Pentax introduced the XG-1 camera recently. Although the price of this camera is yet to be revealed, this camera is sure to hit a mass of enthusiasts with charm. Here is a comprehensive review that entails the features and such.
The Pentax XG-1 camera has plenty of features that ease the essentials of photography and provide refined images. First off, this camera has a 16 Megapixel 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor. The camera carries the SMC Pentax Zoom Lens that carries a focal length of 4.3-223.6 mm. The camera has an effective ISO ranging from 100 all the way to 3200. Additionally, there is continuous shooting option with 0.67 frames that can be clicked per second. Users can also enjoy the benefits of a macro mode that enables the user to point the camera 1 cm close to the subject to get some of the most spectacular shots. The camera carries an optical zoom of 52x that is pretty decent to shoot telephoto shots such as landscape and wildlife. There is a 4X digital Zoom option available on this camera too. Unfortunately, Pentax has not thought through the advanced features and so, this camera lacks the top trending features such as Wi-Fi, 3G or even NFC. The only file transfer option available is through the available USB 2.0 cable. The camera features red eye reduction option along with a few white balance settings to add a little glamour to the images. With AWB, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, CWF, Incandescent, Manual WB and Color T, users will have plenty of creative choices to experiment with. Apart from Images, this camera also shoots 1920 x 1080 pixel movies. Full HD shooting in cameras have becomes a bare necessity and Pentax doesn’t disappoint. The camera shoots MOV AVC / H.264 videos in .mov format along with Linear PCM, Stereo Audio files.
Design and Display:
This camera is a partial DSLR (the design suggests so) and carries 119.38 x 88.9 x 96.52 mm dimensions that does not make it a pocket friendly camera. The combined weight of this camera is 567 grams. The internal memory in this camera is a meager 15.4 MB, but it can be expanded with compatible SD, SDHC or Eye-Fi cards. Thankfully this camera has Eye-Fi card support that helps transfer data without having to fidget with the hardware constantly. As far as the display is concerned, this camera houses a 3-inch LCD 460k dot display. This is not a touch screen display but the clarity is decent. The camera has a sensor shift SR, Digital SR and Movie SR type Image Stabilizer. There is an electronic viewfinder on this camera as well. This camera also houses Lithium-ion battery pack (LB-060) that provides decent backup.
The incorporation of advanced features would have been a game turner for Pentax. With the availability of some decent specs, this camera will do well as a beginners camera. Being a partial DSLR, the camera can help novice photographers get a hang of the various essentials of the art.