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Pentax K-70 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black)

BH #PEK70B • MFR #16243
Pentax K-70 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black)
Key Features
  • 24.24MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • PRIME MII Image Processor
  • Anti-Aliasing Filter Simulator
  • 3.0" 921k-Dot Vari-Angle LCD Monitor
Combining an advanced feature-set with a compact form factor, the black Pentax K-70 is a sleek DSLR characterized by its multimedia capabilities, penchant for low-light shooting, and durable construction. Revolving around a 24.24MP APS-C CMOS sensor and PRIME MII image processor, this camera is capable of continuous stills shooting up to 6 fps and Full HD 1080p video recording, and has a broad sensitivity range up to ISO 204800. The sensor's design also omits an anti-aliasing filter, in order to gain greater sharpness and resolution, but benefits from a unique Selectable Anti-Aliasing Filter function that vibrates the sensor itself in order to mimic the moiré-reducing effects of a filter. The sensor-shift mechanism also enables Shake Reduction image stabilization, to minimize the appearance of camera shake, and Pixel Shift Resolution, to composite sequential exposures in order to gain increased detail and resolution.
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Pentax K-70 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 224.24MP APS-C CMOS Sensor and PRIME MII Image Processor
  • 3Selectable Anti-Aliasing Filter
  • 4Sensor-Shift Type Shake Reduction and Pixel Shift Resolution
  • 5SAFOX X Autofocus System
  • 6Full HD 1080p Video and 4K Interval Recording
  • 7Body Design and Wi-Fi
  • 8Other Camera Features

Combining an advanced feature-set with a compact form factor, the black Pentax K-70 is a sleek DSLR characterized by its multimedia capabilities, penchant for low-light shooting, and durable construction. Revolving around a 24.24MP APS-C CMOS sensor and PRIME MII image processor, this camera is capable of continuous stills shooting up to 6 fps and Full HD 1080p video recording, and has a broad sensitivity range up to ISO 204800. The sensor's design also omits an anti-aliasing filter, in order to gain greater sharpness and resolution, but benefits from a unique Selectable Anti-Aliasing Filter function that vibrates the sensor itself in order to mimic the moiré-reducing effects of a filter. The sensor-shift mechanism also enables Shake Reduction image stabilization, to minimize the appearance of camera shake, and Pixel Shift Resolution, to composite sequential exposures in order to gain increased detail and resolution.

Complementing the imaging capabilities, the K-70 is equally refined in regard to handling and design, and features a dust-, freeze-, and weather-resistant construction for working in trying conditions. A large 3.0" 921k-dot LCD is available, and features a vari-angle design to permit working from high and low angles, and a unique Night Vision setting can be used to produce a red-colored display in order to maintain night-adjusted vision when working in dark settings. Additionally, built-in Wi-Fi permits wireless image sharing and remote camera control from a mobile device, and the K-70 is also compatible with the optional O-GPS1 GPS Module for geotagging and AstroTracer functions.

24.24MP APS-C CMOS Sensor and PRIME MII Image Processor

A 24.24MP APS-C CMOS sensor pairs with the PRIME MII image processor to realize clean, high-resolution still image quality, a sensitivity range of ISO 100-204800, and the ability to record Full HD 1080p video. The processor and sensor combination also affords a range of continuous shooting capabilities, including a 6 fps shooting rate for up to 40 consecutive JPEGs, 10 raw/DNG frames, or 8 raw+JPEG exposures.

Selectable Anti-Aliasing Filter

A unique and innovative mechanism allows you to toggle an anti-aliasing filter effect either on or off, providing support for both the high-resolution abilities of a filter-less design as well as advanced moiré protection. With the filter in the Off position, the camera is more prone to acquiring maximum sharpness, resolution, and detail from an image for the highest attainable image quality. When the filter position is set to either Type1 or Type2, an anti-aliasing simulator applies microscopic vibrations to the image sensor unit during exposure; working to create the same effect as an optical anti-aliasing filter. Having both options available extends the camera's versatility and allows personalized selection of the benefits best-suited to individual applications. Additionally, AA filter simulation settings can also be bracketed for times when the likelihood of moiré is unknown.

