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Pentax's Optio M60 digital camera. Courtesy of Pentax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Pentax announces Optio E60
(Monday, July 28, 2008 - 18:00 EDT)

Pentax has today unveiled a new Optio compact digital cameras destined for US shores.

The Pentax Optio E60 digital camera is designed for value pricing first and foremost. The Pentax Optio E60 couples a ten megapixel CCD image sensor with a 3x optical zoom lens. Images are framed and reviewed on the Pentax E60's 2.4-inch LCD display, and the E60 has a relatively compact body that's just 1.0" / 25mm thick. The LCD display is the sole method of framing or reviewing images, given that the Pentax Optio E60 has no provision for an optical viewfinder.

The Pentax Optio E60's images are stored in 6.3MB of built-in memory, or on Secure Digital flash cards (including the newer high-speed, high-capacity SDHC types). Power for the Pentax E60 comes from two AA batteries - either alkaline or lithium disposables, or NiMH rechargeables.

Pentax's Optio E60 digital camera ships from October 2008 in a bundle including ACDSee for PENTAX 3.0 image viewer/image management software. US pricing for the Pentax E60 has been set at about US$140.

Pentax Optio E60
Pentax's Optio M60 digital camera. Courtesy of Pentax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera TypeCompact
Model NumberE60
Dimensions3.9 x 2.3 x 1.0"
99.0 x 58.0 x 25.0mm
Weight176.0 g
6.2 oz
Planned Price$140.00
Planned AvailabilityOct 2008
Image Capture
Sensor Type1/2.33" CCD
10.70 megapixels (total)
10.10 megapixels (effective)
Filter TypeRGBG
Aspect Ratio4:3
Image Dimensions3648 x 2736 (10.0 megapixels)
3072 x 2304 (7.1 megapixels)
2592 x 1944 (5.0 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1920 x 1080 (2.1 megapixels)
1024 x 768 (0.8 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Capture SpeedContinuous: 0.7 frames per second
Image Quality3 levels
Image Preview / Review
LCD2.4", 112,000 pixels
Playback Zoom10.0x max
Lens TypePENTAX Zoom Lens
3x optical zoom
Image StabilizationNo
Focal Length5.7 - 17.1mm (actual)
32 - 96mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/2.9 - f/5.2
Focusing System3-point TTL contrast detection
Manual Focus possible (0) steps
Focusing RangeNormal: 20" - infinity (50 cm - infinity)
Macro: 4.1" - 24" (10 cm - 60 cm)
ISO SensitivityAuto / Manual ISO 100 - 6400; ISO 3200 or above is at reduced 5 megapixel resolution
Shutter Speed4 - 1/2000 second
Exposure ModesProgram
Metering ModesTTL Multi-Segment
Exposure Compensation+/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White BalanceImage Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Manual, Manual
Internal FlashModes: Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Reduction
Scene ModesAuto Picture (Standard, Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Sport, Flower), Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Half Length Portrait (3M), Movie, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Surf & Snow, Sport, Digital SR (5M), Kids, Pet, Food, Digital Panorama (2M / frame), Frame Composite (3M)
Digital Zoom5.7x
Self TimerYes, 2 or 10 seconds
Time LapseNo
Movie FormatAVI (Motion JPEG) with audio
Recording MediumSD/MMC, Built-in
File SystemComplies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File FormatJPEG (EXIF 2.2)
VideoYes, NTSC / PAL switchable
ComputerUSB 2.0 High Speed
OtherDC Input
Battery TypeAlkaline or Lithium disposable, NiMH rechargeable
Battery Form Factor2 x AA
Product Bundle
SoftwareSoftware CD-ROM S-SW81
Battery / Charger2 x AA alkaline disposable battery
Flash Memory6.3MB built-in memory
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
PictBridge CompliantYes
Internal MicrophoneYes
Internal SpeakerYes
Tripod MountYes
Remote ControlNo
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Pentax's Optio M60 digital camera. Courtesy of Pentax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Pentax's Optio M60 digital camera. Courtesy of Pentax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:


(July 28, 2008) Golden, CO…PENTAX Imaging Company has announced the PENTAX Optio E60 compact digital camera. With 10.1 megapixels, the PENTAX Optio E60 offers both new and experienced digital users beautiful high-resolution images and a variety of easy-to-use features at a budget price.

