Camera News
by Brad Soo on September 9 2010

Pentax announced a brand new digital SLR, a new SLR lens and two new Optio compact cameras today. They’re all pretty interesting if you asked me – the Pentax K-r digital SLR has a feature set similar to mid-range class SLRs while sporting a more affordable ‘entry-level’ price. The Optio RZ10 is Pentax’s first attempt at the compact super-zoom camera market (As far as my memory can recall) while the entry-level Optio RS1000 introduces interchangeable faceplates (just like what you could do with some Nokia phones from ages ago).

pentax kr

Pentax K-r
(Entry-level digital SLR camera)

  • 12.4 effective megapixels (APS-C CMOS sensor, 1.5X crop)
  • Pentax lens mount (1.5X crop factor)
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • 3 inch LCD (921,000 pixels)
  • ISO speed range of 100 – 25600
  • 0.85X optical viewfinder magnification with 96% frame coverage
  • 6 FPS continuous shooting mode (12 RAW or 25 JPEG)
  • Built-in wireless flash control
  • Full manual controls with RAW mode and live view
  • 720p HD (1280 x 720) movie mode with sound
  • Supports IrSimple infrared transfer and has various image effects you can play around with
  • SD/SDHC memory card slot
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery; can take 4 AA batteries using optional adapter
  • Available in October for $800 (body only), $850 (with 18-55 mm kit lens), $900 with (18-55 mm and 50-200 mm lenses) and $1000 (with 18-55 mm and 55-300 mm lenses)
  • Comes in your choice of black, white or red

Pentax also introduced a new lens today, which is the 35 mm f2.4 AL prime lens. That’ll go for $220 once it becomes available next month.

pentax rz10

Pentax Optio RZ10
(Compact super-zoom camera)

  • 14 effective megapixels
  • 28 – 280 mm (f3.2 – f5.9) 10X optical zoom lens
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • 2.7 inch LCD (230,000 pixels)
  • No manual controls (just point-and-shoot operation with scene modes)
  • 720p HD (1280 x 720) 30 FPS movie mode with sound
  • Takes SD/SDHC memory cards
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in October for $220

pentax rs1000

Pentax Optio RS1000
(Compact camera)

  • 14 effective megapixels
  • 28 – 110 mm (f3.2 – f5.9) 4X optical zoom lens
  • Interchangeable faceplates/skins, camera is bundled with 11 of them, and you can custom-make your own
  • 3.0 inch LCD (230,000 pixels)
  • No manual controls (just point-and-shoot operation with scene modes)
  • In-camera panorama mode
  • 720p HD (1280 x 720) 30 FPS movie mode with sound
  • Takes SD/SDHC memory cards
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in October for $150

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