Pentax XG-1 Digital Bridge Camera
The PENTAX XG-1 is a versatile, all-purpose bridge camera; ideal for beginners who are looking for a step up from a compact camera. The camera allows you to effortlessly capture a variety of images from friends and family to more specialist subjects including nature, pets, beautiful scenery and fast-action sports.
This lightweight, compact camera has an easy-to-carry body with a design resembling PENTAX SLR cameras. It offers a host of outstanding basic features, including a powerful 52-times optical zoom lens, approximately 16.0 effective megapixels for high-resolution images, and a large, easy-to-view 3.0-inch LCD monitor.
52-times optical zoom lens
Within its compact, lightweight body, the XG-1 features a high-magnification 52-times optical zoom lens (extendible to 208-times in combination with the Intelligent Zoom function). Coupled with a high-performance, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor and high-grade smc PENTAX lens elements, the XG-1 captures dynamic, high-quality images, from ultra-wide-angle to super-telephoto ranges.
1cm Macro mode captures subjects in great detailView larger
Able to cover ultra-wide-angle (24mm) to super-telephoto (1.248mm) ranges, this all-in-one model performs superbly whatever the subject. If close up macro shots are more your thing, then you’ll love the 1cm Macro mode, which allows you to capture dramatic, eye-catching closeup images from a distance of just one centimetre (at the wide-angle end). That’s ideal for capturing the detail of your favourite wildlife and flowers.
High-speed Continuous Shooting
This digital bridge camera certainly packs a punch when it comes to high-speed continuous shooting, making sure you never miss a moment – even if it’s a moving subject. The PENTAX XG-1 offers standard continuous shooting mode with a maximum speed of 9 images per second. But if you prefer life in the fast lane this camera also offers a super-high-speed continuous shooting mode with a maximum speed of approximately 60 images per second* and a high-speed continuous shooting mode with a maximum speed of approximately 30 images per second**. Coupled with Auto Tracking AF function, it will keep your moving subject in focus, whether that’s a bird or a dirtbike – producing dramatic, perhaps even once-in-a-lifetime shots. Add to this the XG-1’s shake reduction system and you’ll be guaranteed a full set of sharply focused, blur-free pictures.
* In the super-high-speed continuous shooting mode, the image size is fixed at VGA format (640 X 480 pixels).
** In the high-speed continuous shooting mode, the image size is fixed at 4M (2304 X 1728 pixels).
Full HD movie recording with simple push-button start
If a picture still doesn't capture the full essence of your subject, switch your XG-1 into HD-standard movie recording, select your preferred choice of one of eight digital filters (including black and white and sepia), and sit back. The XG-1 records Full HD-standard movie clips (1920×1080 pixels, 16:9 aspect ratio). You can playback your movies on the camera, or connect a micro-HDMI lead to watch on the big screen at home and share your adventures with friends and family. It also provides the High-speed Movie mode for slow-motion playback.
3.0-inch LCD monitor and electronic viewfinder
The XG-1 features a high-resolution 3.0-inch LCD monitor with approximately 460,000 dots for a large, clear view of the subject and menus. Its electronic viewfinder comes in handy when shooting in bright sunshine.
In addition to the all-purpose Auto Picture mode for automatic selection of the most appropriate shooting mode, the XG-1 also provides user-selectable options such as the Aperture-priority AE and Shutter-priority AE modes.
13 Scene modes
Simply by choosing one of the 13 Scene modes, the XG-1 optimises all related settings, even when dealing with a confusing subject or situation such as the handheld shooting of night scenes, or photography of subjects such as active pets, fireworks or sports.
The XG-1 also offers ten shooting modes including the hands-off Auto Picture, Scene (11 options), Program, Face Beautifier and Movie. Select digital filters such as black and white and fish-eye to extend the creativity of your shots. There’s even pet detection mode for automatic recognition of up 10 pet faces . The XG-1 is with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards so you can share your images and videos straight to your phone or tablet, and post them online before you get home.