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Pentax Optio P70, E70 unveiled for CES
In anticipation of CES, Pentax has added two new point-and-shoot digicams to its Optio line: the Pentax Optio P70 and Optio E70.
Premium P70 features ultra-thin construction
Joining Pentax's high-performance line Optio P models, the ultracompact Optio P70 features a 12 megapixel sensor and a 4x optical zoom with wide-angle coverage out to an equivalent 28mm.
Just a bit over half an inch thick at its narrowest point, the metal-encased P70 sports a 2.7 inch wide-view display, an advanced face recognition system, and sensitivity to ISO 6400.
The P70 is one of a handful of Optios to feature HD movie capture, with the new model recording video clips in 720p (albeit only at 15 fps). The rest of the model's specs sheet is all about easy auto shooting, with Smile Capture and Blink Detection technologies, eight Auto Picture shooting presets, and even a cell-phone cam style Vertical Snap mode joining the new model's collection of features.
The P70 also advertises a new Pixel Track Shake Reduction image stabilization technology, which claims to produce "sharp images in challenging lighting conditions without adding high ISO noise." It's not clear whether the technology is optical/mechanical (it seems that it's not) or some kind of electronic system – we'll try and track down some additional details from Pentax about the new technology.
Overall, the P70 – which comes in red, white, or silver – is a sharp looking little camera that packs in a lot of features for its price.
Optio E70 provides option for casual shutterbugs
In addition to the premium P70, Pentax is also unveiling the more pedestrian and budget-friendly Optio E70 this week.
The AA-powered E70 comes equipped with a 3x zoom ranging from 35-105mm, a 2.4 inch LCD, and a 10 megapixel CCD imager. Other specs and features include Fast Face Recognition, Smile Capture, Blink Detection, ISO 6400 shooting, and Pentax's Auto Picture mode.
Like the P70, the E70 also utilizes the new Pixel Track Shake Reduction image stabilization system.
With its use of conventional alkalines and simplified interface, the E70 clearly targets casual and novice shooters looking for an easy-to-use snapshot camera.
Pricing and availability
Both models will be available for purchase next month. The P70 is priced at a seemingly very reasonable $199.95, with the E70 coming in at a suggested $139.95.
Pentax Optio P70 Specifications
Sensor 12.0 megapixel (effective), 1/2.3" CCD Zoom 4x (27.5-110mm) zoom, f/2.6-5.8 LCD/Viewfinder 2.7", 230K-dot TFT LCD Sensitivity ISO 64-6400 Shutter Speed 4-1/1000 seconds Shooting Modes Auto Picture, Program, Movie, Voice Recording, Green Mode Scene Presets Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Half Length Portrait, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Surf & Snow, Sport, Kids, Pet, Food, Fireworks, Party, Natural Skin Tone, Candlelight, Text, Blog, Digital Wide, Digital SR, Digital Panorama, Vertical Snap, Frame Composite White Balance Settings Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Manual Metering Modes Multi, Center, Spot Focus Modes 9 point AF, Spot AF, Auto Tracking AF, Macro, Infinity Landscape, Pan, Manual Drive Modes One Shot, Self Timer, Continuous, High Speed Continuous (5 MP) Flash Modes Auto, flash on, flash off, redeye, soft Self Timer Settings 10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off Memory Formats SD, SDHC Internal Memory 33.7 MB File Formats JPEG, AVI, WAV Max. Image Size 4000x3000 Max. Video Size 1280x720, 15 fps Zoom During Video Not Specified Battery Rechargeable lithium-ion, 200 shots Connections AV output, USB 2.0, DC in Additional Features Fast Face Recognition, Digital Shake Reduction, Pentax Auto Picture Mode, Blink Detection, Smile Capture, Pixel Tracking Shake Reduction
Pentax Optio E70 Specifications
Sensor 10.0 megapixel (effective), 1/2.33" CCD Zoom 3x (35-105mm) zoom, f/3.1-5.9 LCD/Viewfinder 2.4", 112K-dot TFT LCD Sensitivity ISO 64-6400 Shutter Speed 4-1/2000 seconds Shooting Modes Auto Picture, Program, Movie, Green Mode Scene Presets Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Half Length Portrait, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Surf & Snow, Sport, Kids, Pet, Food, Sunset, Digital SR, Digital Panorama, Frame Composite White Balance Settings Auto Metering Modes Multi Focus Modes 9 point AF, Spot AF, Auto Tracking AF, Macro, Infinity Landscape, Pan Drive Modes One Shot, Self Timer, Continuous Flash Modes Auto, flash on, flash off, redeye Self Timer Settings 10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off Memory Formats SD, SDHC Internal Memory 34.8 MB File Formats JPEG, AVI Max. Image Size 3648x2736 Max. Video Size 640x480, 30 fps Zoom During Video Not Specified Battery Two AAs, 620 shots (lithium batteries) Connections AV output, USB 2.0, DC in Additional Features Fast Face Recognition, Digital Shake Reduction, Pentax Auto Picture Mode, Blink Detection, Smile Capture, Pixel Tracking Shake Reduction
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