lens storage mechanism in which central lens groups are offset from the optical axis and the entire lens is stored in two vertical steps into the lens cylinder. As a result, the overall lens length at the fully retracted position is greatly reduced, contributing to the reduction in body depth.

6. Stylish design with a high-grade finish

Both sides of the Optio P70 are gently rounded to provide the user with the most comfortable holding position possible, which also gives the camera an elegant shape that attracts the eye. Exterior blemishes have further been reduced by integrating the strap lug into the body. For a high-grade finish, meticulous attention is paid to every detail of the camera body, from the elegant, aluminium housing to chrome-coated parts that are gently contoured to radiate shine from every viewing angle. Additionally, to create a distinctive finishing touch, the silver model has a fine-textured sand finish, while colour models have a double-coating finish with a clear overcoat applied to primary colour paint.

7. Auto Picture mode for automatic selection from eight different shooting modes

The Optio P70 features the advanced Auto Picture mode, which automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode for a given subject or scene by detecting the subject’s lighting and other conditions. This user-friendly mode not only makes the right mode choice for the photographer (from Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Flower, Sport, Standard and Candlelight modes), but also features an auto macro mode, which automatically switches the camera’s focus range to macro for close-up applications.

8. Super-fast Face Recognition AF & AE function to capture the subject’s face in focus in approximately 0.03 seconds

The Optio P70 features the Face Recognition AF & AE function, which is extremely handy for taking casual snapshots of friends and family. It optimises the focusing and exposure of the subject, up to 32 faces in a single image, in as little as 0.03 seconds. The Optio P70 offers other user-friendly functions as well: a Smile Capture function automatically releases the shutter the instant it detects the subject’s smile; and a Blinking Detection function warns the photographer when the subject’s eyes close at the time of shutter release.

9. Large, easy-to-view 2.7-inch colour LCD monitor

Despite its compact dimensions, the Optio P70 features a huge 2.7-inch high-brightness colour LCD monitor. Its bright screen not only makes image viewing easy while shooting and during playback, but also facilitates easier menu reading and mode setting.

10. Other features

1) Digital Wide function to create an extra-wide-angle image (equivalent to an image taken with an approx. 21mm lens in 35mm format) from two images

2) Digital Panorama mode to compose a single panoramic picture from as many as three images

3) 26-mode shooting mode palette for easy selection of the most appropriate mode, including the Party mode, for any given subject or scene

4) Favourites function to save reduced-size files of favourites images in the camera and recall them at will

5) Image recovery function to retrieve accidentally erased images

6) Frame Composite function (with 90 frames stored in the camera) to shoot or compose images with decorative photo frames

7) Approximately 33.7MB built-in memory

8) Red-eye reduction function to correct red eyes in recorded images during playback

9) ACDSee for PENTAX 3.0 image viewing, editing and filing software included, support for Windows VistaTM

10) Compatibility with PictBridge?DPOF functions?Exif Print, and PRINT Image Matching III


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