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New compact Pentax X70 offers 24x optical zoom

Pentax announces the 12 Mp X70 Megazoom digital camera which features a 24X optical zoom lens with wide-angle to super-telephoto coverage housed in a portable, compact, lightweight body.  With its SLR-like styling and flexible exposure modes, the X70 should bridge the gap between compact digital cameras and digital SLRs, and offers you shooting options such as aperture/shutter priority and metered manual modes, true hardware sensor-movement Shake Reduction and fast operation. The Pentax X70 will ship in April for $399.95...

PRESS SUMMARY

All about the new Pentax X70 digital cameraHOYA CORPORATION PENTAX Imaging Systems Division is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX X70 digital compact camera. Featuring a high-magnification optical 24-times zoom lens with a wide-angle to super-telephoto coverage, and sporting a highly portable, compact, lightweight body, this new all-purpose model performs superbly and effortlessly in a great variety of photographic situations — from casual day-to-day snapshots to travel and sports photography.


PENTAX X70 Major Features

Versatile optical 24X zoom lens to accommodate a range of subjects
Within its compact, lightweight body, the X70 features a high-magnification optical 24-times zoom lens offering a focal-length coverage between 26mm wide angle to 624mm super telephoto (in the 35mm format). Coupled with the Intelligent Zoom function, the X70's zoom range can be extended to approximately 150 times (for a focal length of an astonishing approximately 3900mm in the 35mm format) without compromising the optical performance of the zoom lens

Reliable shake-reduction system for sharp, blur-free images

The X70 incorporates image-sensor-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) system to assure sharply focused, blur-free images even under demanding photographic conditions prone to camera shake, such as when using a telephoto lens or when shooting a sunset or indoor scene using only incident light. By accurately detecting the amount of camera shake using a high-performance gyro sensor and shifting the CCD image sensor vertically and horizontally at high speed, the X70 offers an outstanding camera-shake compensation effect, equivalent to approximately three shutter steps.

High-speed continuous shooting to capture the decisive moment

The X70 lets the photographer capture the subject continuously at a maximum speed of approximately 11 images per second, and up to 21 images in succession.* Coupled with the Auto-Tracking AF mode that keeps a fast-moving subject in focus all the time, the X70 captures once-in-a-lifetime, decisive moments in sharp focus, even when the subject is an active child or unpredictable pet.
* When the continuous-shooting mode is selected, the image size is fixed at 5M (2592 x 1944 pixels).

High image quality

Thanks to the combination of approximately 12.0 megapixels, a high-performance imaging engine, and the high-quality PENTAX zoom lens, the X70 delivers super-clear, high-quality images. It even allows the photographer to choose the preferred finishing touch — Bright, Natural or Monochrome.

Movie shooting in high-definition TV image quality and with anti-shake protection

The X70 captures high-quality movie clips, equivalent in image quality to that of high-definition TV (1280 x 720 pixels). It also features the Movie SR mode,*** which effectively minimizes annoying camera shake during movie shooting through the use of exclusive software. As a result, the photographer enjoys high-quality, blur-free movie shooting with minimal effort.
** When the Movie SR mode is selected, the angle of view becomes narrower than normal shooting.

Multi-mode exposure system to accommodate different applications

The X70 offers a choice of four exposure modes: Programmed AE, in which the camera automatically selects the optimal combination of aperture and shutter speed for a given subject; and Aperture-Priority AE, Shutter-Priority AE and Metered Manual modes, in which photographers are free to select either or both aperture and shutter speed to express their creative intentions and personal touches.

Auto Picture mode for the automatic selection of seven different shooting modes

The X70 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 and Standard modes), but also features an auto macro mode, which automatically switches the camera's focus range to macro in close-range applications.

Super-fast Face Recognition AF&AE function to capture up to 32 faces in focus in approx. 0.03 seconds

The X70's Face Recognition AF&AE function comes extremely handy for taking casual snapshots of people. It optimizes the focusing and exposure status of the subject — up to 32 faces in a single image — in approximately 0.03 seconds. The X70 also offers other user-friendly functions: a Smile Capture function that automatically releases the shutter the instant it detects the subject's smile; and a Blinking Detection function that warns the photographer when the subject's eyes close at the time of shutter release.

Auto sensitivity control, up to a super-high ISO 6400

The X70 comes equipped with an auto sensitivity control function, which automatically shifts the sensitivity level in relation to the subject's lighting condition and the lens focal-length setting. This allows the photographer to use a high shutter speed in dimly lit locations, such as night scenes or indoor sports events, to effectively minimize camera shake and subject shake. The auto sensitivity control range can be set randomly between ISO 50 and super-high ISO 6400.

Large, easy-to-view 2.7-inch color LCD monitor

Despite its compact dimensions, the X70 features a large 2.7-inch high-brightness color LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 dots. Thanks to the AR (Anti-Reflection) coating, sunlight reflections are held to a minimum for comfortable outdoor viewing. The X70 also comes with an electronic viewfinder, which comes handy when shooting against intense backlight or when the photographer needs firmer grip of the camera.

Additional information: All about the new Pentax X70 digital camera
March 3, 2009
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