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Pentax Optio P70 - Test Shots - Exposure Evaluation

By Cliff Smith



Our Score:


Here are some general test shots to help evaluate the camera's overall image quality, including the zoom range of the lens. Some pictures may be clicked to download the full size original image.


The wide angle end is equivalent to 27.5mm, useful for general snapshots and landscapes. that black blob is a bird.


The telephoto end of the zoom is equivalent to 110mm, not much more than a typical 3x zoom.


Colour reproduction is excellent.


Dynamic range is a bit limited though, with very murky shadows.


The superb band Melosa at Exeter Phoenix centre, at 6400 ISO. The shot is grainy, but the colours are bright.


The equally excellent {linkout:http://www.myspace.com/thehaggishorns Haggis Horns, also at 6400 ISO, but shot vertically using the OK button as a secondary shutter release.


Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Value 8
  • Image Quality 8
  • Build Quality 9


March 17, 2009, 12:29 pm

A good review as always Cliff. I was wondering if you had any plans to review the Samsung WB500 in the next couple of months? I ask as I'm currently set to buy the Cannon Powershot SX110 for my honeymoon around the Med but the Samsung may be a contender if it gets a 'recommended' from you.


April 11, 2009, 4:23 am

OOPS, you've missed out the 2nd most important thing after Picture Quality... two pictures of the user interface. A good optical performance can be rendered useless by features that are buried deep or are not available in 2 seconds when the photo opp occurs. For example, I trust Canon lens quality totally and love their adjustable screen but the interface is terrible, it's impossible to read and hopelessly complex.

Aside from that omission TR remains the very best review site on the planet.

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