Pentax has added two new models to its Optio range, the compact Optio P70 and Optio E70.


January 8, 2009: Pentax has added two new models to its Optio range, the compact Optio P70 and Optio E70.
The ultra-slim Optio P70 is a high-performance model with a metal body, 12-megapixel CCD imager and 4x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 27.5mm-110mm in 35mm format). It sports a 2.7 inch high-resolution LCD panel with a wide-angle view plus new Pixel Track Shake Reduction technology. Advanced Face Recognition can track up to 32 faces in 0.03 seconds. The P70 also includes both Smile Capture, which automatically releases the shutter when subjects smile, and Blink Detection, which alerts users if the subject’s eyes are closed. Digital Shake Reduction sets the sensitivity up to ISO 6400 to prevent subject blur, HD movie captures video in widescreen 720p at 15 FPS. A Vertical Snap mode allows image capture with the ease of a cell phone camera.


Front and rear views of the white version of the Optio P70.
The Optio E70 has been designed for new digital users and offers simple operation with large control buttons in a compact, ultra-slim body. It features a 10-megapixel CCD and 3x zoom lens (equivalent to 35mm-105mm) plus a 2.4-inch colour LCD monitor. The E70 is powered by AA batteries and includes an Auto Picture mode that automatically selects from seven shooting modes for the best picture in any situation. Other features include Advanced Face Recognition, Pixel Track Shake Reduction technology, Smile Capture and Blink Detection.


Front and rear views of the champagne gold version of the Optio E70.
The Optio P70 will be manufactured in three colours: white, red and silver. The Optio E70 will be offered in champagne gold, deep blue and red. Shipping of m=both models will commence next month.