Pentax K-70 Review: Enthusiast-grade features; entry-level price (and it bests the flagship K-3 II in low light!)
posted Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 2:59 PM EST
A couple of weeks ago, we published our field test of Ricoh's latest DSLR, the affordable Pentax K-70. Priced at just US$650 body-only, the K-70 offers features you just don't find from DSLR rivals at this pricepoint. And they're features you'll likely appreciate, as well. There's a bright, clear and accurate glass pentaprism viewfinder instead of the more commonplace (and less enjoyable) pentamirror finders found on other brands' DSLRs at this pricepoint. And there's a twin-dial control layout which makes exposure changes simple and intuitive. Not to mention comprehensive dust and moisture-sealing as well as freezeproofing, ensuring that your new camera can safely accompany you almost anywhere you go.
These features are accompanied by some which are new to the Pentax brand, or making their first appearance outside of the more experimental K-S camera lineup. Examples include on-sensor phase detection autofocus pixels for faster live view AF and the ability to use full-time autofocus during movie capture, plus in-camera Wi-Fi wireless networking. As you may have seen in our field test, though, we did have some concerns about the latter in particular, with many of the same issues still present which we saw earlier in our review of the Pentax K-S2.
So should those concerns guide you away from the Pentax K-70, or should its strengths in other ways (plus the availability of alternatives should you experience the same Wi-Fi concerns we did) steer you in favor of this richly-featured and very affordable DSLR? You'll find our thoughts on all this and more in the just-published conclusion to our Pentax K-70 review. And at the same time as finalizing the review, we've also added our image quality comparison and print quality analysis, as well as the results of all our in-depth performance testing. Be sure to read those and the field test too, for the full story!