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Pentax Optio P70 and E70

Pentax-Optio-P70.JPGToday saw the first new digital cameras of 2009 released with Pentax announcing two new point and shoot cameras the Pentax Optio P70 and Pentax Optio E70.

As we’ll be launching a new camera and gear based blog in the coming week we’re going to start covering new releases of digital camera – expect quite a few in the coming weeks as this time of year there are generally quite a few new ones from all of the major manufacturers.

The Pentax Optio P70 (pictured right) is a 12 megapixel point and shoot camera with a 4x optical zoom lens (27.5mm at its widest which is nice), a 2.7mm LCD and a 20mm thin profile. The P70 has an ISO of up to 6400, face recognition (Pentax says it can identify up to 32 faces within 0.03 seconds), blink detection, smile capture (no more pictures of non smiling people with their eyes closed) and high definition movie recording at 15 frames per second.

Pentax-Optio-E70.JPGThe Pentax Optio P70 comes in white, red and silver and will have a retail price of $199.94 USD.

The Pentax Optio E70 (pictured left) is similar to the P70 in that it has face detection, blink detection, smile capture and a lot of smilar features but the E70 is a 10 megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom and 2.4 inch LCD. It is powered by AA Batteries.

The Pentax Optio E70 will retail for $139.95 USD and comes in chapagne gold, deep blue and red.

Both the Pentax Optio P70 and E70 should hit stores in February.

Pentax Optio P70 and E70 News Release

PENTAX Announces Colorful, Compact Optio P70 and Optio E70

PENTAX Imaging Company has announced two stylish, colorful, compact digital cameras: the Optio P70 and Optio E70. The ultra-slim PENTAX Optio P70 digital compact camera is a high-performance model featuring fast, advanced functions to make high-quality digital photography simple and effortless. With 12 megapixels for large, detailed images, a 4X optical zoom (equivalent to 27.5mm-110mm), plus a wide angle 28mm lens that is ideal for landscape, indoor and group photos, the fashionable Optio P70 metal body is available in multiple stylish colors. Additional features include a 2.7 inch high-resolution, wide-angle view LCD panel, and new Pixel Track Shake Reduction technology to assure sharp images with low noise even in poor lighting. The Optio P70 also offers Advanced Face Recognition that tracks up to 32 faces in 0.03 seconds, and both Smile Capture that automatically releases the shutter when subjects smile, and Blink Detection to alert you if your subject’s eyes are closed. Digital Shake Reduction sets the sensitivity up to ISO 6400 to prevent subject blur, HD movie captures vivid video in widescreen 720p at 15 FPS, and a Vertical Snap mode allows image capture with the ease of a cell phone camera.

PENTAX also announced the latest model in the PENTAX easy-to-use, affordable compact digital E series: the Optio E70. Designed for new digital users, the Optio E70 offers simple operation with large control buttons in a compact, ultra-slim body. With a 10 megapixel CCD and a 3X wide zoom lens (equivalent to 35mm-105mm), the Optio E70 features a 2.4 inch color LCD monitor to easily frame and review your images and video. Perfect for travelers, the Optio E70 is compatible with AA batteries that are easy to find in nearly every destination. PENTAX Auto Picture mode automatically selects from seven shooting modes for the best picture in any situation. The Optio E70 also features Pixel Track Shake Reduction technology, Advanced Face Recognition (32 faces in 0.03 seconds), Smile Capture and Blink Detection for beautiful, detailed images from an affordable camera.

The PENTAX Optio P70 will be available for $199.95 in a choice of three colors: white, red and silver. The PENTAX Optio E70 will be available in champagne gold, deep blue and red for $139.95 USD. Both cameras will ship in February 2009.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • http://www.michaelwarf.com Michael Warf

    Smile and blink detection, wish they had that on point and shoot cameras 10 years ago – pretty soon they are going to automate the photographer too!?

  • Mr Guy

    But when are they going to announce the K30D or K20D w/GPS so I can afford to upgrade…

  • http://www.renkai.com Renkai

    These appear to be decent digital cameras to get started with, no?

  • http://lavatea.blogspot.com lavatea

    12 megapixels! That’s better than my DSLR. :( Wish I had $200 because I need a good point and shoot to carry in my purse. My Canon’s just too big for that.

  • http://astore.amazon.com/pentaxp70-20 my cool

    my pentax optio p70 is beautiful shape, detail is good

  • http://astore.amazon.com/pentaxe70-20 digital

    high-performance model featuring fast and advanced functions to make high-quality digital photography simple is nice

Some older comments

  • digital

    June 6, 2009 07:36 pm

    high-performance model featuring fast and advanced functions to make high-quality digital photography simple is nice

  • my cool

    May 16, 2009 08:02 pm

    my pentax optio p70 is beautiful shape, detail is good

  • lavatea

    January 9, 2009 04:27 am

    12 megapixels! That's better than my DSLR. :( Wish I had $200 because I need a good point and shoot to carry in my purse. My Canon's just too big for that.

  • Renkai

    January 7, 2009 11:20 pm

    These appear to be decent digital cameras to get started with, no?

  • Mr Guy

    January 7, 2009 07:10 am

    But when are they going to announce the K30D or K20D w/GPS so I can afford to upgrade...

  • Michael Warf

    January 7, 2009 06:33 am

    Smile and blink detection, wish they had that on point and shoot cameras 10 years ago - pretty soon they are going to automate the photographer too!?

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