Sensor-Shift Type Shake Reduction and Pixel Shift Resolution

In-camera sensor-shift type Shake Reduction (SR) works to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting with any mounted lens. This is ideal for working in low-light conditions or with longer lenses and, since the image stabilization is located within the body, both past, legacy lenses as well as current Pentax lenses receive the benefits of SR.

The sensor-shift image stabilization goes on to benefit other camera functions, including the AA Filter Simulator function as well as Pixel Shift Resolution and Diffraction Correction. Pixel Shift Resolution technology composites sequentially recorded stills while shifting the image sensor in one pixel increments in each direction after each exposure in order to increase the effective resolving power, reduce noise, and achieve a more refined color palette. This mode is further enhanced with Motion Correction, which makes it possible to photograph moving subjects without artifacting or ghosting while still reaping the high-resolution benefits of Pixel Shift Resolution. Similarly, a Diffraction Correction function minimizes the effects of diffraction and other aberrations common to working with smaller aperture sizes. This technology is possible due to the heightened processing capabilities of the PRIME MII engine, and can also be applied to imagery during in-camera raw file development.

SAFOX X Autofocus System

The SAFOX X autofocus system employs 11 distinct phase-detection points, including 9 cross-type sensors in the center, to quickly and accurately acquire focus on subjects in a variety of lighting conditions down to -3 EV. Also benefitting autofocus performance, the 77-segment exposure metering sensor, light source sensor, and AF assist light help to further refine the focusing accuracy despite working in challenging situations.

When shooting video or working in live view, a Hybrid AF system is employed that blends both on-sensor phase-detection and contrast-detection focusing methods for quick and accurate results. Face Detection, Tracking, and selectable AF points are also available for refined control, along with focus peaking to benefit manual focus operation.

Full HD 1080p Video and 4K Interval Recording

Full HD 1920 x 1080 video recording is supported in multiple frame rates, including 60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, and 24p, in the high-quality H.264 format. HD 1280 x 720 video is also supported in 60p and 50p frame rates. Audio can be recorded along with video using the built-in stereo microphone or, additionally, a 3.5mm microphone terminal is available for use of an external mic.

Beyond standard movie recording, an interval timer can also be used for making time-lapse sequences, which can be saved simply as stills or files can be recorded at 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) and compiled into a Motion JPEG file for seamless playback. The interval timer allows you to record up to 2,000 consecutive frames with an interval of 2 seconds to 24 hours between each frame, and a 2 second to 24 hour time delay available.

Body Design and Wi-Fi

  • The 3.0" 921k-dot LCD monitor features a vari-angle design to better facilitate working from high and low angles, and also can be closed with the screen facing inward for increased protection.
  • A unique Night Vision setting can be used to produce a red overlay on the LCD in order to maintain your night-adjusted vision when working in low-light conditions. Alternatively, an Outdoor View setting is also available to increase the brightness of the screen for greater visibility in sunlit conditions.
  • Aside from the LCD, a 0.95x pentaprism optical viewfinder is also available, and affords 100% frame coverage for accurate composing.
  • Durable body construction is both dust- and weather-resistant for use in trying conditions, as well as cold temperatures down to 14°F.
  • The focal plane shutter can achieve shutter speeds up to 1/6000 sec. and also supports making bulb exposures ranging from 10 sec. to 20 min.
  • A customizable control panel along with configurable function buttons, user modes, and presets allows you to setup the camera according to your specific shooting needs.
  • The included D-LI109 lithium-ion battery provides approximately 480 shots per charge.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi works in conjunction with the Image Sync app for wirelessly sharing imagery to a mobile device, as well as permitting remote camera control and live view capabilities from the smartphone or tablet.
  • The K-70 is compatible with the optional O-GPS1 GPS Module to permit geotagging image files as well as use of the AstroTracer function to benefit taking photographs of the nighttime sky.

