Pentax Optio P70 Review

3.0
July 20, 2009 | Mark Goldstein |

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Pentax Optio P70.

Canon PowerShot A2100 IS

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The Canon PowerShot A2100 IS is a brand new 12 megapixel compact digital camera with a 6x optical zoom lens. Offering a versatile focal range of 36-216mm, the A2100 offers Optical Image Stabilization and motion detection technology to help combat camera shake. There’s a large 3.0 inch LCD screen on the back with a wide viewing angle, new Smart Auto mode with Scene Detection Technology for true point-and-shoot operation, and a veritable wealth of Face Detection options. The Canon A2100 IS won’t be available until early-April, but that hasn’t stopped us from already reviewing this $249.99 / £259.00 / €309.00 camera.

Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS

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The Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS (also know as the Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS) is a new entry-level IXUS compact camera. Available in a wide range of colours, the classically designed Canon IXUS 95 IS features a 3x zoom lens, 2.5 inch LCD screen and 12 megapixel sensor. Gavin Stoker discovers if the $229 / £249 / €299 IXUS 95 IS / SD1200 IS is the perfect pocket compact camera.

Casio EX-Z1

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The Casio EX-Z1 (also known as the Casio EX-S5) is a budget point and shoot camera that's super-slim, light-weight and good to look at. Primarily aimed at the beginner, but also making a good pocket camera for the more experienced user, the 10 megapixel Casio Z1 features a 2.7 inch screen, 3x zoom lens and a wealth of auto and scene modes. Competitively priced at just £149.99 / $159.99, is the Casio EX-Z1 a wise investment? Read our expert review to find out...

Nikon Coolpix S60

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The Nikon Coolpix S60 is one of the more distinctive compact digital cameras around, with a "wave-surface" design and large 3.5 inch LCD display. Furthermore, the S60 is almost completely controlled via its touch-screen LCD, even including zooming in and out. Other standout features of the Nikon S60 include a 5x zoom lens with Vibration Reduction, Scene Auto Selector for beginners, Smile Timer with blink detection, and and a HDMi output for viewing photos on a HDTV set. The Nikon Coolpix S60 costs around €349 / £299.99 / $349.95.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX40

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The Panasonic DMC-FX40 (also known as the DMC-FX48) is a small, slim and stylish 12 megapixel camera with a wide-angle lens. The FX40 features a 25mm, 5x Leica lens offering a focal range of 25-125mm and F2.8 brightness. Other standout highlights of the Panasonic FX40 include Face Recognition, Venus Engine V processing engine, Panorama Assist mode, and 350 shot battery life. Available in black, red or silver for £259 / $349.95, Gavin Stoker discovered if the Panasonic FX40 / FX48 is worth considering.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90

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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90 is a new slim and stylish digital camera with a large 3 inch touch-screen LCD. The 12.1 megapixel Sony T90 features a Carl Zeiss branded 4x optical zoom lens complete with optical image stabiliser. HD video is recorded at 1280x720 pixels at 30fps in the MPEG4 format. Available in silver, black, pink, blue and brown for around $300 / £289, Gavin Stoker discovers if the Sony Cyber-shot T90 picture quality matches its good looks.

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hd video, compact, 720p, 12 megapixel, 2.7 inch LCD, 4x zoom, Pentax, Pentax Optio P70, Optio, P70

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