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Ilse Jurriën : September 1st 2005 - 00:00 CET

Pentax Optio WPi

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PentaxPentax Optio WPi digital camera introduction : Pentax introduces the Pentax Optio WPi. Developed in line with the concept of "sportiness, elegance and leisure" and based on the Optio WP, the Pentax WPi digital camera offers the same waterproof performance that enables underwater shooting without the need for a waterproof case or similar equipment, and boasts a sophisticated design that makes it well-suited to use on virtually any occasion. The Pentax OptioWPi is providing the convenience of a large 2.0-inch LCD monitor and 6 effective Megapixels, and overall operational ease. For marine sports, scuba diving, skiing and social occasions too, the Pentax WPi has the looks and the capability to go with you virtually anywhere.
Pentax Optio WPiPentax WPi camera - 6 Megapixels
The Pentax Optio WPi delivers pleasing optical performance with a lens comprising 9 groups of 11 elements. It also includes three aspherical lens elements that compensate for aberration to make for even sharper results, and makes use of a refraction lens system that enables it to deliver 3X optical zoom performance and cover angles of view equivalent to those of a 38-114mm lens in 35mm format without ever extending from the camera body. Together these features allow photographers to make the very most of the Pentax Optio WPi's ample 6 Megapixels.

Pentax WPi digital camera - Waterproof
The Pentax OptioWPi camera complies with JIS class 8 waterproof performance, enabling it to withstand up to 30 minutes of continuous operation at an underwater depth of 1.5 meters. Furthermore, the Pentax Optio WPi has also been proven to conform to Class 5 dustproof performance of category 2 (machines produced to prevent internal changes in atmospheric pressure). Such capabilities make it ideal for use when skiing, taking part in marine sports, going fishing or enjoying other outdoor events. Waterproof performance of this kind also means users can simply rinse the camera off any time it becomes dirty.

Pentax OptioWPi - Body design and 2-inch LCD display
With a slim, flat body boasting a depth of a mere 2.2cm, the Pentax Optio WPi can be easily slipped in and out of a pocket, bag or case. An ergonomic contoured grip design provides users with a more confident, more comfortable shooting experience. The Pentax OptioWPi makes extensive use of high-quality aluminum alloy for the front panel with a hairline finish that gives it a pleasant texture of high quality. The rounded overall form of the Optio WPi camera is accentuated by a water ring design element, a four-way control key and other details that give the camera a look that is both sophisticated and user-friendly. Despite its slim, flat body dimensions, the Optio WPi camera features a large, 2.0-inch LCD monitor with 115,000 pixels for speedy and precise confirmation of recorded images. This low-reflection monitor also features a backlighting mechanism that effectively maximizes visibility, even when used outside on sunny days, and additionally offers a "Power saving mode" that automatically reduces backlighting intensity to make batteries last longer.

Pentax WPi camera - Mode pallet for easy operation
The Mode palette has been popular with consumers ever since its introduction on other Optio models, displaying multiple shooting or playback options simultaneously. For the shooting Mode palette, the user can display 15 mode icons at once out of a total of 22, with the remaining 7 icons replacing the selected 15 on the user's command. What's more, just a press of the Green button while the Mode palette is on is all it takes to display easy-to-understand explanations and photos for the selected item, reducing the need to consult the user manual for simpler operation.

Pentax OptioWPi camera - Continuous AF and tracking AF
Continuous AF (For focus on stationary subjects, the shutter release button is depressed halfway to drive the lens to focus lock. Continuous AF, on the other hand, allows the lens to be driven constantly to ensure swift, precise focus as soon as the shutter release button is depressed halfway) or tracking AF (Tracking AF continually detects both horizontal and vertical movement of the main subject to ensure sharp focus at the desired moment. Confirmation of the focus area can be done on the focus frame on the LCD monitor) are activated automatically upon selection of Sport, Pet or Kids modes, allowing the camera to track a moving subject within the frame and maintain accurate focus accordingly.

Pentax Optio WP i - High-sensitivity shooting & Green mode
The Optio WP i supports mixed-pixel, high-sensitivity (Available when using Candlelight mode and Report mode only (automatic or manual activation)) shooting, which offers the choice to shoot at a Standard Output Sensitivity of 800. This results in crisp and clear shots with minimal noise, hand shake and other blurring. When high-sensitivity shooting is selected, recording size is fixed at 1280 X 960 pixels. Just one push of the Green button activates Green mode, which takes automatic control of all settings with the exception of zoom. Not only is this function handy when asking someone else to take your picture or when you've simply lost track of camera settings, but the Green button can also be used as a shortcut, allowing the user to assign up to four frequently used functions to if for swift access.

Pentax Optio WPi digital camera - Recovery function and Picture Voice
With the OptioWPi camera, there's no need to panic if you accidentally erase an image or audio data. That's because it comes equipped with a handy recovery function that remains active until the erased data has been overwritten or the power is switched off. Up to 20 seconds of audio data can be recorded while a still image is being shot, extending from 10 seconds before to 10 seconds after the moment of shutter release. Such capability allows users to capture special moments in a more memorable manner.

Pentax Optio WP i camera - Framing options en Movie editing
Not only does the Optio WP i enable users to put images together with photo frames within the camera itself, but it also offers a choice of shooting options to produce results best suited to a pre-selected frame. Frames can also be added at the time of printing. Three different frames are installed by default within the camera, which can be easily replaced by up to three of many downloadable frames available on the Pentax website. With the movie editing function, users can actually edit recorded movies in-camera. Selected clips can be saved as new movie files, users can select single frames for saving as individual still images, and separate movies can also be combined as one file.

Pentax Optio WPi digital camera features:
• Ready to shoot just 0.6 seconds after the power is turned on
• Real-time display of "washed out" and "blacked out" areas
• Soft flash function avoids overexposure when shooting macro
• Up to 4X digital zooming
• Macro mode enables shooting as close as 1cm
• Three color modes (full-color, B&W, sepia) for versatile movie recording
• "Clock Mode" function displays the time even when the camera is off
• SD memory card compatible; approx. 10.5MB built-in memory
• Standard image viewer, ACDSee for Pentax software
• FotoNation's red-eye compensation function for flash shots
• DPOF, Exif Print, and PRINT Image Matching III compatibility.

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