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Pentax XG-1 Digital Camera

16MP 52x CMOS Jul 2014
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
- Powerful 52-times optical zoom lens- Aperture F2.8 in wide-angle- 3.0-inch LCD monitor- 1cm Macro Mode- Ultralight & compact body A Powerful 52-times Optical Zoom Lens Brings New Discoveries And... More
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22 Reasons For

Excellent Brand

Pentax is one of the best camera manufacturers according to average reviews from owners and experts, and Pentax also has excellent reviews for its bridge camera digital cameras.

Quite Big Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of bridge camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 1.3x to 65x, and the average optical zoom is 31x. With an optical zoom of 52 times zoom factor, the Pentax XG-1 has one of the bigger optical zooms amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

If you are looking for a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS[plb_2497189_price] (65x).

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Supports Full HD Video

Like most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as the XG-1, the Pentax XG-1 supports Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS[plb_124816_price], or the Samsung NX30[plb_2169297_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec, the Pentax XG-1 has a built-in flash.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Nikon Coolpix L120[plb_1186_price], the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR[plb_2071810_price], or the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS[plb_124816_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Pentax XG-1 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other digital cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including the Nikon Coolpix L120[plb_1186_price] which has better reviews.

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Electrical Viewfinder

This camera has an Electrical viewfinder, which is the most frequently found viewfinder on cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. Most compact cameras do not have enough space to accommodate an optical viewfinder and use the display screen on the back as an electrical viewfinder.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The Pentax XG-1 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most bridge camera digital cameras that are a similar age to it. The most commonly found HDMI connector is Mini, but this HDMI connector is not found on this camera. The HDMI connectors Micro are also found on this Pentax digital camera.

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Very Long Maximum Focal Length

The maximum focal lengths of cameras of this age and spec range from 84mm to 1,600mm. When compared to other cameras that were released more than two years ago, the maximum focal length of the Pentax XG-1 of 1,248 millimeter is one of the longest.

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Quite Big Combined Zoom

The average combined zoom of bridge camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago is 230x, and the combined zoom range from 16x to 3,600x. At 208 times zoom factor, the Pentax XG-1 has a fairly big combined zoom compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the XG-1.

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Has Six White Balance Modes

The Pentax XG-1 has a greater number of white balance modes than most bridge camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on bridge camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the XG-1. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Manual" are also found on this Pentax camera.

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Has Five Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Pentax XG-1 is more than most bridge camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. This digital camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the XG-1. The photo effects "Negative film", "Positive film", "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this Pentax digital camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Pentax XG-1 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution found on most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. In addition, this camera have still image resolutions of 3648 x 2736, 2592 x 1944, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480 and 4608 x 3072 and 4608 x 2592.

This camera's still image resolution (4608 x 3456) is in fact the best still image resolution across all digital cameras of this type and age.

The worst still image resolution across comparable types of camera is 640 x 360.

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Has Two Playback Modes

The Pentax XG-1 has a greater number of camera playback modes than most bridge camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This Pentax camera has a Single image playback mode, which is the most frequently found playback mode found on digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the XG-1. The playback mode "Slide show" is also found on this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many cameras that are a similar age to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Pentax XG-1 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). In addition, this Pentax camera supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution is in fact the best supported video resolution across all digital cameras that are a similar age to the XG-1.

The worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Supports Six ISO Speeds

The Pentax XG-1 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras that have been around for more than two years. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this camera. The ISO speeds 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 and 3200 are also supported by this Pentax camera.

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H.264 Video Format

This digital camera supports a H.264|MOV video format, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This digital camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most commonly found light exposure correction on digital cameras of this age and spec.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many bridge camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Supports One Power Source

The number of power sources supported by the Pentax XG-1 is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This Pentax digital camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most frequently supported power source supported by digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the XG-1.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture

With a minimum aperture of only 2.8, the Pentax XG-1 has one of the smaller minimum apertures amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. Digital cameras of this spec and age have minimum apertures of between 2.6 and 19, and the average minimum aperture is 3.5.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto focus, which is the most commonly found focus on digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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16 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Recording

Most cameras of this spec and age do not support video recording. The Pentax XG-1 is no exception to this as it too does not support video recording.

Alternative cameras which also support video recording that you might want to consider include the Nikon Coolpix L120[plb_1186_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Pentax XG-1 does not support WiFi connectivity, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the XG-1 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity which you might want to look at including the Samsung NX30[plb_2169297_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most digital cameras of this type and age are not 3D compatible. The Pentax XG-1 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth considering include the DSC-HX100V[pl_613234_price], or the DSC-HX200[pl_1475281_price] both from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The Pentax XG-1 is not waterproof. Most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as the XG-1 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Most cameras of a comparable spec and age to the XG-1 do not have a GPS. The Pentax XG-1 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS including the DSC-HX100V[pl_613234_price], the DSC-HX200[pl_1475281_price], or the DSC-HX400[pl_2173117_price] all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The Pentax XG-1 has a greater number of flash modes than most bridge camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the XG-1. The flash modes "Forced off", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Pentax camera.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The Pentax XG-1 has a greater number of camera file systems than most similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The most commonly supported camera file system is Exif 2.3, but this camera file system is not supported by this digital camera. The camera file systems DCF 2.0, DPOF and PRINT Image Matching III are also supported by this camera.

