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Pentax unveils a lightweight, ultra thin 40mm lens


Dennis Hissink : 2004-12-14 19:00:37
Pentax Imaging Company continues to expand its digital SLR lens family with the announcement of a fourth member, the smc Pentax DA 40mm F2.8 Limited lens. Designed for exclusive use with Pentax digital SLR cameras, the unique pancake style standard lens measures a mere .59 inches in length and weighs just 3.17 ounces. Combined with the popular Pentax *ist DS digital SLR, the Pentax DA 40mm F2.8 Limited lens will offer the smallest and lightest digital SLR combination available from any manufacturer. As part of the Pentax Limited Series, the lens will offer exceptional image quality and construction, high contrast, high resolution, and minimal aberrations.


Pentax announces the new *istDS digital SLR camera


Dennis Hissink : 2004-09-14 00:45:24
PENTAX Corporation is pleased to announce the marketing of the PENTAX *istDS digital SLR camera. Offering a compact, lightweight body, simplified operations and an affordable price, the *istDS assures high-quality digital SLR photography, including the advantage of lens interchangeability, to photographers of all levels. Developed as a sister model of the popular PENTAX *istD, this new camera was designed by further advancing PENTAX's digital camera development concept of "user-friendliness," or "a harmony between ease of use and portability." The *istDS is one of the smallest and lightest digital digital SLR cameras on the market today - even more compact and lightweight than the PENTAX *istD.


Pentax unveils new OptioMX4 digital camera


Dennis Hissink : 2004-09-14 00:30:28
PENTAX introduces the new OptioMX4. A compact digital camera with a powerful 10X optical zoom and 4.0 effective megapixels, the OptioMX4 is designed not only for the shooting of high-quality still images but also to offer refined movie performance. The concept for the OptioMX4 arose in response to consumer needs, satisfying the demand for the ability to capture distant subjects with 10X optical zoom through a focal range covering angles of view equivalent to those of a 37mm-370mm lens in 35mm format. Comprising 8 groups of 12 elements, the lens of the OptioMX4 makes use of aspherical lenses and extra-low dispersion glass elements that serve to ensure absolute minimum aberration.


Pentax announces the OptioSV


Dennis Hissink : 2004-09-14 00:20:36
PENTAX Corporation introduces the new OptioSV, a compact digital camera with 5X optical zoom and the image quality of 5.0 effective megapixels. It also has particularly compact dimensions, bringing such zooming power together with portability. Such compact dimensions are made possible through use of the unique Sliding Lens System, which makes a significant difference to the depth of the entire camera. The OptioSV also demonstrates PENTAX expertise in locating all parts not only for practicality but also for the ultimate in space efficiency. The end result is a camera with more than merely compact dimensions. It is a camera with a revolutionary reduction in size.


Pentax will introduce the Optio S5i camera


Dennis Hissink : 2004-08-24 22:28:35
Pentax Imaging Company has announced the new Optio S5i. With 5.0 effective megapixels and a 3X optical zoom lens, the Optio S5i features a stylish design in an ultra-compact, lightweight digital camera. Following in the footsteps of the popular Optio S, the stylish Optio S5i features the highest megapixel count in this ultra-compact series. The Optio S5i is a perfect digital camera for action photographers. The Optio S5i features a new Sport mode that sets the camera for shutter speed-priority to enable spur of the moment shooting while Pan focusing mode ensures optimal focusing from close range to infinity. Both modes help offer optimal results for capturing fleeting action shots.


Pentax will introduce new Optio X camera


Dennis Hissink : 2004-08-24 21:56:45
Pentax Imaging Company has announced the new Optio X digital camera featuring a new twist in design innovation. Offering twice the versatility in digital imaging, the PENTAX Optio X opens with just a twist of the hand and positions the lens on one side for shooting freedom and the generous LCD monitor on the other side for viewing ease. With 5.0 effective megapixel clarity, a 3X optical zoom and a unique design that allows both above-the-head and hip-level shots, the Optio X also features a high-performance, 2.0 inch, low-temperature poly silicon TFT color LCD monitor. Optio X users will not sacrifice size for innovation. The Optio X body is a mere 7/10 inch thick making it the thinnest model in the entire Optio series.


Pentax introduces two lightweight macro lenses


Dennis Hissink : 2004-08-17 10:15:05
Pentax announces the development of the new smc Pentax-D FA interchangeable lens series, designed to optimize image quality in digital SLR photography. The series also features an image circle covering accommodating the 35mm-format film. As the first models of this new series, PENTAX will market two compact, lightweight macro lenses for close-up photography up to a life-size magnification. Taking advantage of its advanced optical design technologies, Pentax successfully optimized the optical characteristics of these new lenses for digital photography, including lens coating and curvature and positioning of optical elements. In particular, flare and ghost images have been reduced to minimum for clear, high-quality digital images.


