Pentax XG-1

July 15, 2014 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras | 11 Comments | |
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Ricoh has announced the Pentax XG-1, a 16-megapixel bridge camera with 52x optical zoom, 9fps continuous shooting and Full HD movies. Able to cover ultra-wide-angle (24mm equivalent) to super-telephoto (1.248mm eq.) ranges, the Pentax XG-1 has a 1cm Macro mode and an Auto Tracking AF function to keep your moving subject in focus. The camera also offers ten shooting modes including the hands-off Auto Picture, Scene (11 options), Program, Face Beautifier and Movie. There’s even a pet detection mode for automatic recognition of up 10 pet faces. The XG-1 is compatible with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards so you can share your images and videos straight to your phone or tablet. Available from the middle of August, the Pentax XG-1 carries a suggested retail price of £279.99.

Ricoh Press Release

Introducing the PENTAX XG-1: Bridge the gap with the latest digital camera

  • 16MP CMOS sensor
  • 52-times optical zoom lens with 24-mm ultra-wide-angle coverage to shoot a range of subjects
  • Back-illuminated CMOS image sensor;  top sensitivity of ISO 3200
  • High-speed continuous shooting; up to 9 frames per second
  • Reliable shake- reduction system for sharp, blur-free images
  • Full HD-standard movie recording

The PENTAX XG-1 is a versatile, all-purpose bridge camera; perfect for beginners who are looking for a step up from a compact camera.  The camera allows you to effortlessly capture a variety of images from friends and family to more specialist subjects including nature, pets, beautiful scenery and fast-action sports.

The XG-1 is deal if you’re looking for a camera to capture those all important moments when you’re out and about.  This lightweight, compact camera has an easy-to-carry body with a design resembling PENTAX SLR cameras.  It offers a host of outstanding basic features, including a powerful 52-times optical zoom lens, approximately 16.0 effective megapixels for high-resolution images, and a large, easy-to-view 3.0-inch LCD monitor.

For those who are less keen on carrying a bag of lenses ‘just in case’ this camera offers it all.  Able to cover ultra-wide-angle (24mm) to super-telephoto (1.248mm) ranges, this all-in-one model performs superbly whatever the subject.  If close up macro shots are more your thing, then you’ll love the 1cm Macro mode, which allows you to capture dramatic, eye-catching close-up images from a distance of just one centimetre. That’s perfect for capturing the detail of your favourite wildlife and flowers.

This digital bridge camera certainly packs a punch when it comes to high-speed continuous shooting, making sure you never miss a moment – even if it’s a moving subject.  The PENTAX XG-1 offers standard continuous shooting mode with a maximum speed of 9 images per second.  But if you prefer life in the fast lane this camera also offers a super-high-speed continuous shooting mode with a maximum speed of approximately 60 images per second* and a high-speed continuous shooting mode with a maximum speed of approximately 30 images per second**.  Coupled with Auto Tracking AF function, it will keep your moving subject in focus, whether that’s a bird or a dirtbike – producing dramatic, perhaps even once-in-a-lifetime shots!  Add to this the XG-1’s shake reduction system and you’ll be guaranteed a full set of sharply focused, blur-free pictures.

* In the super-high-speed continuous shooting mode, the image size is fixed at VGA format (640 X 480 pixels).

** In the high-speed continuous shooting mode, the image size is fixed at 4M (2304 X 1728 pixels).

And if a picture still doesn’t capture the full essence of your subject, switch your XG-1 into HD-standard movie recording, select your preferred choice of one of eight digital filters (including black & white and sepia), and sit back.  You can playback your movies on the camera, or connect a micro-HDMI lead to watch on the big screen at home and share your adventures with friends and family.

If that wasn’t enough, the XG-1 also offers ten shooting modes including the hands-off Auto Picture, Scene (11 options), Program, Face Beautifier and Movie.  Select digital filters such as black & white and fish-eye to extend the creativity of your shots.  There’s even pet detection mode for automatic recognition of up 10 pet faces . The XG-1 is with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards so you can share your images and videos straight to your phone or tablet, and post them online before you get home.

