Pentax’s New XG-1 is Eager to Shoot Sports

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Pentax announced the XG-1–a new hybrid super-zoom camera featuring a 16MP PBSI-CMOS sensor. In front of this sensor the camera also has a f2.8-5.6 zoom lens with a 52x optical zoom for an equivalent 24-1248mm focal length range. While the XG-1 pretty much ticks off every check box for hybrid superzoom cameras, one unique thing is the camera can shoot up to 9fps; which makes it decent for capturing fast-action sports.

The XG-1 also features in-sensor stabilization with Pentax’s Shake Reduction system to reduce any camera sway. An indispensable feature when users are shooting in the farthest telephoto ranges of the zoom lens and long shutter speeds.

Unfortunately the XG-1 is also saddled with some subpar specs including a low resolution 3-inch LCD with only 460,000 dots and a 200k-dot built-in electronic viewfinder. Battery life also looks lacking with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that’s been projected to only fire 240 shots per charge.

The Pentax XG-1 will be available this August for an asking price of $399.95. Hit past the jump for more specs and images.

 Pentax XG-1

  • 16MP PBSI-CMOS sensor
  • 52x f2.8-5.6 zoom lens (24-1248mm equivalent focal length range)
  • 9fps burst
  • 60 images per second high-speed continuous shooting mode
  • 1920 x 1080 Full HD movie recording at 30fps
  • 460,000 dots 3-inch LCD
  • 200k-dot built-in electronic viewfinder
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode
  • Digital filters such as black & white and fish-eye, with easy selection
  • Interval shooting mode, useful in fixed-point observation of landscapes and flowers and plants
  • Pet detection mode for automatic recognition of up 10 pet faces
  • Compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards

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Kevin Lee is a freelance journalist and photographer based in Brooklyn.