Pentax has launched a pair of new compacts in the form of the RS1000 and RZ10. Both cameras offer high-spec features and some intriguing innovations, such as interchangeable front covers on the RS1000.

Although it may seem less spectacular on the surface than the RZ10 is the first Pentax model to enter the long zoom market, offering 10x optical magnification and a 14MP sensor. To help temper any possible camera shake at the top end of the zoom sensor-based shake reduction has been included as has pixel tracking.

Although manual controls aren’t present the auto scene modes should insure a decent snap is taken regardless of the environment, and 720p HD movie recording means the moving images should look impressive as well. The design is quite simplistic, with few buttons to complicate proceedings, and is available in black, white, purple, green and orange.

Colour is one area where the RS1000 certainly excels, as the front panel can be removed and exchanged. This allows any variety of patterns, sketches and designs to be attached in order to personalize the camera. On the imaging side there’s a 14MP sensor and 4x optical zoom with digital blur reduction, and a 3″ LCD screen.

The RS1000 also offers the 720p HD movie mode and digital filters, and is certainly for the style conscious photographer. For more information on both cameras head to www.pentax.co.uk or take a look at the press releases.

Pentax RS1000 announcement

 PENTAX Imaging Systems Division is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX Optio RS1000 digital compact camera. It allows the user to customize the front panel design in a variety of ways to meet their style, or to suit a particular occasion.

Positioned as a standard model, the Optio RS1000 offers high-resolution images produced by approximately 14 effective megapixels, a large 3.0-inch LCD monitor, a high-performance 4X optical zoom lens covering 27.5mm wide angle, a simple, user-friendly operation, and a HD video function. Encased in a lightweight, credit-card-sized body, it is compact enough to carry anywhere for every occasion. It also offers a unique body design customization feature, which allows the user to set in one of three included “dress-up” sheets, or any other material of the user’s choice – such as photographs or illustrations – between the body and a transparent front panel. This feature gives the Optio RS1000 unique versatility and flexibility unlike other models: The user can match the camera’s appearance with their fashion or mood of the day; it makes a perfect gift or promotional tool to mark a special.

Major Features



1. PENTAX-original Face Change System for personalized designs
The Optio RS1000 features a removable transparent acrylic panel at the front of the main body frame. Simply by setting a dress-up sheet between the camera body and this panel, the user can easily and totally change the camera’s appearance. In addition to the three Alternative Skins included, the user can also use the Tracing Stencil (included) to produce original dress-up tools using photographs, posters, hand-drawn illustrations and other sources, and create a one-of-the-kind original camera. The camera’s front face also sports a fine spindle finish, either in black or in white, to assure an elegant appearance when no dress-up sheet is used.



2. Exceptional image quality
Featuring approximately 14 effective megapixels assuring exceptional image resolution, a state-of-the-art imaging engine with superior noise reduction and the high-performance smc PENTAX optical zoom lens, the Optio RS1000 delivers brilliant, high-quality images with well-defined details. Even when images are enlarged to large sizes, the user is assured of sharp, high-resolution prints with edge-to-edge sharpness.



3. Large, easy-to-view 3.0-inch LCD monitor
Despite its compact body, the Optio RS1000 features a large 3.0-inch high-brightness color LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 dots. Since this monitor provides large, detailed images and menus, the user can check them with just a quick glance, and easily and instantly make the desired settings and adjustments.



4. Optical 4X zoom lens with 27.5mm wide-angle coverage
The Optio RS1000 comes equipped with a high-performance 4X optical zoom lens covering focal lengths from 4.9mm to 19.6mm (equivalent in the 35mm format to approximately 27.5mm wide angle to 110mm telephoto). Thanks to this wide zoom range, the Optio RS1000 can be used for a wide variety of subjects and scenes – from spectacular landscapes, majestic architecture and group shots within confined spaces, to tightly cropped snapshots from a distance. When coupled with the Intelligent Zoom function, which allows for even tighter zooming in on the subject, the zoom range can be extended to approximately 26.8 times.



