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Ricoh launches Pentax K-S1 20MP DSLR with LED indicators on grip

08/28, 9:45am

Extra LEDs on Pentax K-S1 shows number of faces detected, timer shot countdown

Ricoh's Pentax K-camera collection has been joined by a new mid-class camera. The Pentax K-S1 is a DSLR with a 20-megapixel CMOS sensor combined with the Prime MII imaging engine, giving it a maximum sensitivity of ISO 51,200, a top shutter speed of 1/6000 of a second, and a continuous shooting rate of up to 5.4 frames per second.

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Pentax Q-S1 revealed with 12.4MP sensor, multiple body color options

08/05, 6:22am

Bokeh control, gyro sensor used in retro-styled Pentax Q-S1

Ricoh has launched another camera in its Q-range of Pentax compact snappers, which it claims is one of the world's smallest and lightest with interchangeable lenses. The Q-S1 has a 12.4-megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor, housed inside a retro-styled body which customers are able to heavily personalize, thanks to its wide selection of color combinations.

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Ricoh launches 16MP Pentax XG-1 bridge camera with 52x zoom

07/15, 7:57am

Optical zoom in Pentax XG-1 extends to 208-times magnification with digital assistance

Ricoh has launched a new bridge camera with a long optical zoom and similar physical styling to DSLR cameras. The Pentax XG-1 houses a 16-megapixel back-illuminated 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor with a maximum sensitivity of ISO 3200, behind a 52-times optical zoom lens giving 35mm-equivalent focal lengths from a 24mm ultra-wide-angle to a 1,248mm super telephoto lens.

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Ricoh deploys new medium format Pentax 645Z DSLR with HD video

04/15, 1:43pm

New camera uses 51.4MP CMOS, with peak ISO of 204,800

Today, Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation has revealed the new Pentax 645Z magnesium alloy-bodied, medium-format DSLR. The new camera features a 51.4-megapixel CMOS image sensor, tiltable LCD, and is the only camera so far in the medium-format category to offer video recording capabilities. The new camera has a shutter speed of up to 1/4000th of a second, and has an top ISO of 204,800.

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Ricoh launches 24MP Pentax K-3 digital SLR with 27-point auto focus

10/08, 5:41am

Pentax K-3 uses anti-aliasing simulator, eliminates optical AA filter

Ricoh has added a new digital SLR to its Pentax K camera series, one with a 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor. The Pentax K-3, rumored late last month, uses its new PRIME III imaging engine, as well as an anti-aliasing simulator that has the same level of moiré reduction as an optical anti-aliasing filter, which can also be adjusted in tensity or switched off altogether.

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Pentax K-3 with rumored 24MP APS-C sensor leaked in photograph

09/27, 12:11pm

Pentax K-3 shown with similar body to K-5 model camera

A photograph of what appears to be a new camera from Pentax has allegedly leaked. The image of the Pentax K-3 appears to show an APS-C device with a similar body to the Pentax K-5, though it is said that it Ricoh will be making a change to the display on the rear, though it will apparently not be a flippable or hinged version, and will also not be a touchscreen.

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Pentax reveals K-50, K-500, Q7 cameras with 120 color combinations

06/13, 10:45am

K-500 DSLR ignores color choice, opts for AA power

Pentax Ricoh has introduced two K-mount DSLRs and one mirrorless camera. The K-50 and K-500 DSLRs both improve on the K-30, while still using the same sensor 16.5-megapixel APS-C sensor, while the mirrorless Q7 uses a larger 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor than the Q10, though maintains the same 12.4-megapixel resolution.

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Pentax unveils WG-3 and WG-3 GPS ruggedized cameras

01/29, 7:45pm

Cameras waterproof to 45 feet, protected from drops of up to 6.6 feet

Pentax Ricoh has introduced the 15th generation in its ruggedized line-up of point-and-shoot cameras, the WG-3 GPS and WG-3. Its newly-designed 4x optical zoom lens with a maximum aperture of F2.0 at wide-angle, back-illuminated 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor, and sensor-shift shake reduction system helps to deliver sharp, high-quality, low-noise images, according to the company.

