Pentax Optio P70 Digital Camera with 12.0 Megapixel, 4x Optical Zoom, 6.3x Digital Zoom and 2.7" LCD Screen - White

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The Pentax Optio P70 Digital Camera saves images with a maximum resolution of 12.0 megapixels, providing plenty of resolution for enlargements. The P70 features a 4x optical zoom lens with a 28-110mm equivalent angle of view, so it is great for taking group shots and landscapes as well as getting close to your subject for portraits or sports. The camera's fully automatic 'green' mode sets exposure, ISO sensitivity and other important parameters with a touch of a button making the P70's operation very easy.

Even though this camera is designed for simplicity, experienced digital photographers will enjoy the slim, lightweight body and convenient mode selection dial. Users looking to streamline their devices will appreciate the 720p HD video recording that begs to be edited then shared on video hosting websites. Overall, the Option P70 presents itself as an affordable and travel-friendly pocket camera.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (8) , Good image quality (8) , Compact (7) , Large clear LCD (5) , Image stabilization (4) , Zoom range/performance (4) , Nice body color (3)
Lag / shutter delay (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (6) , Travel (6) , Family photos (5)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (6) , Casual photographer (2)

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Key Features

  • An impressive 12.0 megapixel CCD captures large, detailed images, which can be printed as 11" x 14" enlargements (and larger) in clear resolution with impressive image quality.
  • The 4x internal optical zoom is equivalent to a wide-angle 27.5-110mm, making it ideal for landscape, indoor, portrait or group photos, as well as farther away subjects.
  • The large, bright 2.7" LCD screen is viewable at wide-angles, even in bright sunlight. It also provides for easy picture review with intuitive, easy-to-read menus.
  • Pixel Track Shake Reduction mode reduces camera shake and blurring of the subject when photographing still images, as well as ensuring sharp images even in challenging lighting conditions.
  • With Advanced Face Recognition technology, the camera automatically recognizes and quickly captures up to 32 faces in 0.03 seconds, so every face is bright and focused, even in backlit areas.
  • Smile Capture recognizes the precise moment a subject smiles and releases the shutter automatically, and Blink Detection gives an alert to retake the pictures if anyone's eyes are closed.
  • Pentax Auto Picture mode automatically selects from 8 shooting modes for the best picture in any situation.
  • Vertical Snap mode provides the ease of cell phone-camera picture taking with the quality of the latest Pentax Optios by using the OK button to snap shots and the 4-way controller to adjust zoom.
  • HD movie capture vividly captures moving memories in wide-screen 720p at 15 FPS.
  • Digital Shake Reduction mode reduces camera shake and blurring of the subject when photographing still images. At up to ISO 6400, trust the P70 for accurate, blur-free photos.

Technical Specs

Type Ultra-compact digital camera
Sensor Type 1/2.3" interline transfer CCD w/ primary color filter
Effective pixels 12.0
Total pixels 12.39
Recorded resolutions: Still 12M (4000x3000), 7M (3072x2304), 5M (2592x1944), 3M (2048x1536), 2.1M (16:9, 1920x1080), 1024 (1024x768), VGA (640x480)
Recorded resolutions: Movie HD 720p15 (1280x720), VGA (640x480), QVGA (320x240)
LCD screen 2.7"
LCD resolution 230,000 dots
Wide angle viewable Yes
Optical viewfinder N/A
Flash Type Built-in series-control auto flash
Flash modes Auto, flash on, flash off, redeye, soft
Effective range NA
Interface Ports USB 2.0 hi-speed
AV out/Video out NTSC, PAL
Printer interfaces PictBridge
Construction material(s) Aluminum
Operating temperature 32-104°F
Language Support English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Thai, Korean, Simplified/Traditional Chinese
Metering System Type TTL
Multi-segment Yes
Center weighted Yes
Spot Yes
Exposure compensation +/- 2 EV (1/3 steps)
Auto preset modes Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent
Manual mode(s) Yes
Capture Mode Selection Auto Picture (Standard, Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Sport, Flower, Candlelight), Program, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Half Length Portrait (3M), Movie, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Surf & Snow, Sport, Digital SR (5M), Kids, Pet, Food, Fireworks, Frame Composite (3M), Natural Skin Tone, Candlelight, Text, Blog (VGA), Party, Digital Wide (5M), Digital Panorama (2M per frame), Green, Vertical Snap
Green simplified mode available Yes
Face recognition available Yes, up to 32 faces in 0.03s, Smile Capture, Blink Detection
Date stamp Yes, date, date-time, time (not available in Green mode)
Digital filters (capture) Movie color filters (color, B&W, sepia)
Dynamic Range Adjustment N/A
Playback Mode Selection One Shot, Index (4 or 9 thumbnails), Magnification, Movie Playback, Sound Playback, Histogram, Folder, Select & Delete, Calendar
Mode pallet Slideshow, Resize, Cropping, Image & Sound Copy, Image Rotation, Digital Filter, Movie Edit, Frame Composite (3M), Redeye edit, Voice Memo, Protect, DPOF, My Album, Image Recovery, Startup Image, Face Zooming
Magnification Yes, up to 10x, scrollable
Digital filters (playback) B&W, Sepia, Color Filters (6), Color Extract (3), Soft, Brightness
Movie edit Save As Still Image, Movie Divide
Color Red
Lens Type/construction Pentax zoom lens, 7 elements, 6 groups, (3 aspherical elements)
Optical zoom 4x
Focal length (equiv.) 4.9-19.6mm (27.5-110mm)
Digital zoom NA
Combined zoom NA
Intelligent zoom NA
Aperture F2.6-5.8
Focus Type TTL contrast detection autofocus
Focus modes 9 point AF, Spot AF, Auto Tracking AF, Macro, Infinity Landscape, Pan, Manual
Manual focus Yes
Macro focus Yes
Focus lock Yes, by pressing the shutter release button half way
Focus range NA
Internal memory NA
Removable memory SD, SDHC
Power source Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI88
Recordable images NA
Playback time NA
Movie recording time NA
Audio recording time NA
AC adapter available Yes (optional)
Startup NA
Release lag NA
Image Stabilization Still: Pixel Track SR, Digital SR (5M)
Movie: Movie SR
ISO Sensitivity Auto: TBD-800 auto range adjustable, Digital SR ISO TBD-6400 (ISO 3200-6400, 5M)
Manual: TBD-800 auto range adjustable, Digital SR ISO TBD-6400 (ISO 3200-6400, 5M)
Shutter Type Programmed AE electronic lens shutter with CCD electronic shutter
Shutter speed 1/1000 to 1/4 sec (up to 4 sec in Night Scene mode)
Drive Mode Selection One Shot, Self Timer, Continuous, High Speed Continuous (5M)
Continuous FPS NA
Self-timer YES (10s, 2s)
Remote control N/A
File Formats (Still) JPG (EXIF 2.2), DCF 2.0 (design rule for camera file system), DPOF, Print Image Matching III
Movie Format AVI (Motion JPG) with sound
Sound Format WAV (PCM), monaural
Computer System Requirements Windows: Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista, USB port
Mac: Apple MacOS-X 10.1.2-10.5, USB port
Dimensions 3.8" x 2.1" x 0.8"
Weight 3.9 oz. (without battery or removable memory), Loaded and ready - 4.4 oz
Warranty Pentax 1 year limited warranty
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