Excerpt: Product: Pentax X70 Digital Camera Manufacturer: Pentax Price: about $320 Author: Cameron ( aliencam ) Date: May 24, 2010 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.
Lightweight, durable, and easy to use, this compact megazoom camera performs marvelously under most conditions.
Good Gear Guide.au
18 November 2009
Summary: The Pentax X70 is smaller and lighter than nearly every other camera in its class--depending on your hand size, that might be either good or bad. Although its diminutive size gives it a slightly fragile feel, I love being able to tuck the camera into my backpack or throw it around my shoulder and hardly know it's there. I'd just make sure I purchased a backup rechargeable battery to tote along with it.
Pros: Small and lightweight for a megazoom, Very easy to use
Excerpt: Pentax’s X70 is a high-zoom digital compact camera. Built in the form factor of a dSLR but with a non-removable lens, the X70 offers a compromise between the ease and portability of a digital compact, and the raw power of an amateur digital SLR. Serious glass At first glance the X70 really does look like a dSLR. The lens contains some serious glass (14 elements in 11 groups), and when fully extended equates to 624mm in 35mm terms.
Excerpt: Despite releasing an impressive run of cameras - particularly the K-7 and K-m - somehow Pentax's products have failed to stay long in the collective consciousness. Will its first big digital zoom in the misleadingly named X70 (this is actually a 24x zoom model) - joining the ranks of very similar 'bridge' models from Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony et al - be the one to receive both critical plaudits and actual real-world sales?
Summary: At the time of writing, Panasonic is running a massive TV ad campaign for its DMC-G1 mini-sized digital SLR camera, which I featured back in March. Unlike the Panasonic, this new Pentax doesn’t boast interchangeable lenses, but it is actually a smaller DSLR and also has an exceptional optical zoom – the 35mm camera equivalent of 26mm-624mm – which means that the lack of interchangeable lenses won’t be a problem.