Monday, January 25, 2010

Pentax announces two P&S Digital cameras, The H90 and the E90 for only $99.95.

New Pentax E90.
New Pentax H90

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PENTAX UNVEILS THE : OPTIO H90 AND AFFORDABLE OPTIO E90 PRICED UNDER ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS

The Optio H90 digital camera with a clean, contemporary design that is as in style in a museum of modern art as at a concert or sporting event. Developed with the concept of “functional beauty” in mind, the fashionable and affordable Optio H90 offers a full assortment of features to capture a variety of subjects and scenes. This first model in the new Optio H line features a wide angle 5X optical zoom lens (28mm-140mm equivalent), a 12.1 megapixel high resolution CCD sensor, and widescreen HD video capture at 720p and 30 FPS. Improved Pixel Track Shake Reduction technology captures blur-free images and the Face Detection, Smile Capture, and Blink Detection functions help users create better portraits. The Optio H90 will ship in February 2010 in a choice of Orange-Silver, Matte Black and Ceramic White for $179.95.

The H90 offer Eye-Fi connectivity capability for use with Eye-Fi wireless memory cards.

PENTAX OPTIO H90 FACT SHEET

Clean, modern, functional design

Designed with functional beauty in mind, the Optio H90 features clean, straight lines and easy-to-push round, control buttons. Featuring high quality aluminum alloy and matte paint finish, the body is shaped for a firm, comfortable hold.

Optical 5X zoom lens for wide coverage from wide angle to telephoto The Optio H90 features a high-performance optical 5X zoom lens covering focal lengths from 5.1mm to 25.5mm (equivalent in the 35mm format to approximately 28mm wide angle to 140mm telephoto). With this wide zoom range, the Optio H90 may be used for a wide variety of subjects and scenes from spectacular landscapes, majestic architecture and group shots within confined spaces to tightly cropped snapshots from a distance. Featuring an Intelligent Zoom function, which allows for even tighter zooming in on the subject, the digital zoom range extends approximately 31.3X.

Exceptional image qualityFeaturing 12.1 effective megapixels The Optio H90 delivers exceptional image resolution with the PENTAX-developed high-performance imaging engine for high quality images with well-defined details. Even when images are enlarged, the camera delivers sharp, high-resolution prints with edge-to-edge sharpness.

Large, easy-to-view LCD monitorDespite its compact body. The Optio H90 features a large 2.7 inch high-brightness color LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 dots. With this large monitor, the user may check results of images and make any desired menu adjustments quickly.

High quality HD movie recording The Optio H90 captures beautiful, high-definition movie clips (1280 x 720 pixels).* The camera is equipped with sophisticated Movie SR (Shake Reduction) mode,** which automatically compensates camera shake during movie capture for high quality, stabilized movie clips with minimal effort.* When the Optio H90’s AV output terminal is used, movie clips are output as normal-image-size data. If the user wishes to play back movie clips at high-definition-TV proportions (1280 x 720 pixels), the data must be transferred to a personal computer for playback.** When the Movie SR mode is selected, the angle of view becomes narrower than normal shooting.

Automatic Face Detection for effortless snapshots The Optio H90’s Face Detection AF & AE function detects up to 32 faces and optimizes focus and exposure settings in a mere 0.03 seconds even when faces are tilted or turned sideways. The Optio H90 is equipped with a Smile Capture mode that automatically releases the shutter the moment the camera detects the subject’s smile, and a Blink Detection function that alerts users if a subject’s eyes closed at the time of shutter release.

Additioanl features


Eye-Fi connected: optimized for use with Eye-Fi wireless memory cards
Pixel Track SR (Shake Reduction) mode to effectively compensate for camera shake during still-image shooting
Auto Picture mode for automatic selection of one of eight shooting modes for optimum results
Digital filters, including Toy Camera and Retro, to add distinctive visual effects to recorded images
D-Range setting to prevent whitewashed (overexposed) and blacked-out (underexposed) areas in an image
Auto-tracking AF mode to keep constant focus on a moving subject
Digital Panorama mode to create a single panoramic picture from as many as three images
Digital Wide function to compose an extra-wide-angle picture (equivalent to an image taken with an approx. 21mm lens in 35mm format) from two images.
Frame Composite function (with 90 frames stored in the camera) to shoot or compose images with decorative photo frames
Image Recovery function to recover accidentally erased images
Media Impression 2.0 for PENTAX software for image viewing, editing and filing (compatible with the latest operating systems, including Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6)

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PENTAX UNVEILS THE AFFORDABLE OPTIO E90 PRICED UNDER ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS.

