- 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
- Size Comparison
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 #257 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over all #1253 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our list. Please look at our Smart camera finder to find camera rankings based on your custom requirements.
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.
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Pentax E70 Gallery
You can check the E70 from various angles in the gallery below.
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.
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.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
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.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
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.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
Below is a pic of the Pentax E70 next to a softdrink so you're able to have a feel for its scale.
The top view below will show you the button arrangement on the E70.
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.
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.
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.
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.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
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.
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.
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:
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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 19 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.
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.
Sports photography with Pentax E70
A really bad sports photography rating of 16 means the Pentax E70 is not good for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs great tracking and continuous shooting for sports photography.
Pentax E70 Travel photography info
Weight is extremely crucial in buying a camera for travel. On the whole, the Pentax E70 gets a modest 50 for a travelling camera which makes it reasonably suitable to take on your trips.
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 22 as a landscape camera is not good in the current market.
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.
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.