Pünktlich zum Start der CES 2006 hat Pentax nun zwei weitere kompakte Digitalkameras vorgestellt. Die Pentax Optio A10 richtet sich mit ihren 8 Megapixeln, dem 3fachen optischen Zoom, dem 2.5 Zoll LCD, den 15 Motivprogrammen und der Video-Funktion mit 640×480 Pixeln bei 30 Bildern pro Sekunde eher an den ambitionierten Benutzer. Die Optio A10 ist die erste kompakte Digitalkamera aus dem Hause Pentax mit integriertem Bildstabilisator. Ein kleiner Gyro Sensor im Inneren des Gehäuses erkennt die möglichen Wackler, die dann entsprechend korrigiert werden können.

Eher im Low-Budget Segment anzusiedeln ist die Optio E10 mit 6 Megapixeln, einer Video-Funktion, sechs Motivprogrammen und einem 24. Zoll LCD. Die Pentax Optio A10 soll im Februar in den Handel kommen und etwa 350 US-Dollar kosten. Die Optio E10 wird zirka 200 US-Dollar kosten und im gleichen Zeitraum erwartet.

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Golden, CO (January 3, 2006)¡­PENTAX Imaging Company has announced two compact digital cameras in advance of the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show opening Thursday, January 5, 2006 in Las Vegas.

The Optio A10 camera is the first PENTAX compact digital with an 8.0 effective megapixel CCD packaged in the signature slim, lightweight, stylish design of the Optio digital camera line.  PENTAX also introduces an innovative Shake Reduction system in the A10 to help ensure sharper images.

¡°The A10 represents a complete upgrade and overhaul of our digital camera series and will be the first model of our high-end Optio series,¡± said Ned Bunnell, director of marketing, PENTAX Imaging Company.  ¡°With 8 megapixels, shake reduction and a new smc PENTAX zoom lens, the Optio A10 is our flagship model,¡± added Bunnell. 

PENTAX developed Shake Reduction to eliminate situations where camera shake typically causes blurred images such as telephoto or indoor shots without a flash. The Shake Reduction mechanism is made possible by two internal gyro sensors that detect camera shake while a dedicated CPU calculates the required correction to compensate for the level of camera shake while focusing.  In turn, a proprietary mechanism adjusts the CCD automatically based on the calculation and compensates for the camera shake to help deliver sharper images.

PENTAX also announced the Optio E10, an affordable, entry-level compact digital camera with a 6.0 effective megapixel CCD and a 3X optical zoom lens.  The Optio E10 features a Mode dial that permits a Simple mode selection and is packaged in a slim, lightweight body aimed at beginning photographers. 

Both digital cameras use a new model naming system for PENTAX cameras based on a letter and model number description rather than the number of megapixels.  The Optio A series, for example, designates a new high-end product line, while the Optio E series indicates easy-to-use products.

¡°Our aim with the new naming system is to make it easier for customers to understand our product line, from entry to high-end and allow us much more flexibility in expanding our product line as we move forward with these and other new digital cameras,¡± added Bunnell.  

Both models will be on display in the PENTAX Imaging Booth number 35335 in the South Hall 4 during CES.  The PENTAX Optio A10 will ship in February 2006 for under $350 US, and the Optio E10 will ship that same month for under $200 US.

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