Andy Westlake tests Pentax's latest fully featured mid-range DSLR with in-body image stabilisation

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Pentax K-70

Features:9/10
Build/Handling:8/10
Metering:8/10
Autofocus:7/10
AWB Colour:7/10
Dynamic Range:8/10
Image quality:8/10
LCD viewfinder:9/10

Pros:

  • Effective in-body image stabilisation that works with every lens
  • Large, bright viewfinder is the best in class
  • Good contingent of external controls makes it easy to change settings

Cons:

  • Relatively slow and clunky live view
  • In-camera JPEG processing needs a lot of twekaing for the best results
  • LCD screen isn't touch sensitive

Product:

Pentax K-70 review

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£559.00 (body only)

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Pentax K-70 – Viewfinder and screen

Pentax K-70

One area where the K-70 is far ahead of its peers is in its optical viewfinder. Compared to the pentamirror set-ups used by Canon and Nikon, it uses a pentaprism that gives a significantly larger view with practically 100% coverage of the final view. As you might expect, this improves the shooting experience no end. An information panel below the focusing screen displays key exposure data in a logical, easy-to-read fashion.

The rear screen appears to be the same 3in, 921,000-dot fully articulated LCD as that found on the K-S2. It’s sharp and detailed, and its flexibility makes it great for shooting at odd angles, or when using a tripod. The lack of touch sensitivity makes little practical difference when shooting with 
the viewfinder, but slows down operation in live view or playback.

  1. 1. At a glance
  2. 2. Pentax K-70 - Features
  3. 3. Pentax K-70 - Viewfinder and screen
  4. 4. Pentax K-70 - Build and handling
  5. 5. Pentax K-70 - Autofocus
  6. 6. Pentax K-70 - Performance
  7. 7. Pentax K-70 - Pixel Shift Resolution
  8. 8. Pentax K-70 review - Dynamic range, resolution and noise
  9. 9. Pentax K-70 - Verdict
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