Other Camera Features

  • Multiple exposure shooting is possible in composite mode with additive, average, and bright settings for 2 to 2000 individual exposures.
  • Native support is offered for both Pentax PEF and Adobe DNG 14-bit RAW file types. It is also possible to retrieve RAW data from JPEG files if still present in the camera's buffer memory.
  • Scene modes: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR, Night Snap, Food, Pet, Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, and Museum.
  • Custom Image modes: Auto Select, Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Flat, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, and Cross Processing.
  • Digital Filters available during capture: Extract Color, Replace Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Unicolor Bold, and Bold Monochrome.
  • Digital Filters available during playback: Base Parameter Adj, Extract Color, Replace Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Unicolor Bold, Bold Monochrome, Tone Expansion, Sketch, Water Color, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Slim, and Monochrome.
  • Language support: English, French, Germany, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese.
UPC: 027075297272

Pentax K-70 Specs

Imaging
Lens MountPentax K
Sensor ResolutionActual: 24.7 Megapixel
Effective: 24.2 Megapixel (6000 x 4000)
Sensor Type23.5 x 15.6 mm (APS-C) CMOS
Crop Factor1.5x
Image StabilizationSensor-Shift
Mirror Lock-UpYes
Capture TypeStills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter TypeElectronic Shutter
Shutter SpeedElectronic Front Curtain Shutter
1/6000 to 30 Seconds
Bulb/Time ModeBulb Mode
ISO Sensitivity100 to 204,800 in Auto Mode
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Metering Range0 to 22 EV
White BalancePresets: Auto, CTE, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Custom, Daylight, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Manual, Multi Auto WB, Shade, Tungsten
Continuous ShootingUp to 6 fps at 24 MP for up to 40 Frames (JPEG) / 10 Frames (Raw)
Up to 3 fps at 24 MP for up to 100 Frames (JPEG) / 16 Frames (Raw)
Interval RecordingYes
Self-Timer2/12-Second Delay
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes3:2 Raw
6000 x 4000
3:2 JPEG
6000 x 4000
4608 x 3072
3072 x 2048
1920 x 1280
Aspect Ratio3:2
Image File FormatDNG, JPEG, Raw
Bit Depth14-Bit
Internal Video Capture
Recording ModesMOV/H.264
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 50i/59.94i
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 24.00p/25p/29.97p
HD (1280 x 720) at 50p/59.94p
Recording LimitUp to 26 Minutes for Full HD (1920 x 1080)
Video SystemNTSC/PAL
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
External Video Capture
IP StreamingNone
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
Video I/O1 x Micro-HDMI Output
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
Other I/O1 x USB Micro-B (USB 2.0) Input/Output
Power I/ONone
WirelessWi-Fi
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
Monitor
Size3.0"
Resolution921,000 Dot
Display TypeArticulating LCD
Viewfinder
TypeOptical (Pentaprism)
Eye Point20.5 mm
Coverage100%
MagnificationApprox. 0.95x
Diopter Adjustment-3.5 to +1.5
Focus
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeAutomatic, Continuous-Servo AF, Single-Servo AF
Autofocus PointsPhase Detection: 11 (9 Cross-Type)
Autofocus Sensitivity-3 to +18 EV
Flash
Built-In FlashYes
Flash ModesAuto, Auto/Red-Eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Manual, Second-Curtain Sync, Slow Sync
Guide Number39.37' / 12 m at ISO 100 (28 mm Position)
Maximum Sync Speed1/180 Second
Flash Compensation-2 to +1 EV
Dedicated Flash SystemP-TTL
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe, Wireless
Environmental
Operating Temperature14 to 104°F / -10 to 40°C
Operating Humidity0 to 85%
General
Battery Type1 x D-LI109 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.4 VDC, 1050 mAh
Tripod Mounting Thread1 x 1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
Accessory Mount1 x Hot Shoe Mount
Dimensions (W x H x D)4.9 x 3.7 x 2.9" / 125.5 x 93 x 74 mm
Weight1.51 lb / 688 g (Body with Battery and Memory)
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.81 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.35 x 6.5 x 5.1"

Pentax K-70 Reviews

great for astrophotography

By Jacob
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-26

This is the perfect camera for a hiking astrophotographer who is interested in nightscapes; lightweight and no need for a tracker as it has one built-in as long as you also buy the Pentax GPS Unit O-GPS1 Hotshoe Mounted Accessory GPS Unit for Pentax.