5. Auto Picture mode for hands-off selection of the most appropriate shooting mode
The Optio RS1000 features the new-generation Auto Picture mode, which automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode for a given subject or scene by accurately assessing various photographic conditions. This user-friendly mode instantly and unfailingly selects one of the 15 shooting modes (eight conventional modes, plus seven new modes including Blue Sky and Sunset) and optimizes various camera settings, including sensitivity and shutter speed, to assure the best results with minimal effort by the photographer.



6. Automatic face detection for beautiful, lively snapshots
The Optio RS1000 features the sophisticated Face Detection AF & AE function, which instantly and accurately detects human faces within the image field, then optimizes focus and exposure settings – all automatically. The Optio RS1000 also comes equipped with other convenient features to assist the photographer in capturing beautiful, lively snapshots, including the Smile Capture that automatically releases the shutter the moment the camera detects the subject’s smile, and the Natural Skin mode that captures subjects with smooth, healthy skin tone.



7. High-quality HD-proportioned movie recording
The Optio RS1000 captures beautiful, high-definition-TV-quality movie clips (1280 x 720 pixels).* It also comes equipped with the sophisticated Movie SR (Shake Reduction) mode,** which automatically compensates camera shake during movie shooting with the help of exclusive software, making it possible for everyone to enjoy high-quality movie shooting with minimal effort.

* When the Optio RS1000’s AV output terminal is used, movie clips are output as normal-image-size data. If the user wishes to play back movie clips at high-definition-TV proportions (1280 x 720 pixels), the data must be transferred to a personal computer for playback.

** When the Movie SR mode is selected, the angle of view becomes narrower than normal shooting.



8. An assortment of digital filters for creative expression
The Optio RS1000 offers nine different digital filters, including Toy Camera, Retro and Sepia, to add various visual effects to recorded images without requiring a computer. The user can even apply multiple filters to a single image for more inventive visual effects.

9. Other features


(1) Digital Blur Removal function to effectively compensate for camera shake during still-image shooting


(2) Burst Shooting at a speed of 16 images in two seconds (fixed at 640 x 480 pixels)


(3) Auto-tracking AF mode to keep constant focus on a moving subject


(4) Digital Panorama mode to effortlessly create a single panoramic picture from as many as three images


(5) Green mode to automatically optimize exposure and sensitivity settings for a given subject or scene


(6) Frame Composite function (with 20 frames stored in the camera) to shoot or compose images with decorative photo frames


(7) MediaImpression 2.0 for PENTAX software for image viewing, editing and filing applications (compatible with the latest operating systems, including Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6)


10. PENTAX Chameleon’s Minisite: http://chameleon.pentax.eu/
Starting from the 9th of September, you will find in english:
The software, so you can create or download your own designs and print them
A gallery of suggested skins
The demo for the customization
A small movie showing Nadia with her PENTAX Chameleon throughout her day
Games, starting in October/November

Pentax RZ10 announcement

CORPORATION PENTAX Imaging Systems Division is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX Optio RZ10 digital compact camera. It provides effortless, user-friendly operation throughout the entire zoom range of its high-magnification zoom lens – from wide angle to telephoto, and even at macro settings.

In addition to a 10X optical zoom lens that can handle a wide variety of subjects and occasions – from travel and landscape to action and sports – the Optio RZ10 provides a host of advanced features and handy functions that make photo shooting simple and effortless for everyone. These include dual shake reduction for effective reduction of camera shake, and an upgraded Auto Picture mode for hands-off selection of the most appropriate shooting mode. Sporting a simple but functional exterior design, with meticulous attention to every detail, it even offers a choice of body color from black, white and three vivid colors. The stylish Optio RZ10 is the perfect partner for all casual photographers.

Major Features



1. Optical 10X zoom lens for a variety of subjects and scenes


Equipped with a high-performance 10X optical zoom lens covering focal lengths from 28mm wide angle to 280mm telephoto (in the 35mm format), the Optio RZ10 can capture beautiful, lively pictures with a wide range of subjects and scenes – from spectacular landscapes to fast-action sports events. It also offers high-quality macro shooting, down to just one centimeter away from the subject. When coupled with the Intelligent Zoom function, which allows for even tighter zooming in on the subject, the zoom range can be extended to approximately 67 times to cover the focal length of a 1876mm super-telephoto lens (in the 35mm format).



