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Pentax Announces Three New Compacts

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Pentax has announced the launch of three new digital compacts, two of which have distinctive retro styling. First up, and due to hit the shops next month, is the Optio I-10, the first of a new series for Pentax's consumer compact range. The I-10 features a 5x zoom lens (equivalent to 28-140mm), a 12.1-megapixel CCD with mechanical sensor-shift image stabilisation, and 1280 x 720 30fps movie recording with in-camera editing and titling. Its eye-catching body design is modeled after a vintage SLR camera, complete with leatherette finish.
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Other features include an upgraded face detection system capable of recognising up to 32 faces, including cats and dogs, a range of creative filter effects and a unique screen-in-screen function that can display a previously recorded image in the corner of the screen while shooting. It has automatic D-Range enhancement for high-contrast shooting, and a Digital Wide feature that simulates a 21mm wide-angle shot by stitching two images together. It even has an optional wireless remote control.
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Older readers may notice a passing resemblance to the unique Pentax Auto 110 from 1978, a tiny but surprisingly excellent SLR camera with its own range of miniature interchangeable lenses, flash units and even a power winder, using the now defunct 110 film cassette format. It still holds the record as the smallest interchangeable lens SLR system ever made, and has become something of a collectors item. The Auto 110 measured 99mm x 56mm x 45mm and weighed 172g, while the new Optio I-10 measures 100.5 x 65 x 28mm and weighs 153g. It would be interesting to see the two cameras next to each other.
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Sadly the Pentax Auto 110 won't be seeing a re-launch

The Optio I-10 will be available in Classic Black and Pearl White, and will be available from February priced at a very reasonable £199.


The second new model joining the Optio range is the H90, which also has something of a retro look about it, although this time it resembles a classic 1970s compact camera such as the Instamatic or Olympus Trip. It has a similar internal specification to the I-90, with a 5x zoom lens, 12.1-megapixel CCD and 2.7-inch 230k monitor. It can also capture 1280 x 720 video at 30fps.
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Like the I-90, features include improved face detection which detects up to 32 faces including cats and dogs, and has Smile Capture and Blink Detection. It lacks the I-90's sensor-shift image stabilisation, but does have pixel-tracking digital stabilisation. It also has D-Range enhancement for high contrast situations, tracking AF, digital filters and a digital panorama mode which can automatically stitch up to three images into one panoramic shot.
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The H90 will be available in three different retro colour schemes, and goes on sale next month priced at £129.99.


Last but not least is the new Optio E90, a budget-priced compact featuring a 3x zoom lens, 10.1-megapixel sensor and a 2.7-inch 230k monitor. It has a number of automatic features including automatic face detection, auto scene selection, digital filters and digital panorama stitching. It can shoot video at 640 x 480 and 30fps, and is powered by a pair of AA batteries, available all over the world.
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The Optio E90 will be available in either black or burgundy, and goes on sale in February priced at a very cheap £79.99.

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