Pentax has released details of two new slimline digicams that offer some innovative features.


January 25, 2007: Pentax has released details of two new slimline digicams that offer some innovative features.
The Optio T30 is one of the thinnest digital cameras with a 3.0-inch LCD monitor. Equipped with a 7.1-megapixel (effective) imager and smc Pentax 3x optical zoom lens the T30 features Pentax’s proprietary Sliding Lens System that houses the lens in two steps, minimizing body width. The LCD monitor has a touch display with a wide field of view for easy image capture and editing. An innovating My Drawing mode allows users to sketch and write notes directly on images displayed on the monitor or add stored or original illustrations to any image with the Stamp function.


Other new functions include Face Recognition Auto Focus and Auto Exposure to assure properly exposed portraits plus in-camera red-eye correction and a high ISO Digital Shake Reduction mode. A special 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. Additional features include auto tracking AF, storage of frequently used settings for quick recall and a deleted image recovery system. The camera comes with 19.9 MB of built-in memory.


Also equipped with a 7.1-megapixel (effective) imager and 3x optical zoom lens, the Optio M30 features a slim (18mm) body and ultra-thin battery. It offers much the same suite of functions as the T30 model but lacks the touch screen interface. Close focusing is available down to 10 cm. The Optio M30 can record VGA-quality video clips with sound at 30 fps and sports a Movie Shake Reduction function, which automatically corrects camera shakes, allowing for movies to be taken more easily and without hassles.


Both cameras are scheduled to begin shipping in March. For more information, visit