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Pentax Optio A40

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PentaxPentax Optio A40 : Pentax Corporation is pleased to announce the Pentax Optio A40, the latest model in the “Optio A” series - Pentax’s top class compact digital cameras that purse high image quality and high performance. The Pentax A40 camera has an increased 12.0 effective Megapixels and high image quality rivaling that of SLR cameras. The Pentax Optio A40 is Pentax’s first digital camera with 12.0 effective Megapixels, which enables for ultra high-definition images. It is newly equipped with a large, 1/1.7-inch CCD that has a wide light receiving area that is superior in tone reproduction. Through the incorporation of a new image engine the Pentax Optio A40 pursues even higher image quality and further enhanced performance.
Pentax Optio A40Pentax A40 camera - Shake reduction
The SR mechanism is unique to Pentax, and corrects camera shakes when photographing still images by shifting the image sensor (CCD) horizontally and vertically in relation to the amount of shaking that the high-accuracy gyro sensor detects. The shake reduction technology used in Pentax’s digital SLR cameras is applied to the Pentax Optio A40 as well, and highly corrective effects that are equivalent to shutter speeds of approximately 2.5 to 3.5 steps can be achieved.

Pentax Optio A40 digital camera - Movie and DivX
The Movie SR function electronically reduces camera shakes exclusively during the shooting of movies. This function uses software to effectively correct distortions in images caused by camera shakes during the capturing of movies. The Pentax Optio A40 smoothly captures movies at 30fps (frames per second) at sizes up to 640x480 pixels with image quality rivaling camcorders. Since it employs the DivX (MPEG-4) movie format, the Pentax Optio A40 can record long, high-quality movies.

Pentax Optio A40 compact camera - Face Recognition and Portrait photography
The new Pentax Optio A40 is equipped with a “Face Recognition AF&AE” function that automatically detects and focuses on faces. In addition, the Pentax A40 also comes with new functions that apply face recognition technology, such as “Natural Skin Tone” mode, which smoothly presents skin texture based on the detected information, and “Half-length Portrait” mode, which automatically takes a close-up photograph of the bust by trimming the people recognized in photo frame.

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Optio A40 digital compact camera - Dynamic Range
The Pentax A40 is newly equipped with a “Dynamic Range Adjustment” to prevent white outs and black outs by correcting the tones for the highlighted areas or the shadowed areas of a subject with significant differences in contrast. When photographing people against the sun, it is possible to deposit subjects brightly while keeping the tones of the background.

Pentax Optio A40 - LCD monitor
This LCD monitor is a high intensity type equipped with an LCD booster that adjusts the brightness of screen, which users can easily check the screen even at the outdoors. With 2.5-inch and high resolution of approximately 232,000 pixels, it is easy to confirm picture compositions and the focus. Due to its wide viewing angle, the screen can also be easily viewed, since there is little change in brightness and colors even when looking at the monitor diagonally.

Pentax Optio A40

Pentax A40 digital camera - Optical zoom lens
The Pentax Optio A40 features a 3X optical zoom lens with a focal range covering angles of view equivalent to those of a 37-111mm lens in 35mm format, which is ideal for a broad spectrum of subjects from landscapes, through memorial photographs, to portraits. Such zooming power can also be combined with 6X digital zoom to achieve a total of approximately 17.9X zoom capability.

Pentax Optio A40 photo camera features
• Shutter-Priority AE mode and Manual Exposure
• Intelligent zoom: magnified shooting, maintaining image quality of optical zoom
• Auto Picture mode automatically determines the best settings for shooting conditions
• Mode palette provide quick access of 18 shooting modes and 15 playback modes
• Approximately 21.0 MB of built-in-memory
• Compatible with SD memory cards and SDHC memory cards
• FotoNation’s red eye compensation function for flash shots
• Includes the ACDSee for PENTAX 3.0 image viewer/image management software
• Windows Vista support
• Support PictBridge, DPOF functions, Exif Print, and PRINT Image Matching III

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