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Pentax's Optio60 digital camera. Courtesy of Pentax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Pentax announces Optio60 digital camera
(Friday, July 22, 2005 - 14:41 EDT)

A press release from Pentax Imaging Co. has announced a new digital camera for its Optio series.

The Pentax Optio60 looks to be an update to the existing Optio50 model, with very similar styling - although the new camera is almost half an inch thicker, and uses a slightly larger, higher resolution CCD imager. Other changes include a slightly larger 2.0-inch LCD display, new multi-point autofocus system, redesigned lens with a slightly improved macro focusing distance of 5cm, more manual controls (including aperture priority, shutter priority and full manual modes), and the ability to capture exposures as long as two seconds.

The Pentax Optio60 will ship next month, with pricing set at $200.

PENTAX Optio60 Digital Camera Fact Sheet

Compact, Lightweight Design
Despite its powerful 3X optical zoom lens and 6.0 effective megapixel performance, the Optio60 boasts compact dimensions of just 3.6 x 2.4 x 1.1 inches, a weight of 4.6 ounces without battery and SD memory card, and an attractive, lustrous finish exterior.

Unique PENTAX Mode Dial
The broad range of Optio60 shooting modes are accessible on the easy-to-understand icons on the Mode dial located on the camera’s upper panel. Mode choices include: Simple, Program, Picture mode (Night Scene, Landscape, Portrait and Sport modes). The Mode dial also offers greater control with settings such as Aperture-priority AE (Av), Shutter-priority AE (Tv) and Metered manual (M), as well as access to the Movie mode, which records movies with sound to the full capacity of the memory card. The innovative Simple mode automatically selects the best settings for the scene at hand.

Sharper Images With Stunning Color
Two high-quality aspherical lenses optimize the 6.0 effective megapixel performance and powerful 3X optical zoom lens of the Optio60.

3X Optical Zoom, 4X Digital Zoom
Composed of six groups of seven elements, two of which are aspherical, the Optio60 offers 3X optical zoom performance equivalent to a 36–108mm lens in 35mm format. Combined with 4X digital zoom performance, the 3X optical zoom delivers 12X zoom capability.

Optical Viewfinder With Diopter Adjustment
With an optical viewfinder offering actual image zoom, the Optio60 makes composition easy and allows users to operate the camera without the LCD monitor on to help preserve battery life during composition. The camera also features diopter adjustment to assist in providing a clearer view.

AA Battery Compatibility
The Optio60 is compatible with widely available AA batteries (two alkaline or nickel hydride batteries). As a result, the Optio60 makes it easy to replenish power practically anywhere in the world.

Generous LCD Monitor
The generous 2.0 inch LCD offers features 130,000 pixels for a better view during image playback, selection and editing.

Control Sensitivity
A selection of Standard Output Sensitivity comprising 64, 100 and 200, as well as an auto setting, make it easy to adjust the Optio60 for shooting in different lighting intensities.

PictBridge Compatibility
The Optio60 supports PictBridge, the highly convenient direct-print standard released by the CIPA (Camera and Imaging Products Association), which may eliminate the need for a computer during printing. Simply connect the Optio60 directly to a compatible printer via USB cable and enjoy the simplicity of producing photographs directly.

Additional Features:

  • SD memory card compatibility plus 12MB built-in memory
  • USB mass storage class compatibility; audio/video cable connects the Optio60 to a TV
  • Standard image viewer, ACDSee for PENTAX software
  • Built-in auto flash with red-eye reduction mode*
  • Actual image optical viewfinder
  • Macro mode allows the user to shoot as close as 5cm from the subject at wide-angle setting
  • DPOF, Exif Print and PRINT Image Matching III compatibility
    *This mode may not eliminate “red eyes” in all instances.
  • PENTAX, Optio are trademarks of PENTAX Corporation
  • All other brands or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
  • This product supports PRINT Image Matching III. PRINT Image Matching enabled digital still cameras, printers and software help photographers to produce images more faithful to their intentions. Some functions are not available on printers that are not PRINT Image Matching III compliant.
  • Copyright 2001 Seiko Epson Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
  • Print Image Matching is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation.
  • The PRINT Image Matching logo is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation.
  • Design and Specifications are subject to change without notice.

Pentax Optio60
Pentax's Optio60 digital camera. Courtesy of Pentax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins.
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Pentax
Model Number Optio 60
Dimensions 3.6 x 2.4 x 1.5"
91.0 x 61.0 x 38.0mm
Weight 200.0 g
7.0 oz
Planned Price $200.00
Planned Availability Aug 2005
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/1.8" CCD
6.36 megapixels (total)
6.00 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Image Dimensions 2848 x 2136 (6.1 megapixels)
2272 x 1704 (3.9 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder Yes, Actual image zoom
LCD 2.0", 130,000 pixels
100% field of view
Playback Zoom 4.0x max
Lens Type Pentax lens
3x optical zoom
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 7.5 - 22.5mm (actual)
36 - 108mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 (wide) / f/4.8 (tele) - ???
Focusing System Multi-point TTL Contrast Detection
Focusing Range Normal: 20" - infinity (50 cm - infinity)
Macro: 2.0"
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 64, 100, 200
Shutter Speed 2 - 1/1000 second
Exposure Modes Aperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering Modes Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, On, Off, Red-eye Reduction
Range: Wide: 3.8m (8.2ft); Tele: 2.0m (6.6ft)
Scene Modes Portrait, Landscape, Night scene, Sport
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 System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format JPEG
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
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
Battery / Charger 2 x AA alkaline disposable battery
Flash Memory 12.0MB built-in memory
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone No
Tripod Mount Yes
Remote Control No
Operating System Compatibility Windows, MacOS
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Pentax's Optio60 digital camera. Courtesy of Pentax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins.
Pentax's Optio60 digital camera. Courtesy of Pentax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins.

Original Source Press Release:


Golden, Colorado (July 21, 2005)…High resolution digital photography is simpler than ever with the new PENTAX Optio60 digital camera. An excellent choice for digital newcomers, the PENTAX Optio60 offers 6.0 megapixel resolution and a 3X zoom lens in a compact, lightweight, and stylish design. An easy-to-understand “Simple mode” deserves the credit for lowering the learning curve of the PENTAX Optio60. Set in this mode, users are free to concentrate on photography subjects while the Optio60 automatically selects optimal focus and exposure settings.

Composition with the latest PENTAX digital camera is just as simple. The Optio60 features a large 2.0 inch LCD monitor plus an optical and actual-image zoom viewfinder with automatic diopter adjustment to enhance viewing for users who may lack perfect eyesight. Compatible with AA batteries, the PENTAX Optio60 makes a perfect companion for world travelers who may not have 24-hour access to power sources.

PENTAX will ship the Optio60 digital camera next month and the price will be $200 US.

PENTAX Imaging Company is an innovative leader in the production of digital and film cameras, scopes, eyepieces, binoculars, lenses, mobile printers, scanners and internet cameras. For more than 80 years, PENTAX technology has developed durable, reliable products that meet the needs of consumers and businesses. With headquarters in Golden, Colorado, PENTAX Imaging Company is a division of PENTAX of America, Inc.

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