Pentax K-70 summary
Pentax K-70 is Pentax's Entry-Level DSLR digital camera originally launched on June of 2016. The camera includes a 24MP, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a max resolution of 6000 x 4000.
The K-70 is scored #8 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras & overall #130 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. You should use our Advanced camera search to get camera ratings based on your customized criteria.
The following is a chart of specific factors used in the rating system.
Pentax K-70 history
The Pentax K-70 has a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can find all previous and brand new models as well as key specs.
Pentax K-70 Gallery
You can look at the K-70 from different angles in the gallery underneath.
Pentax K-70 Pros and Cons
Here is a selection of pros and cons of the Pentax K-70 based on aspects that are normally considered essential in a digital camera.
Pentax K-70 Sensor specs
The Pentax K-70 features the PRIME MII processor chip. The sensor measurement on the Pentax K-70 is 23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor can capture 6000 x 4000 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2. The camera features Image Stabilization (Sensor based). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter can cause cropping.Sony Japan Introduces 5G Transmitter for Alpha Cameras
The CMOS sensor has 24 megapixels and features a standard ISO range of 100 to 102400. RAW files are supported so the user has more margin for error.
Pentax opted to omit the anti-alias filter inside the Pentax K-70. This will result in more sharp photographs but could create moire under some conditions.
The image below shows the K-70's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The K-70 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is highlighted in green.OM System OM-1 Set to Enhance Autofocus
To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Pentax K-70 dimensions
Pentax K-70 weighs in at 1.52 lb (688 gr / 24.27 ounces) & has outer proportions of 126mm x 93mm x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9"). The weight of typical Entry-Level DSLR camera is 540 gr and the Pentax K-70 is more heavy as compared with other rivals.Shutterstock and United Nations Host AI Image Challenge
The following is a photo of the Pentax K-70 besides a soft drink to help you to get a sense of its size.
The top view directly below will highlight the button design on the K-70.
Pentax K-70 Lens details
The K-70 works with the Pentax KAF2 mount and has 17 lenses available on the market. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our collection that will work with the K-70.
Pentax K-70 Connectivity
The K-70 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Digital cameras that come with NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can copy files and at times change camera settings without connecting physically with the camera.
Some apps also enable a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it could be hooked up to an external screen. Many cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.
Pentax K-70 Video details
The max video quality on the Pentax K-70 is 1920 x 1080 and you can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p quality will provide a decent balance in video quality and file size but 1080p is not going to give you any room to crop. Even though the body offers a mic socket, it is missing a headphone socket so you will not be able to keep an eye on your sound levels.
Pentax K-70 Weather Sealing
Pentax K-70 provides weather proofing making it a fantastic selection for use in tough places. This can be especially useful when you are unsure about the conditions you may encounter in outdoor photography.
Pentax K-70 Screen and Viewfinder
The Pentax K-70 includes a 3 inch fully articulated display having a resolution of 921 thousand dots.
The screen is selfie friendly to take self portraits and group shots if needed. Please note that the display screen has no touch support.Google Launches 'Circle to Search' on Pixel 8 and 8 Pro
The ViewFinder specs for Pentax K-70 are as follows:
- ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
- ViewFinder Coverage 100%
- ViewFinder Magnification 0.63x
Viewfinders can be pretty helpful in bright outdoor conditions which might make the camera screen washed out and difficult to see.
Pentax K-70 Shutter details
Pentax K-70 can shoot continuously at 6.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/6000 sec.
Pentax K-70 Flash and Hot shoe details
Pentax K-70 features both inbuilt flash as well as external flash support.
Pentax K-70 Autofocusing details
Pentax K-70 features both Phase Detect Auto Focus as well as Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster & exact as compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera includes Face detection making it handy for taking portraits of people.
The AF system includes 11 focus points to select from. It also comes with Tracking Auto Focus for moving things. Pentax K-70 supports manual focusing if needed in low light occasions or you need to have more accurate focusing control.
Pentax K-70 Battery life
The battery pack for the Pentax K-70 is built to last for 410 shots with respect to the CIPA requirements making it lower when compared with it's rivals. The usual Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 589. Pentax K-x has got the maximum (1900) battery life in this range of cameras.
Following is a list of Entry-Level DSLR cameras which have the strongest battery life:
Pentax K-70 for varying styles of photography
The following diagram shows a rundown of the Pentax K-70 for varying styles of photography. To view more, go to the specific paragraph below.
Portrait photography with Pentax K-70
The Pentax K-70 has a rating of 80 which is very high, meaning that it is a fantastic pick for portraits. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor size, support for RAW files along with the capability to use external flash.
Street photography with Pentax K-70
Getting a nice rating of 71, the Pentax K-70 is a good fit to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of picture quality and portability.
Pentax K-70 as a Sports photography camera
A very good sports photography score of 72 suggests the Pentax K-70 is a good fit for taking photos of sports. A camera needs fantastic focusing and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Pentax K-70 Travel photography factors
Portability is really important when getting a camera for travel. On the whole, the Pentax K-70 gets a nice 65 as a travelling camera which is a very decent pick to take with you on your holidays.
Pentax K-70 Landscape photography features
When you are planning to buy a camera for landscape pictures, the biggest aspect will be image quality. The Pentax K-70 with it's brilliant score of 78 for a landscape camera is a fantastic fit amongst its rivals.
Pentax K-70 Vlogging details
A vlogging camera preferably should have a moving display, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Pentax K-70 is a respectable pick for vlogging as it receives a above average rating of 71.
Pentax K-70 Alternatives
If you need alternatives to the K-70, here is a number of the highest placed cameras that fall into the category of Entry-Level DSLR.
The diagram just below shows you an overview of the K-70 compared to it's top scored competitors shown previously.
There are more cameras you may look into as alternatives. To go through a extensive comparison, click the "compare" link.