Pentax unveils new Optio750Z - 7 Megapixels


Dennis Hissink : 2004-08-16 21:45:36
Pentax Corporation introduces the new PENTAX Optio750Z to satisfy the needs of advanced users who wish to create gallery-quality photographic works of art, and for anyone who wants higher quality photographs. Positioned at the highest end of the PENTAX Optio Series, the Optio750Z is developed in line with the concept of "true performance in pocket size." It is a high-class, compact and lightweight digital camera that excels in image quality and versatile functionality. The Optio750Z delivers high-precision imaging with 7.0 effective megapixels, a high-performance smc Pentax 5X optical zoom lens, newly developed ASIC (Application Specified Integrate Circuit), and other impressive features.


Pentax announces new OptioS50 camera


Dennis Hissink : 2004-08-16 21:30:55
Pentax Corporation is pleased to introduce the new PENTAX OptioS50. A truly easy-to-operate compact digital camera with a 5.0-effective megapixel CCD, a 3X optical zoom lens and more. Pentax incorporated various user-friendly features into the OptioS40 (launched in March 2004), such as the handy mode dial and the help function that displays the functions of control buttons on the LCD monitor. Such user-friendly benefits are also features of the OptioS30, which was launched in June 2004. Both of these models have been well received by our consumers as easy-to-understand, easy-to-use compact digital cameras that are ideal for newcomers to digital photography. Now Pentax is about to launch the new OptioS50.


Pentax plans digital SLR family expansion


Dennis Hissink : 2004-06-09 11:00:59
According to an article published in Nikkei Electronics Pentax will introduce a new friendly priced digital SLR camera probably introduced during Photokina, the great event to be hold in Cologne, Germany (28 September - October 2, 2004). This event promises to become a very interesting one; lots of rumours are already floating around and according to some inside information every digital enthusiast will be served at Photokina! Coming back to the Pentax SLR; Pentax USA has given a small official comment on the digital SLR topic: PENTAX Imaging Company, a division of PENTAX of America, Inc. has announced it is developing cameras for the entry level digital SLR category. The first introduction is slated for Fall of 2004.


Pentax announces availability of 14mm f2.8 lens


Dennis Hissink : 2004-05-15 02:00:00
Pentax has announced a second lens designed for the *ist D digital SLR will ship later this month. The smc PENTAX-DA 14mm F2.8 ED [IF] interchangeable wide-angle lens was developed as a second model of the new DA-series line-up. At 14.8 ounces and measuring just 2.7 inches long and 3.3 inches in diameter, the lens is one of the lightest in its category. The lens features a standardized DA-series design incorporating high-grade metallic components with green accents. Featuring a focal length of 14mm (equivalent to 21mm in the 35mm format) and a 90-degree angle of view, this high-performance wide-angle lens incorporates a high-refraction, low-dispersion glass element and an Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass element.


First look at the new Pentax Optio MX camera


Dennis Hissink : 2004-04-10 00:01:02
We just had an opportunity to spend some hours with the new Pentax Optio MX camera, so we decided to get along and publish this first look. When we attended the PMA show in Las Vegas the Optio MX was suddenly unveiled. This strange looking compact digital camera reminds the veterans amongst us, of an ultra compact super 8 camera, but equipped with nowadays technique. The compact Optio MX camera is a digital camera combining film and video. The camera is equipped with a 1/2.7 inch CCD and offers 3.2 effective Megapixels, delivering a resolution of 2048x1536 pixels. This innovative, palm-sized Optio features a 10x optical zoom to capture still images and high resolution (VGA) full motion movies on MPEG4 format with zoom capability.


CeBIT introduction of the Pentax Optio MX


Dennis Hissink : 2004-03-23 07:16:13
Showcased in a display case during CeBIT 2004 in Hannove, Germany, but kept in al of our hands during PMA show in Las Vegas (February 2004) Pentax introduces this prototype as its highlight during the CeBIT show. I am pretty sure Photokina will give us some real exciting news. Video functionality has almost become a standard feature on modern digital cameras, however usually in a rather mediocre resolution of 160x120 or 320x240 pixels. With the Optio MX, Pentax now presents a camera the size of a cell phone that will also convince video fans with full VGA quality (640x480 pixels). And thanks to its 3.2 Megapixels resolution in the photo mode, digital photographers won't need to compromise, either.


