Pentax E50 Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Pentax Optio E50
Resolution: 8.10 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1/2.5"
Lens: 3.00x zoom
(37-112mm eq.)
Viewfinder: LCD
ISO: 100-1600
Shutter: 4-1/2000
Max Aperture: 2.8
Dimensions: 3.8 x 2.4 x 0.9 in.
(97 x 61 x 23 mm)
Weight: 4.2 oz (119 g)
includes batteries
MSRP: $150
Availability: 03/2008
Manufacturer: Pentax
Full specs: Pentax E50 specifications
8.10
Megapixels
3.00x zoom
1/2.5"
size sensor
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Pentax E50 Intro

Ideally suited for travel because of its small size and readily available AA battery power source, the Pentax Optio E50 has advanced functions and high resolution, yet is easy to operate. And with a $150 pricetag, the Pentax E50 is easy on the pocketbook too.

Pentax E50 Features

The Pentax Optio E50 has an eight megapixel CCD imager and Pentax-branded 3x optical zoom lens. The E50's 2.4-inch LCD display is slightly smaller than most, and befitting the Optio E50's entry-level status there's just 9.5MB of built-in memory plus SD / MMC card storage. Power comes from two AA batteries.

Additional Pentax E50 features and details (adapted from the press release):

  • High Quality Images
    Featuring 8.1 effective megapixels, the Optio E50 features a new image processing engine with increased processing performance and a high-performance PENTAX lens.
  • 3X Optical Zoom And 4X Digital Zoom For Maximum Of 12X Magnification The Optio E50 features a 3X optical zoom lens with a focal range covering angles of view equivalent to those of a 37.5-112.5mm lens in 35mm format, which is ideal for a broad spectrum of subjects from landscapes to portraits. Combined with a 4X digital zoom, the Optio E50 achieves a total of about 12X zoom capability.
  • Face Recognition AF & AE
    The Optio E50 is equipped with Face Recognition Auto Focus and Auto Exposure function* for easy, high quality portraits. This convenient function automatically detects faces, adjusts focus, and sets the optimum exposure regardless of where subjects appear the screen. A maximum of 10 people may be recognized at once and the faces are highlighted even in settings with backlighting. *Available when the photography mode is "Auto Picture", "Program", "Portrait", and "Kids" and camera is directed to the people from the front.
  • Digital Shake Reduction
    Designed to reduce camera shake and subject blur when photographing still images, this mode adjusts sensitivity automatically to as high as ISO 1600 to match the brightness of the subject. This allows photography with fast shutter speeds and images with less blur.
  • Auto Picture Mode
    With the Auto Picture mode, the Optio E50 will automatically determine the optimum settings for various shooting conditions and subjects such as Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, and Normal modes. This PENTAX original function makes photography easier for newer users as it eliminates the need for individual settings.
  • Green Mode
    The Optio E50 also features a Green mode to automate camera setup especially for digital camera beginners. Press the Green mode button to automatically set exposure, sensitivity, white balance, and other parameters according to the shooting conditions. This function is useful when users allow others to take a picture or when users lose track of camera settings.
  • AA Battery Power
    Powered with AA batteries, the Optio E50 makes a perfect travel camera. Battery life has been improved to allow up to 250 photographs* per set of alkaline batteries. *Based on measurement conditions conforming to CIPA specifications.
  • Panorama mode for stitching three photographs into one panoramic picture
  • Large and easily viewable 2.4 inch monitor, with approximately 110,000 dots
  • Recording movies at sizes up to 640 x 480 pixels with images quality rivaling camcorders
  • Date imprint function for easy image categorizing
  • Full-flat design, when power is off, realizes convenient and great portability
  • 16-frame continuous shooting that enables for 16 images (640 x 480 pixels/image) to be shot continuously and recorded in 2 seconds
  • Approximately 10MB of built-in memory allows internal image storage even when the memory card is full
  • Frame composite function allows you to add a decorative frame around the image when shooting
  • FotoNationís red-eye compensation function for flash shots
  • Includes the ACDSee for PENTAX 3.0 viewer/image management software that supports Windows Vista™
  • Support PictBridge, DPOF functions, Exif Print, and PRINT Image Matching III

Pentax E50 Pricing and Availability

The Pentax E50 is priced at about US$150 and available from March 2008.

 

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