New compact, long optical zoom Pentax Optio VS20 compact camera debuts

Pentax has launched a new compact camera offering a highly impressive level of optical magnification in a relatively small frame. The Optio VS20 boasts a 20x optical, 28-560mm zoom lens and a secondary shutter release on top of the camera to allow for easier portrait-orientation shooting.

An extra zoom lever is also present next to the shutter release, meaning control over the camera’s major functions is possible from an upright position. The VS20 utilizes a 16MP sensor and 3inch LCD screen while also offering 720p HD movie mode. Three types of image stabilization are also present, being sensor shift, ISO-based and Movie, and the likes of an auto scene and face recognition mode. 

The Pentax Optio VS20 is available in white and black, priced at £199 and will be in shops from February. More information is at Pentax’s website.