Dennis Hissink : March 18th 2008 - 00:00 CET updated
Pentax Optio V20
Pentax Optio V20 : Pentax has announced the Pentax Optio V20 compact digital camera with a 5x zoom lens, 8.0 megapixels, and a generous 3.0 inch LCD monitor. Ultra-slim and stylish in design, the latest Pentax V20 compact digital camera makes it easy to capture and to view images. Three innovative features on the Pentax Optio V20 help users optimize portrait photographs. A Face Recognition function automatically detects and focuses on faces, then sets the optimum exposure. Smile Capture detects the key facial expression of happy people and releases the shutter automatically. Blink Detection reports to the user whether any subjects closed their eyes in an image, so that the shot may be recaptured if necessary.|
Pentax V20 camera - Close-up photography
Additional features include Auto-tracking AF for continuously focusing on a moving subject, 52MB of built-in memory, and an Auto-Macro mode that allows close-up photography as near as 4 inches (10 cm) without changing the normal focusing mode. With a high resolution of approximately 8.0 effective megapixels and a high-performance PENTAX lens, the Optio V20 offers high quality images even when pictures are enlarged. The new Pentax V20 digital compact camera will ship in May 2008 for US $279.95.
Pentax Optio V20 compact camera - Zoom lens and Picture mode
The new Pentax Optio V20 is equipped with a 5X optical zoom lens with an angle of view equivalent to a 36mm -180mm lens in 35mm format that allows users to zoom in on subjects. Combined with the digital zoom function (approx. 1X to 5.1X), the camera offers photography with a maximum zoom of 25.5X. Unique to Pentax, the Auto Picture mode automatically determines shooting conditions and chooses optimal settings for Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, Normal, Flower and Sports mode.
Optio V20 digital camera - Monitor and Coating
The Optio V20 features a high resolution, 3.0 inch LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 dots that enables images and text to be displayed largely and clearly. The LCD monitor has a wide viewing angle of 170 degrees from all directions, making it easy to confirm images even when viewing the screen from any angle. The LCD also features an Anti-Reflection coating that reduces reflections. With this coating, the monitor is even more easily viewable outdoors.
Pentax Optio V20 - Face recognition and Portrait photography
The Pentax Optio V20 is equipped with the Face Recognition Auto focus and Auto Exposure function to automatically detect and focus on faces and set the optimum exposure. In addition, the Pentax V20 is equipped with a Smile Capture function that recognizes smiles and releases the shutter automatically. A Blink Detection function tells users whether subjects blink during image capture, so the image may be recaptured.
Pentax Optio V20 digital compact camera - Digital shake reduction
The Digital Shake Reduction mode reduces camera shake and blur of subjects when photographing still images. The sensitivity can adjust automatically to the ultra-high sensitivity of ISO 6400 to match the brightness of the subjects. This enables photography with fast shutter speeds and images with less blur.
Pentax Optio V20 additional features
• Movie recording function with shake reduction enabling high image quality rivaling camcorders
• Mode palette provides quick access to 16 shooting conditions and 15 playback modes
• Panorama mode for composing photographs into 1 panoramic picture
• Auto-Macro allows as near as 4 inches (10cm) without changing the normal focusing mode
• Auto-tracking AF continuously focusing on a moving subject
• Date imprint function for easy image categorizing
• Approximately 52MB of built-in memory
• FotoNation’s red-eye compensation function for flash shots
• Includes the ACDSee for PENTAX 3.0 image viewer/image management software
• Supports Windows Vista
• Support PictBridge, DPOF functions, EXIF Print, and PRINT Image Matching III