Pentax K-70: Another winner from Pentax
This weeks Amateur Photographer (AP) magazine had a full review of Pentax’s mid-range APS-C DSLR the K-70.
Pentax DSLR’s have traditionally pretty much always offered:
Excellent image quality ( especially high ISO performance)
Incredible value for money
Hugely impressive feature set (ie 100% viewfinders & durable bodies)
The one of two features simply not present in equivilent rivals.
Accesss to a wealth of K fit legacy lenses going back 20 years or more.
Access to a wide range of modern high performing Pentax optics
Slightly slow AF performance when compared to rivals.
To be honets its a bit of a mystery as to why despite a rich history and excellent cameras, Pentax have continually failed to gain a more significant share of the APS-C DSLR market.
So how does the K-70 fair against obvious rivals like the Canon 760D and Nikon D5500? What did AP think?
Well they liked it.
From Amateur Photographer (AP) Magazine:
” Overall the K-70 offers great value and a solid set of features in a compact body that should be easy to use for beginners, But equally it will keep budding photographers happy for longer as their experience grows and they start to experiment with the more advanced features that it includes in abundance. For the price the K-70 is hard to beat”
Yep, and there you have it. The Pentax K-70 is a 24mp APS-C weather sealed DSLR with a 100% viewfinder and in-body sensor stabilisation (which also brings pixel shift high res mode). The brutal truth is that no rival (not one) comes close to such a rich feature set.
Yes its true that once again AP Magazine found that the camera’s AF performance lags the opposition but despite this “quirk” or maybe even because of it the K-70 should ( no will) appeal to traditionalists, old school photographers and they will laughing all the way to the bank because you can pick up a brand new Pentax K-70 kitted with 18-135mm all purpose zoom for around £800 and that’s superb value for money.
Mark Baynham (December 2016)