Pentax K-70 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens (Black)

Pentax K-70 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens (Black)

Pentax K-70 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • 24.24MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • PRIME MII Image Processor
  • Anti-Aliasing Filter Simulator
  • 3.0" 921k-Dot Vari-Angle LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080i Video at 60 fps
  • SAFOX X 11-Point AF with 9 Cross Sensors
  • ISO 100-204800, Up to 6 fps Shooting
  • Built-In Wi-Fi, Compatible with O-GPS1
  • Shake Reduction & Pixel Shift Resolution
  • DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL DC WR Lens
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Pentax K-70 Overview

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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.

Included with the camera body is the smc Pentax DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL (IF) DC WR lens, which provides a 27.5-207mm equivalent focal length range, covering wide-angle to telephoto perspectives to suit working in a broad variety of situations. The lens construction integrates aspherical elements to help minimize spherical aberration as well as improve image sharpness. An SP (Super Protect) coating has also been applied to elements to help repel dust, water, and grease and the lens body is built to the same weather-resistant standards as the K-70 for use in inclement conditions.

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.
smc Pentax DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL (IF) DC WR Lens
The included zoom lens provides a 27.5-207mm equivalent focal length range to suit working in a wide variety of shooting scenarios. It features the same weather-resistant construction as the camera body to enable working in harsh environments and also has an SP coating to help repel dust, water, and grease on the front element. Its construction incorporates aspherical lens elements to help minimize spherical aberrations throughout the zoom range and also contribute to producing overall sharper, clearer imagery. Additionally, a Direct Current (DC) motor is utilized to provide quick, quiet, and smooth auto focusing that is well-suited to working with HD video recording.
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: 027075298262

Pentax K-70 Specs

Lens Mount Pentax K
Camera Format APS-C / (1.5x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 24.78 Megapixel
Effective: 24.24 Megapixel
Max Resolution 24 MP: 6000 x 4000
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6 mm
File Formats Still Images: DNG, JPEG, RAW
Movies: MOV,
Bit Depth 14-Bit
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type SD
Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift
Focus Type Auto & Manual Focus
Focus Mode Automatic (A), Continuous-Servo AF (C), Single-servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 11 (9 Cross-Type)
Viewfinder Type Pentaprism
Viewfinder Eye Point 20.5 mm
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.95x
Diopter Adjustment -3.5 to +1.5 m
Display Screen 3" Rear Screen Swivel LCD (921,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100 to 204800
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 30 Second , Bulb Mode
Mirror Lock-Up Yes
Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering, Spot Metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Bulb, Manual, Program, Scene Modes, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Shutter/Aperture Priority
Metering Range: EV 0.0 to EV 22.0
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV Steps)
Continuous Shooting Up to 6 fps at 24 MP for up to 40 Exposures (JPEG Format)
Up to 6 fps at 24 MP for up to 10 Exposures (Raw Format)
Up to 3 fps at 24 MP for up to 100 Exposures (JPEG Format)
Up to 3 fps at 24 MP for up to 16 Exposures (Raw Format)
White Balance Tungsten, Fluorescent (Cool White), Cloudy, CTE, Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Warm White), Custom, Daylight, Manual, Color Temperature, Shade, Auto, Multi Auto WB
Flash Modes Flash On w/ Red-Eye Reduction
Flash On
Slow Sync
Auto/Red-Eye Reduction
Second-Curtain Sync
Built-in Flash Yes
Guide No. 39.37'  / 12 m ISO100 at 28 mm Position
Max Sync Speed 1 / 180 Second
Flash Compensation -2 EV to +1 EV
Dedicated Flash System P-TTL
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, Wireless
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Video Format 1920 x 1080i at 50/60 fps (H.264)
1920 x 1080p at 24/25/30 fps (H.264)
1280 x 720p at 50/60 fps (H.264)
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Exposure Control Auto: Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
Manual: Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
Focus Auto
Continuous Auto
Max Video Clip Length 1920 x 1080: 26 Minutes 
Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
Optional External Mic: With Video
Self Timer 12 Seconds
Interval Recording Yes
Connectivity 1/8" Microphone, HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0 Micro-B, USB 2.0
Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Battery 1 x D-LI109 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.4 VDC, 1050 mAh
AC Power Adapter K-AC168 Kit (Not Included)
Operating Temperature 14 to 104°F / -10 to 40°C
Operating Humidity 0 to 85%
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.9 x 3.7 x 2.9" / 125.5 x 93.0 x 74.0 mm
Weight 1.51 lb / 688 g with battery and memory card
Kit Lens 1
Focal Length 18 to 135mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 27.5 to 207 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 to 5.6
Minimum: f/22 to 38
Angle of View 76 to 11.9
Minimum Focus Distance 1.31' / 40 cm
Maximum Magnification 0.24x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4.17
Optical Design 13 Elements in 11 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 7
Autofocus Yes
Filter Thread Front: 62 mm
Dimensions (DxL) 2.87 x 2.99" / 73 x 76 mm
Weight 14.29 oz / 405 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 4.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.1 x 7.8 x 5.2"