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Hands-on: Pentax MX-1 large-sensor compact camera

01/10, 7:46pm

Pentax incorporates retro design cues to semipro MX-1 compact

Electronista came across a newly-unveiled digital compact camera at the Pentax booth during our CES travels and took a few minutes to check it out. Despite being new, its looks are decidedly old-school, and on purpose. The top and bottom plates are made of brass before being painted in either black or silver, the reason being that as it wears it will reveal a polished patina that will evoke memories of the very first Pentax cameras.

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Pentax outs Q10, K-5 II and K-5 IIs cameras

09/11, 10:15am

Pentax makes Q10 interchangeable lens compact, K-5 replacements official

Pentax this week introduced three new cameras with the Q10, K-5 II and K-5 IIs. The Q10 sports a 12.4-megapixel sensor and claims to be the smallest and lightest interchangeable lens system. Compared to the original Q, the Q10 sports a new grip but carries over the bokeh control dial.

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Pentax K-30 official, resists rain, dust and temp extremes

05/22, 7:41am

Pentax K-30 debuts, offers numerous enhancements

Pentax has taken the wraps off its K-r successor, the K-30. Pentax says that the K-30 is resistant to dust, rain and temperature extremes as low as 14 degrees Farenheit (most cameras typically claim normal operation down to 32 degrees). The new dSLR also utilizes a glass prism optical finder with a 100 percent field of view, usually reserved for more expensive models.

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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 Sony’s 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 K-5 Silver Special Edition gets extra-thin 40mm lens

03/04, 7:20pm

Pentax K-5 Silver Special Edition has special lens

Pentax has brought out a special-run DSLR with genuinely uncommon optics. The K-5 Silver Special Edition both outfits the 16.3-megapixel DSLR with a semi-retro look as well as a very thin 40mm, f2.8 XS lens. Along with being a complement to the body, the lens keeps the overall size small and provides a prime lens to join more conventional options.

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Canon APS-C lens patent surfaces, mirrorless cam to follow?

02/20, 3:40pm

Canon lens patent confirms mirrorless camera due

A new patent application found online on Monday has lent strong support to the belief Canon is working on a mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera. The patent is for an 18-45mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens explicitly meant for APS-C mirrorless cameras. Allowing for the crop factor, the lens is equivalent to 29-70mm if it were full-frame.

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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 K-01 official, takes on Sony in pro mirrorless

02/02, 7:40am

Pentax K-01 uses retro style but K-mount lenses

Pentax has quickly taken the wraps from the K-01, its higher-end mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Unlike the tiny Pentax Q, it uses a full-sized, 16-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor like a DSLR. It can even take Pentax's usual K-mount lenses, making it the first major mirrorless to take lenses from an existing DSLR system without an adapter.

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Pentax K-01 possibly showing in first live photos

02/01, 1:50pm

Pentax K-01 images leak ahead of official debut

Ahead of its official unveiling in London on February 2, the Pentax K-01 camera may have been seen in images shared online by Mirrorless Rumors. The shooter was designed together with Australian industrial designer Marc Newson, according to Stuff-Review, and is expected to share its 16.2-megapixel sensor with the company's larger K-5. The camera will support K-mount lenses and is supposed to ship with a new DA 40mm f2.8 lens that's under 0.4 inches thick.

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Sigma founder Michihiro Yamaki dies

01/27, 2:35pm

Sigma founder, CEO passes away at 78

CEO of camera and lens maker Sigma, sadly, has passed away. The 78-year-old Michihiro Yamaki succumbed in Tokyo, Japan on January 18 after a fight with liver cancer. Yamaki founded the company in 1961 and was heading up the company up to 2011, on its 50th anniversary.

