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Pentax Optio P70

alaTest has collected and analyzed 233 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and design. The value for money and portability also get good feedback. There are some less positive comments about the viewfinder and flash.

usability, portability, value for money, design, screen

performance, responsiveness, stabilizer , flash, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio P70 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Pentax Optio P70


HD video capture ; Wide-angle 4X optical zoom

Lacks optical image stabilization ; No HDMI connectivity

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Pentax Optio E70


The Pentax Optio E70 is a compact, intuitive, and fun camera that is a cinch to use. It fits easily in your pocket, and it has enough modes to handle whatever lighting or subjects you encounter. While chock-full of features, this streamlined model is...

Intuitive controls ; Flexible, useful in-camera modes

Faces appear reddish in viewfinder ; Auto Picture function is hit-or-miss

This solid entry-level camera has easy controls and good picture modes, but sharpness and portrait abilities are weak spots.

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Pentax Optio P70 (silver)


Those looking to step up from taking photos with their cell phone or other mobile device will want to consider the Pentax Optio P70. Fronted by a 27.5mm-equivalent wide-angle lens with a 4x zoom, the 12-megapixel ultracompact camera is point-and-shoot...

Great-looking design; easy operation; fun features.

Photo quality dips above ISO 200; slow performance.

Pentax nailed the design and features for the oh-so-small Optio P70, but there's room for improvement with its performance and photo quality above ISO 200.


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Pentax Optio E70 Review


GOLDEN, CO (January 5, 2009) - PENTAX Imaging Company has announced two stylish, colorful, compact digital cameras: the Optio P70 and Optio E70. The ultra-slim PENTAX Optio P70 digital compact camera is a high-performance model featuring fast, advanced...

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Pentax Optio E70 (Blue)


The Pentax Optio E70 is an inexpensive ultracompact camera that takes good photos for the required investment in time and money. It's a nice-looking camera, too, with big controls well suited for beginners. Of course, you don't get much more than the...

Large, easy-to-read controls; simple operation.

Slow; small LCD.

For a low-cost pocket camera, the Pentax Optio E70 is a good option for those with simple needs.

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Pentax Optio P70


The Pentax Optio P70 has a good list of features that will help make it a worthwhile compact digital camera. For any higher end photography that you may wish to take such as scenery or important portraits, a camera with increased photo quality may be...

HD movie recording12.0 MegapixelSlim and lightweightGood list of features

Loses some high end photo quality

The Pentax Optio P70 12.0 megapixel camera is available in a choice of...

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Pentax Optio E70 Review


The Pentax Optio E70 has all the makings of a good starter camera - simple controls, totally automatic shooting, and a 10.0 megapixel sensor complimented by a 3x optical zoom lens.

Easy to operate ; Large buttons ; Good battery life

Limited manual control ; Slow operation ; Noise at ISO 400

The E70 does offer simple, automatic shooting. The aforementioned "cute factor" is either a bonus or is easily ignored. Shooting under good conditions turned up some decent images, but there's just not enough going for the Optio E70 to make it a good...

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Review: Pentax Optio E70 digital camera


The Optio E70 is good for beginning photographers who don't want to bother to learn the nuances of exposure, framing, and lighting.

The Optio E70 has 18 shooting modes, but that impressive number should not scare off beginners. Big, easily-recognizable icons depict each mode on the menu screen. For instance, little moon and a building represents the “night scene” mode, while a dog...

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Review: Pentax Optio P70 digital camera


A good fit for your pocket and your pocket book, the Pentax Optio P70 is easy to operate and boasts a wide-angle 4X optical zoom lens.

The silvery aluminum body of the version I reviewed appears a little cheap, but the white and red models are quite attractive—and alluringly slim. Despite being only 0.8 inch thick, the Optio P70 carries a 4X zoom lens with a 27.5mm wide-angle extreme...

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Pentax Optio P70 compact - 12 MPX plus 720p video


January 6, 2009 Digital still image and video continue to converge with Pentax announcing the US$200 Optio P70 at CES. The ultra-slim P70 takes 12 megapixel still images and 720p video, sadly at just 15 FPS, but it's a start. There's a 4X optical zoom...

There's also Advanced Face Recognition that tracks up to 32 faces in 0.03 seconds, and both Smile Capture that automatically releases the shutter when subjects smile, and Blink Detection to alert you if your subject's eyes are closed. Digital Shake...

Product Specifications

The Optio E70's shutter release button on the top panel and other control buttons on the back panel have been designed to be larger than those of conventional models to facilitate camera operation. Coupled with the use of larger icons in the LCD monitor, the Optio E70 not only makes it quick and effortless to set desired modes and functions, but also assures at-a-glance confirmation of operational status. The Optio E70 features the advanced auto picture mode, which automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode for a given subject by detecting subject lighting and other conditions. This user-friendly mode not only makes the right mode choice for the photographer, but it also features an auto macro mode, which automatically switches the camera's focus range to macro in close-up applications.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific/Standard form factor
Manufacturer Battery Name:Pentax D-LI88
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card/SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.4in/2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.1cm/6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Aquarium / Back light / Copy / Fireworks / Flower / Kids & pets / Landscape / Museum / Night landscape / Night portrait / Party/indoor / Pet / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Sundown / Surf & snow/Blog / Candle / Digital wide / Fireworks / Flower / Food / Frame composition / Half-length portrait / Kids / Landscape / Natural skin tone / Night scene / Night scene with portrait / Party/indoor / Pet / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Surf & snow / Text

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:2GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax Optio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.6-5.8/F/3.1-5.9
Max Focal Length:18.9mm/19.6mm
Min Focal Length:4.9mm/6.3mm
Optical Zoom:3/4
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Champagne gold/Deep blue/Red/Silver/White/Wine red

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.3"/1/2.33"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.9 mm ( 1/2.33 ) / 10.9 mm ( 1/2.33" )/11 mm ( 1/2.3 ) / 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:10Megapixel/12Megapixel

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI/AVI / MJPEG
Digital Zoom:5.7/6.3
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 (5Mpix) / ISO 400 / ISO 64 / ISO 6400 (5Mpix) / ISO 800 / ISO auto/ISO 64-6400 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None