Andy Westlake tests Pentax's latest fully featured mid-range DSLR with in-body image stabilisation
Pentax K-70 – Performance
In real-world use the K-70 turns out to be a pretty capable camera. Its metering is generally reliable, but as is often the case you’ll probably find yourself having to apply exposure compensation with unusually light or dark subjects. However, auto white balance tends too much towards the cool side for my tastes, and I generally preferred using a preset such as ‘daylight’ or ‘cloudy’.
If you want to use JPEGs out of the camera, then it’s worth taking time to understand the settings and decide which you prefer. For example, I find the default ‘bright’ colour mode over the top and prefer to use ‘natural’ instead. If you’d like to retain as much detail as possible, then it’s best to switch the sharpness mode to Fine, as the standard setting gives rather mushy results. Shooting raw gives the freedom to adjust this all after the event, using the well-designed in-camera raw converter.
The weather-resistant Pentax 18-135mm lens complements the K-70 pretty well. Like most superzooms, it’s sharpest in the middle of its range but much weaker towards either end, with visibly softer corners.