Pentax K-70 Reviews

K-70 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens (Black) is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 19.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PENTAX K70: continues to impress a loyal Pentax consumer I have been a loyal PENTAX consumer for two decades; first with the PENTAX PZ70 (film) camera and then with the PENTAX Ist D(S) camera. The new PENTAX K70 DSLR is a terrific value; a very comfortable camera body with the kit included 18-135mm Lens. The real bonus is the ability to use previous PENTAX lens combinations with the new K70. I am an amateur photographer; usage varies from family photos to outdoor scenery to up-close hobby use of model railroad scenes. The 18-135mm lens is proving to be very clean and crisp and the 1080 video with stereo sound is going to be great for capturing the grandsons in action. So far I am delighted with the PENTAX K70 Performance.
Date published: 2016-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great package. This is an update to my K30, which I was very happy with. We have grandchildren who are very active in sports and activities. The 18-135 is a plus with the extra zoom over my 18-55, while still having wide enough to take great team photos. The higher pixel count allows me to enlarge and crop more easily, while still maintaining the sharpness. DSLR video does not compare to a separate video camera, but with tripod, video is good for my usage. I have some older manual focus, K mount lenses that work fine on this camera. Like the option of finding some older manual glass that works great with this camera.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An very good camera, especially for the price. I use this camera as an everyday walk around camera. I've been very impressed with it's low light capabilities. It takes crisp sharp photos, and the zoom lens has enough reach that I rarely need my 70-300mm zoom lens. For the price this is a very good camera The swing out swivel screen is very nice, when you need to get the camera at unusual angles but don't want to be crawling on the ground or climbing on top of things. It also can be useful in street photography if you don't want to seem too obvious and intimidating about the shots your taking.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Choice! I'm so impressed with my Pentax k-70 camera. Sturdy, well constructed design. Easy intuitive setting. Picture quality is top notch, excellent image quality. Overall the Pentax k-70 is a well design camera that capable of delivering exceptional beautiful pictures.
Date published: 2016-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very close to my ideal camera Hi, I have been a photographer for 50+ years initially as an amateur and then as a part-time fine art pro. I have worked with a large variety of subjects and equipment. Nowadays, I like to shoot with gear that is as small and light as possible but still maintains a high IQ. Hence, my M43 Oly E-M and Pentax APS-C camera systems. The K70 is my 4th Pentax model and I am very satisfied with it. The body is as small as they come in this sensor size, it fits in my hands really well, it has enough outside controls to cover all my main camera settings, buttons and dials have a nice feeling and are easily reachable. The grip is good enough that in a pinch I can shoot with one hand. The shutter is rated for 100,000 actuations. The body is weatherized which is paramount since I like to shoot in heavy weather. The 100% coverage pentaprism is particularly large and clear and the articulated LCD is a must-have when I (regularly) shoot close to the ground or in some other weird position. The 24Mp sensor is superb and it gives me low noise Raw files for my up to 17x25 in-house printing up to ISO1600 (ISO3200 in an emergency). I work in 16bit color depth in Pro Photo RGB and take full advantage of the camera 14bit depth. I like to set exposure by myself (checking the histogram in test pic) but find that auto exposure is very reliable. Single AF is fast and decisive. I am still working on continuous AF for my shorebird photography but I already get a good % of keepers. The camera 6.5fps continuous shooting is respectable. I use the high res mode for some repro work and fine art experiments in my little home studio with easily appreciable improvement in detail, absence of moire, lower noise and increased dynamic range. I also use it outdoors with subjects with minor movement generally stacking a high and a low res frame and using the latter to replace areas of movement showing artifacts in the former. The K70 interval shooting modes are very powerful. I am looking forward to trying the Interval Composite Bright with some night photography. All in all, the Pentax K70 is a very competent, comfortable and fun camera with which to work. Its very competitive price is the cherry on top of the cake and makes it a truly compelling value. Very importantly, there is a large number of AF and MF lenses available for it. The 2 attached pictures are a high res test with the D AF 50mm f/2.8 macro (the 1st pic is normal res).
