Pentax E70

 
Pentax Optio E70 front
 
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.4" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-105mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 175g - 94 x 61 x 26mm
  • Revealed January 2009
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
Portability
94
Imaging
34
Features
11
Overall
24

Pentax E70 summary

Pentax E70 is Pentax's Small Sensor Compact camera first revealed on January of 2009. The camera has got a 10MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 3648 x 2736.

The E70 ranks at #259 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over all #1225 out of 1428 for digital cameras in our list. Please look at our Smart camera finder to find camera rankings based on your custom requirements.

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Below is a diagram of specific factors used in the rating system.

Pentax E70 family

The Pentax E70 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can take a look at all older and the latest models as well as key specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Pentax-Optio-E90 front thumbnailPentax E90
E70 vs E90
32-95mm
F3.1-5.9
10MP1/2.3"2010
Pentax-Optio-E85 front thumbnailPentax E85
E70 vs E85
32-96mm
F2.9-5.2
12MP1/2.3"2009
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Pentax-Optio-E70 front thumbnailPentax E7035-105mm
F3.1-5.9
10MP1/2.3"2009

Pentax E70 Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of pluses and minuses of the Pentax E70 based on features that are usually regarded as essential in a camera.

above average minimum ISO (64)
has built in flash
in built lens has zoom (35-105mm 3.0 x zoom)
can't use external flash
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have external mic socket
doesn't have HDMI socket
doesn't have headphone socket
doesn't have Time Lapse function
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed screen
has no phase detect AF
has no RAW format
lack of shutter priority mode
manual mode not possible
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
no aperture priority
no image stabilization
no manual focus
pixelated screen (112 thousand dots)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
slow max aperture (f3.1)
tiny screen (2.4")
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
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Pentax E70 Sensor info

The sensor spec on the Pentax E70 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 3648 x 2736 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9.

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The CCD sensor boasts 10 megapixels and provides a native ISO range of 64 to 6400. Sadly, RAW format is not supported so you have less margin for error.

The graphic below displays the E70's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The E70 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is presented in green.

Pentax Optio E70 sensor size 400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Pentax E70 dimensions

Pentax E70 weighs around 0.39 pounds (175 gr / 6.17 oz) and the volume of the camera is 94mm x 61mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.0"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr and the Pentax E70 is similar in comparison with other rivals.

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Below is a pic of the Pentax E70 next to a softdrink so you're able to have a feel for its scale.

Pentax Optio E70 dimensions scale

The top view below will show you the button arrangement on the E70.

Pentax Optio E70 topview buttons dials

Pentax E70 Lens info

The E70 includes a built in lens and it has a focal range of 35-105mm making it a 3.0 x zoom which won't be ideal but it may be very helpful in a few scenarios.

At the widest 35mm, it provides an aperture of f3.1 making it pretty slow and not ideal in low light events and you will probably find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You will also need to increase the ISO which results in noisy pictures. Towards the tele end, 105mm comes with f5.9 making it pretty sluggish and you will need to use slow shutter speeds.

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Pentax E70 Connectivity

The E70 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that consist of NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can copy photos and at times alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.

Certain applications even give a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external monitor. Most cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack with the USB socket.

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Pentax E70 Video info

The highest possible video quality on the Pentax E70 is 1280 x 720 and it can shoot in Motion JPEG format. 720p is awful by today's standards. You should shoot for a minimum FUll HD quality for video. The camera does not offer a mic and headphone socket so you have got little control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to buy an alternative camera should you want better sound in your video clips.

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Pentax E70 Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing in the Pentax E70 so you need to be careful in rainy and dusty conditions.

Pentax E70 Display and Viewfinder

The Pentax E70 has got a 2.4 inch fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 112 thousand dots.

Sadly the display screen is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Pentax E70 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

In those bright outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and hard to view, viewfinders are quite useful.

Pentax E70 Shutter info

The max shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Pentax E70 Flash and Hot shoe info

Pentax E70 has got only in-built flash without external flash support.

Pentax E70 Autofocusing info

Pentax E70 has got just Contrast Based Auto Focus and lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier & precise in comparison with Contrast Based autofocusing.

The Sensor has got 9 focus points to choose from. Pentax E70 does not have manual focusing. Manual focusing option can be useful for low light conditions or you need to have more precise focus control.

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Pentax E70 Battery life

The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 comes with the best (470) battery life for this kind of cameras.

Listed below is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras which have the best battery life:

Pentax E70 for varying forms of photography

The following diagram provides a outline of the Pentax E70 for varying forms of photography. To look at more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Portrait photography with Pentax E70

The Pentax E70 receives a points tally of 20 which is really bad, meaning that it is not good for portrait photos. Shooting portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimension, RAW support plus the ability to work with external lighting.

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manual focus not available
no manual exposure
external flash not possible
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files

Pentax E70 Street photography features

With a moderate points tally of 47, the Pentax E70 is somewhat appropriate for street photography. A very good street photography camera comes with a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files

Sports photography with Pentax E70

A really bad sports photography rating of 17 means the Pentax E70 is not good for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs great tracking and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
low resolution sensor (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF

Pentax E70 Travel photography info

Weight is extremely crucial in buying a camera for travel. On the whole, the Pentax E70 gets a modest 51 for a travelling camera which makes it reasonably suitable to take on your trips.

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flash built-in
no Timelapse function
MP count low (10MP)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)

Pentax E70 Landscape photography advice

For those who are planning to buy a camera for landscape pictures, the most critical aspect is going to be image quality. The Pentax E70 and it's really bad grade of 23 as a landscape camera is not good in the current market.

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manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
tiny screen (2.4")
manual exposure not available
does not have image stabilization
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse function

Vlogging with Pentax E70

A vlogging camera should have a moving display, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Pentax E70 is not good as a vlog camera as it receives a really bad rating of 22.

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wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing external mic port

Pentax E70 Alternatives

If you need replacements to the E70, here is a selection of the highest ranked cameras that fall into the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The line chart followed below shows you a bird's eye view of the E70 compared to it's top scored rivals suggested above.

There are more cameras you may take into account as alternate options. To go through a detailed comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Pentax
Model type
Pentax Optio E70
Category
Small Sensor Compact
Revealed
2009-01-05
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
27.7mm²
Sensor resolution
10 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW images
Highest native ISO
6400
Min native ISO
64
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points
9
Lens
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
35-105mm (3.0x)
Largest aperture
f/3.1-5.9
Macro focusing range
10cm
Crop factor
5.9
Screen
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display size
2.4"
Display resolution
112 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Minimum shutter speed
4 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
3.50 m
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
1280x720
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
175 grams (0.39 lbs)
Physical dimensions
94 x 61 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.0")
Other
Battery ID
2 x AA
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots
1
Price at release
$140