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Pentax's EI-100  digital camera, front view. Courtesy of Pentax Netherlands. Thanks to LetsGoDigital.nl for providing us with this image! Pentax EI-100 - specs and pic!
(Friday, June 1, 2001 - 18:36 EDT)

LetsGoDigital.nl uncovers another new Pentax digicam...

We're nearing the end of our backlog of new digicams that built up whilst Mike was sick, and have now added Pentax' entry-level EI-100 digital camera to our database. The EI-100, first reported on by our good friends at LetsGoDigital.nl, features a 1.3 megapixel image sensor, 42mm-equivalent fixed focal length lens, 1.8" LCD display and built-in flash in a compact, lightweight casing. As is becoming a little more common, the camera features both CompactFlash storage for removeable memory, and 8MB of built-in memory, something we like the idea of for two reasons: firstly you'll never accidentally leave your flash card at home and find your camera unuseable, and secondly that it allows you to have that little extra memory in-camera rather than having to carry around an extra flash card just in case you need the few extra megabytes of space...

Specifications highlights for the Pentax EI-100 follow:

Specification Highlights - full specifications here
Pentax EI-100
Pentax's EI-100  digital camera, front view. Courtesy of Pentax Netherlands. Thanks to LetsGoDigital.nl for providing us with this image!
Model Number: EI-100
Camera Format: Compact
Price: €361 (US$306)
Date Available: By 19 June 2001 (in Europe)
Image Capture
Image Sensor: 0.313" 1.31 megapixel RGBG CCD
Image Resolution: 1280x960, 640x480
Focal Length (effective): 42mm mm (fixed focal length)
Digital Zoom: 2x
Auto Focus: Yes
Manual Focus: No
Normal Focus Range: 60 cm to Infinity; 24.5 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 30 - 60 cm; 12.2 - 24.5 in
Aperture Range: f/2.8 - ???
Optical Viewfinder: Yes (Reversed Galilean)
LCD Viewfinder: Yes (1.8 inch)
ISO Settings: Auto (100 - 400)
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent
Manual White Balance: No
Shutter Speeds: 1/10 - 1/800 second
Exp Adj Range: +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV steps
Metering Modes: Center-weighted
Exposure Modes: Auto
Self Timer (seconds): 10
Internal Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Off, On, Red-Eye Reduction
Flash Range Description: 0.6 - 2 meters
Ext Flash: No
Image Storage
Flash Memory: Built-in, CompactFlash Type-I
Memory Included (MB): 8
File Formats: JPEG (EXIF v2.1)
More Information
Weight: 190 g; 6.6 oz
Weight With Batteries? No
Size: 105 x 67 x 48mm; 4.1 x 2.6 x 1.9in
Notes & Features: Price estimate of US$306 based on conversion of estimated European price, €361. Camera has 10-bit color depth. LCD display has 11 possible brightness settings, and power-saving feature turns display off after 90 seconds of inactivity. Top info LCD shows battery condition, flash mode, counter, self-timer, image quality, image size. Bundled 8MB memory is built-in, non-removeable; camera also has CompactFlash Type-I storage. Lens has 5 elements in 4 groups (2 aspheric). Menu language can be set to English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese or Chinese.

Thanks to LetsGoDigital.nl for this item!

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