Showing posts with label X70. Show all posts
Showing posts with label X70. Show all posts

Friday, March 13, 2009

Pentax X70 is available for Pre-Order at Pentax WebStore

The Pentax WebStore has been great at releasing exclusive items, like the white K2000, and now they have the inside track on the first batch of X70 MegaZoom digicams. You can now pre-order the X70 for $399 direct from Pentax. Out-of-stock orders usually ship within 10 days, so maybe this means the X70 will be in consumer's hands very, very soon.


Link: http://www.pentaxwebstore.com/detail/PTX+17491

Monday, March 02, 2009

Pentax Announces the X70 Camera and the DA 15mm F4 Limited Lens


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.


X70's Best New Features

Like Pentax's recent DSLRs, the X70 doesn't wimp out on trying to give you everyting you need for excellent image quality. First, there's the 1/2.3 sensor* capable of 12MP RAW capture, up to 11 frames per second in a 21 frame burst, with special capture tricks you won't find on any previous Pentax DSLR. For example, there's ISO 6400 for extra sensitivity. And new Auto-Tracking autofocus, with Face Recognition for up to 32 faces, and with blink detection to avoid shots where the subject is closing their eyes. Plus, you can choose different frame ratios (4:3, 3:2, 16:9, or 1:1). (* Sorry, I had the wrong information about the sensor when this first posted, and this has been corrected.)

The SMC coated zoom lens on the X70 goes from the 35mm lens equivalent of 26mm (wide angle) to an amazing 624mm (super tele-photo). And there's a Super-Macro mode for focusing up to 0.4 inches in front of your small subjects. And all of this range has Pentax's patented Shake-Reduction for gyro-stabilized shots. And then you can factor in digital zoom for an additional 150x, or 3900mm. Eeegads!

Finally, 720p HD movie mode, wrapping all the above (zoom, SR, autofocus) into amazing video. HD Video mode is one feature I hope will make it to a Pentax DSLR this year. I'll be anxious to see how this sensor and lens combo fairs in image tests later this spring, but if it has low noise and fast response, perhaps even better than the recent K2000, this will be a breakthrough camera for the brand.

The Pentax DA 15mm F4 Limited Lens


Not content to leave out the lens candy for DSLR fans, Pentax announced an amazing super-wide angle lens for Pentax DSLR cameras. The small and gem-like DA 15mm Limited for $649, available in April! This is what Pentax has to say about the new lens:

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.
Additional features:
  • 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

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