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Pentax limited edition SLR camera


Mark Peters : 2008-12-18 06:10:00
Pentax K-m limited edition SLR camera kit : A Unique, Limited-Edition White-Color Package Combining an Easy-to-Operate, Entry-Class Digital SLR Camera and Zoom Lens. Hoya Corporation Pentax Imaging Systems Division is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX K-m white Lens Kit. Available in a limited quantity, this unique kit includes the popular PENTAX K-m digital SLR camera body and an interchangeable zoom lens, both finished in a matching brilliant white color. Launched in October 2008 as an entry-class model aimed at new digital SLR photographers, the PENTAX K-m offers simple, user-friendly operation and an easy-to-maneuver compact, lightweight body.


Pentax K20D review


Dennis Hissink : 2008-10-11 23:00:00
Pentax K20D digital SLR review : In many aspects the Pentax K20D is similar to its predecessor, yet offers considerably more. In the first place, there are more pixels, of course; the trend continues. With a resolution of 14 million pixels the K20D is ahead of its close competitors, the Canon EOS 40D and its allies. The image sensor is now a CMOS and has been developed in close cooperation with Samsung. The latter also manufactures the CMOS sensor and integrates it into the GX20, which is the twin brother of the Pentax K20D. The quality should remain the same thanks to minimizing the circuitry around each photo site, thus keeping the light-sensitive area of each pixel to the same size as other companies manage on 12 MP sensors.

• Read our full Pentax K20D review.


Pentax SLR cameras at Photokina


Ilse Jurriën : 2008-10-01 22:30:00
Pentax digital SLR cameras at Photokina 2008 : Pentax knows how to attract the attention with the introduction of a number of products like D-SLR's, flash and lenses. The focus seems to have diverted from the compact camera assortment to other products. Certainly when we look at the attention that goes to the D-SLR assortment and the Photokina introductions. The Pentax K20 may be the current flagship of Pentax; with the introduction of the Pentax K-m/Pentax K2000 Pentax once again tries to get a grip on the DSLR market for beginning photographers. The size is definitely not to blame. The Pentax K-m/Pentax K2000 is very compact and can easily compete with other models, and stands a good chance for the title: 'compact DSLR of the year'. Even a pimped version of the Pentax K-m / K2000 was showcased and could be admired.


Pentax K-m


Ilse Jurriën : 2008-09-22 11:06:00
Pentax K-m digital SLR camera : Hoya Corporation Pentax Imaging Systems Division is proud to announce the launch of the Pentax K-m digital SLR camera. Designed primarily for beginning digital SLR photographers, this new entry-class SLR model offers simplified, user-friendly operation, and an easy-to-manoeuvre compact, lightweight body. The Pentax K-m DSLR camera was developed as an entry-class digital SLR camera offering simple, straightforward operation, making it possible for first-time digital SLR users and family photographers to enjoy high-quality digital SLR photography with little trouble or confusion. The Pentax Km features an upgraded version of the Pentax-original Auto Picture mode, which automatically detects the type of scene, and sets the proper shooting mode for the photographer.


smc Pentax-DA* lenses


Ilse Jurriën : 2008-09-22 11:04:00
smc Pentax-DA* 55mm and 60-250mm lenses : Hoya Corporation Pentax Imaging Systems Division is pleased to announce the launch of two high-performance interchangeable lenses for the acclaimed smc Pentax-DA* (DA Star) series. These lenses are designed exclusively for use with Pentax digital SLR cameras to deliver top-quality digital images. The smc Pentax-DA* 60-250mm F4ED [IF] SDM is a versatile telephoto zoom lens offering a high zoom ratio, while the smc Pentax-DA* 55mm F1.4 SDM is a compact medium-telephoto lens offering a large maximum aperture.


Pentax 15mm lens


Ilse Jurriën : 2008-09-22 11:02:00
Pentax 15mm lens and converter at Photokina 2008 : Hoya Corporation Pentax Imaging Systems Division is pleased to announce that it will exhibit an interchangeable lens and an accessory at Photokina 2008. Both items are currently under development for use with Pentax digital SLR cameras. Photokina is one of the world’s largest photo and imaging merchandise fairs, and will be held this year from September 23 to 28 in Cologne, Germany.


