The latest digital cameras from Pentax, while compact in size and point-and-shoot in style, offer high megapixel resolutions and picture quality rivalling SLR, the company claims.
Headlining the act is the Optio A40, with 12 megapixel resolution, 3x optical zoom, and 2.5 inch CCD designed to produce superior tone reproduction. Also inbuilt are three types of shake reduction technologies for reduced blurring, Face Recognition – which automatically detects and focuses on faces, and Dynamic Range Adjustment which is designed to prevent white- or black-outs.
Pentax says the A40 can also smoothly captures movies at 30fps (frames per second) at sizes up to 640×480 pixels with image quality rivalling camcorders. It also allows photo enthusiasts some manual exposure options and novices an ‘Auto Picture’ mode. The camera comes with 21 MB of internal memory and is compatible with SD and SDHC memory cards.
The new Optio V10 compact digital camera sports a three-inch LCD monitor, 8.0 megapixel resolution and 3x optical zoom. Also equipped with proprietary digital Shake Reduction technology for reduced blurring, Face Recognition, Auto Picture shooting mode selection the camera also allows you to record movies. The camera features 52.1 MB of built in memory.
Both models support PictBridge for PC-free printing as well as DPOF functions, Exif Print, and PRINT Image Matching III.
Optio A40 – 449
Optio V10 – 349