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Kenko Tokina, Tamron to start on Micro Four Thirds lenses

01/26, 11:30am

Japan's Astrodesign also joins the standard

Two Japanese camera lens manufacturers have signed onto the Micro Four Thirds standard pioneered by Olympus and Panasonic. They include Kenko Tokina and Tamron, while a third Japanese company, Astrodesign, has also jumped onboard, though it makes video measuring equipment and not lenses. This should give those how have bought into the new type of camera, which allows for interchangeable lenses on digital camera bodies that are smaller than DSLRs, more options for lenses.

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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 model’s 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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Mamiya, Leaf team up on medium-format cameras

01/16, 3:35pm

Medium format camera makers Mamiya, Leaf merge

Mamiya Digital Imaging and Leaf Imaging, makers of medium-photography cameras, have merged. The new company, Mamiya Leaf, will combine their resources to develop new products, CNET reported. Before this, both companies produced devices controlled by Phase One digital backs.

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Ricoh GXR cam to get modular lens with APS-C CMOS sensor

11/30, 10:35am

Ricoh to bring out 16MP, modular lens to GXR cam

Ricoh will soon add a new lens module to its GXR camera, the company's Japanese website and roadmap revealed. It will be based on an APS-C sized CMOS sensor and use a 24-85mm equivalent zoom lens. The sensor is likely to use a Sony 16-megapixel chip for the module like that in the NEX-C3.

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Adobe posts final Lightroom 3.5, Camera Raw 6.5 releases

09/29, 9:25am

Adds support for over 20 more cameras

Adobe has posted the final editions of the Lightroom 3.5 and Camera Raw 6.5 updates. In both circumstances the software adds support for over 20 cameras. Consumer-level additions include the Fuji FinePix F600EXR, Nikon Coolpix P7100, Pentax Q, and Ricoh GXR Mount A12, as well as Olympus' E-P3, E-PL3 and E-PM1, Panasonic's DMC-FZ150, DMC-G3 and DMC-GF3, and Sony's NEX-C3, NEX-5N, SLT-A35, SLT-A65 and SLT-A77.

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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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Nikon mirrorless camera set to cost under $1,300

09/08, 11:05pm

Nikon mirrorless cam leak gets price, 2011 ship

Nikon's long rumored mirrorless interchangeable lens camera received not just a vowed release this year but also a tentative price. A report [sub. required] in Japan's Nikkei pointed to sources who understood the camera would cost the equivalent of between $900 and $1,300. At the cost level, the camera would be equivalent to higher-end mirrorless cameras like the Olympus E-P3 or Sony NEX-7, although Japanese pricing usually includes tax and tends to be higher.

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Survey: DSLR buyers unhappy with shutter speed, durability

07/20, 12:10am

Nikon Pro series tops JD Power ranks

DSLR buyers are reportedly mostly satisfied with cameras' image quality, though some users are left desiring improvements to shutter speed and durability, according to the JD Power and Associates 2011 DSLR survey. The report measures five groups of factors: picture quality; durability and reliability, including battery life; features, such as zoom and image stabilization; ease of operation; and shutter speed/lag time.

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Hoya sells Pentax to Ricoh for $124.2 million

07/01, 7:35am

Ricoh will focus on DSLR segment

Japanese optical equipment maker Hoya has announced the sale of its Pentax camera unit to rival manufacturer Ricoh. The Nikkei business daily reports the deal is worth 10 billion yen ($124 million). The selloff of the camera business was widely expected. Hoya bought Pentax in 2007 mainly for its medical technology.

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Pentax unveils Q as "smallest" interchangeable lens camera

06/23, 12:15am

Camera offers new Q-Mount lens system

Pentax has launched an entirely new camera system, labeled the Q. The platform aims to compete with Micro Four Thirds SLRs, but with Pentax's own Q-Mount lenses. The company claims it is offering the "world's smallest and lightest body" for an interchangeable design, constructed using a magnesium alloy. Like many small DSLRs, the Q lacks an optical viewfinder; users must rely on a three-inch LCD with 460,000-dot resolution and a viewing angle claimed to reach 170 degrees.

