Pentax, the Japanese camera manufacturer, has announced the availability of two new cameras in its Optio range.
The Optio X features an unconventional design that splits the camera into two parts. One half contains the lens, boasting a 3x optical zoom, while the other contains the LCD. Both halves can rotate independently, enabling the user to obtain shots that just wouldn’t be possible with a conventionally designed camera.
Nikon first introduced the split body concept with its CoolPix range, but this new Pentax takes it a step further offering a much more compact and sleek design coupled with a higher resolution of five Megapixels. The LCD is also a generous 2.0in in size and consists of 210,000 pixels.
The body of the Optio X is only 18mm, making it the thinnest model in the entire Optio range. This has been achieved through incorporation of Pentax’s unique Sliding Lens System — a patented mechanism that allows the lens to be completely retracted inside the body as soon as the power is turned off.
The Optio X also offers a innovative ‘My Menu’ function that can be used to group together group together frequently used functions and register them for fast access.
As well as stills shooting the cameras talents include taking movies and voice recording, accessible with just a touch of a button.
The Optio X is available now with online prices ranging from £306 to £347.
Along with the ‘X’, the Optio S5i is also now available. This features a five Megapixel CCD and a 3x optical zoom, but has a more classic single body design ethic.
Its ultra-compact body is no bigger than a pack of cards and weighs just 105 grams, making it the lightest and smallest digital camera in its class. The LCD screen in 1.8in size, is made up of 85,000 pixels and offers an approximate 100% field of view.
A highlight is the new ‘Sports’ mode that sets the shutter speed-priority to enable spur of the moment shooting of moving objects. This mode is one of a choice of ten available quickly from a shortcut button. There camera also boasts 21 shooting modes.
Additionally, the Optio S5i battery charger stand is capable of simultaneously charging one rechargeable Lithium-ion battery housed inside the camera as well as a spare battery. The Optio S5i is equipped with 10MB of internal memory and is compatible with SD memory cards.
The Pentax S5i is available now with online prices ranging from £265 down to £250.
In the compact camera market we’ve previously been very impressed with the Canon Ixus 500, but that's been around now for some time, and if Pentax’s new offerings are as good as they sound, Canon could have some real competition on its hands. Look out for full reviews of the Pentax cameras on TrustedReviews in the near future.