We have a horde of waterproof cameras around us such as Fujifilm Quicksnap Marine, sexy wrist mounted camera, Sanyo Xacti HD1, Olympus Stylus 720 SW etc. Now, Pentax has joined the squad with their latest Optio W20 that is designed for underwater photography. Well, the thing that appeals to me is its form factor since it is packed in a sleek and dreary body design. It can survive easily upto a depth of 5 feet for 30 minutes incessantly. The another alluring feature is its new Blur Reduction High ISO mode and upgraded 7-megapixel camera to shoot crisp pictures. While Pentax has done proper justification with the Optio W20, I think, it should have been made shockproof too. Anyways, the Optio W20 will be out for sale in September 2006 with a price tag of around $300.
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After the announcement of APO 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC HSM lens, Sigma has introduced yet another lens for digital cameras and SLRs, the new 8mm F3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye lens to allow the enthusiasts to do proper justice with their photography. I am impressed with the wide-angle viewing of 180-degrees when mounted on any 35mm digital camera. The creativity comes along with its unique fisheye design. Its multi-layer lens and Special Low Dispersion glass compensates for the flare, chromatic and color anomaly. The speciality of this lens is its usage for scientific purposes like vegetation distribution of the rain forest awning. The brand new 8mm F3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye lens fits Sigma, Nikon, Canon, Sony and Pentax AF lens mounts. No info about price and availability.
It looks like Pentax is concentrating more on pixel count these days as it has made certain changes in the megapixel count with its Optio A and Optio M series. The two new models announced are Optio A20 with the fresh 10-megapixal camera (increased from 8-megapixels) and the Optio M20 boasting the 7-megapixel count (increased from 6-megapixel). While most of the specifications are same except the inclusion of SDHC, A20 features Shake Reduction, High ISO and Movie Anti-shake technologies while the M20 features a High ISO mode to catch the sporty shots. The Optio M20 is expected to arrive in the month of September with a price tag of $200 while the Optio A20 is likely to hit market in the month of October for a price of $350.
Another addition has been made to the Optio series after Pentax Russia announced the new Optio L20 (aka the "man’s version"). The Optio L20 features a 7-megapixel camera and a 3x optical zoom. The key features include the blur reduction mode and the Face Tracker face-recognition technology from FotoNation. The camera supports the Supports PictBridge, DPOF functions, Exif Print, and PRINT Image Matching. No words on pricing yet. The Optio L20 is available in Russia only at the moment.
A strong marketing strategy can do wonders in increasing the sales of a gadget. Now, Pentax has introduced the Test Drive A Pentax program for its K series DSLR camera line. Until December 2006, any customer who will test drive the Pentax K series camera at a participitaing retailer’s firm will be given a chance to win the Grand Prize i.e. 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser. The detailed info and the product video is available at the www.pentaxslr.com/testdrive. Try your luck folks!
Remember the waterproof Optio W20. Now Pentax has rolled out yet another DSLR named K 10D that boasts 10.2 megapixel CCD sensor, waterproof make and the PENTAX-developed Shake Reduction (SR) system. The Shake Reduction (SR) system offers the users a 2.5 to 4 stop advantage for shooting crisp quality picture under odd conditions. The camera also features a Dust Removal (DR) system that utilizes the shift mechanism to fend off the dust from the CCD. The Pentax K 10D incorporates 72 seals on its body that enables the user to shoot even in dusty and rainy conditions. The camera will start shipping in November for a price of $899.95 (or $999.95 including DA 18-55mm lens).
Wow! At just 0.77 inch thick, the new Pentax Optio T20 boasts a 3′ LCD with an eye-catching resolution of 230,000 pixels. The sleek and slim Optio T20 is easy to operate, thanks to the touchscreen capability. Well, the new T20 is an upgrade to the T10 model. The camera features a 7-megapixel CCD sensor, 3x optical zoom and ISO sensitivity from 400 to 800 in manual mode. Other key specs of the baby camera are Secure Digital plus 12MB of built-in storage memory, 35mm-equivalent focal range of 38 – 113mm, built-in flash, NTSC / PAL video and USB 2.0 connectivity. The new compact Pentax Optio T20 will retail for a price of $350 in the month of October.
Pentax has given glimpse of its latest interchangeable DSLR lenses that have been designed especially for use with Pentax K and the top of the line high-performing D-series digital camera. The three new DSLR lenses are: -Wide-angle zoom lens: DA* 16-50 mm F2.8 ED AL [IF]. -Telephotzoom lens: DA* 50-135 mm F2.8 ED [IF]. -Super-telephotzoom lens: DA* 60-250 mm F4 ED [IF] All the three boast supersonic motors and are expected to find a release in early 2007.
Elegantly shaped and gold plated camera looks like a delicate piece of art. The camera is fully water-proof & dust-resistant which ensures that it can sustain its looks for ages. Pentax, presented ‘ASAHI PENTAX LX Gold’ SLR camera to celebrate its 60th anniversary. Another 10-megapixels premium DSLR camera ‘K10D’ was also displayed on the eve.
Pentax has released two new digital cameras to their line of point and gun down models. The Pentax Optio T30 (pictured top) is a thin, trendy camera adorning a 3 inch touch screen LCD monitor. The large touch screen panel has built-in drawing functionality to edit images directly on the camera, and also functions as the menu navigation interface. The touch screen, which is the main feature in this model, has 230,000 pixels packed into the 3 inch space and offers a 170 degree viewing angle. The T30 has facial recognition software embedded into its hard wired circuits and auto focusing along with a ‘Digital Shake Reduction technology’ which all contribute to simple, clear and focused pictures, which are an added feature of this device. The Pentax Optio M30 does not have the fancy and ergonomically designed touch screen like the T30, but the price tag is $150 less as well. The new addition to the Optio M series of point and shoot cameras has an equally slim style with the same facial recognition and shake reduction technologies, so what do you think about that. The M30 adds in a few lighter features with a world time function and calendar display to repossess images by date. It also has a Super-Macro mode for very close encounter photos. Both the Optio T30 and M30 are 7.1 megapixel cameras that sustain SDHC and conventional SD memory cards, and will both be available in March, 2007 with the T30 priced at $349.95 and the M30 at 199.95, off coarse not a bit heavy on your pocket if you consider the diverse features of these mini bombs… Via: letsgodigital