Pentax AF160FC macro flash


Ilse Jurriën : 2008-09-22 11:00:00
Pentax AF160 FC auto macro flash : Hoya Corporation Pentax Imaging System Division is pleased to announce the launch of the Pentax AF160FC dedicated auto macro flash. This new accessory flash unit is particularly designed for advanced close-up applications using the automatic exposure-control system of Pentax digital SLR cameras. The P-TTL auto flash system of the Pentax AF160FC constantly assures the proper exposure level, by measuring the flash’s pre-discharge with the camera’s image sensors and assessing the subject’s lighting condition with the camera’s multi-pattern metering system. Due to the user-friendly operation with a single control dial on the back panel users can easily change flash-modes and discharge-level adjustments.


Pentax Optio M60


Dennis Hissink : 2008-07-29 11:30:00
Pentax Optio M60 : HOYA Corporation Pentax Imaging Systems Division is pleased to announce the launch of the new Pentax Optio M60, a standard-class compact digital camera that is also lightweight and equipped with advanced basic functions. The Pentax M60 can be used widely by many different kinds of people in a variety of scenes, and is equipped with the latest scene mode recognition function that allows for even more easy and convenient photography of high-quality images. The Pentax Optio M60 is the latest model in the Pentax Optio M series of compact digital cameras highly acclaimed for their small, lightweight bodies and enhanced basic functions. The Pentax M60 camera will be available in August.


Pentax Optio E60


Dennis Hissink : 2008-07-29 11:00:00
Pentax Optio E60 : The brand name changed, but the camera brand’s logo is the same as before. HOYA Corporation Pentax Imaging Systems Division is pleased to announce the launch of the new Pentax Optio E60 compact digital camera, an entry-class camera that is easy to use and has an increased effective pixel count of approximately 10.1 megapixels, allowing even beginners to enjoy high-definition images. In addition to using easily-obtainable AA batteries as the power source, the Pentax E60 is newly equipped with an optical 3x zoom lens that enables for a wide angle of view. This makes it easy to photograph group shots indoors as well as landscapes in a range that is wider than conventional models.


Pentax Optio W60


Dennis Hissink : 2008-05-23 10:34:00
Pentax Optio W60 : Pentax Imaging Company has announced the Pentax Optio W60 compact digital camera. Lightweight and fully waterproof, the Pentax W60 features 10 megapixels and a 5x zoom lens with 28mm wide-angle capability. The enhanced design of the Pentax Optio W60 allows the camera to operate up to 13 feet underwater for two hours and at extreme temperatures well below freezing. Perfect for photography in adventurous as well as everyday settings, the 5X optical zoom refraction lens never protrudes from the Pentax Optio W60, yet it covers focal lengths from 5mm to 25mm (approximately 28mm to 140mm in 35mm format). The Pentax Optio W60 will be available in July 2008 for US $329.95 in a choice of two colors: Ocean Blue and Silver.


Photo equipment discount for Students


Mark Peters : 2008-04-05 19:05:00
Pentax photography equipment discount for Students : Pentax Imaging Company has announced a Pentax Student Photography Program to support budding photographers and photography educators with camera bodies, lenses and flashes at significant savings. Known for producing photography equipment that offers value, quality, ease-of-use, durability, and affordability, Pentax takes great pride in the commitment to countless users who have learned and taught the art of photography with a Pentax digital camera. The Pentax Student Photography discounts are offered exclusively to full-time students at accredited institutions (high schools, colleges and universities) as well as full-time photography educators.


Win a Digital SLR with Pentax Sail Away Program


Mark Peters : 2008-03-20 09:23:12
Win a Digital SLR with Pentax Sail Away Program : Pentax Imaging Company has launched the Pentax Sail Away Program to introduce consumers to select models of binoculars. From now until May 31, 2008, any customer who participates in a Pentax binocular demonstration will qualify to enter the Pentax Sail Away Sweepstakes for a chance to win a Cruise West cruise for two from Costa Rica through the Panama Canal or Pentax products. A binocular demonstration consists of visiting a participating retailer and asking for a hands-on demonstration of one of the binocular models or viewing a binocular product video available on-line. Winners of the Pentax Sail Away Program will be announced in June 2008.


Pentax Optio V20


Dennis Hissink : 2008-03-18 00:00:01
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 interview


Ilse Jurriën : 2008-03-10 17:00:00
Pentax interview at PMA : January of this year Pentax introduced two new digital SLR cameras. One of the models, the Pentax K20D has been equipped with a 14 Megapixel image sensor. This is quite surprising and Pentax together with Samsung (GX20) are now delivering a digital SLR camera for the amateur with the highest resolution ever. Bas de Meijer had an appointment with John Carlson, Product Manager Imaging Systems, Pentax USA, on the last day of the PMA 2008 to go through a few subjects with him. Besides the interesting offer of DSLR cameras, Pentax also offer a line of compact cameras (Optio) but it seems that this segment gets less attention lately. Time to get some answers as to Pentax's plans for 2008; an interview with John Carlson.


