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Pentax's Optio E10 digital camera. Courtesy of Pentax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Pentax announces Optio E10 digicam
(Tuesday, January 3, 2006 - 17:00 EST)

Pentax of America Inc. has today announced its new Optio E10 digital camera model.

Unveiled in a press release from the company's Pentax Imaging Co. division, the Pentax Optio E10 couples a 1/2.5" six megapixel CCD imager, 3x optical zoom lens and Secure Digital card slot in a compact body. The Optio E10 focuses on ease of use and affordability, with an expected pricetag of just $200 when the camera goes on sale this February. Other features include 10MB of built-in storage memory, NTSC / PAL video and USB data connectivity, a built-in flash and a macro mode that allows focusing as close as five centimeters. More details can be found in the Fact Sheet document below, which is followed by full specifications and a product photo courtesy of Pentax. The official press release can be found in a separate news item covering the launch of the company's Optio A10 model.


Mode Dial For Straightforward Mode Selection
The Optio E10 Mode dial, located on the top of the body, allows quick, clear-cut selection of the cameras eight versatile modes — six still-image shooting modes, a movie mode, and a setup mode.

Simple Mode For Beginners
A Simple mode takes the guesswork out of taking pictures for first-time digital photographers. Turning the Mode dial to Simple mode automatically sets all still-image photo settings except for Size and Quality.

6.0 Effective Megapixels Provide Outstanding Image Quality
Enjoy the top-quality photography of the Optio E10 delivered from its 1/2.5 inch CCD with 6.36 total megapixels. In addition to the high definition of 6.0 effective megapixels, the primary-color filter produces more natural, vivid colors while the 12-bit A/D converter evenly reproduces all tones from dark to light.

3X optical and up to approx. 12X total zoom magnification
The Optio E10 comes with a 3X optical zoom lens equivalent to a 34-102mm lens in 35mm format. When the optical zoom is paired with the digital zoom function (1X to approx. 4X), the camera can attain up to approximately 12X effective zoom magnification.

Large, 2.4 Inch LCD monitor
The Optio E10 manages to fit in a large, 2.4 inch LCD monitor despite its compact body dimensions. Not only does the monitor’s size make it easier to compose and play back images, it also permits easier operation and setup thanks to its larger, easier-to-read menu display.

AA Battery Compatible
The camera can be powered with widely available AA batteries (perfect for travel).

Other Features

  • Supports SD memory cards; approximately 10MB of built-in memory
  • AV output terminal for playback on televisions (supports both NTSC and PAL)
  • Built-in auto flash with red-eye reduction*
  • Macro mode allows close-up photography as near as 5 cm at full wide-angle setting
  • USB mass storage class compliant
  • ACDSee for PENTAX image viewer/image management software
  • DPOF functions, Exif Print, and PRINT Image Matching III compatible
  • PictBridge compatible
    * This mode may not eliminate “red eye” in all instances.

PENTAX, Optio are trademarks of PENTAX Corporation

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.

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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.

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Pentax Optio E10
Pentax's Optio E10 digital camera. Courtesy of Pentax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera TypeCompact
Model NumberE10
Dimensions3.4 x 2.4 x 1.3"
87.0 x 60.0 x 32.0mm
Weight180.0 g
6.3 oz
Planned Price$200.00
Image Capture
Sensor Type1/2.5 CCD
6.36 megapixels (total)
6.00 megapixels (effective)
Filter TypeRGB
Aspect Ratio4:3
Image Dimensions2816 x 2112 (5.9 megapixels)
2272 x 1704 (3.9 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Quality3 levels
Image Preview / Review
LCD2.4", 110 pixels
Playback Zoom4.0x max
Lens TypePentax Power Zoom
3x optical zoom
Image StabilizationNo
Focal Length5.5 - 16.5mm (actual)
35 - 114mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/2.8 (wide) / f/4.8 (tele)
Focusing RangeNormal: 20" - infinity (50 cm - infinity)
Macro: 2.0" - 20" (5 cm - 50 cm)
ISO SensitivityAuto, 64, 100, 200
Shutter Speed2 - 1/1000 second
Exposure ModesProgram
Metering ModesCenter, spot
Exposure Compensation+/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White BalanceImage Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent
Internal FlashModes: Auto, Flash-off, Flash-on, Red-eye reduction
Scene ModesPortrait, Landscape, Night scene, Sport
Digital Zoom4x
Self TimerYes, 10 seconds
Movie FormatAVI (Motion JPEG) with audio
Max. frame-rate: 20 frames per second
Recording MediumSD/MMC
File SystemComplies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File FormatJPEG (EXIF 2.2)
VideoYes, NTSC / PAL switchable
ComputerUSB 1.1
Battery TypeAlkaline or NiMH
Battery Form Factor2 x AA
Product Bundle
Battery / ChargerAlkaline battery
Flash Memory10.0MB Internal
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
PictBridge CompliantYes
Internal MicrophoneYes
Tripod MountYes
Remote ControlNo
Operating System CompatibilityWindows, Mac OS

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