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Pentax K-01 mirrorless and Optio WG-2 cameras now shipping

03/13, 4:15am

Pentax starts shipping K-01 and Optio WG-2

Following the February launch of the Pentax K-01 and the Optio WG-2, Pentax has announced that both cameras are now available for purchase. The Marc Newson-designed K-01 is the Pentax response to Sonyís popular NEX-series of Alpha mirrorless cameras and boasts similar specs. Like the NEX cameras, the K-01 uses a DSLR APS-C CMOS sensor, in this instance with 16-megapixels.

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Pentax intros rugged Optio WG-2 point-and-shoot cameras

02/07, 6:00pm

Case waterproof down to 40 feet

Pentax has introduced yet another set of rugged point-and-shoot cameras, the Optio WG-2 and WG-2 GPS. Both feature backlit 16-megapixel sensors capable of shooting 1080p video at 30fps, while a "microscope" mode utilizes a ring of six LEDs to light shots as close as 1cm from the lens.

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Pentax slips out Optio VS20 camera with vertical shutter

01/25, 6:45pm

Pentax intros PS camera with vertical shutter

Pentax has slipped out the Optio VS20 camera with a second, vertical shutter. The new vertical shutter headlines the modelís list of features offering and users the ability to more easily take portrait oriented pictures when changing the camera orientation using its second shutter button. The camera also includes a night snap mode allowing the capture of more vibrant images with low blur and noise in low light settings.

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Pentax slips out minimal, compact Optio RZ18 ultrazoom

09/12, 6:50pm

Pentax Optio RZ18 puts 18X zoom in small body

Pentax finished Monday with a unique take on the rapidly growing compact ultrazoom camera field. Its Optio RZ18 fits an 18X zoom 25-450mm equivalent lens with an f3.5-4.9 aperture into a consciously minimal design that stays relatively thin. A 16-megapixel sensor puts it at the higher end of the range, and it has an unusually wide ISO 80 to 6,400 sensitivty range for the class.

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Pentax intros second-gen, customizable Optio RS1500

03/17, 8:50am

Pentax Optio RS1500 updates customizable camera

Pentax overnight brought out the second generation of its uncommonly customizable camera line. The Optio RS1500 preserves the swappable faceplates and lens rings to personalize the look but upgrades to keep in step with modern compacts. It shoots with a 14-megapixel sensor and a 4X (27.5-110mm equivalent) lens, though Pentax keeps the price low by using sensitivity alone (up to ISO 6,400) to stabilize the shot.

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Pentax outs Optio S1 with 14MP and high dynamic range

03/02, 6:20pm

Pentax Optio S1 arrives with HDR shooting

Pentax on Wednesday night brought out a compact camera with its own company firsts. The Optio S1 is billed as the first Pentax compact camera to have a high dynamic range mode. Its technique overlays multiple shots and both reduces the likelihood of blown-out highlights while improving the detail in shadows.

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Pentax intros rugged WG-1 camera, silver K-5

02/07, 5:45pm

Pentax unveils Optio WG-1 and silver K-5

Pentax led into the run-up for the CP+ camera show with one of its most hardened point-and-shoot cameras as well as special-edition DSLR hardware. The 14-megapixel Optio WG-1 is one of its toughest cameras to date and is not only dustproof, shockproof to five feet and waterproof to 33 feet deep, but also now crushproof. It can take pressure of up to 220 pounds without cracking.

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Pentax intros RZ10, customizable RS1000 cameras

09/09, 3:55pm

RS1000 and RZ10 show personality of owner

Pentax has announced two new 14 megapixel cameras will be added to its compact digital line, the RS1000 and RZ10. Like the K-x lineup, the new models let the camera body reflect the user's personality. The RS1000 allows users to choose from any of the eleven interchangeable faceplate skins that ship with the camera, or design their own on the Pentax website. The RZ10 will be available in four body colors: black, white, lime and violet.

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Pentax adds Optio W90 waterproof camera

02/24, 6:10pm

Pentax W90 adds to X90 launched earlier

Pentax followed up the earlier launch of the X90 by launching the Optio W90. The new version of the rugged camera is tougher still than the W80 and is not only dustproof but cold-resistant to 14F and can be submerged in water up to 20 feet deep. Its rubberized housing can withstand drops from higher than the W80 at 4 feet.

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Pentax makes retro-styled I10 and H90 official, adds E90

01/25, 7:05pm

New Pentax cams pay tribute to classic models

Pentax got ahead of rumors today by launching three expected Optios, two of which tout unusual designs. The I10 harks back to the look of vintage film SLRs and even includes a hint of SLR-level features. While still a compact camera with fixed-in-place 5X, 28-140mm equivalent lens, it supports remote control for indirect shooting. The 12-megapixel compact lacks an optical viewfinder but partly makes up for this with sensor-based image stabilization, 720p video capture and a new face detection system that can not only track 32 faces but recognize pets as well.

