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Pentax's Optio 50L digital camera. Courtesy of Pentax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Pentax announces Optio 50L
(Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 14:17 EST)

Pentax Europe has announced a new digital camera model that is closely based on the existing Optio50 model.

The Pentax Optio 50L shares the same lens, imager, and most other functionality of the previous model, but with the optical viewfinder removed in favour of a larger (but slightly lower resolution) LCD display. Body thickness is increased by a few millimeters and the control layout adjusted to accomodate the larger display.

The Pentax Optio 50L will not be sold outside Europe. Pricing should be in the region of €230 with the camera going on sale this December.

Pentax Optio 50L
Pentax's Optio 50L digital camera. Courtesy of Pentax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins.
Camera TypeCompact
Model Number50L
Dimensions3.6 x 2.4 x 1.3"
91.0 x 61.0 x 33.0mm
Weight190.0 g
6.6 oz
Image Capture
Sensor Type1/2.5" CCD
5.19 megapixels (total)
5.00 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio4:3
Image Dimensions2560 x 1920 (4.9 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1280 x 960 (1.2 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Quality3 levels
Image Preview / Review
LCD2.5", 115,000 pixels
Lens TypePentax Lens
3x optical zoom
Image StabilizationNo
Focal Length5.4 - 16.2mm (actual)
32 - 96mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/2.8 (wide) / f/4.8 (tele) - ???
Focusing SystemTTL Contrast Detection
Focusing RangeNormal: 20" - infinity (50 cm - infinity)
Macro: 2.4" - infinity (6.0 cm - infinity)
ISO SensitivityAuto, 50, 100, 200
Shutter Speed2 - 1/1000 second
Exposure ModesProgram
Metering ModesMulti-Segment, Center-weighted
Exposure Compensation+/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White BalanceImage Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Sunset
Internal FlashModes: Aut o, On, Off, Red-eye Reduction
Range: Wide: 0.5 - 3.4m; Tele: 0.5 - 2.0m
Scene ModesLandscape, Night Scene, Portrait, Sport, Simple
Digital Zoom4x
Time LapseNo
Movie FormatAVI (Motion JPEG) with audio
Max. frame-rate: 20 frames per second
Recording MediumSD/MMC, Built-in
File SystemComplies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File FormatJPEG (EXIF 2.2)
VideoYes, NTSC / PAL switchable
ComputerUSB 1.1
OtherDC In
Battery TypeLithium disposable or NiMH rechargeable
Battery Form Factor2 x AA
Product Bundle
SoftwareACDSee for PENTAX
Flash Memory12.0MB built-in memory
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
PictBridge CompliantYes
Internal MicrophoneYes
Internal SpeakerYes
Tripod MountYes
Remote ControlNo
Operating System CompatibilityWindows, MacOS

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