2. Automatic selection of the most appropriate shooting mode
The Optio RZ10 features an upgraded version of the PENTAX-original Auto Picture mode, which automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode for a given subject or scene by accurately assessing various photographic conditions on and around the subject. This user-friendly mode instantly and reliably selects one of 16 shooting modes (eight conventional modes, plus eight new modes including Blue Sky, Sunset and Pet) and optimizes various camera settings, including sensitivity and shutter speed, to assure the best results with minimal effort by the photographers.



3. Dual shake reduction to assure sharp, blur-free images
By combining a CCD-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism with a Pixel Track SR, the Optio RZ10’s dual shake reduction system minimizes annoying camera shake more effectively than before. Thanks to this reliable system, the photographer is assured of sharp, blur-free images even under shake-prone shooting conditions – such as when using a telephoto lens, or when shooting a sunset or indoor scene without flash.



4. High-quality HDTV-proportion movie recording
The Optio RZ10 captures beautiful, high-definition-TV-quality movie clips (1280 x 720 pixels).* It also comes equipped with the sophisticated Movie SR (Shake Reduction) mode,** which automatically compensates camera shake during movie shooting with the help of exclusive software. Everyone can enjoy high-quality movie shooting with minimal effort.

* When the Optio RZ10’s AV output terminal is used, movie clips are output as normal image-size data. If the user wishes to play back movie clips at high-definition TV proportions (1280 x 720 pixels), the data must be transferred to a personal computer for playback.
** When the Movie SR mode is selected, the angle of view becomes narrower than normal shooting.



5. Exceptional image quality
By coupling approximately 14 effective megapixels assuring exceptional image resolution with a high-performance imaging engine capable of reproducing true-to-life colors, the Optio RZ10 delivers brilliant, high-quality images with well-defined details. Even when images are enlarged to large sizes, users are assured of sharp, high-resolution prints with edge-to-edge sharpness.



6. Automatic face detection for beautiful, lively snapshots
The Optio RZ10 features the sophisticated Face Detection AF & AE function. This instantly and accurately detects up to 32 faces within the image field, then catches them in sharp focus and in optimum exposure in a mere 0.03 seconds – even when some of the faces are tilted or turned away from the camera. The Optio RZ10 also comes equipped with other convenient features to assist the photographer in capturing beautiful, lively snapshots. These include: the Small Face filter that makes the subject’s face appear smaller than actual in recorded images; the Smile Capture that automatically releases the shutter the moment the camera detects the subject’s smile; and the Blink Detection function that warns the photographer when the subject’s eyes close at the time of shutter release.



7. Unique Pet mode for automatic detection of dog and cat faces
The Optio RZ10 features a much-improved Pet mode, which comes in handy when taking pictures of dogs and cats. This upgraded version not only assures far greater accuracy in detecting three pre-registered faces of dogs and cats, but is also capable of automatically detecting unregistered faces of dogs and cats, unlike the previous version. 



8. Casual, all-purpose design for every occasion
The Optio RZ10’s casual but stylish design makes it perfect to accompany its owner anywhere and on all occasions – on trips, for day-to-day snapshots, and at holiday events. It is designed to be functional and maneuverable, while meticulous attention has been given to every part of the camera body, including: the smoothly rounded edges; an easy-to-hold, rubber-coated grip; and a beautiful, lustrous alumite-finish black lens barrel. In addition to the standard color of chic black, the Optio RZ10 also comes in three vivid, lively colors designed to give it a sportier, cheerful appearance.



9. Other features


(1) Large, easy-to-view 2.7-inch color LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 dots


(2) Burst Shooting of up to 40 images at a maximum speed of 9.1 images per second


(3) Digital filters, including Toy Camera and Retro, to add creative visual effects


(4) Choice of three image sizes (4:3, 16:9 and 1:1) to accommodate different applications


(5) D-Range setting to prevent whitewashed (overexposed) and black-out (underexposed) areas in an image


(6) Digital Panorama mode to effortlessly create a single panoramic picture from as many as three images


(7) MediaImpression 2.0 for PENTAX software for image viewing, editing and filing applications (compatible with the latest operating systems, including Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6)


(8) Eye-Fi connected: optimized for use with Eye-Fi wireless memory cards


        

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Pentax RS1000 announcement
  3. 3. Pentax RZ10 announcement
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