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PENTAX Imaging Company announced today the PENTAX K10D digital SLR camera with 10.2 effective megapixels and a host of advanced technologies including a PENTAX-developed Shake Reduction (SR) system and a weather- resistant body. Designed to deliver high-quality digital images and responsive operation for advanced photo enthusiasts, the K10D features an array of PENTAX innovations in image capture and camera functionality.
The most significant features in the K10D include:
– A PENTAX-developed Shake Reduction (SR) system that effectively offers a 2.5 to 4 stop advantage for sharp, blur-free images even under difficult shooting conditions, such as macro and telephoto photography or low light settings without a flash. The SR mechanism is designed to minimize camera shake by oscillating the CCD image sensor vertically and horizontally at high speed using magnetic force, while adjusting the speed of oscillation in proportion to the amount of camera shake detected by built-in sensors. As a result, the system does not require special anti-shake lenses and can be used with more than 24 million PENTAX lenses produced since 1964.
– A newly-developed Pentax Real IMage Engine (PRIME) designed exclusively for PENTAX digital SLR cameras to produce well-balanced, true-to-life images. In order to meet the performance requirement in handling 10 megapixel data, PENTAX also incorporated a new high performance 22 bit A/D converter to quickly transfer images with accurate color tones and richer gradation from the CCD to the imaging engine.
– A new Dust Removal (DR) system incorporating PENTAX-original Special Protect (SP) coating to help keep the CCD surface dust-free, and a shift mechanism to shake dust off the CCD.
– A dependable dust-proof, weather-resistant body construction featuring 72 seals throughout the camera to allow photographers to continue shooting even in dusty or rainy environments.
The K10D body will ship by November 2006 for US $899.95, and as a kit with the DA 18-55mm lens for US $999.95. The D-BG2 Battery Grip will ship at the same time for less than US $190.00. The PENTAX DA 70mm lens will ship in October 2006 for less than US $600.00.
Incorporating the PENTAX-developed Sliding Lens System and an impressive 3.0 inch, high-definition LCD monitor, the Optio T20 is the thinnest digital camera in this class. Featuring 7.0 megapixels and a 3X zoom, the latest model in the PENTAX T series allows users to select and confirm functions directly on the LCD monitor with just a touch or with a stylus. The 3.0 inch display allows users to easily view and decorate images with drawings, stamps, picture frames and more. With the 3.0 inch touch-display, the Optio T20 allows users to simply touch, shoot and enjoy.
The Optio T20 hosts a large 3.0 inch LCD monitor with 230,000 pixels for exceptional clarity and definition for reviewing images and menu text. With a wide viewing field, the screen remains easy-to-see when viewed from an angle or straight on. This is helpful when monitoring shots at low or high angles or when displaying images in a group setting. With a slim body only 0.77 inch thick (19.5mm), the Optio T20 is the thinnest in this digital camera class.
The Optio T20’s touch display allows users to select and confirm functions by directly touching the LCD monitor. Easy operation of the screen allows users to access icons from the displayed menu with a simple touch. The Optio T20 comes with the My Drawing mode, which lets users customize their shots. With the enclosed stylus pen, users may create original pictures by writing directly on the image shown on the monitor or adding a stored illustration with the Stamp function. The camera also offers a function for storing favorite photos as original stamps to add to other images.
The Optio T20 digital camera will be available for $349.95 in October 2006.
Optio W20 is a compact digital camera featuring excellent waterproof performance with a slim, flat body design. The W20 camera is fully capable of underwater photography without requiring a waterproof case or other accessories. The waterproof design of the Optio W20 meets the JIS Class 8 waterproof standard, enabling it to withstand up to 30 minutes of continuous operation at an underwater depth of up to five feet. The Optio W20 also meets the JIS Class 5 dustproof standard, and is ideal for use skiing, marine sports, fishing, and enjoying other outdoor events.
The Optio W20 includes a 3X optical zoom lens that covers focal lengths from 6.3 to 18.9 mm (equivalent to 38 to 114 mm for 35mm film) and features a ???‚??folding???‚?? optical system so the lens never protrudes from the camera while zooming. The 7.0 effective megapixels produces extremely high-quality prints with crisp detail even when the photo is greatly enlarged.
The Optio W20 comes with a 2.5 inch LCD monitor that is easy to view even in sunny outdoor conditions. The LCD cover is finished with a non-glare coating and features adjustable LCD backlight strength. The camera also has a Power Saving mode that automatically dims the backlight to save battery power.
The Pentax Optio W20 will be available in September with a price of under $300.