PENTAX Optio P70
A high-performance digital compact camera
host of advanced features in a stylish, ultra-slim body
January 15, 2009
HOYA CORPORATION PENTAX Products is pleased
to announce the launch of the PENTAX Optio P70 digital compact camera. In its
stylish, ultra-slim body, this new high-performance model features a host of
advanced functions that make high-quality digital photography simple and effortless.
The Optio P70 packages outstanding core features — such as an optical 4X zoom lens, approximately 12 effective megapixels for super-high-resolution images, and a large, easy-to-view 2.7-inch color LCD monitor — into a high-quality metallic housing. Despite these specifications, it has been designed to be extremely compact, with a body as thin as 16.5 millimeters in some sections. It also offers a variety of user-friendly features, including a new Vertical Snap to facilitate vertical-position shooting; a Smile Capture function to automatically release the shutter when it detects a subject’s smile; and an Auto Picture mode to automatically select one of eight shooting modes for a given subject. As a result, it assures high-quality digital photography with simple, effortless operation. The Optio P70 also offers a choice of three colors to suit the user’s preference.
Compact, ultra-slim bodyThe Optio P70 sports a compact, ultra-slim body measuring as thin as 16.5 millimeters in some sections, despite its incorporation of such advanced features as an optical 4X zoom lens with a 27.5mm wide-angle coverage and an extra-large LCD monitor. This compact body was the result of PENTAX’s advanced technologies, including a lens unit featuring a newly designed “Sliding Lens System,”* thorough downsizing of all parts, and space-efficient high-density mounting technology. As a result, the Optio P70 is compact enough to carry anywhere and on every occasion — even on short daily strolls.
* The PENTAX-original lens storage mechanism in which central lens groups are offset from the optical axis and the entire lens is stored in two vertical steps into the lens cylinder. As a result, the overall lens length at the fully retracted position is greatly reduced, contributing to the reduction in body depth.
Stylish design with high-grade finishTo create an elegant, sophisticated appearance and ensure the maximum holding comfort of the camera body, both sides of the Optio P70 are gently rounded, with a strap lug integrated into the body to eliminate any protrusion. For a high-grade finish, meticulous attention is paid to every detail of the camera body — from the elegant, dazzling aluminum housing to chrome-coated parts that are gently contoured to radiate sparkles from every viewing angle. To create a distinctive finishing touch, the silver model has a fine-textured sand finish, while other color models have a double-coating finish with a clear overcoat applied over a primary color paint.
Triple anti-shake protection to prevent different types of camera shake
** When the High-Sensitivity SR mode is selected, the recorded size is fixed to 5M (2592 x 1944 pixels).
*** When the Movie SR mode is selected, the angle of view becomes narrower than normal shooting.
High image qualityThe Optio P70 is designed for the highest level of performance and image quality in its class, thanks to the combination of approximately 12 effective megapixels producing super-high-resolution images, a high-performance imaging engine assuring true-to-life color reproduction, and a renowned smc PENTAX lens. It even records movie clips at the size of 1280 x 720 pixels, producing beautiful movies equivalent in quality to those of high-definition broadcast.
Optical 4X zoom lens with wide-angle coverageIn its compact, ultra-slim body, the Optio P70 incorporates an optical 4X zoom lens covering a focal length from 4.9mm to 19.6mm (equivalent to approx. 27.5mm to 110mm in 35mm format). This versatile lens is designed to cover a wide range of subjects and scenes — from wide-angle images of breathtaking scenery, spectacular architecture and a group at a confined location to telephoto images depicting fine-detailed subjects. For higher-magnification photography, it even comes with an Intelligent Zoom function. When combined with the optical zoom lens, this function extends the zoom range to approximately 25 times without compromising the optical performance of the zoom lens.
Vertical Snap mode for easy vertical-position shootingThe Optio P70’s unique Vertical Snap mode simplifies vertical-position shooting, as it allows the photographer to turn the power on and off and zoom the lens in and out with simple pushbutton operation on the back panel. In addition, all icons on the LCD monitor are automatically rotated for vertical-position viewing. This new mode assures the user of the same ease of operation as a cellular phone.
Auto Picture mode for automatic selection of eight different shooting modesThe Optio P70 features the advanced Auto Picture mode, which automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode for a given subject or scene by detecting the subject’s lighting and other conditions. This user-friendly mode not only makes the right mode choice for the photographer (from Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Flower, Sport, Standard and Candlelight modes), but also features an auto macro mode, which automatically switches the camera’s focus range to macro in close-up applications.
Super-fast Face Recognition AF & AE function to capture the subject’s face in focus in approx. 0.03 secondsThe Optio P70 features the Face Recognition AF & AE function, which is extremely handy for taking casual snapshots of people. It optimizes the focusing and exposure status of the subject — up to 32 faces in a single image — in approximately 0.03 seconds. The Optio P70 even offers other user-friendly functions: a Smile Capture function automatically releases the shutter the instant it detects the subject’s smile; and a Blinking Detection function warns the photographer when the subject’s eyes close at the time of shutter release.