The latest model in the easy-to-operate, affordable Optio E series is the PENTAX Optio E90. Priced at just $99.95 USD, the Optio E90 features a 10 megapixel CCD, a 3X wide angle zoom (32mm-96mm equivalent) and a large 2.7 inch LCD housed in a luxurious rubber coated body for a sure grip.

Take advantage of the Optio E90’s travel-friendly design with AA battery compatibility. Auto Picture mode selects the best shooting settings for the scene, and a high 6400 ISO that freezes subject movement in Digital SR (Shake Reduction) mode. The Optio E90 features an intelligent ergonomic design with a sure grip and an easy menu that makes the E series a popular choice. Available in Black and Wine Red, the Optio E90 will ship in February 2010.


PENTAX OPTIO E90 FACT SHEET

10.1 effective megapixels Featuring 10.1 effective megapixels and a high-performance PENTAX zoom lens, the Optio E90 delivers brilliant, high quality images with well-defined details. Even when images are enlarged, the camera delivers sharp, high-resolution prints with edge-to-edge sharpness.

Optical 3X zoom lens covering angles as wide as 31.5mm The Optio E90 comes equipped with an optical 3X zoom lens covering focal lengths from approximately 31.5mm to 94.5mm (in the 35mm format). The 31.5mm wide-angle coverage is perfect for confined spaces as well as landscapes, magnificent structures or group snapshots. The Intelligent Zoom function, which allows even tighter zooming in on the subject without compromising image quality, extends the digital zoom range to approximately 17.1X.

Comfortable, easy-to-hold grip The Optio E90’s exterior has been treated with a luxurious, satin-like, non-slip rubber coating and the right-front panel is slightly raised to form fatigue-free, firm camera grip.

Travel friendly AA-size battery compatibility Two universally-available AA-size batteries power the Optio E90 and replacements may be found almost anywhere in the world. The energy-efficient design captures approximately 600 images* with a pair of fresh lithium batteries.* Based on measurement conditions conforming to CIPA specifications.

Automatic Face Detection with Smile Capture function The Optio E90 features advanced Face Detection AF & AE function that automatically detects the subject’s face then optimizes the focus and exposure settings. The camera also is equipped with a Smile Capture function to detect a smile on a subject’s face and releases the shutter automatically.

Auto Picture mode for automatic selection of the ideal shooting mode The Optio E90 features PENTAX-original Auto Picture mode that automatically and instantly selects one of eight shooting modes (Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Flower, Sport, Standard, and Candlelight) for a specific subject or scene. This user-friendly mode helps photographers capture beautiful, high quality digital images of various subjects and scenes, without having to worry about making the proper adjustments to their capture settings each time.

Green mode for beginners The Optio E90’s user-friendly Green mode automatically selects the optimum combination of exposure settings, ISO sensitivity and other factors for a given subject or scene for high quality digital photography that is simple and effortless even for first-time digital photographers. This feature retains settings when the user asks someone else to take a picture or when a user has lost track of camera settings.

Double anti-shake protection High-Sensitivity anti-shake mode When the Optio E90’s Digital SR mode detects low-lighting conditions in still-image shots, the camera automatically raises sensitivity to as high as ISO 1600, making it possible to use a faster shutter speed to minimize adverse effects of camera and subject movement under poor lighting conditions.

Movie SR mode** PENTAX Movie SR mode allows the Optio E90 to digitally minimize camera shake to prevent blurry footage in movie recording mode.** When the Movie SR mode is selected, the angle of view becomes narrower than normal shooting.

Digital filters for personal, creative touches The Optio E90 comes equipped with six digital filters to add various visual effects to recorded images without a computer including Monochrome, Sepia, and a new Starburst filter to create cross, heart or star-shaped highlights from nighttime illuminations or reflections on the water. Users may apply multiple filters to a single image.

Digital Panorama mode to compose extra-wide-perspective images The Optio E90 features the creative Digital Panorama mode that automatically creates a single panoramic picture from as many as three images. Users simply move the camera sideways (or up and down) as they capture images and follow instructions to stitch the images together. This mode captures expansive subjects, such as spectacular landscapes or high-rise buildings that may not be captured in a single standard-format image.

Additional features

Large 2.7 inch, high-brightness color LCD monitor
with approximately 230,000 dots for comfortable viewing of images and menus
Recording of beautiful movie clips (640 x 480 pixels) almost equal in quality to those recorded by a video camera
World-time function to keep track of local time for 75 cities in 28 time zones around the world
Image recovery function to retrieve accidentally erased images
Media Impression 2.0 for PENTAX image viewing, editing and filing software included (compatible with latest operation systems, such as Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6)
High-speed continuous shooting mode to record 16 images (fixed at 640 x 480 pixels) in a mere two seconds

WOW...don't forget, this is for only $99.95.

Thanks for reading,

Yvon Bourque
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