Pentax P70 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 4X wide-angle optical zoom
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • Advanced Face Recognition
  • HD movie capture
  • 2.7 inch LCD screen
  • Smile Capture and Blink Detection
  • Release Date: 2009-01-12
  • Final Grade: 0 F

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Pentax P70
4X wide-angle optical zoom; 12.0 megapixels; Advanced Face Recognition; HD movie capture; 2.7 inch LCD screen; Smile Capture and Blink Detection
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

Packing power and portability, the PP70 is the lightest but also the strongest entry in Pentax latest round of compact digital cameras. 12.0-megapixel resolution combined with a 4x optical zoom guarantees that every picture you take is sharp and clear. Eight different shooting modes allow users to control every aspect of the shot, while a 2.7-inch LCD screen makes taking a reviewing photos easier than ever. All of this and more packed into a sleek, lightweight design and a range of stylish colors that's powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. What more could you ask for?

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