This advanced point-and-shoot model will ship later this year via CR Kennedy and is expected to sell for sub $500. It features a high-resolution 16-megapixel sensor and the convenience of a wide range of focal lengths in an all-in-one setup.
The XG-1's sensor-shift-type shake-reduction system stabilizes images at longer zoom extensions, while shooting in room light, or while capturing tricky subjects like sunsets, the company said. The XG-1 body design is light and compact, including the built-in 3-inch LCD monitor, and is based on that of Pentax SLR models.
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Image capture tools include 1cm Macro mode for close-ups, high-speed continuous shooting of up to 60 images per second, and High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode to synthesize an ultra-wide-gradation image from three images taken at varying exposure levels.
Pentax said that the new camera is perfect 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.
The XG-1 is deal if you're looking for a camera to capture those all important moments when you're out and about. 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.
For those who are less keen on carrying a bag of lenses 'just in case' this camera offers it all. 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 close-up images from a distance of just one centimetre. That's perfect for capturing the detail of your favourite wildlife and flowers.