What’s the deal with the Pentax K-70?

9 Jun
SLR camera with grey top plate, otherwise black and with a lens and lens hood, facing front.

Pentax K-70 in “silky silver” finish.

Ricoh have gone all-out with the introduction of the Pentax K-70, which includes not only weather sealing, a 24 megapixel sensor, 14 bit RAW and new noise suppression, but also pixel-shift resolution. So what distinguishes it from the 24 megapixel, 14 bit, pixel-shift K-3 II?

SLR camera with grey top plate and lens without hood, photographed facing the camera. Green LED illumination around shutter button indicates camera is switched on.

Pentax K-70 in “silky silver” finish.

The 1/6000s top shutter speed suggests that the K-70 retains the noisier shutter unit from the K-r lineage, and doesn’t have ultrasonic dust removal, which has been consistently reserved for the K-5 and K-3 product lines. The flip-side is that the K-70 should easily achieve the advertised 4.5 stops of stabilisation if the K-3 II can do so with its extra baggage.

If you don’t need GPS and AstroTracer, this camera will be an easy purchase to make for its advertised US $650 price tag.

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5 Responses to “What’s the deal with the Pentax K-70?”

  1. Gonzi June 22, 2016 at 11:56 pm #

    Thanks for your post.
    K-70 doesn’t have the good build construction of the K-3ii.. K-70 is only 5.5 fps.. K-3II is 8.5 fps.

    • breakfastographer June 23, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

      Thanks for commenting. Sure, there are many small differences – I decided to focus on the ones that people are likely to think are important. The K-3 series cameras don’t always reach the full 8.5 or 8.3 frames per second, but the K-70 probably will reach its 6.0 frames in a wider variety of circumstances (I don’t know where you saw 5.5 frames, the official specs from Ricoh say 6.0). Then again, the buffer is a little smaller on the K-70, and if continuous shooting is a priority for you, I’d recommend waiting for reliable test results of the buffer clearing rate before making a purchase decision.

      You may also consider that the K-3 II supports USB 3.0 (K-70 has USB 2.0) and has dual card slots.

      Best regards.

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