Pentax K-70 Brief Review



  • 24 megapixel APS-C sensor (no AA filter)
  • Shutter speed 30 sec. to 1/6000, bulb
  • Flash sync speed 1/180
  • ISO 100-102400
  • 11-point autofocus
  • 6 fps burst mode (buffer: 40 JPEGs, 10 RAW)
  • Weather-sealed
  • Auto and manual modes
  • Interval shooting 2s to 24h
  • 14-bit RAW and JPEG
  • Pixel Shift resolution
  • 1080p HD video at 60 fps up to 25 minutes
  • Wi-Fi
  • Viewfinder
  • 3" tilting LCD
  • Li-ion battery rated at 410 shots
  • Weighs 688g (1.51 lbs.)
  • Release Date: 2016-07-15
  • Final Grade: 90 4.5 Star Rating: Recommended

Pentax K-70 features weather sealing and an affordable price tag
With weather-sealing and a wide ISO range, the K-70 could be a good option for beginners and enthusiasts.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 9/27/2016

The Pentax K-70 has two big things going for it: weather-sealing, and an $899 price tag.

Like most entry-level DSLRs, the K-70 sports an APS-C sensor. The camera shoots at a respectable six frames per second, using up to a 1/6000 second shutter speed. An 11-point autofocus and 1080p video are also included but pretty standard at the price point.

But what's a bit less standard is the ISO range that heads all the way up to 102,400. That's a pretty impressive range for a camera at this price point. While ISO performance is tough to judge without a hands-on copy, that wide range and our previous experience with Pentax DSLRs suggests the K-70 could be a decent low light performer.

The wide ISO range is also paired with in-body image stabilization that's rated at an impressive 4.5 shutter steps.

All that imaging tech is wrapped up in a body that's sealed from rain and dust and is also designed to keep performing in cold weather down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 degrees Celsius).

Pentax DSLRs tend to be a bit more unusual, but they've also produced pretty solid images for us in the past like with the K-70's predecessor, the 2013 K-50. The K-70 looks like a good tender for beginners and enthusiasts on a budget. While the body-only is listed at $899, a $650 price on Amazon before the camera even hits shelves suggests it will be easy to find the K-70 for a decent price. The K-70 is also available bundled with an 18-135mm kit lens and comes in black or silver.

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Pentax, who just recently merged with Ricoh, has long been a sort of underdog—but not necessarily in performance or quality. Pentax/Ricoh offers some quirky cameras, but for the most part, we've found that to be a good thing.

The Pentax/Ricoh DSLR’s are mostly weather-sealed, giving them a unique advantage over competing manufacturers that don't offer anything similar. When we tried out models like the K-50, we were quite impressed with the image quality. The autofocus was a bit noisier than a Nikon, but the weather-sealing and often better price is hard to resist when the image quality is so good. Pentax continued to add in innovations by adding an anti-aliasing filter that can be turned on and off to the 2013 K-3.

Pentax hasn't jumped into the mirrorless battle too much, but they do offer the tiny and colorful Q7. With a smaller sensor and a smaller price point, the Q7 and similar models are more of a consumer mirrorless than one for the enthusiasts, but it's an extremely small camera with a whole lot of color options.

Pentax has a few solid compact models out too. The Pentax MX-1 earned our Best Budget Advanced Compact for 2013 for its advanced features yet small price tag. They offer a waterproof line that includes macro ring lights built in, something unique to the WG cameras.

Pentax/Ricoh may be a bit quirky, but many of their cameras are well worth a look and offer excellent image quality for the price.

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