Having launched the full frame Pentax K-1 to acclaim last month, Ricoh has now announced a new enthusiast’s 24-megapixel APS-C format DSLR, the Pentax K-70.
The K-70, slated for release in the third quarter, offers superior value to Nikon and Canon DSLRs at a similar price point, such as the Canon 750D. It is ruggedly weather-sealed, shoots at up to 6fps, has a sensitivity range to 102,400, is capable of continuous stills shooting up to 6 fps (up to 40 JPGs, 10 RAW, or 8 RAW+JPEGs) and features pixel shift technology for images with superior detail and resolution.
‘The camera’s weather-resistant capabilities and compact design make it an ideal photographic companion for hikers, climbers and snow sports enthusiasts, as well as for nature and landscape photographers,’ Ricoh US says in its announcement.
The Hybrid Autofocus (AF) system – a first for a Pentax DSLR – uses both phase-matching and contrast-detection AF for fast and accurate focusing, as well as continuous AF during HD video recording. The in-body shake-reduction system helps reduce shake by up to 4.5 stops.
There’s no anti-aliasing filter, allowing for maximum sharpness, with the ingenious Pentax AA Filter Simulator helping to reduce moiré.
It has a 3-inch, 921k-dot, vari-angle LCD screen and a 0.95x optical viewfinder with 100 percent frame coverage. There’es a Night Vision mode which assists composition in dark light and an Outdoor View mode which brightens the LCD in bright light.
Ricoh also announced a new weather resistant and compact 55-300mm f/4.5-6.3ED PLM WR RE telephoto lens.