Never again Pentax - k-70 aperture problem

By Dean
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2020-06-25

This camera body has the same issue as the K-30, K-50 models.. Aperture solenoid quits working and produces dark pictures since the aperture doesn't open up as it should. Effects all lens with mechanical apertures (all but the newest type KAF4 that have the aperture motor in the lens). Pentax should fix this known design/quality issue that has been around for years in multiple models for free, but they won't. They just keep selling it. Never buy Pentax.

Easy to use, great quality

By Joep
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-06-07

I have been using this digital body as an upgrade of my old film DSL and love it. It is easy to use and the quality of the images is stunning. It works with my old Pentax lenses which have auto-focus capabilities that make all the difference. I take it on all my hikes and my wildlife photos have never been better. Here is a picture today that is full of color and life. Enjoy!

Lov'n the new K-70

By Bob
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-17

Had the camera for a little over a week and only had a few chances to get out and shoot. It's an improvement over my K-50 I've used for nearly 5 years. I'm most impressed with being able to shoot at high ISO and not get noisy pictures. Looking forward to actually using higher ISOs in actual shooting, not just test shots. It's much faster in burst mode as I was doing some bird photography a couple days ago. The controls are similar to the K-50, so no relearning how to use the camera.

Great camera

By Geraldine
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-12-11

I've been using Pentax cameras since the K-1000 almost 50 years ago. Pentax is he best for the price. Only bad thing about this one is that like most other things these days they have cheapened it. They turned a nice big shiny metal shutter release button into a piece of plastic. Can't feel it as well in the dark. Looks cheap. So sad that everyone has to squeeze every last penny of profit out of every item. Love the red night mode LCD screen. I never use live view, but it's nice when you want to look at the menu screen in the dark. It doesn't try to blind you.

Best Pentax i have owned to date.

By Scott A
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-09-20

The K70 does not disappoint great in low light and sharp as a tack focusing. I have owned 6 Pentax cameras all the way back to the K1000 35mm film version. Loving that i can use my old glass from the 80s. Really like the articulating screen and the menus and the layout of the dials etc. Much easier to use than any of the DSLRs that i have owned to date. Great camera to have around and just pull out to never miss a shot. Very pleased with this camera!

Pentaxophile

By Carel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-23

Let me start saying I love Pentax camera's! So this is my fourth in a row. Sadly I lost one in course of time. I have a collection of lenses (both Pentax, Sigma and Tamron) with a K-mount that I can use on all the camera's. I love to walk in difficult natural areas in the dry and sunny island where I live. So a light weight camera comes handy. No carrying around with some pounds on your neck... Mostly I use the DNG-format, making it possible to edit the pictures afterwards with Lightroom®. The Pentx K70 has a vari-angle monitor, making it possible to see what you are photographing for example close to the ground, or the bottom side of mushrooms, etc. The camera has a small booklet of settings and options that will please most, if not all, users. With the Pentax K 70 you can take sharp pictures, even of (fast) moving objects, in natural bright colours, with lots of details and of high quality. In short: I love it!

Versatile, practical and convenient

By Kenneth
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-14

I've been using this body for six years and I'm still in love with it. I come at this from the position of an avid and very serious amateur. I've intentionally put off writing this review because everybody loves their $600.00 camera body the first month they have it. Experience demonstrates the short-comings of a camera. I have found nothing I don't like and very little that irritates me. Sharp images in all light conditions and accurate colors are just the beginning. I like the positions of most of the controls and the layout of the menus. I find exposure adjustments on the fly easy and quick. The weather resistant feature was important to me and it works. I shoot a lot of wild life and I don't want to quit just because of a rain shower. Six frames per second is plenty for my use. Low light performance is very good up to ISO 6400 and decent to 12800. Since most of my work is done with long telephoto lenses (560mm prime and 150-450mm zoom) the low-light performance is critical. There are two minor irritants for me. My 70-year-old arthritic hands make rear-focus a bit difficult because of the placement of the button in relation to the shutter release. I use it and I use it often, but my thumb gets quite sore for days afterward. Not something most people will be concerned with, I admit. All in all, it's not a Nikon or a Canon, but it performs quite well in comparison and doesn't carry the price tag of those brands either.

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