Pentax XG-1

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Pentax-XG-1The Pentax XG-1 boasts a 52x optical zoom lens and 16-megapixel sensor.

That lens covers the equivalent zoom range of 24-1248 mm, and with its 1 cm Macro mode, means you’ve pretty much got any situation covered. For those heading out on a photo safari to Africa, and don’t want to get too close to the lions, the Digital Zoom function extends the zoom coverage to approximately 208 times (for a maximum focal length equivalent of 4992 mm), “without compromising image quality,” says the company. We’d suggest a tripod or handy tree/rock is necessary for that latter focal length!

Pentax says the back-illuminated CMOS image sensor demonstrates remarkable high-sensitivity, low-noise characteristics and assures high-speed image data readout. Top sensitivity is ISO 3200.

Handheld Night Scene mode captures blur-free night-time photos by taking multiple images simultaneously and synthesizing them into a single composite.

The camera sports a 3.0-inch LCD monitor.

The XG-1 also provides a super-high-speed continuous shooting mode with a maximum speed of approximately 60 images per second and a high-speed continuous shooting mode at approximately 30 images per second. (Captured file size is smaller at those speeds.)

The camera’s advanced sensor-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) system assures sharply focused, blur-free images, says the company, shifting the CMOS image sensor vertically and horizontally with great precision and speed to achieve a required anti-shake effect.

The XG-1’s electronic viewfinder comes in handy when shooting a subject placed against harsh backlight, or when the photographer needs a more solid grip of the camera.

Full HD movie recording employs the H.264 recording format. The user can capture high-quality, extended movie clips (at a frame size of 1920 x 1080 pixels, in a 16:9 aspect ratio) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. The user can instantly switch to one of eight digital filters (including black & white and sepia), even during recording.

The XG-1 even provides a host of creative movie playback features, including High-speed Movie mode for slow-motion playback. A micro-HDMI terminal (type D) is also located on the camera body for the output of recorded movies and sound to external audio-visual devices.

The XG-1’s mode dial provides quick, effortless selection of the desired shooting mode, without the need for recalling the menu screen. There are 10 modes including the hands-off Auto Picture, Scene (11 options), Program, Face Beautifier, and Movie.

Other features: HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode; digital filters such as black & white and fish-eye; interval shooting mode; pet detection mode for automatic recognition of up 10 pet faces.

The Pentax XG-1 will be available in August for a suggested retail price of $429.99.

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