Pentax Releases New Series of Optio E50, M50 and S12

Pentax updates their entry line of digital P&S camera today with the announcement of Optio E50. The new 8.1 megapixels camera features 2.4” LCD display, 1/2.5” CCD sensor with sensitivity up to ISO 1600. It has a 4x digital and 3x optical zoom range of 37.5mm-112.5mm (35mm equiv.) Other features including digital shake reduction and face recognition. It runs on 2xAA batteries, supports SD/SDHC media storage and has a built-in 9.5mb storage space. The E50 will be selling for $149 coming next month.


Loreo 3D Lens in a Cap allows you to take 3D pictures

Check out this nifty little attachment from Loreo, you can get it for your Canon EOS and FD models, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax K mount, and Minolta MD and AF models and it allows you to take 3D photos. Basically it splits the image from each side and allows the camera to capture both, the only downside is, it slows the f-stop rating down to 11.


Rumor: Pentax K20D and K200D coming soon

In fact they are rumored to be announced on January 24th, 2008. There aren’t any pictures of either camera yet, but below is a picture of the K10D, the camera they would presumably be replacing.

The rumors claim some pretty hardcore specs, even for a DSLR. Those include a 14MP CMOS sensor, a 14-bit RAW A/D processor, 3” LCD, better In-Body shake reduction, PC Syncing, and that’s just for the K20D. the K200D would be replacing the K100D.


Samsung NV11 – the digital camera for the traditionalist

Are you, or someone you know afraid of losing the old Minolta or Pentax film camera they are holding onto? Well, chances are you won’t be able to convince them to ditch them completely, film can still do some amazing things that digital can’t, but this digital camera might make them feel familiar enough to start using digital.

It really looks almost exactly like the Pentax I have sitting on my desk, it has the mode selector wheel, the big, boxy body, and it looks like it even has the winder, albeit with a button on top of it, so its probably not functional, but it looks almost exactly the same. It has a 2.7-inch LCD on the back that is surrounded by 13 multi-mode buttons for navigating features, menu’s, etc.


Pentax A40 – Shoots DivX video at 640 x 480

DivX has grown into one of the more popular video formats in recent years. However, it is still not supported by many video capture devices. Pentax has obviously seen this as an issue and released a new camera that can do just that.


Pentax AP50 DSLR – special 50th anniversary edition

Pentax announced its new DSLR camera in tribute to its original film camera back in 1957 when its known as Asahi Optical Joint Stock Co. The AP50 is designed with vintage touch with its pyramid chassis for the pentaprism viewfinder.


Pentax New Optio E30 7.1-Megapixel for Cheap

Pentax has just announced the Optio E30, their latest entry-level digital camera with some rather impressive features for its price level. This compact camera boasts 7.1 effective megapixels for more clarity than the entry-level user probably needs.

The Optio E30 also features a 3X optical zoom, 4X digital zoom, a 2.4-inch LCD, and 11MB built-in memory. It also supports the new SDHC memory cards in addition to traditional SD memory cards.

Expected to be available in February for an amazingly cheap $150, the Optio E30 will be making an appearance at the upcoming CES.

Pentax Optio E30
[Via: Newlaunches]

World’s First Water-Proof and Dust-Resistant SLR Camera

This awfully gaudy contraption of a camera, called the Asahi Pentax LX Gold, is reportedly the world’s first water-proof and dust-resistant SLR camera made by Pentax. We’ll have to excuse its appearance as it is a 60th anniversary model for the company and probably more a collectors item than something we’d all be rushing out for this holiday season. Whether there is any actual gold or if it is even a DSLR is unclear. According to the folks at Aving, the unit was presented at a press conference in Korea, leading us to suspect it is another one of those Korea-market-only releases. No information on pricing and availability. And, I am rather surprised there were no encrusted diamonds.

Pentax’s world’s first water-proof & dust-resistant SLR camera [Via: Aving]

Pentax X-Change Digital Point & Shoot SLR

I’ve always wanted to take professional-looking photos with my small point-and-shoot digital camera, but have had little luck. It is perhaps more a fault of the photographer than the equipment, but I’d like to think it’s the equipment. So, why not go get myself a nice digital SLR? Well, they’re a little bulky to carry around all day. Thus, this Pentax X-Change really caught my eye. This concept camera, one of many shown at the Photokina, can use different lenses like with a digital SLR but has the compact body of a point-and-shoot. The body is very thin with a pop-up flash and allows the use of small interchangeable lenses. Each lens has an integrated CCD offering different focal lengths. How cool is that?

Pentax X-Change Concept Point & Shoot [Via: Oh Gizmo]

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