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Pentax K-70 will help you capture the stars on freezing cold nights

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.

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