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#1 dan

On paper does not look that good, but at that price it not too bad, especially as the price will probably drop.

7:49 am - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

#2 Darlene

My head is swimming in choices..

Does this have decent wide angle lens for interior real estate shots?

Appreciate the feedback.

p.s. Or if you can recommend (under $500) bridge camera for interior shots!

4:41 pm - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

#3 Warren Lyons

Darlene; if you are primarily interested in shooting interiors, there are better choices than bridge cameras for the same price. The tiny sensors which allow for the extended focal lengths will not allow for the low light sensitivity needed for good interior shots. For the same price as a better bridge camera, you can get an older model entry DSLR or compact system camera. The just discontinued Canon Rebel T3 can be had in the USA for around $300.00 with the kit lens. Ditto for the Sony Alpha 3000. Both will give you indoor shots that will put any long zoom camera to shame

12:09 pm - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

#4 Darlene

Hi Warren!

Thank you so much for feedback. Hopping right over to Amazon as we speak to check that out.

I wanted the bridge camera for ease of use..but it would be fun to take (DSLR) classes, I think.

~darlene :)

1:09 pm - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

#5 Zoltan Arva-Toth


We have not had an opportunity to review the Pentax XG-1, as it has just been announced - so we cannot comment on the quality of its lens just yet.

In a more general sense, interior shots require a camera with an ultra-wide lens (with some moderate telephoto thrown in for detail shots), a good tripod and - if you are aiming for really high-quality results - a couple of off-camera flashes mounted on light stands, with a good understanding of lighting for interiors.

Of all these, the UWA lens is probably the most important. A 24mm equivalent lens is useful but not always wide enough - sometimes you need 21mm equivalent or wider.

10:26 am - Friday, July 18, 2014

#6 Rudolf Kooijman

Dear Darlene,

We have a real estate agency in Slovakia. We take most pictures ourselves with a Samsung EX1. You may consider buying a Samsung EX2f. I think that will do your job.

Ofcourse I do not argue with anyone who prefers better and more expensive cameras. It's just that we work low budget and we have a lot of uninteresting houses and appartments. Plus we work no cure no pay, so we simply cannot afford to hire a professional photographer.

Kind regards from Slovakia.

2:10 pm - Friday, July 18, 2014

#7 Nissim ben Avraham

Pentax always create great camera. I believe that XG-1 also a good one. It just like an 'upgrade' of X-5, which resembles K-5/K-5 II series for it's body. It also looks lack of flashgun hotshoe (what a shame), has a tiltable LCD (not all free angle/360 flip), stationet rubber grip (not a real zoom/focus ring). But it must be has reliable sensor stabilizer (only Pentax doing this good job). The price is not cheap but not too expensive. Just can't wait for the review, it must be interesting.

9:45 am - Saturday, July 19, 2014

#8 Nissim ben Avraham

@ Darlene.

Panasonic Lumix FZ200 with it's constant f/2.8 aperture will compromise the low light situation in interior photography.
You can use any camera with decent wide angle photos ability such as Canon PowerShot SX50 for example (both are under $500 now).

As always, using tripod and good setting of golden rules is important.

9:57 am - Saturday, July 19, 2014

#9 ron eccles

One for Darlene. I used to take interior shots for Estate Agents, Ideally you need a 10-20mm lens and bounce flash. I used a Pentax K10 with a Sigma 10-20mm, plus the standard lens. Also a Sigma flash.
Hope I am not too late.

5:35 pm - Monday, July 21, 2014

#10 Darlene


What a responsive group. Thank you for all your feedback

darlene :)

6:44 pm - Monday, July 21, 2014

#11 dan

If your specifically after a bridge camera to use, there's that new Samsung out that has the extra vertical grip (Cant remember its name!). I think that it has a 20mm wide angle lens, so more maybe useful that the standard 24mm for interiors.

7:57 am - Wednesday, August 20, 2014