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Pentax K-70 Review - Verdict

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Pentax K70 DSLR (6)

Value For Money

The Pentax K-70 is available for £559 body only, or £799 with 18-135mm lens,  which makes it reasonably good value for money, although we would expect the price to drop over time. Alternatives to look at include the following DSLR and DSLR-style mirrorless cameras:

Canon EOS 750D - 24mp, 5fps, Wi-Fi, NFC, FullHD video, £529 body only
Nikon D5500 - 24mp, 5fps, Wi-Fi, FullHD video, £489 body only
Sony Alpha A68 (SLT) - 24mp, 5fps, FullHD video, £480 body only
Olympus OM-D E-M10 II (CSC)- 16mp, 8.5fps, Wi-Fi, FullHD video, £429 body only
Panasonic Lumix G7 (CSC) - 16mp, 8fps, Wi-Fi, 4K video, £379 body only
Fujifilm X-T10 (CSC) - 16mp, 8fps, Wi-Fi, FullHD video, £449 body only

Have a look at more APS-C DSLRs in our Top 10 Best APS-C DSLR Cameras, or have a look at DSLRs for beginners. You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

Pentax K-70 Verdict

The Pentax K-70 offers a 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with excellent noise performance, as well as the ability to take extremely sharp detailed images thanks to Pentax' Pixel Shift Resolution feature. This is particularly impressive with still life, but can also be used for landscape photography. As is the case with most Pentax Digital SLRs, the K-70 offers more than your standard Digital SLR, with a shake-reduction sensor built-in, and an anti-aliasing filter simulator so that you have the best of both worlds, a sensor without the AA filter, as well as the ability to simulate it if moire could be a problem. 

The camera offers a 3inch vari-angle screen and built-in Wi-Fi, although the remote control app could do with some improvement, as shooting options can feel a little limiting. Image quality is let down by the 18-135mm lens, which can give soft images, and a prime lens is recommended to get the best out of the camera. While the ergonomics of the K-70 have been improved over the K-S2, for those with large hands, and large lenses, the distance between the lens and grip may feel a little tight. 

The Pentax K-70 offers the potential for excellent image quality, with impressive noise performance that rivals the competition, and the camera also offers some unique features that set it out as unique amongst Digital SLRs in this price range, including a weather-sealed camera body, AA filter simulator, and Pixel Shift Resolution. For those that have a preference for Pentax' range of lenses, the Pentax K-70 is highly recommended. 

Pentax K-70 Pros

  • Dual-axis electronic level
  • Wide ISO range (up to ISO102400)
  • Pixel Shift Resolution produces more detailed shots
  • AdobeDNG raw files
  • AA filter simulation (if needed)
  • Excellent colour saturation
  • Excellent noise performance
  • Built-in Wi-Fi 

Pentax K-70 Cons

  • Live view focus and shutter response could be quicker
  • Grip could be further away from the lens
  • Our 18-135mm lens didn't perform very well 
  • Remote shooting app could be improved

Overall Verdict

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Photographs taken using the Pentax K-70

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Niknut Plus
10 2.7k 82 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2016 4:28PM
I've always had a soft-spot for Pentax cameras !!......& this one looks to be a good'n ??

Nice simple ergonomics with a great chunky grip, & impressive IQ, though that 18-135 lens lets it down in the outer fringes
of the test shots ??.........not as heavy as some previous models, so that's a bonus .

My first DSLR was/is a "istDL2", with 6mgpx, which I used a lot, & this new model is a considerable & worthy upgrade !!

Great review though....made interesting reading !.
pablophotographer 9 1.7k 386
2 Sep 2016 9:59AM
No 1:1 aspect ratio? No party. Sad
ElSid 12 11 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2016 4:56PM
Unless something went horribly wrong I'd avoid the HDR function - the example shot was horribly soft and lacking in detail...
6 Apr 2020 8:28PM
I have had this camera for a few years now, along with the K-3II and K-1, and it is a perfect compliment to the other "Pro" bodies.
Why? It has some features that the others don't, making it a wonderful small camera. The Image quality is superb and the flip-out and rotate screen makes it the perfect camera for tabletop and macro work (even more so than the K-1)

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