PENTAX has released a number of new digital compact cameras, each of which offers something different.
Optio A10 A step up from the E10 is the Optio A10, which gives you a little more in terms of features, namely 8-megapixel resolution, a 38-114mm zoom lens, 2.5in LCD monitor, ISO settings from ISO50 to ISO800, and added autofocus and metering options.
However, the feature that stands out in the A10 is Pentax??s built-in optical Shake Reduction (SR) system, which uses digital gyro sensors to move the CCD to compensate for camera shake.
The camera is also video capable, and shoots up to a maximum resolution of 640 x 480pixels at 30 frames per second.
The camera uses SD cards for storage and also has 24MB of internal memory.
The Optio A10 retails for RM1,499.
Optio T10 At first glance, the Optio T10 looks like a regular compact digicam, but in fact, this little compact has an Ace up its sleeve ?C this camera has a 3.0in LCD monitor at the back which is touch-sensitive, allowing you to change settings and navigate the menus by tapping on the screen with your finger.
This touchscreen interface also introduces a new mode called My Drawing, which allows you to draw or write directly on a picture using the included stylus.
Other than the touch-sensitive screen, the camera has a lot of other features going for it, as it sports a 6-megapixel image sensor, a zoom lens equivalent to 37.5-112.5mm in 35mm film format, multi-segment as well as spot metering, ISO settings from ISO80 to ISO400, and a 19.5mm body that Pentax claims is one of thinnest in its class.
The camera uses SD memory cards and has 12MB of internal memory.
The Optio T10 is expected to hit stores in mid-April, but no price has been set as yet.
Optio W10 The Optio W10 is the latest update of Pentax??s water-resistant Optio WPi model, with a few minor upgrades to the features.
The W10 comes with a 6-megapixel sensor, a 38-114mm equivalent zoom lens, 2.5in LCD monitor, ISO settings from ISO64 to ISO800.
What??s new is that the camera??s video recording mode has now been updated to support video recording up to 640 x 480pixels at 30fps.
Another new feature is that the camera now supports Face Recognition Autofocus and auto exposure, which uses an algorithm to allow the camera to recognise people??s faces in the frame and automatically focus and adjust exposure.
The Optio W10 is still just as waterproof, and complies with the JIS class 8 waterproof rating, which means that you can immerse the camera in water up to 1.5 metres deep for up to 30 minutes.