We reserve a special place in our hearts for rugged cameras, as they let us take photos and videos in the most insufferable environments. If you’re angling for more professional captures, though, action cams and beefed-up point-and-shoots probably won’t suffice. You’ll need a proper rugged DSLR and the Ricoh Pentax K-70 just might be what your gear bag needs.
While it looks no more bulkier than traditional DSLR bodies, Ricoh’s latest can withstand a whole lot of abuse that can make many other cameras wilt. It has, for instance, 100 sealing parts, rendering the entire thing dust-proof and water-resistant, all while capably functioning in freezing temperatures as low as -10 degrees Celsius, making it suitable for taking out regardless of weather.
Packing hardware previously only found in Ricoh’s top-of-the-line DSLRs, the Pentax K-70 houses a 24.24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and a PRIME MII image processor, along with a high ISO of 102,400, ensuring you can continue taking clear photographs even in poorly illuminated settings. Integrated shake-reduction mechanism minimizes the likelihood of any blurring caused by jerky motions, while a high-accuracy gyro sensor gives it a compensation effect of 4.5 shutter steps.
It comes with a hybrid autofocus system that boasts 11 phase detection points and contrast detection for precise and high-speed focusing, along with continuous AF during Live View video recording. Other features include a burst speed of 6 fps, a 3-inch adjustable LCD screen, a 0.95x optical viewfinder with 100 percent frame coverage, and built-in Wi-Fi.
No release date has been given, but the Ricoh Pentax K-70 will retail for $650.