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Pentax Optio I-10 -- A Modern Digital Camera

Pentax Corporation, a Japan based company best known for cameras, sports optics and more. Pentax unveiled a new slim and stylish compact digital camera called Pentax Optio I-10. It has a classic look and offers a wide range of features.

Pentax Optio I-10 has a 12.1 Megapixel effective resolution with a CCD shift type of Shake Reduction (SR) mechanism. It contains a CCD type of sensor. The dimension of this camera is 101 x 65 x 28 mm (4.0 x 2.6 x 1.1 inches). It has a 2.7 inch of LCD display with 230,000 dots. The camera lens gets constructed with a combination of seven elements in six groups. The lens has an optical zoom of 5x. The digital zoom is about 6.3x. The aperture values will be f3.5 to f5.9. The shutter speed varies from 1/2000 to ¼ second. The shutter speed is 4 seconds in night scene mode.

A new face detection AF and AE function accurately detects a maximum of 32 faces in the image field. It catches them with sharp focus and exposure in just 0.03 sec. While taking images, when the light condition becomes low it automatically raises the sensitivity to a maximum of ISO 6400 making the possibility of the use of shutter speed. This will minimizes the adverse effect of camera shake under poor lighting conditions. In the high sensitivity anti shake mode, the record size gets fixed at 5M (2592 x 1944 pixels). In the movie SR mode, the shooting angle becomes narrower than the normal one.

The ISO sensitivity ranges from auto, ISO 80 to ISO 6400. The flash range will be 0.15 to 4 m at wide end and 1.0 to 2.4 m at tele end. The focus modes available in this camera are standard focus (9 point AF, spot AF, auto tracking AF), macro, super macro, infinity landscape, pan focus and manual focus. A variety of scene modes provided with this camera. Some of them are auto picture, night scene, portrait, sport, kid, flower, pet, party, candle light and so on. The camera features white balance which suits daylight, shade, fluorescent light and tungsten light.

The flash unit and speaker can be positioned to upper middle section of the camera body. Wireless remote shooting is possible while using the Pentax remote controller. The digital panorama mode creates a single panoramic picture from a group of three pictures. The auto picture mode selects the best suitable picture mode according to the conditions from the eight shooting modes. The menu magnification function enlarges the menu items for easier view to the users. The D-range setting prevents the overexposed light and shadows from the picture.

The connectivity available in Optio I-10 is DC input, AV output and high-speed USB 2.0. It has a built-in memory of 26.7 MB and uses the SD/SDHC memory card for storage purpose. The camera is optimized for use with wireless Eye-Fi memory cards. When the AV output is used, the outputs of movie clips are normal image size data. If the user wants to play back the movie clips with high definition TV (1280 x 720 pixels), the data must be transferred to the personal computer for play back.

Optio I-10 uses a rechargeable lithium ion D-LI92 battery for power source. An AC adapter kit is also available as an optional resource with this camera. The camera weighs 132 grams (4.7 ounces) without battery and 153 grams (5.4 ounces) in whole. Optio I-10 has a unique eye catching design. Pentax Optio I-10 will be available in Classic Black and Pearl White, silver-orange, ceramic white and matte black colors.

Fri, 29 Jan 2010 13:53:21 +0000

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