Pentax K-70

24MP APS-C CMOS sensor | In-body image stabilization | 1080/60p video capture

What we like:

  • Large and bright viewfinder
  • In-body image stabilization
  • Good Raw dynamic range
  • Twin control dials

What we don't:

  • Relatively heavy
  • Limited AF performance
  • Poor battery life
The Pentax K-70 is a 24MP DSLR with on-sensor phase-detection to provide a better live view and video experience. In addition to helping to give sharp images, the in-body image stabilization system us also used to offer clever modes such as Pixel Shift resolution, AA filter simulation, and horizon correction.
The K-70 features twin dials that, in classic Pentax fashion, are highly customizable. The rear screen is fully articulated, making use of the new live view AF system easy from any angle. Another signature Pentax feature is the big, bright viewfinder. All of this is packed in to a robust weather sealed body, carrying on the tradition of Pentax toughness.
The K-70 features twin dials that, in classic Pentax fashion, are highly customizable
The viewfinder's AF system is a familiar one. It features 11 AF points, the center 9 of which are cross-type. Paired with a modern 'PLM' lens the AF system works quite well. At close range, though, the lack of scene awareness and the lack of fast focusing lenses means it lags the best of its peers.
Default JPEGs from the Pentax aren't incredible, but the amount of adjustability to the in-camera image processing is. Most things can be fine-tuned to a photographers taste and saved to either apply to all images, or only ones that are converted from Raw using the same menu system. A few parameters are still a bit hidden, and the color response can't be tuned but once its learned the Pentax in-camera Raw processor is up there with the best.
While it adds new video autofocus features, the K-70's video spec is fairly standard: 1080p capture at 24, 25 or 30 fps. It offers a built in mic socket, but no headphone jack. Shooting video is quite easy with full manual controls and internal image stabilization but the footage isn't very detailed.
All of this customization and wealth of features comes at an incredibly competitive price, undercutting the competition by a fair amount. While viewfinder autofocus is still not up with the best of its peers, and the video is nowhere near as detailed as its rivals, the K-70 carries on a great Pentax tradition: enthusiast-friendly ergonomics paired with value for money.

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