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Pentax intros GPS geotagging add-on for DSLRs

06/02, 7:00pm

Supports latest Pentax DSLR models

Pentax has announced a new GPS tracking device for its DSLR cameras. The O-GPS1 records latitude, longitude, altitude, and time data along with the image data to provide precise information about the location where a picture was taken. Using a PC, this GPS data may then be used to track shooting locations and organize pictures.

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Pentax NC mirrorless camera spotted with vintage design

03/31, 8:55pm

NC-1 said to be smallest mirrorless camera

Corroborating earlier rumors surrounding a mirrorless Pentax camera, several press photos have finally surfaced. The images are tied to the model NC-1, which is said to represent one of the smallest mirrorless cameras to arrive on the market, while the company is also alleged to be working on a second mirrorless system with a larger build.

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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 to ship 100 harlequin K-r DSLRs in Japan this January

12/03, 3:20pm

Pentax makes limited-edition run of K-r DSLRs

Pentax has responded to customer demand for a concept by announcing it will soon release a limited run of specially multi-colored versions of its K-r DSLR camera. The camera's specs remain the same as the regular version, though it's paired with a new 35mm, f2.4 prime lens. Its hotshoe also houses a robot head that exists primarily for the purpose of aesthetics.

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LG shows L-03C point and shoot camera with phone features

11/08, 5:45pm

LG L-03C cameraphone due exclusively at DoCoMo

LG has revealed an upcoming cellphone that can easily double as a point-and-shoot camera, the L-03C. It will be exclusively available on DoCoMo and sports a 12.1-megapixel camera. Its light sensitivity more comparable to that of a dedicated camera and goes as high as ISO 3,200, while a Pentax f3.6-5.5 lens gives it a real 3X optical zoom and shutter speeds ranging from one second to 1/1,500. The L-03C can record HD videos at 720p quality.

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Pentax prices, dates 645D medium format cam for US

09/23, 4:45pm

Pentax 645D to cost $10,000, out in December

At Photokina this week, Pentax announced its belated 645D medium format digital camera will begin shipping in December in both the US and the UK. Stateside, the body only will be priced at a nice, round $10,000, while UK buyers will have the option to buy body for the equivalent of $14,150 or in kit form with a DFA 55mm 645 SDM lens for about $15,700. The camera has a 40-megapixel, 44x33mm CCD sensor and a 3-inch LCD with a 921k resolution.

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Pentax K-5 jumps to 16.2 megapixels, better autofocus [U]

09/20, 8:40am

Pentax intros K-5 DSLR for Photokina

(Updated with US pricing) Pentax today added a new mid-range SLR to its normally low-end mix. The K-5 has the highest resolution of any Pentax camera at 16.2 megapixels and puts it into more direct contention. Its CMOS sensor can shoot between ISO 100 and 12,800 with an extreme 51,200 setting and is matched by a significantly boosted 11-point autofocusing system.

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Hands on: Pentax K-r DSLR

09/16, 1:25am

New features step ahead of K-x

Pentax showed off its new K-r DSLR at a press event in New York City, where Electronista had a chance to take a few pictures with the pre-release cameras. As expected, the K-r represents a step forward from the company's K-x camera. Both DSLRs still occupy a niche somewhere between most entry-level and midrange offerings.

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Pentax K-5 leaks out

09/10, 5:10pm

Pentax K-5 DSLR camera leaks out

An image of an upcoming Pentax K-5 digital SLR camera has been leaked courtesy of LensTip. At the same time, alleged specs of the camera have been revealed over on PentaxForums. The key rumored specs include a 16.2-megapixel Sony Exmor CMOS sensor, weather-sealed magnesium body and the abiltity to shoot 1080p HD video at 25p or 30p.