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Only Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The Pentax XG-1 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as it. This digital camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on digital cameras of this type and age. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Pentax camera.

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Very Small Internal Memory

At only 15.4 megabytes, the Pentax XG-1 has a quite small internal memory compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The smallest internal memory of bridge camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 8MB, the biggest is 200MB, and the average internal memory is 54MB.

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Only 240 Shots Per Battery Charge

The Pentax XG-1 is a camera that takes 240 shots shots per battery charge. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age take between 180 and 889 shots per battery charge.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

With a maximum ISO speed of only 3,200, the Pentax XG-1 has a fairly low maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the XG-1. Across all the cameras of a comparable type and age to the XG-1 the maximum ISO speeds range from 1,600 to 26,000.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture

Digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the XG-1 have maximum apertures of between 2.7 and 20. At only 5.6, the Pentax XG-1 has a quite big maximum aperture compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the XG-1.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The Pentax XG-1 has a greater number of supported image formats than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by bridge camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the XG-1.

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Only 1280×720@60fps Resolution and Capture Speed

The Pentax XG-1 has a higher resolution at capture speeds than most cameras of this age and spec. This camera has a 1280×720@60fps resolution and capture speed, whereas most bridge camera digital cameras that are a similar age to it have a 1920x1080@30fps resolution and capture speed. In addition, this digital camera have resolution and capture speeds of 1280×720@30fps, 1280×720@60fps and 640x480@30fps and 640x480@60fps. Across all digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the XG-1 the worst resolution at capture speeds is 320×240@30fps and the best is 1920x1080@60fps.

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Very Big Minimum RAM Requirement

When compared to other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the XG-1 that we have checked, the Pentax XG-1's minimum RAM requirement of 512 megabytes is one of the biggest. The average minimum RAM requirement of cameras that were released more than two years ago is 340MB.

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Very High Minimum Hard Disk Space Requirement

At 1,000 megabyte, the Pentax XG-1 has a very high minimum hard disk space requirement compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the XG-1. Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the XG-1 the minimum hard disk spaces requirement range from 110MB to 1GB.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Pentax XG-1

Released Over Two Years Ago

Pentax released the XG-1 over two years ago.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the Pentax XG-1 has a fairly standard screen size compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

We compared this camera to all the other 3" screen digital cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix L120[plb_1186_price] is also worth considering.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on cameras of a similar age and spec to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If you are looking for a camera with a better memory card type then you might want to look at the Nikon Coolpix L120[plb_1186_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Fujifilm FinePix S1[plb_2145007_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

The Pentax XG-1 has a relatively typical weight (539 grams) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years.

Cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200[plb_1875132_price] (537g).

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Average Megapixel Count

The Pentax XG-1 has a relatively standard megapixel count (16 megapixels) compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the XG-1.

There are a number of alternative 16MP cameras currently available which you might want to look at including the Kodak Pixpro AZ251[plb_2452647_price], or the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS[plb_1410250_price] which has better reviews.

If you want a higher megapixel count then you might also want to consider the Kodak Pixpro AZ421[plb_2515884_price] (16.15MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Pentax XG-1 has a pretty average digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the XG-1.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available including the Nikon Coolpix L120[plb_1186_price], or the Kodak Pixpro AZ421[plb_2515884_price] which has better reviews.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Pentax XG-1 has a MOS sensor type which is better than most comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. Most digital cameras of this type and age have a CCD sensor type.

Alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS[plb_124816_price], or the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR[plb_2071810_price].

If the sensor type of this digital camera is too bad for you then you might want to consider the Coolpix L120[pl_1186_price] (CCD), or the Coolpix L310[pl_1716915_price] (CCD) both from Nikon or the Kodak Pixpro AZ421[plb_2515884_price] (CCD) which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Image Stabilizer
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Closest Focusing Distance
Macro Focusing Range
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus
Smile Detection
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Flash Exposure Lock
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
System Requirements
Minimum Processor
Minimum RAM Requirement
Minimum Hard Disk Space Requirement
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Included Cable
Battery Included
Quick Start Guide
Included Wrist Strap
Other Features
Built-In Flash

Expert Reviews

10 December 2014
10fps continuous shooting
52x optical zoom lens
2.8 at wideangle
Manual controls
HDR mode
Lacks panoramic mode
Image stabilisation not effective in video mode
Short battery life
Sehr schwach aufgelster und daher pixeliger elektronischer Sucher 200.000 Subpixel)
Display mit 460.000 Supixel nur "durchschnittlich" aufgelst

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00027075279766, 04549212279751

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