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Pentax XG-1 is a 16MP bridge with 52x zoom

Pentax XG-1

Pentax's new bridge camera, the XG-1, has a 52x zoom lens and is designed to mimic its more expensive DSLR range

Pentax has announced the impending launch of its latest bridge camera, the Pentax XG-1 with an impressive 52x zoom lens and a 16 megapixel sensor.

Designed to mimic the appearance of Pentax’s range of DSLR cameras, but lacking the interchangeable lenses and advanced features of the range, the Pentax XG-1 is designed with flexibility in mind. It’s aimed at people that want full control over their camera and a massive zoom range, but who don’t want to pay the high price for a DSLR and matching lenses to achieve the same effect.

Not that the XG-1 is a slouch in specs terms. It has a 16 megapixel back-side illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor, which sits behind a huge 52x optical zoom lens. This lens offers an aperture of f/2.8 to f/5.6 depending on where in its zoom range it sits and focal length equivalent to 24mm-1,248mm in 35mm terms. Framing is achieved using either a three-inch 460K-dot display or 200K-dot electronic viewfinder at the rear.

In-camera shooting modes include full-resolution continuous shooting at a range of nine frames per second, a high-speed mode of 30 frames per second at four megapixel resolution and an ultra-high-speed mode of 60 frames per second in 0.3 megapixel resolution.

A macro mode allows shooting from a distance as close to the subject as 1cm and pre-set scene modes are designed to make the camera easier to use. Full HD video recording is also supported, with audio being recoded via a built-in microphone. Ricoh, Pentax’s owner, has confirmed that the Pentax XG-1 will launch in the UK in mid-August, priced at £250.

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