The Pentax K70
The Pentax K70 is truly one of the best bargains in the camera world today. Not many cameras offer as many features jam-packed into them at such a great price. Available brand new for under $600 as of this writing, the Pentax K70 certainly delivers on value. It offers IBIS, a 24 megapixel sensor, great high ISO performance, excellent dynamic range, weather sealing, and comfortable ergonomics. This combination of features is rare in an APS-C camera, and even more rare for under $1,000. Click "read more" below the video for a summary on the Pentax K70!
Pros of the Pentax K70
Weaknesses of the K70
Pentax K70 Image Gallery
Should You Buy a Pentax K70?
If you're photographer looking for an excellent APS-C camera that will serve you well in nearly any conditions, the Pentax K70 would be an excellent choice. The image quality is great, and it's a camera that you can carry with you anywhere and have no need to worry about its longevity. If you already have Pentax lenses, it's almost a no brainer.
However, if you're looking to have an excellent hybrid camera or to do serious video work with the camera, Pentax is generally not going to be your choice. The disabling of IBIS in video is the most disappointing feature of the K70 to me, personally. It does such an excellent job in stills mode, that I can only wonder how great it would be in video. One can always work around the pre-amps with something like a Zoom H1n, but I don't think the low bitrate 1080p and limited frame-rate options make the camera worth a buy for the serious video shooter.
Having said all of that, I think that most people interested in Pentax cameras are looking for ultimate image quality and value. Pentax certainly delivers on those notions, and then some. The video isn't as bad as some make it out to be, and I have certainly produced a few YouTube videos with the K70 and it's big brother the K1. Overall, the K70 gets a recommended rating from me if you're looking for a great value for money in the photography world. If you're a landscape photographer, that goes double!