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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 K-r brings higher sensitivity, speed to entry DSLRs

09/09, 11:30am

Pentax launches K-r budget DSLR

Pentax on Thursday brought out an upgrade to its least expensive DSLR. The K-r directly tackles some of the issues with the earlier K-x and focuses on image performance first: it now shoots at up to ISO 25,600 (up from 12,800) and at up to 6FPS for 25 shots in continuous mode (up from 4.7). High dynamic range shooting is better with a new night-focused mode, and the shutter speed has climbed to 1/6000th of a second.

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Pentax K-x gets extra color options in US lineup

08/13, 11:35am

Brings color choices to 12 for DSLR

Pentax has added Beige, Chocolate, Olive, and Pink versions of the Pentax K-x to its US lineup, bringing the number of color options for US shoppers to twelve. All four colors have been available in Japan for some time. The different colors are the only difference between the models as they all share the same 12-megapixel CMOS sensor, 720p video and 4.7FPS burst shooting as the original K-x and the previously introduced color models.

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Pentax making 'distinct' mirrorless pro camera

08/03, 3:50pm

Pentax seen getting into mirrorless cams late

Pentax's plans to get into the currently hot mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera space were seemingly confirmed today by an analyst note (PDF stating it as fact. Citigroup Global Markets Japan said in discussing Pentax's earnings that its parent brand Hoya wants a Pentax camera in the group that would be "distinct" from what already exists. What else it would do, or when it would ship, weren't given out.

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Pentax launches Optio M90 in Europe

04/28, 3:45pm

Pentax launches Option M90 camera in Europe

Pentax has signaled the near release of its latest compact digital camera, the 12.1-megapixel Optio M90. It comes coated in an uncommon rubber exterior for a better grip and has a relatively strong 5X wide angle digital zoom lens. Photos can be previewed on a 2.7-inch LCD screen and the camera has improved facial recognition features, smile capture and blink detection compared to older models.

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Pentax brings exotic K-x colors to US

04/23, 12:35pm

Pentax K-x in US now has some Japan color options

Pentax provided a surprise to US photographers on Friday by giving them several new colors for the K-x DSLR. Previously only available in Japan, colors such as bright blue, green, orange, purple have joined the existing black and red. The original navy blue has disappeared from the line.

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Pentax 645D slated for May with 40 megapixel sensor

03/09, 11:50pm

Company releases full specs

Following several teasers, Pentax has finally announced availability information and detailed specs for its upcoming 645D medium-format camera. The DSLR integrates a 40 megapixel sensor manufactured by Kodak, along with a SAFOX IX+ autofocus system providing 11 sensor points. Like many other Pentax cameras, the 645D features a semi-rugged body with 70 seals for resistance to dust, water and low temperatures.

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Apple expands RAW support for Aperture and iPhoto

02/25, 4:50pm

Support for cameras from Leica, Pentax, Sony

Apple on Thursday released a RAW compatibility update for Aperture 3 and iPhoto '09. Version 3.1 expands the list of supported cameras to include the Hasselblad H3DII-50, Leica M9 and X1, Olympus E-P1 and E-P2, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1, Pentax K-7 and K-x, and Sony's DSLR-A500, -A550 and -A850.

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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 X90 touts claimed 162.5X zoom

02/24, 9:10am

Pentax X90 uses SW to extend 26X to 162X

Pentax today brought out a replacement for its long-serving X70. As an ultrazoom, the X90 already carries a 26X lens (26-676mm equivalent) but uses an "intelligent zoom" in software to reach 162.5X (4,225mm). Like most of these features, Pentax claims to avoid most of the typical degradation in image quality but hasn't said whether any obvious sacrifices are needed to reach the record-setting distance.

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Pentax outs limited-run silver K-7 DSLR

02/22, 4:15pm

Limited edition K-7 DSLR due in Japan

Pentax on Monday announced a limited edition version of its K-7 DSLR, which is easy to spot thanks to its exclusive silver finish. The color matches that of Pentax' high-performance FA Limited lenses, and there is a new golden section ratio focusing screen that sports guiding lines and points that are curved on the screen. The LCD also gets a reinforced glass plate for protection against scratches and breaks.

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