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Pentax Optio S10

Ralf Jurrien
IFA Report
Thursday 23rd, August 2007
Posted by: Ralf Jurrien

Pentax Corporation is pleased to announce the new Pentax Optio S10 digital compact camera, the newest model in the “Optio S” series of highly acclaimed compact digital cameras, with a stylish and ultra-compact body and realizing 10.0 effective Megapixels and high resolution images. In addition to enabling easy mobility and photography of high resolution images, the Pentax S10 camera comes with enhanced usability by upgrading Shake Reduction and Face Recognition functions. The stylish designed and compact Pentax Optio S10 digital camera’s design makes carrying more comfortable and convenient not only in travel and leisure but also in the daily snapshots and business scenes.

Pentax Optio S10

Pentax S10 camera - Photo and Video
The aluminum alloy adopted as outer cover gives a sophisticated texture to the camera, and the front face with glossy spindle finish creates an elegant appearance. Despite a 3X optical zoom lens and a large 2.5 inch LCD monitor, the Pentax S10 realizes one of the smallest and the lightest ultra compact camera body with 10.0 Megapixels, by miniaturizing circuit board and applying high-density compact mounting technology. The Pentax Optio S10 smoothly captures movies at 30 fps (frames per second) at sizes up to 640x480 pixels with image quality rivaling camcorders.

Pentax Optio S10 compact camera - Stabilisation and Resolution
Since it employs the DivX (MPEG-4) movie format, the Pentax Optio S10 can record long, high-quality movies. In addition, Movie SR (Shake reduction) effectively corrects blurring in images through software, so it enables users to easily enjoy movie recording. With an upgraded 10.0 effective megapixels, the Pentax Optio S10 ensures much higher resolution and delivers clear and crisp photo even when images are enlarged to A3 (11.7 x 16.5 inch) size. A large 1/1.8 inch CCD with large sensing area is newly used for the image sensor, so it provides excellent performance for tone reproduction, texture delineation and noise reduction.

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Pentax Optio S10 digicam - Sensitivity and Face recognition
Digital SR (Shake Reduction) mode reduces camera shakes and blurring of the subject when photographing still images. The sensitivity is adjusted automatically, to as high as the ultrahigh sensitivity of ISO 3200, to match the brightness of the subjects. This enables photography with fast shutter speeds, and images with less blurs can be obtained. The Pentax Optio S10 is equipped with a “Face Recognition AF&AE” function that automatically detects and focuses on faces. In addition, the Pentax Optio S10 also comes with new functions that apply face recognition technology, such as “Natural Skin Tone” mode, which smoothly presents skin texture based on the detected information, and “Half-length Portrait” mode, which automatically takes close-up photograph of the upper body by trimming the people recognized in photo frame.

Pentax S10 digital camera - Scene
The Auto Picture mode lets the camera automatically determines the shooting conditions for Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, and Normal mode and choose the optimum settings for each subject. This function makes photography a lot easier for users since it eliminate the necessity of making a number of individual settings.

Pentax Optio 10 digital compact camera - LCD Monitor and Brightness
This LCD monitor is a high intensity type equipped with an LCD booster that adjusts the brightness of screen, which users can easily check the screen even at the outdoors. With 2.5-inch and high resolution of 232,000 pixels, it is easy to confirm picture compositions and the focus. Due to its wide viewing angle, the screen can also be easily viewed, since there is little change in brightness and colors even when looking at the monitor diagonally.

Pentax Optio S10 features
• Green button: assign functions that are frequently used, and recall them in one touch
• Intelligent zoom: magnified photos larger, maintaining quality optical zoom
• Mode palette provide quick access to 18 shooting modes and 15 playback modes
• Data imprint function for easier image categorizing
• Approximately 22.0 MB of built-in-memory
• Compatible with SD memory cards and SDHC memory cards
• FotoNation’s red-eye compensation function for flash shots
• Includes the ACDSee for PENTAX image viewer/image management software
• Support PictBridge, DPOF functions, Exif Print, and PRINT Image Matching III

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