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New Pentax XG-1 Features 9fps, 52x Zoom for only $399

By Anthony Thurston on July 15th 2014

It’s easy for professionals to scoff at bridge cameras, but the fact is that they are actually becoming better and better. One such example of what looks to be a killer addition to that market is the newly announced Pentax XG-1.

The XG-1 features a 16mp sensor, which features some advanced sensor based image stabilization technology capable of reducing or eliminating most camera shake. In front of that sensor, you have a nice 52x optical zoom lens, or roughly 24-1248mm, with a variable aperture of F/2.8 to F/5.6. But the real “highlight” feature of this new camera is a very unique feature, the camera is capable of 9fps, making it ideal for capturing fast action – maybe even sports (that will depend on the buffer).


Pentax XG-1 Specs

  • 16MP 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS Sensor
  • 52x Optical Zoom f/2.8-5.6 Lens
  • 24-1,248mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 200k-dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.0″ 460k-dot LCD Screen
  • Sensor-Shift Shake Reduction
  • Full HD 1920 x 1080 Video at 30 fps
  • 60 & 30 fps High Speed Shooting Modes
  • ISO 3200 & 10 fps Continuous Shooting
  • High Dynamic Range Mode

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If you are interested in picking the new Pentax XG-1 up you can pre-order it now for the low price of $399. Not a bad deal, and would likely make a great first camera for an aspiring photographer.

To me, this looks like a great little bridge camera, and if not for better – though much more expensive- bridge camera options in the Panazonic FZ1000, and Sony RX10, I would probably be a lot more excited about this one. But for the price, this could be a great “Family/Vacation” camera.


What are your thoughts on this new Pentax XG-1? What are  your thoughts on where bridge cameras have been going lately? Leave a comment below.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Arnold Ziffel

    Uninspiring, cheap, and most importantly outsourced. I think Pentax doesn’t have a lot at stake here and that they’ll sell a certain amount regardless.

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  2. Dan Robinson

    Let’s see — substandard LCD and viewfinder, good lens F2.8 and large zoom range,
    high speed shooting reduces size of pics…no flexible LCD like Fujis. I will be sticking
    with my HS50’s and XS1s.

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