Large, easy-to-view 2.7-inch color LCD monitorDespite its compact dimensions, the Optio P70 features a large 2.7-inch high-brightness color LCD monitor. Its bright screen not only makes image viewing easy both during shooting and playback, but also facilitates menu reading and mode setting.
|Number of Effective pixels||approx. 12 megapixels|
|Image Sensor||1/2.3" CCD|
|Number of Recorded pixels||Still|| 12M, 7M, 5M, 3M, 2.1M(16:9), 1024, 640
|Movie||1280, 640, 320|
|Sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity)||Auto, Fixed (ISO 64 - 6400)|
|Motion Blur Reduction||Still||Pixel Track SR. Hi-sensitivity anti-shake mode (Digital SR)
|Movie||Movie shake reduction mode (Movie SR)|
|Face recognition||Face recognition AF&AE is available at all mode. 32 people at most.
Smile Capture. Blinking Detection.
|Storage Media||Built-in Memory (approx. 33.7MB), SD/SDHC Memory Card|
|White Balance||Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light, Manual setting|
|Lens||smc PENTAX zoom lens, 7 elements in 6 groups (3 aspherical elements)|
|Focal Length||4.9 - 19.6mm (approx. 27.5 - 110mm in 35mm format)|
|Aperture||F2.6 (W) - F5.8 (T)|
|Digital Zoom||approx. 6.3X|
|Intelligent Zoom||approx. 5.2X at 7M, approx. 25X at 640 (including optical zoom)|
|Display||2.7" LCD , approx. 230K dots|
|Focus||Type||9-point AF, Spot AF, Auto tracking AF|
(From lense face)
|Standard: 0.4m - infinity (at wide setting), 0.5m - infinity (at tele
setting), 1.31 ft. - infinity (at wide setting), 1.64
ft. - infinity (at tele setting)
Macro: 0.1 - 0.5m (at wide setting), 0.5 - 0.7m (at tele setting), 0.33 - 1.64 ft. (at wide setting), 1.64 - 2.3 ft. (at tele setting)
Infinity-landscape, Pan Focus, Manual Focus: available
|Exposure Control||Metering System||Multi-segment metering, Center-weighted metering, Spot metering|
|Exposure Compensation||±2EV (1/3EV steps)|
|Scene mode||Auto Picture, Program, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Half-length Portrait, Movie, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Surf & Snow, Sport, Digital SR, Kids, Pet, Food, Fireworks, Frame Composite, Party, Natural Skin Tone, Candlelight, Text, Blog, Digital Wide, Digital Panorama, Green, Vertical Snap|
|Playback modes||Slideshow, Resize, Cropping, Image/Sound Copy, Image Rotation, Digital Filter (Color Filter [11 kinds], Soft Filter, Brightness Filter), Movie Edit, Frame Composite, Red-eye Compensation, Voice Memo, Protect, DPOF, Favorites, Image Recovery, Start-up Screen, Face close-up playback|
|Shutter Speed||1/1000 - 1/4 sec. 4 sec. at most (Night Scene mode setting)|
|Built-in flash||Modes||Flash-on and Flash-off modes. "Red-eye" reduction function employs a pre-discharge. Soft Flash.|
|Flash Range||Wide: approx. 0.2 - 4.6m (ISO Auto) approx. 0.66 - 15 ft. (ISO Auto)
Tele: approx. 0.5 - 2.1m (ISO Auto) approx. 1.64 - 6.9 ft. (ISO Auto)
|Drive Modes||One shot, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting, High Speed Continuous Shooting|
|Power Source||Rechargeable D-LI88 lithium-ion battery, Optional AC adapter kit is also available|
|Battery life||Still *: approx. 200 shots (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)
Playback **: approx. 220 min. (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)
|Interfaces||USB2.0 (Hi-Speed), AV terminal|
|Dimensions||approx. 97(W) × 54(H) × 21.5(D) mm (excluding the operation
parts and protrusion. 16.5mm at the thinnest part.)
approx. 3.8(W) × 2.1(H) × 0.8(D) inches (excluding the operation parts and protrusion. 0.6 inches at the thinnest part.)
|Weight||Body||approx. 110 g (without battery and SD memory card)
approx. 3.9 oz.
|With battery & SD card||approx. 125 g (loaded and ready)
approx. 4.4 oz.
* Recording capacity shows approximate number of shots recorded
during CIPA-compliant testing. Actual performance may vary depending on operating
** According to the result of PENTAX in-house testing.
[Optio P70 Storage capacity ]
|Still||Built-in Memory *||512MB||1GB||2GB||4GB|
|Movie||Built-in Memory *||512MB||1GB||2GB||4GB|
|Voice recording||Built-in Memory *||512MB||1GB||2GB||4GB|
The maximum file size is 2GB for movie.
The maximum length is 24 hours for Voice recording