CeBIT introduction of Pentax DA 2.8/14mm ED (IF)


Dennis Hissink : 2004-03-22 15:21:36
We already saw this new lens during our visit to the PMA event in Las Vegas, and during this CeBIT 2004 show Pentax shows it again to the audience. With the smc Pentax DA 2.8/14 mm ED (IF) lens, Pentax will expand its line of lenses for digital SLR cameras in the very important wide-angle range with an important focal length. Because it's perfectly matched to the format of the Pentax *istD digital SLR camera, the 14 mm wide-angle lens (approx. 21 mm in the 35 mm format) produces pictures with an outstanding image quality. It is uncompromisingly tailored to the concept of the *istD, the smallest and lightest 6.2 megapixel digital SLR camera on the market, launched very successfully in September.


Pentax USA announces the new Optio43WR


Mark Peters : 2004-03-09 21:42:06
PENTAX U.S.A has announced a second generation fully-immersable digital camera, the new Optio43WR. Featuring 4.0 effective megapixels, a powerful 2.8x zoom lens, and a JIS Class 7 waterproof rating that keeps the Optio43WR watertight even when the camera is rinsed, splashed or submersed in water. So, go ahead and dunk the Optio 43WR! The latest PENTAX Optio digital camera is the perfect companion for outdoor photography in rain, snow or a day at the beach. (The Optio43WR may be immersed up to three feet for less than 30 minutes but should not be operated underwater.) The Optio43WR is compact and fast. Measuring 3.2 x 3.0 x 1.2 inches, it weighs 7.3 ounces.


Pentax unveils first Optio MX Digital Still/Movie


Dennis Hissink : 2004-02-21 08:06:24
Just back from an evening in Vegas where we met most of the guys who are hanging around the Internet, always a pleasure! Tonight we had the opportunity to get our hands on the Optio MX camera. Actually one of the friendly girls laid her hands on it and I took some product shots, but never mind. Pentax USA has announced the introduction of the first Pentax digital still/movie camera. This innovative, palm-sized Optio MX features 3.2 effective Megapixels and 10x optical zoom to capture still images and high resolution (VGA) full motion movies on MPEG4 format with zoom capability. With advanced design and the compact dimensions of the Optio line of digital cameras, the Optio MX features an ergonomic grip handle and an articulating LCD display.


New Pentax Optio 30 announced


Dennis Hissink : 2004-02-02 17:57:24
Not one, or two, but three new digital cameras have been announced by Pentax! We already introduced to you the Optio S4i and S40, this time we can give you information about the Optio 30. Again we are talking about a compact user-friendly camera; 3.2 MP and a 3x optical zoom. Pentax had made special efforts to enhance the Optio 30 for an even simpler use. Despite its minimal dimensions the controls have been made as large as possible. The camera features a Simple Menu which offers straightforward explanations for frequently used functions. The Full Menu has also been enhanced too, allowing a whole range of camera settings to be fine-tuned so you can configure the camera in different ways as you gain more and more confidence in photography.


Pentax unveils the new Optio S4i camera


Mark Peters : 2004-02-02 16:00:00
Just before the PMA kicks off in Las Vegas Pentax decides to announce a new 4 Megapixels camera; the Optio S4i. This new model is very compact, but has all controls within the reach of ones hand. The S4i features a 1.8-inch TFT LCD monitor (resolution 85.000 pixels) offering 100% field of view. The 4 effective Megapixels resolution guarantees photo-realistic images and the 3x optical zoom, combined with a 4x digital zoom will give the user all-round comfort. The new Pentax Optio S4i has a stylish designed ultra-compact aluminum alloyed body that can even be used underwater (40 meters). With a total weight of only 120g (loaded and ready) and dimensions of 84x52x20.5mm you can carry this neat camera everywhere and anytime.


Pentax introduces the ultra-compact Optio S40


Mark Peters : 2004-02-02 16:00:00
Another pre-PMA release! Today Pentax introduces their new ultra-compact 4 Megapixel camera; the Optio S40. This attractive camera has an aluminum exterior, lies comfortable in the hand and has a nice stylish design. The effective 4 Megapixels resolution ensures photo realistic photos and the 3x optical zoom combined with approximately 2.6x digital zoom results in an all-round 8x zoom. The ultra-compact design embraces the unique Pentax Sliding Lens system that results in very compact dimensions. The camera is compatible with 2 AA batteries or 1 CR-3 battery. The dimension of 89x58.5x25.5 and a weight of only 125g make the new Optio S40 comfortable and handy to carry it with you at all times.






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