This latest member of the PENTAX Optio E series is newly equipped with an optical 3X zoom lens featuring a wide angle of view (equivalent to 32mm to 96mm in 35mm format) that is perfect for group shots in narrow settings, landscapes and architecture. In addition, the Optio E60 features a variety of modes including Auto Picture, Face Recognition, High Sensitivity Digital Shake Reduction, and a popular Green mode that sets exposure, sensitivity and other parameters with just a touch of a button for the newest of digital users.

The PENTAX Optio E60 also is a fine travel companion compatible with easy-to-find AA batteries, and featuring World Time and Date Imprint functions, and an Image Recovery function to retrieve accidentally-erased, once-in-a-lifetime pics.

The PENTAX Optio E60 will be available in a stylish black finish in October for under US $140.00.

PENTAX Imaging Company is an innovative leader in the production of digital SLR and compact cameras, lenses, flash units, binoculars, scopes, and eyepieces. For more than 80 years, PENTAX 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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High quality images
The Optio E60 features a 10.1 megapixel CCD sensor for maximum resolution in an easy to use camera.
With a high-performance PENTAX lens and a new image processing engine with improved performance, the Optio E60 delivers high quality images even when enlarged.

Wide angle 3X optical zoom lens
The PENTAX Optio E60 features a 3X optical zoom lens with a wide angle of view equivalent to 32mm to 96mm in 35mm format (compared with more conventional 37.5mm to 112.5mm equivalent models). This wider view improves image capture of landscapes as well as group photos in narrow spaces. In addition, the Optio E60 offers an Intelligent Zoom function that extends the zoom range without compromising the optical zoom’s image quality for high-magnification zoom photography at a maximum of approx. 17.1X.

Supports convenient AA batteries
Powered by AA batteries that are easily available world wide, the Optio E60 features an energy-saving design that captures up to 200 shots* with AA alkaline batteries, and up to 620 shots* with AA lithium batteries.
*Based on measurement conditions conforming to CIPA specifications

Advanced Auto Picture mode automatically selects the ideal shooting mode
The Optio E60 is equipped with the Auto Picture mode that determines the conditions of the scene and automatically selects an optimal shooting mode for the camera. The camera also features several new scene modes including: Standard, Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Flower, and Sport modes.

Face Recognition AF & AE function for easy and convenient photography of people
The Face Recognition AF & AE function automatically detects up to 10 faces in the picture frame and automatically sets the optimal exposure and focus. In addition, the Optio E60 extends face detection technology with such features as Half-length Portrait mode that trims the area around the detected person and automatically captures a half-length portrait of the person based on the detected information, and blink detection that tells the user if anyone in the image has closed eyes during the exposure.

High Sensitivity Digital SR mode reduces camera shake and subject blurring
Digital Shake Reduction reduces camera shake and blurring of the subject when photographing still images.
The sensitivity is adjusted automatically (to as high as the high sensitivity of ISO 6400) to match the brightness of subjects. This feature allows photography with fast shutter speeds and images with less blur. The Optio E60 now also features Movie SR to steady your video captures.

Green mode for automated setup
The Optio E60 Green mode automates camera setup so even digital beginners may enjoy effortless photography. With a single press, the Green mode automatically sets exposure, sensitivity, and other parameters according to the shooting conditions. This function also is useful when other users take your picture or camera settings are lost.

Additional Features

  • 2.4 inch LCD monitor of approximately 112,000 dots with improved viewability outdoors
  • Panorama mode for composing photographs into an incredibly wide panoramic picture
  • World time function for 75 cities (28 times zones) worldwide
  • Date imprint function for easy image categorizing
  • Recording movies at sizes up to 640 x 480 pixels at 30 FPS with image quality rivaling camcorders
  • A sleek, more streamlined design usually found on higher-end digital cameras
  • 16-frame continuous shooting that enables for 16 images (640 x 480 pixels/image) to be shot continuously and recorded in 2 seconds
  • Frame composite function allows photographers to shoot and create images with decorative frames
  • FotoNation’s red-eye compensation function for flash shots
  • Includes the ACDSee for PENTAX 3.0 viewer/image management software that supports Windows VistaTM
  • Supports PictBridge, DPOF functions, Exif Print, and PRINT Image Matching III

PENTAX and Optio are trademarks of HOYA 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 is subject to change without notice.

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