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Ilse Jurriën : February 25th 2010 - 12:15 CET

Pentax X90

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PentaxPentax X90 digital camera : Pentax Imaging Company announced the latest model in the manufacturer’s megazoom digital camera line: the Pentax X90. Featuring an extra-wide zoom, longer battery life than its predecessor and an electronic viewfinder, the Pentax X90 delivers effortless picture-taking in a wide variety of situations to photographers of all levels. The key feature of the Pentax X90 is the 26x megazoom, super-telephoto lens (26-676mm equivalent) also designed with a Macro mode that focuses to less than one inch away to capture images of subjects that are near or far. Priced at $399.95 USD, the Pentax X90 megazoom digital camera will ship in April 2010.

Pentax X90 equipped with 26x zoom lens
With a compact, lightweight body, the Pentax X90 features a high-magnification optical 26x zoom lens offering a focal-length coverage between 26mm wide angle to 676mm super telephoto (in the 35mm format). Combined with a Macro mode to capture images of subjects less than an inch away, the Pentax X90 captures images near and far. The Pentax X90 megazoom camera also features an Intelligent Zoom function, which extends the zoom coverage to approximately 162.5 times (for a focal length of an 4225mm in the 35mm format) without compromising the optical performance of the zoom lens.

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Pentax X90 features shake-reduction system
The Pentax X90 incorporates the Pentax-original CCD-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) system to assure sharply focused, blur-free images even under demanding photographic conditions prone to camera shake, such as when using the zoom lens’s super-telephoto range or when shooting a sunset or indoor scene with natural light only. By accurately detecting the amount of camera shake using a high-performance gyro sensor and shifting the CCD image sensor vertically and horizontally at high speed, the Pentax X90 offers an outstanding camera-shake compensation effect, equivalent to approximately three shutter steps.

Pentax X90 camera

Pentax X90 battery and viewfinder
With a large-capacity lithium-ion battery, the Pentax X90’s battery life has improved by 50 percent over the previous Pentax megazoom. The camera records approximately 255 images on a full battery charge. Based on measurement conditions conforming to CIPA specifications using the exclusive D-LI106 Lithium-ion Battery. The Pentax X90 comes equipped with an electronic viewfinder with a diopter adjustment mechanism for clear views of subject and electonronic indicators.

Pentax X90 offers Eye-Fi wireless SD memory card connectivity
Eye-Fi SD memory cards store media and offer built-in Wi-Fi capability that accesses an assigned wireless network to effortlessly transfer photos and videos from the camera to a computer and online sharing site such as Picasaweb, Flickr, Facebook and YouTube. Equipped with an Eye-Fi Card, the Pentax X90 allows users to enable/disable the Eye-Fi Card's Wi-Fi connectivity via the camera menu and provides an on-screen card activity indicator.

Pentax X90 megazoom

Record movies with the Pentax X90 megazoom camera
The Pentax X90 captures high-quality movie clips, equivalent in image quality to high-definition TV (1280 x 720 pixels). The camera features Movie SR (Shake Reduction) mode to minimize camera shake during movie shooting through the use of exclusive software. As a result, the photographer enjoys high-quality, blur-free movie shooting with minimal effort. An HDMI micro terminal for audio/video signal output supports high-resolution movie viewing on a high-definition TV monitor.

Multi-mode exposure system of the Pentax X90 camera
In addition to the advanced Programmed AE mode, which automatically selects the optimal combination of aperture and shutter speed for a given subject, the X90 offers Aperture-Priority AE, Shutter-Priority AE and Metered Manual modes. With 12.1 effective megapixels, a sophisticated imaging engine and a high-quality Pentax zoom lens, the Pentax X90 delivers super-clear, high-quality images with a Bright, Natural or Monotone finishing touch option.

Pentax X90 digital camera

Pentax X90 digital camera equipped with 7 shooting modes
The Pentax X90 features the advanced Auto Picture mode, which selects the most appropriate shooting mode for a given subject or scene by detecting the subject’s lighting and other conditions. This user-friendly feature selects the best mode from a choice of Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Flower, Sport or Standard modes and features an Auto Macro mode, which automatically switches the camera’s focus range to macro in close-range applications.

Pentax X90 features Face Detection AF & AE function
Feauring an upgraded Face Detection AF & AE function, the Pentax X90 automatically detects up to 32 faces in the image field in a mere 0.03 seconds and captures each with precision, even when the faces are tilted or turned sideways. In addition, the X90 offers other user-friendly functions designed to produce beautiful portraits with ease: the Smile Capture function, which automatically releases the shutter the instant it detects the subject’s smile; and the Blinking Detection function, which warns the photographer when the subject’s eyes close at the time of shutter release.

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High-sensitivity anti-shake mode on the Pentax X90
The Pentax X90 comes equipped with the advanced High-Sensitivity anti-shake (Digital SR) mode, which allows the photographer to use higher shutter speeds in dimly lit locations by automatically shifting the sensitivity level to as high as ISO 6400 based on the subject’s lighting condition. By coupling this function with the dependable CCD-shift-type SR system, the photographer can effectively minimize adverse effects of camera shake and subject shake, even when shooting at such demanding locations as concert halls and indoor sports arenas.

Additional features of the Pentax X90 camera
• The Burst shooting at a maximum speed of approximately 11 images per second
• Choice of image format: 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 or 1:1 proportions
• Large 2.7 inch color LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 dots
• LCD is treated with AR (Anti-Reflection) coating to minimize reflections
• Shooting mode palette for easy selection of a desired shooting mode from 20 different options,
including a new Baby mode programmed to capture the healthy, lively face of a baby
• D-Range setting to minimize excessively overexposed and underexposed areas in the image
• A selection of digital filters, including Toy Camera and Retro, to add creative visual effects
• MediaImpression 2.0 for Pentax image viewing, editing and filing software included (compatible with latest operation systems, including Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6)

Pentax X90 review

Pentax X90 review, price & availability
Priced at $399.95 USD, the Pentax X90 will ship in April 2010. As soon as we receive a Pentax X90 test sample, we will publish a photo gallery with high resolution pictures, followed by an extensive Pentax X90 review.

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