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Pentax's Optio S60 digital camera. Courtesy of Pentax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Pentax announces Optio S60
(Tuesday, August 23, 2005 - 16:32 EDT)

Pentax USA has introduced a new release slated to ship this October, in the form of the Optio S60 digital camera.

The S60 features what looks to be the same body, lens and feature set as the existing Optio S45 and S55 models, but with two notable changes. The image sensor has been updated from the four and five megapixel CCDs of the earlier cameras, to a six megapixel type. A related change is that the ISO sensitivity ratings have been changed from the old models, and are now 80, 160, 320 and 400 (the highest sensitivity remaining the same).

The Pentax Optio S60 will arrive in October with pricing for the US market set at under $300.

Pentax Optio S60
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Pentax
Model Number S60
Dimensions 3.5 x 2.3 x 1.1"
89.0 x 58.5 x 27.5mm
Weight 180.0 g
6.3 oz
Planned Price $299.00
Planned Availability Jan 2005
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/2.5" CCD
6.36 megapixels (total)
6.00 megapixels (effective)
Filter Type RGBG
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Image Dimensions 2816 x 2112 (5.9 megapixels)
2560 x 1920 (4.9 megapixels)
2304 x 1728 (4.0 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
1024 x 768 (0.8 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Quality 4 levels
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder No
LCD 2.5", 115,000 pixels
100% field of view
Playback Zoom 12.0x max
Lens Type smc PENTAX power zoom
3x optical zoom
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 5.8 - 17.4mm (actual)
35 - 107mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.6 (wide) / f/4.8 (tele) - f/???
Focusing System 5-point TTL Contrast Detection
Manual Focus possible (0) steps
Focusing Range Normal: 16" - infinity (40 cm - infinity)
Macro: 2.4" - 20" (6 cm - 50 cm)
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80, 160, 320, 400
Shutter Speed 4 - 1/2000 second
Exposure Modes Program
Metering Modes Multi-segment, center-weighted, spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light, Manual, Manual
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, Flash-off, Flash-on, Auto + Red-eye reduction, Flash-on + Red-eye reduction
Range: Approx. 0.65 ft -16 ft (0.2m - 4.9m) (wide); Approx. 0.65 ft -9.2 ft (0.2m - 2.8m) (tele) at ISO 400
Scene Modes Portrait, Landscape, Night scene, Movie
Digital Zoom 2.6x
Time Lapse No
Movie Format AVI (Motion JPEG) with audio
Max. frame-rate: 30 frames per second
Recording Medium SD/MMC, Built-in
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 1.1
Other DC In
Battery Type Alkaline or Lithium disposable, NiMH rechargeable
Battery Form Factor 2 x AA or 1 x CR-V3
Product Bundle
Flash Memory 11.0MB built-in memory
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Operating System Compatibility Windows, MacOS

Original Source Press Release:


PENTAX announced today another 6.0 megapixel digital camera that is an excellent choice for new digital users. The PENTAX Optio S60 digital camera emphasizes easy and enjoyable digital photography with helpful features including a handy Simple mode that allows users to concentrate on the subject while the Optio S60 selects the optimal settings automatically. In addition to a 3X optical zoom, the Optio S60 also features a large 2.5 inch LCD monitor and an optical, actual-image zoom viewfinder with diopter adjustment that enables easier operation especially for users with limited eyesight. The Optio S60 also is compatible with AA batteries to make it a great choice for traveling. The Optio S60 will be available in October 2005 for under $300 US.

PENTAX Imaging Company is an innovative leader in the production of digital and film cameras, sport optics, 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. PENTAX Imaging Company is a division of PENTAX of America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of PENTAX Corporation of Japan.

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