Pentax K20D photo gallery


Dennis Hissink : 2008-02-06 01:30:00
Pentax K20D test photos : After the press conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, I was able to take the new Pentax K20D with me into the desert and the environment of Dubai. Although the new K20D DSLR was a pre-production model we are able to publish the first test shots. Keep in mind that the firmware was not final so the image quality should be judged accordingly. Unfortunately due to an unexpected visit of President Bush to Dubai some of the planned events had to be cancelled. Thanks to a flexible organization we had some time to visit last-minute locations. One thing was impossible to influence, the weather conditions. Instead of sunny weather we had cloudy and rainy forecasts. The Pentax K20 D has an estimate price of EUR 1299 (kit).


Pentax K20D


Ilse Jurriën : 2008-01-23 23:00:05
Pentax K20D digital SLR camera : The new Pentax K20D sets forth to build on the success of the acclaimed Pentax K10D which set new standards and established itself as a leading model in its class. A completely new camera concept has been developed for the Pentax K20D that clearly raises the standard for this class of digital SLR with its high performance features and extensive functions. Outwardly it is immediately clear that the Pentax K20D meets professional standards with its dust and splash-proof body. At the heart of the camera is a CMOS sensor with an effective resolution of 14.6 megapixels with extremely low noise characteristics. A further new development is Pixel mapping that interpolates failed pixels, avoiding disturbing white spots in the final image.


Pentax K200D


Ilse Jurriën : 2008-01-23 23:00:04
Pentax K200D digital SLR camera : The entry-level series of Pentax digital SLR cameras continues with the introduction of the new Pentax K200D, featuring the acclaimed Pentax Shake Reduction (SR) system. Blurred hand-held photographs, particularly with telephotos or longer exposure times, are a thing of the past. Two sensors are used by the SR system to detect any vibrations and compensate for any movement by the 10.2 Megapixel CCD. This blurring protection system occurs directly at the CCD saving the user from having to acquire expensive special lenses. Thanks to the Pentax K-mount bayonet virtually any Pentax lens can be used with the new Pentax K200D digital SLR.


Pentax lens range for digital SLRs


Ilse Jurriën : 2008-01-23 23:00:03
Pentax lens range for digital SLRs : Five new lenses are announced to supplement the existing range of accessories for digital SLR cameras. The two new fast telephotos smc Pentax DA* 200mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM and smc Pentax DA* 300mm F4.0 ED [IF] SDM are not only optically astounding but also support the ultrasonic autofocus drive system for fast and quiet operation. Special optical glass including ED glass elements, aspherical lens elements and outstanding lens coating provide for excellent contrast characteristics, a consistent edge-to-edge sharpness and a particularly clear rendition of fine details. As well as the outstanding imaging attributes, Pentax engineers have raised the mechanical characteristics of the lenses to a state-of-the-art level.


Pentax Optio S12


Ilse Jurriën : 2008-01-23 23:00:02
Pentax Optio S12 digital camera : The new Pentax Optio S12 digital compact camera offers the highest technology in the smallest possible body. Ultra-compact dimensions and high-quality design are immediately recognizable in the typical Pentax style. Inside the 12 megapixels resolution with digital "Shake Reduction" and "Face Recognition" function complete the superb features for this state-of-the-art compact camera. The Pentax S12 camera further features a clear and bright 2.5’’ TFT Colour LCD Monitor with 232,000 pixels and Anti-reflection Coating. The Pentax Optio S12 is an ultra-compact, high-end lavishly equipped digital camera in a stunning aluminium body. The camera features easy to understand menus for simple operation.


Pentax Optio M50


Ilse Jurriën : 2008-01-23 23:00:01
Pentax Optio M50 digital camera : Slim and easy all-round camera with extended zoom range. Despite its 5x zoom range, the diminutive dimensions and scant weight of the Pentax Optio M50 is due to a flat Lithium-Ion battery and further miniaturisation of the circuit board. The result is an eye-catching 23.5mm deep aluminium body that will be available in classic silver or a selection of other attractive colours. Technically the Pentax Optio M50 also has much to offer and will spoil the photographer with its numerous functions, not least of which is the extended - now five times - zoom range that assures successful telephoto shots. The digital "Shake Reduction" automatically increases the sensitivity to ISO 6400.






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