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Pentax readying designer H90, L10 cameras

01/24, 8:00pm

Pentax due to bow two retro cams Tuesday

A discovery on an online reseller's website Sunday (since pulled) has revealed that Pentax plans to draw attention at the upcoming PMA photography show with two unique cameras. The Optio H90 and L10 (pictured at top) will both carry a vintage look, with the former carrying some of the style of a rangefinder while the L10 will resemble a conventional film camera. Little is immediately shown in the images beyond the look, though the L10 will have a 5X, 5.1-25.5mm lens; both are regular compact cameras rather than Micro Four Thirds or DSLR models.

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Pentax adds waterproof WS80 with 720p, more

08/05, 6:25pm

Pentax WS80 P80 E80 Cams

Pentax tonight updated its Optio compacts with three new models that include an update to its semi-rugged W models. The WS80 can withstand water at depths of up to 5 feet but still keeps in step with most newer point-and-shoot cameras, including an option of shooting 720p, 30FPS video rarely seen in its category. Still images are captured at 10 megapixels and get a relatively long 5X optical zoom as well as ISO 6,400 sensitivity, face detection and anti-shake compensation to compose shots.

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Pentax offers Optio E75 starter camera

05/15, 11:10am

Pentax Optio E75

Pentax today brought out an update to its most basic cameras in the Optio E75. The compact maintains the 10-megapixel sensor and 3X optical zoom of the E70 but grows the preview LCD from 2.4 to 2.7 inches. It continues to carry more recent software-driven features such as a full-auto scene mode, face detection with a face priority mode as well as smile detection.

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Pentax debuts 2 Optio compact cameras: E70, P70

01/05, 11:00pm

New Pentax cameras

Ahead of CES, Pentax on Tuesday announced two compact digital cameras: the Optio P70 and Optio E70. The ultra-slim PENTAX Optio P70 digital compact camera offers 12 megapixel resolution, a 4X optical zoom (equivalent to 27.5mm-110mm), and a wide angle 28mm lens; The Optio P70 features metal body and is available in multiple colors. Other features include a 2.7 inch high-res, wide-angle view LCD panel, and new Pixel Track Shake Reduction technology decrease shake in low lighting. The Optio P70 also offers Advanced Face Recognition that tracks up to 32 faces in 0.03 seconds as well as both Smile Capture that automatically releases the shutter when subjects smile and Blink Detection to provide alerts when subjectís eyes are closed.

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Pentax preps budget, wide-angle Optio E60

07/28, 8:30pm

Pentax Optio E60

Pentax tonight gave entry-level photographers an extra option through the 10.1-megapixel Optio E60. Its standout addition is a 32-96mm equivalent wide-angle lens that helps frame wide portrait shots, scenery, or other very horizontal subjects. Its beginner focus includes a fully automatic mode that changes all settings itself, though the camera adds face detection and ISO-based blur correction that also help more experienced owners.

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Pentax unveils Optio W60 waterproof cam

05/22, 7:30pm

Pentax W60

Just ahead of Memorial Day weekend (in the US), Pentax tonight released the Optio W60. Where other cameras need special shells underwater, the W60 is explicitly designed to be waterproof from the outset and includes watertight joints that extend to the lens: as the optics never protrude from the body, no room exists for water to seep in, the company boasts. The resulting adjustments lead to a camera that not only operates at up to 13 feet deep but is also dustproof and survives freezing temperatures as low as 14 Fahrenheit.

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Pentax slips out Optio V20 with 5X zoom

03/17, 10:25pm

Pentax Optio V20

Pentax tonight ducked past the initial wave of camera releases this year and introduced the Optio V20. Though it runs at 8 megapixels versus the 10 or more of some high-end cameras, the point-and-shoot is balanced with a higher than average 5X optical zoom as well as a 3-inch LCD for composing shots. The camera producer also claims to deliver more intelligent electronics, with an automatic switch to macro mode, blink and smile detection to produce usable portraits, and autofocus that tracks moving subjects.

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Pentax intros 12MP Optio S12, more for PMA

01/24, 12:25am

Pentax PMA 2008

Alongside its K-series updates, Pentax tonight revealed a trio of point-and-shoot models as its entries in the PMA photography show. The Optio S12 is one of the smallest 12-megapixel cameras yet, the company claims, and produces features expected of some larger models such as ISO 3200 sensitivity in its anti-blur model. It will also be one of the least-expensive cameras in the category when it ships in April for $280.

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