Pentax X70 12MP CCD Digital Camera with 24x Optical Triple Shake Reduction Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD


  • 12.0-megapixel resolution for photo-quality prints up to 11 x 14 inches
  • 24x wide-angle optical zoom; equivalent to 26-624mm
  • Triple Shake Reduction technology; HD-quality video capture at up to 15fps
  • 2.7-inch LCD screen; Face Detection AF/AE
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC cards (not included)

I have spent hours playing with this camera and love everything about it. I am not a professional by any means, but it takes such great pictures, people seems to think I am. It’s simple to use. Bought it as a newer better camera to my 2 year old Sony H5B, and was surpried it took bad pictures. Received the camera at 6 pm by UPS, opened box at 7pm,charged battery, and at 10 pm started to play with camera. At 1030 pm I boxed it back up and got return paper work to ship it back. My old, old Digital Casio takes beter low light pictures.

Nice face recognition, nice zoom length.

Even the movies taken were as grainy/staticy, and blurry as the stills.

I have read other reviews, and am baffled. I would not recommend this camera. It may be a fluke/defective camera. I don’t care. I am leaving for Alaska on the 29th, and now do not have a better camera than my Old Sony H5B.This is a great camera. Its zoom really reaches waaaay out and was perfect for my trip down the Oregon coast. I took over a thousand photos and was extremely pleased with the Pentax. I purchased this camera after reading reviews and looking at several other cameras. I have taken a little over 300 pictures along with a few minutes of video just to see what it would do in the video setting. You can’t use the optical zoom while shooting video, but you can use the digital zoom. If you want a good video camera, then you should invest in one that is for that even though this one is pretty good as a backup.

I am very pleased with the camera so far. Very good color and most of the pictures are sharp, although I did have a few that were softer for some reason. I have made some adjustments to the camera since then, but have not taken any pictures since the adjustments. Lots of great features and of course the 24x zoom is one reason I bought it. I am just a hobbyist but have an Olympus C765 that took great pictures but had a shorter zoom and fewer megapixels.

I found the menu to be easy to use and the owner’s manual is easy to understand. I have referred to it on several occasions due to the many features of the camera. I do highly recommend spare batteries since it goes through them pretty quickly. You have to take into consideration the large LCD screen, powerful zoom, flash, etc. that all eat up battery life. I also recommend a good LCD screen protector. I found a nice glass one for under $10 made for the Pentax screen. So, all in all, this camera has most everything I wanted in a digital camera without all those lenses to lug around. The video was pretty good for not being a regular video camera.

Pros- Great zoom, excellent color, good picture quality, lightweight and small size, good menu layout, good flash, focus assist light, loads of features.

Cons- Low battery life, no lens thread for filters, touchy zoom lever.

AT FIRST I DID NOT LIKE IT SO MUCH BUT ONCE I GOT FAMILIAR WITH ITS SETTINGS THIS LITTLE POINT OF SHOOTER GAVE ME THE BEST SHARPER PICS THAN ALL THE POINT OF SHOOTERS I OWN ..THIS IS NO BULL I SHOT WITH THIS CAMERA FROM DIFFERENT ANGLES FROM MY WINDOW NO LESS THE SHARPNESS WAS SUPERIOR THAN ANY CAMERA I OWN BY COMPARISON, I LIKED SO MUCH THAT I BOUGHT A SECOND ONE AS BACK UP. I SET THIS CAMERA AT HIGH BURST CONTINUOS SHOOTING THAN I SET IT TO SPORTS AND BELIEVE ME THIS COMBINATION OF SETTINGS WORKS MIRACLES AS FAR AS SHARPNESS IS CONCERNED..I ADMIT THE BATTERY COULD HAVE BEEN A LITTLE BEAFIER AND THE AUTOZOOM COUD HAVE BEEN A LITTLE FASTER BUT IF YOU MASTER THE TOUCH IT COULD GO A LOT FASTER,OVERALL THIS LITTLE ZOOMER AT 24X ROCKS.

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