updated 10:40 pm EDT, Mon October 1, 2007
Pentax Optio A40, V10
Pentax on Monday evening debuted two new compact digital cameras, including the Optio A40, the ultra-slim Optio V10, as well as its DA 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 ED AL [IF] ultra zoom lens for digital SLRs. As the latest model in the Optio A series, the Optio A40 offers 12 megapixels of optical resolution and three different types of Shake Reduction including mechanical, digital and movie -- all of which help users take sharp, blur-free shots when taking action shots or in low-light conditions. The Optio A model also features the newest Face Recognition technology including a Natural Skin Tone mode and a Half-length Portrait mode, which automatically takes a head and shoulder photograph of subjects.
The camera offers 30fps VGA (640x480) and QVGA (320x240) movie recording, a 2.5-inch TFT color LCD with LCD Bright Mode (50 fps refresh and 232,000 pixels), an optical viewfinder, 21MB of internal memory, SD/SDHC compatibility, USB 2.0 connectivity, NTSC/PAL video out, 1.8 second startup time and approx 0.005 sec lag time, and a D-LI68 lithium ion battery (for up to 240 shots).
The Optio A40 will ship later this month for $300.
Pentax also announced the Optio V10, an ultra-slim compact digital camera equipped with a large 3.0 inch LCD monitor for enhanced usability and easy viewing. The Optio V10 features 8 megapixels of resolution, a 3X optical zoom and easy operations in a slim, stylish, affordable body. The Optio V10 will ship in November for $250.
Finally, the company introduced its smc Pentax DA 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 ED AL [IF] ultra zoom lens designed exclusively for Pentax digital SLR cameras. The new lens offers an approximate 14-times zoom ratio covering wide-angle to super-telephoto ranges and handles a variety of applications without the need for lens changes. The lens will ship in October for US $500.
Pentax DA 18-250mm Ultra Zoom