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Pentax Optio X70

alaTest has collected and analyzed 140 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the performance and battery. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably. Many are less positive about the contrast and build quality. There are mixed views on the shutter and value for money.

portability, usability, image quality, battery, performance

build quality, contrast

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio X70 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Pentax X70 Black Digital Camera Camera Review


Small and lightweight for a megazoom ; Very easy to use

Short battery life ; Slightly hard to hold

The 24X-optical-zoom Pentax X70 is one of the lightest, smallest megazoom cameras on the market, but it maintains "bigness" where it should: in the lens.

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Pentax Optio X70 Review


GOLDEN, CO. (March 2, 2009) -- PENTAX Imaging Company has announced the PENTAX X70 Megazoom digital camera featuring a high magnification 24X optical zoom lens with wide-angle to super-telephoto coverage housed in a highly portable, compact,...

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Pentax X70 First Impressions Digital Camera Review


Introduction For the first time, Pentax has dipped its toes into the ultra-zoom category with the X70, which offers an impressive 24x zoom, shoots at 12-megapixel resolution and uses CCD-shfit stabilization to help prevent camera shake. The...

• Fast lens with massive zoom • Good manual controls • Easy modes for beginners • Wide variety of editing controls • HD video at only 15fps • Possibly short battery life • Low quality EVF


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Pentax Optio X70


If you're looking for a compact digital super zoom "bridge" camera that's packed with features, then definitely give the X70 a test drive. The camera has most of the SLR-like features you're likely to need, and at a price considerably less than an...

12MP resolution24X (26-624mm) zoom range2.7 inch 230,000 dot LCD displayElectronic viewfinder (no diopter adjustment)Face detection autofocus

The Pentax X70 is the one of the latest compact digital super zoom...

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Read Pentax X70


The Pentax X70 is an upper tier point-and-shoot camera in the fairly new “super-zoom” or “mega-zoom” category. These are single lens cameras with large optical zooms, and a form factor slightly smaller than (but very similar to) most DSLR cameras. ...

Wide-angle lens ; Good “Program Mode ; High resolution ; 24X optical zoom (26-624nm lens)

bad “auto mode ; no shooting in RAW ; Poor color correction ; does not save all settings

Outside of the auto photo mode, providing you have some knowledge of camera settings and what they do, you should not have a problem with the Pentax X70. At ISO values lower than 1600, the pictures are usually fairly noise-free. The price is a...

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Pentax X70 Camera - Reviewed


With the reputation Pentax holds with its K-Series of DSLRs, I was more than intrigued to get my hands on the Pentax X70 and its ‘ultra zoom' capabilities. This 12 megapixel, 24x optical zoom yet surprisingly lightweight beauty seemed to provide an...

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Pentax Optio X70 Full-Review


12 megapixels ultra-zoom with 24X optical zoom, 720p HD video-recording and manual-controls.

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Review: Pentax X70


What makes the Pentax X70 stand out? Its compact size, light weight, 11 fps rapid-fire mode, and terrific usability.

Small and lightweight for a megazoom camera ; Very easy to use

Some shutter lag and focus lock problems ; Short battery life

By refraining from adding any extraneous buttons, Pentax has also made the X70 very simple to use. The thumb dial at the top is well placed and makes shifting between the ten camera modes (including advanced options such as shutter priority and...

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The Pentax X70 joins the Compact Megazoom class of 2009


Joining the megazoom compact class of 2009, already featuring the 26x Olympus SP590, 24x Nikon CoolPix P90, 24x Kodak Z980 and newly announced 20x Sony Cyber-shot HX1 is the 24x Pentax X70. Now they all have small bodies, optical zooms that run from...

PENTAX Imaging Company has announced the PENTAX X70 Megazoom digital camera featuring a high magnification 24X optical zoom lens with wide-angle to super-telephoto coverage housed in a highly portable, compact, lightweight body. With 12 megapixels,...

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Pentax Optio


The Pentax Optio is a fun little camera with interchanging faceplates. Read more about this quality digital camera in our review.

Product Specifications

Small in stature. Big in power. The Pentax X70 packs the capability and control of 12.0 megapixels and a 24X zoom lens into a convenient, compact build. It's the heart of a DSLR in the body of a compact camera.

Audio Input


Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

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

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Fireworks / Flower / Food / Landscape / Museum / Night portrait / Night scene / Panorama assist / Pet (black) / Pet (gray) / Pet (white) / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Sports mode / Surf & snow/Kids / Frame composition / Baby / Anti shake


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax Optio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.6-4.8
Max Focal Length:17.4mm
Min Focal Length:5.8mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.33"/1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )/10.9 mm ( 1/2.33" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:12.1Megapixel/5Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):320
Light Sensitivity:ISO 160 / ISO 320 / ISO 80 / ISO auto/ISO 3200 (5Mpix)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Blue / Green / Pink / Purple / Red / Sepia / Yellow
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None