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Pentax announces touchy Optio T30 and slim Optio M30 digital cameras

Pentax has announced two new compact digital cameras. The Optio T30 is one of the thinnest digital cameras featuring a 3 inch LCD monitor. In addition, the T30 features a touch display and new functions such as Face Recognition and a high ISO Digital Shake Reduction mode. The new Optio M30 sports an ultra-slim body and features the same Digital Shake Reduction and Face Recognition functions. Both cameras will be available in March, the T30 will sell for $349.95 and the M30 will for  $199.95...
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Pentax Optio T30 overview and specifications
Pentax Optio M30 overview and specifications


PENTAX OPTIO T30 FEATURES                                                                        

Excellent image quality

7.1 effective megapixel resolution delivers images with exceptional definition. The camera features the smc PENTAX lens to render clear, high-contrast images, while our unique lens coating helps eliminate ghosting and other artifacts.  This image processing technology produces vivid colors and creates smooth tonal expressions at all brightness levels.

Large LCD Monitor

The PENTAX Optio T30 is equipped with a high-resolution, oversized 3.0 inch LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 pixels that enables images and menu text to be prominently displayed. The monitor also offers a wide 170 degree viewing angle from all direction that makes it easy to view images from every direction.

Thinnest Body In 3.0 In LCD Class

With a new, thin, high-performance battery design, and the PENTAX Sliding Lens System,* the Optio T30 offers the thinnest compact bodies with a 3.0nch LCD touch-screen monitor and 3X optical zoom.

* A PENTAX proprietary lens system: The central lens group slides upward from the optical axis and the front and back lens groups slip under them. Housing the lens in two steps in the lens cylinder reduces overall lens thickness, thereby minimizing body width.

Face Recognition AF and AE Function

The Optio T30 is equipped with Face Recognition AF and AE function* that automatically detects and focuses on faces regardless of where the people appear in the photo frame. In addition, optimal exposure settings are automatically adjusted so that the areas with faces are highlighted even if there is backlighting.
*Available when the photography mode is “Portrait” and the camera is directed at people from the front.

Digital Shake Reduction  

The digital Shake Reduction mode helps reduce image blur by adjusting sensitivity automatically to as high as ISO 3200 to match the brightness of the subject. This enables photography with fast shutter speeds and less blur.

Movie Shake Reduction*

An electronic, software-based Shake Reduction function exclusively for capturing movies effectively corrects image distortion.  
*In Movie Shake Reduction mode, the field of view is narrower than that during normal recording.

Touch-display control system

With just a touch, various functions may be entered directly on the Optio T30 touch-display LCD monitor.

My Drawing mode

The fun and easy-to-use My Drawing mode helps users customize shots with a stylus pen (included).  Users may sketch and write notes directly on images displayed on the monitor or add stored or original illustrations to any image with the Stamp function.

Auto Picture mode

The Auto Picture mode allows the camera to automatically determine the best shooting conditions for Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, and Program modes and choose the optimum settings for each subject. This PENTAX original function makes photography easier for new users.


PENTAX OPTIO M30 FEATURES                

High image quality

With a high resolution of 7.1 effective mega pixels and high-performance PENTAX lens, the Optio M30 realizes clear, high-quality images.  The Optio M30 also features a 3X optical zoom lens with a focal range covering angles of view equivalent to those of a 38-114mm lens in 35mm format, which is ideal for a broad spectrum of subjects from landscapes, through sightseeing photographs, to portraits.

Sleek, New, Textured Design

The Optio M series compact digital camera exterior has been redesigned.  Powered by an exclusive ultra-thin battery and featuring a miniaturized circuit board, the M30 body is a slim 0.7 inches (18mm). A high-quality aluminum alloy texture gives the camera a sophisticated design.

Digital Shake Reduction

The Optio M30 features a Digital Shake Reduction mode to adjust the camera sensitivity to as high as ISO 3200 to match the brightness of the subject. Even in low-light conditions, this feature increases shutter speed to help reduce blurring and improves image flash image capture for subjects at a distance in dark locations.

Auto-macro function

The Optio M30 is equipped with a new Auto-Macro Function that enables close-up photography up to a minimal distance of 4.0 inches (10 cm). The Auto-Macro function allows the camera to determine the distance from the subject, and even while in the normal focus mode, and automatically switch the focus range to macro mode.

Face Recognition AF and AE

The Optio M30 is equipped with a “Face Recognition AF & AE” function* that automatically detects and focuses on faces regardless of where the people appear in the photo frame. In addition, optimal exposure settings are automatically conducted so that the areas with faces are not darkened even if there is backlighting.
* Available when the photography mode is “Portrait” and the camera is directed at people from the front.

Auto Picture mode automatically determines the best settings for the shooting conditions

The Auto Picture mode lets the camera automatically determine the shooting conditions for Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, and Program modes and choose the optimum settings for each subject. This PENTAX original function makes photography a lot easier for users since it eliminates the necessity of making a number of individual settings.

High-Quality Movies with Shake Reduction Function

The Optio M30 captures smooth, high-quality movies at 30 fps (frames per second) at a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, which is comparable to movies taken with a camcorder.  This model also is equipped with a Movie Shake Reduction function*, which automatically corrects camera shakes, allowing for movies to be taken more easily and without hassles.
*Using the “Movie SR" function results in a narrower field of view than that during normal recording.
January 23, 2007
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