• 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 26.00mm - 624.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 70.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Pentax X70 advantages over Sony RX100 III

  • More telephoto lens reach
    624 mm vs 70 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.0 fps vs 10.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Sony RX100 III advantages over Pentax X70

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    1 inch vs 1/2.33 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.41 vs 1.53 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/1.8 vs f/2.8
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 320 vs 170 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Thinner
    41 mm vs 99 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    4 years vs 10 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Lighter weight
    287g vs 411g
    Lighter weight
  • More dots on screen
    1229k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 12.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Pocket-friendly design; Popup electronic viewfinder; Bright lens across the zoom range; Great performance with very fast autofocus; Very high resolution gives lots of detail in good light; High ISO noise levels much better than most pocket camera rivals; Wi-Fi wireless networking

  • Feels a little unbalanced without an accessory grip; Not as much telephoto reach as its siblings; Noise processing is heavier-handed than in earlier models; Quite pricey for a fixed-lens camera

The Competition

Compared to Sony RX100

Pentax X70
Sony RX100
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $368
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony RX100 III
Sony RX100
  • $648
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $368
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Sony RX100 II

Pentax X70
Sony RX100 II
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $548
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony RX100 III
Sony RX100 II
  • $648
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Fast startup
  • $548
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Canon G7X

Pentax X70
Canon G7X
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $604
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony RX100 III
Canon G7X
  • $648
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $604
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Panasonic LX100

Pentax X70
Panasonic LX100
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony RX100 III
Panasonic LX100
  • $648
  • 1 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Internal flash
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Olympus SP-590UZ

Pentax X70
Olympus SP-590UZ
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Faster shutter
  • $450
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Longer exposure
Sony RX100 III
Olympus SP-590UZ
  • $648
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $450
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
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