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Pentax announces Optio S5n (UPDATED)
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, February 14, 2005 - 01:01 EST)

In its second new camera announcement of the day, Pentax has today announced a new five megapixel model for its Optio S series.

The Pentax Optio S5n digital camera couples its 5.25 megapixels (total) CCD imager with an smc Pentax 3x optical zoom lens equivalent to 35.6 - 107mm on a 35mm camera. As with other recent S-series models, the lens features Pentax's unusual "sliding lens system", which removes elements from the optical path as the lens retracts, allowing a slimmer profile when the camera is powered off. Other features include a 2.0" LCD display with 110,000 pixels, four-mode internal flash, eleven scene modes, USB 2.0 (High Speed) and video connectivity, SD / MMC and 9.6MB of built in memory for storage, and power from a rechargeable D-LI8 Lithium Ion battery.

US pricing and availability have not yet been announced. The camera will apparently cost £250 in the United Kingdom, approximately equivalent to US$469 (ignoring exchange rate fluctuations, taxes and duties).

Pentax Optio S5n
General
Camera Type Ultra Compact
Manufacturer Pentax
Model Number S5n
Dimensions 3.3 x 2.0 x 0.8"
83.0 x 52.0 x 20.5mm
Weight 120.0 g
4.2 oz
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/2.5" CCD
5.25 megapixels (total)
5.00 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Image Dimensions 2560 x 1920 (4.9 megapixels)
2304 x 1728 (4.0 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
1024 x 768 (0.8 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder No
LCD 2.0", 110,000 pixels
100% field of view
Lens
Lens Type smc Pentax Lens
3x optical zoom
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 5.8 - 17mm (actual)
35.6 - 107mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.6 (wide) / f/4.8 (tele) - ???
Focusing System TTL Contrast Detection with AF assist lamp
Focusing Range Normal: 16" - infinity (40 cm - infinity)
Macro: 2.4" - 20" (6 cm - 50 cm)
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400
Shutter Speed 4 - 1/2000 second
Exposure Modes Program
Metering Modes Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shady, Tungsten, Fluorescent (Neutral / White / Daylight), Manual, Manual
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, On, Off, Red-eye Reduction
Range: Wide: 0.2 - 3.5m (0.7 - 11ft); Tele: 0.2 - 2m (0.7 - 6.6ft)
Creative
Scene Modes Night, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Self-portrait, Sunset, Food, Pet, Text, Sport, Surf & Snow
Digital Zoom 4x
Time Lapse No
Movie Format MPEG 4 with audio
640x480
Max. frame-rate: 30 frames per second
Storage
Recording Medium SD/MMC, Built-in
File Format JPEG
Connectivity
Video Yes
Computer USB 1.1, USB 2.0 High Speed
Other DC In
Power
Battery Type Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary D-LI8
Product Bundle
Software ACDSee for PENTAX
Battery / Charger Proprietary D-LI8 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 9.6MB built-in memory
Other
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Tripod Mount Yes
Remote Control No
Operating System Compatibility Windows, MacOS
 

UPDATED 2005-02-14 12:02: According to our contacts at Pentax USA, there are no plans to bring this camera to the US market at this time.

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