If you enjoy taking photos of the constellations in inadvisable weather conditions, then Pentax may have the perfect camera for you.
The firm has just announced the K-70, an all-weather camera capable of handling temperatures of minus-10 degrees Celsius, while packing a host of features designed for astronomical photographers.
The weather-proof successor to the K-50 is designed to be used in “demanding situations” thanks to its dust- and rain-proof rugged construction.
The K-70 also features an outdoor-friendly LCD monitor with adjustable brightness, along with a red-lit function that “works to the photographer’s eye when it has become accustomed to a low-light location, such as during astronomical photography.”
Indeed stargazing appears to be a distinct focus for the K-70, with Pentax promising a 1/6000 shutter speed, while the Astro Tracer feature aims to simplify “advanced astronomical photography in combination with an optional O-GPS1 GPS Unit.”
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Beyond its environmental talents, the K-70 promises to be a pretty nifty shooter thanks to the 24.24 effective megapixels and super high-sensitivity shooting at ISO 102400.
It also features Pentax’s first Hybrid AF system, which will aid toggies when using Live View.
“By positioning a contrast-detection AF sensor with superior focusing accuracy and a phase-matching AF sensor on the image sensor’s surface, this innovative hybrid system optimizes the benefits of both AF systems to deliver high-speed, pinpoint AF focusing on the subject,” the company explains in a press release.
The K-70 will cost £599.99 for the body, while an 18-145mm lens will set you back and extra two hundred notes. Pentax says release dates will be announced at the beginning of next month.