|A HIGH-QUALITY ZOOM LENS DIGITAL CAMERA SO SMALL THAT IT FITS INTO A TIN OF ALTOIDS®|
ENGLEWOOD, CO – Remember the classic question, “Is it smaller than a breadbox?” on the ‘50s television quiz show What’s My Line?” In this 21st century, photographic consumers may well ask the question, “Is it smaller than an Altoids® tin?” Because the newest digital camera from PENTAX, the Optio S, is so small that it does fit into an empty Altoids® tin!
When PENTAX debuts the Optio S January 9 at the annual International Consumer Electronics Show* (CES) in Las Vegas, they’ll be using Altoids® mint containers and decks of playing cards to show that this advanced-stage camera is smaller than both items. CES is the marketplace where the latest in consumer equipment, gadgets and household items are unveiled to the buying public. The Optio S is the smallest PENTAX 3.2 megapixel camera. *Suite HB4117
The face of the Optio S is smaller than the size of an average credit or business card and just over ¾ inch thick, but still it is a high-quality 3.2 effective megapixel, 3X (6X combined) zoom digital camera with a sleek design and a tough aluminum alloy case.
“Don’t let the size fool you. This is one well-built camera, which just happens to be the right size for a shirt pocket or purse,” said PENTAX marketing V.P. Jim Leffel. “Even men with larger hands will find it easy to maneuver the buttons and set up photos.”
The Optio S, while unveiled at CES, will be shipped to major camera retailers around the end of March 2003. Leffel expects demand to be strong because of the PENTAX reputation for quality.
How does PENTAX load so much into such a small space? Carrying on the strong PENTAX optics tradition, the Optio S features a patented sliding lens zoom mechanism that allows the camera’s powerful 3X optical lens to fully recede into the camera housing, flush with the body frame. This novel system helps protect the lens and helps reduce the size of the Optio S by almost 60 percent compared to the PENTAX Optio330RS. A new Multi Chip Module in the circuit board and the redesigned chamber have further minimized free space in the Optio S.
Despite the size, Optio S is packed with features found only on larger, higher-priced digital cameras: a movie mode with sound playback, a voice recording mode for attaching 30-second memos to selected images, a well-placed 1.6-inch LCD monitor, approximately 11MB of built-in memory and a powerful rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
This little camera delivers a big punch with its variety of shooting modes, including super macro, which captures images from just under 2.4 inches away, and infinity-landscape, which is great for shooting panoramic landscapes.
“The Optio S reflects the innovation, reliability and durability that are hallmarks of the PENTAX digital brand,” said Michelle Martin, PENTAX spokeswoman.
PENTAX USA is an innovative leader in the production of digital and film cameras, lenses, binoculars, mobile printers, scanners, and Internet cameras. For over 80 years, PENTAX technology has developed durable, reliable products that meet the needs of consumers and businesses. With corporate headquarters located in Englewood, Colorado, PENTAX U.S.A., Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of PENTAX Corporation of Japan.
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The Smallest PENTAX 3.2 Megapixel, 3X Optical Zoom Digital Camera
Dimensions: 3.3”L x 2.0”W x 0.8”D (83mm x 52mm x 20mm)
Weight: 3.5 oz (98g) without battery and SD memory card/4.1 oz (115g) loaded and ready
The Optio S is dramatically smaller than digital cameras with similar features. The camera façade is smaller than an average credit or business card, while the camera overall is slightly smaller than the size of a deck of playing cards. The Optio S fits neatly into an empty tin of Altoids®.
3X Optical Zoom Unique Lens System (2X Digital for a Combined 6X)
Comparable to a 35mm-105mm zoom in 35mm format, the ultra compact, powerful 3X optical zoom lens on the Optio S offers high resolution and a low level of distortion. A new ”Sliding Lens” system allows this lens to move up, away and fully flush with the camera frame to protect the lens and allow smaller dimensions.
Super-compact Body With Sleek, Functional Design
Made of beautiful, spindle-patterned silver aluminum alloy with every control device carefully placed for quick, easy access.
Movie Mode With Sound
The Optio S records movie clips with sound up to 30 seconds in length at 12 frames per second.
Voice Recording Mode
The Optio S records sound and an index can be added during recording for easy playback.
Voice Memo Function
Up to 30 seconds of sound recordings can be added to images.
Captures sequential recorded frames as a short film, such as passing clouds or construction progress, in X2 through X100 recording speeds.
Offers Single, Continuous, 10-second Self-timer and Remote Control drive modes.
Variety Of Shooting Modes
Eight shooting modes are accessible from the Virtual Mode Dial on the Optio S LCD.
- Picture: Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Self-portrait, Surf & Snow, Autumn Color and Sunset
- Night Scene: Ideal for evening scenes and subjects with a dark background
- Movie: Records 30 seconds of video with sound
- 3-D: Produces images that offer a third dimension when viewed through a special viewer
- Panorama Assist: Panorama views up to 360 degrees may be stitched together with ACDSeeTM software
- Digital Filters: Offers B&W and sepia filters plus an array of color boosters and a subject slimmer
- User: Memorizes and preserves shooting mode selections for the future
Macro and Infinity-landscape Modes
The Optio S super macro mode allows shots from just over 2.4 inches away, while infinity-landscape works well in the great outdoors.
Seven Choice Picture Mode With Virtual Dial
Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Self-Portrait, Surf & Snow, Autumn Color and Sunset modes may be selected from a virtual dial displayed on the LCD.
TTL* Metering and Light Settings
The Optio S offers three metering choices comprised of multi-segment, center weighted, and spot. It also offers exposure compensation as well as TTL auto white balance, daylight, shade, tungsten light, fluorescent light, and manual settings. *Through-The-Lens
Generous LCD and Actual Image Viewfinder
The generous 1.6 inch, TFT* color, 100 percent coverage LCD monitor offers image capture and review along with an actual image viewfinder. * Thin Film Transistors
World Time and Alarm Feature
The Optio S features 28-zone, 62-city, world time with a three image-option alarm clock.
Powerful Built-in Memory
Equipped with approximately 11MB of built-in memory to capture images without the use of a digital memory flashcard. Also uses SD memory card and the MultiMediaCard removable media.
Powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery or an optional AC adapter.
Images may be transferred to computer through USB cable (included).
System requirements: PC running Windows 98/98SE, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows XP Home Edition/Professional or Mac OS 8.6 or higher (installation of the included driver software is required, except in the case of Mac OS 9.0 or higher). Compliance with the aforementioned system requirements does not guarantee USB compatibility.
The AV cable (included) allows image and video/sound display on a television monitor.
When used in combination with DPOF-compatible printers, the Optio S lets you take control over the number of printouts and the date function.*
*Some printers may not support the above function.
Printing Software Compatibility
Whether you transfer images for print via computer or print directly from the camera, Optio S is fully compatible with the Epson PRINT Imaging Matching II System and Exif Print (Exif 2.2) for high-quality image print production.
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Anticipated delivery of the Optio S in major retail outlets is late March 2003.