After rumors this weekend, Pentax fans weren't too surprised to see that Pentax has unveiled a brand new digital camera today, the Pentax X70. It's a 24x mega-zoom "bridge" camera that has many of the features of a DSLR, but with a standardized built-in lens like a point-and-shoot. It's not much smaller than a DSLR, but it is lighter and it comes at a lower price point that should make it fairly competitive, about $399 or less when it arrives on the street in April.
Ultra wide-angle perspective: This new lens offers a 23mm angle of view (in the 35mm format) for eye-catching wide-angle images. Enjoy visual effects unique to ultra wide-angle lenses such as enhanced perspective and an expanded depth of field. This lens is perfect for capturing sweeping landscapes, magnificent architecture and confined interiors.
Limited Lens series quality: The PENTAX Limited Lens series is designed for the ultimate in image reproduction. True to the Limited lens tradition, this new lens not only assures excellent image quality, but also produces sharp, clear images with minimal distortion and outstanding contrast even at the maximum aperture. The optical design has been optimized for digital photography, and the barrel, built-in hood, and cap are all made of a high-grade aluminum material that is shaped for perfect proportions.
High-performance optics: This lens incorporates a hybrid aspherical (AL) lens and an extra-low-dispersion (ED) glass optical element to assure high-quality images with minimal aberrations, including lateral chromatic aberration. Compared with other ultra wide-angle lenses, image distortion is also extremely low.
Compact, lightweight design: With newly developed optics, this ultra wide-angle lens design is extremely compact and lightweight. It has no dome-shaped protrusion on the objective element, allowing the photographer to easily mount any 49mm diameter filters, including circular polarizing filters which are popular in landscape photography.
- Built-in flower-shaped lens hood, with extendible design for easy carrying
- Minimum focusing distance of 0.5 feet (18 centimeters) for close-up photography
- PENTAX-developed Quick-Shift Focus System for instant switching to manual-focus operation after the subject is acquired by the AF system
- PENTAX-original Super Protect (SP) coating on front surface of the lens makes it easy wipe away fingerprints, cosmetics and other stains and smudges