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Pentax Optio X70 Outdoor Crops

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsUltra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Ultra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Electronic View FinderElectronic View FinderStabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

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Here we compare the Pentax Optio X70 with the Fuji Finepix S100FS
Fuji Finepix S100FS
. Images below are all 100% crops from their respective cameras. ISO and aperture were set on each the camera. Every other setting was left on automatic. All images were taken at the highest resolution possible for the set ISO sensitivity. For the X70, ISO 100 to 1600 all support a full 12 megapixels, while ISO 3200 and 6400 are limited to 5 megapixels. For the S100FS, ISO 100 to 3200 are crops from 11 megapixels images, while ISO 6400 is limited to 6 megapixels.

Both these cameras are the flagship ultra-zooms from their respective manufacturers. They each offer a wide range of ISO sensitivities and a full complement of manual controls. The Pentax Optio X70 is a smaller ultra-zoom with an electronically controlled 24X stabilized optical zoom lens, the Fuji Finepix S100FS is a DSLR-sized ultra-zoom with a mechanically controlled 14.3X stabilized optical zoom lens. The S100FS features a relatively larger sensor with higher sensitivity and wider dynamic range.

Pentax Optio X70 Fuji Finepix S100FS
ISO 50 - 1/30s F5.6
ISO 100 - 1/60s F5.6
ISO 100 - 1/56s F5.6
ISO 200 - 1/125s F5.6
ISO 200 - 1/105s F5.6
ISO 400 - 1/250s F5.6
ISO 400 - 1/200s F5.6
ISO 800 - 1/500s F5.6
ISO 800 - 1/400s F5.6
ISO 1600 - 1/1000s F5.6
ISO 1600 - 1/750s F5.6
ISO 3200 - 1/1600s F5.6 ISO 3200 - 1/1500s F5.6
ISO 6400 - 1/3200s F5.6 ISO 6400 - 1/3000s F5.6

The Fuji always delivers about three full ISO stops of better detail and sharpness. The Pentax Optio X70 suffers from more noise and higher softness even at its base ISO of 50. Things get worst quickly and ISO 400 is the limit of what the X70 can usefully capture.

Pentax Optio X70
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By on 2009/08/20
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Pentax X70 Facts

Large digital camera
12 Megapixels Ultra ZoomISO 50-1600
24X Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/4000-4s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
0.20" Built-in EVF 200K PixelsCustom white-balance
1.2 FPS Drive, 6 ImagesSpot-Metering
1280x720 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion Battery
2.7" LCD 230K PixelsSecure Digital High Capacity
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