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Pentax announces Optio 50 (UPDATED)
(Monday, February 14, 2005 - 00:52 EST)

Pentax has today announced a new five megapixel digital camera model aimed at entry level users.

The Pentax Optio 50 digital camera couples its 5.19 megapixels (total) CCD imager with a 3x optical zoom lens equivalent to 32 - 96mm on a 35mm camera. Other features include a 1.8" LCD display with 130,000 pixels, actual-image viewfinder, four-mode internal flash, five scene modes, USB and video connectivity, SD / MMC and 12MB of built in memory for storage, and power from two AA batteries.

US pricing and availability have not yet been announced. The camera will apparently cost £150 in the United Kingdom, approximately equivalent to US$282 (ignoring exchange rate fluctuations, taxes and duties).

Pentax Optio 50
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Pentax
Model Number Optio 50
Dimensions 3.6 x 2.4 x 1.1"
91.0 x 61.0 x 27.0mm
Weight 180.0 g
6.3 oz
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/2.5" CCD
5.19 megapixels (total)
5.00 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Image Dimensions 2560 x 1920 (4.9 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1280 x 960 (1.2 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder Yes, Actual image
LCD 1.8", 130,000 pixels
Lens Type Pentax Lens
3x optical zoom
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 5.4 - 16mm (actual)
32 - 96mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 (wide) / f/4.8 (tele) - ???
Focusing System TTL Contrast Detection
Focusing Range Normal: 20" - infinity (50 cm - infinity)
Macro: 2.4" - infinity (6.0 cm - infinity)
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 50, 100, 200
Shutter Speed 1/2 - 1/1000 second
Exposure Modes Program
Metering Modes Center-weighted, spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Shady
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, On, Off, Red-eye Reduction
Range: Wide: 0.5 - 2.5m (1.6 - 8.2ft); Tele: 0.5 - 2.0m (1.6 -6.6ft)
Scene Modes Landscape, Night Scene, Portrait, Sport, Simple
Digital Zoom 4x
Time Lapse No
Movie Format AVI (Motion JPEG) without audio
Max. frame-rate: 20 frames per second
Recording Medium SD/MMC, Built-in
File Format JPEG
Video Yes
Computer USB 1.1
Other DC In
Battery Type Alkaline disposable or NiMH rechargeable
Battery Form Factor 2 x AA
Product Bundle
Software ACDSee for PENTAX
Flash Memory 12MB built-in memory
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant 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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