Date published: 2016-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from yes, I would buy again. So far I love this camera. I also have a Canon 70D which I carry with me along with the Pentax k-70. I am using the Pentax more to get use to it but I also use the Canon when I need familiar channels. I use to have a 35mm Pentax K-1000 which I loved but when I changed to digital they hadn't come out with one in Pentax that I could afford. I tried a Pentax before but didn't care for it and was hesitant to purchase this one. So far it has deemed possible to keep.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Having a blast with the K-70! I've been using the K-70 for about a month now and am enjoying it. I purchased it with the 18-135 kit lens and an extra battery. As expected, it performs well in low-light situations (as compared to my Pani FZ-300 with a much smaller sensor); the AF is quite responsive for my needs. Sure, it's heavier than my FZ-300, but the weight hasn't been a problem. I like the feel of the grip and organization of the menus. It's easy to learn. (I like how you can use the various thumbwheels to change the f-stop or shutter speed without using the menus.) I'm delighted with the image quality. And I look forward to trying pixel shift and learning about all the other goodies in this camera! In closing, I should mention that LightRoom CC supports the 18-135 Pentax lens (only one I own so far). Also you should check for a firmware update once you receive the camera. More later!
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FINALLY. I've had a bit of a journey this past year with regard to cameras and lenses. Last year I had a Canon SX50 HS, which I really liked (took decent pictures, had an electronic level, and had an awesome zoom range), but I decided I wanted to step it up in terms of quality of pictures. Around Christmas time, I bought a Nikon D3300 bundle (case, two lenses, wireless adapter). It was nice, but I wasn't thrilled with the results, and having to switch lenses was kind of annoying. Also, I didn't like that there was no digital horizon/electronic level in the camera, as there was with the SX50. I could understand that it'd be kind of difficult implementing it in the optical viewfinder, but I don't think a Live View implementation would've been difficult or prohibitively expensive. At any rate, I decided to sell it, and I then purchased the Panasonic FZ1000. A fantastic camera. It has an electronic level, a good-sized sensor (in between that of the Canon and a DSLR), focus peaking, a fully articulating screen, a good amount of zoom, and a fairly bright lens. There was still something attractive about a DSLR, though, so I decided to try again, with the D5500. More of the same results: disappointment. I kept returning to the FZ1000. Because I'm probably crazy, I checked out a third ILC, the Sony a68. Getting closer, but it was bulky, the autofocus was erratic at times, and although it had focus peaking (via the EVF), it didn't have a level. The shutter was quiet, which was nice. Back to the Panasonic. I decided (definitely crazy at this point) to give the DSLR world one more shot: the K-70. I was intrigued by the weather sealing, the pentaprism viewfinder, the fully articulating screen, and A LEVEL. In what I consider to be one of the most innovative features of any DSLR I've used/researched, you can set the exposure meter in the viewfinder to function as an electronic level. A stroke of brilliance. And since I'm not a serious photographer, and don't pay too much attention to the exposure meter, the level implementation is fantastic. Of course, once you switch to Live View, you can have the digital level there too, if you want. A lot of people may not care about a level, but it's always been something that's important to me, and to see it so cleverly implemented is great. In terms of handling, it's almost exactly the same size as the D5500, except it's heavier. It feels very solid. The grip doesn't fit my hand quite as well as the D5500 (I'm a 5'10 male, and have average-sized hands), but it's a minor quibble. It balances well with either lens (in addition to the 18-135, I also ordered the brand new, very nice 55-300, with the stepping motor). These are just some observations, but of course we have to talk about image quality. All these things are nice, but if I can't easily take decent pictures, then it's not worth having. Again, I'm far from professional; I've never shot in RAW and I don't like doing much processing, apart from cropping every now and then. The pictures I took were all out of the camera JPEGs, with zero processing. There's a swamp/nature park near where I live, and it provides some decent opportunities to get good pictures. There are a lot of dragonflies. It may be somewhat difficult to see the quality of the pictures on the web site, but when I crop to 100%, I'm very impressed. They are very sharp pictures. Autofocus works really well. There were a few times where it had a bit of trouble, but that was with a dragonfly on a narrow stick in the foreground, and in my experience, a lot of the cameras I've owned will have trouble in those circumstances, so it doesn't bother me. I like the manual focus override in autofocus mode. Sorry for the stream of consciousness review, but I absolutely love this camera. Having a level, weather sealing, a nice viewfinder, and the capability to take fantastic pictures, all at this price point, is wonderful. I'll probably sell the FZ1000, which is no small statement where I'm coming from. I'm that impressed with the Pentax. If you haven't built an ecosystem with Canon/Nikon lenses, and you've got the money, I strongly recommend checking out the K-70. This was a bit of a ramble, so I'll try to answer questions you may have. Also, a shout out to B&H for having awesome customer service, fast shipping, good prices, and a heck of a return policy:).
Date published: 2016-08-23
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