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Pentax Announces Rugged and Compact Optio WG-2 Camera

Pentax has just announced the latest in their longstanding lineup of rugged compact cameras. The WG-2 is waterproof (to 40 feet), dustproof and shockproof (from drops up to five feet), and it features a a 16-megapixel backlit CMOS image sensor.It also shoots full HD (1080p) video. It also features a 3-inch 460K dots LCD and a 5-25mm 5x optical zoom lens.

The Pentax WG-2 will be available in March for $349.95, while a GPS model, the WG-2 GPS, will be priced at $399.95.

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Pentax Announces K-01 Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera

Pentax today announced the K-01 interchangeable lens camera. Right off the bat it’s worth noting that unlike other manufacturers’ forays into the compact ICL system market (and there are now several, many of whom are years ahead of Pentax in this genre), the Pentax K-01 is compatible with Pentax K-mount lenses, which means that your arsenal of K-mount lenses won’t be rendered useless if you get into the new system. This feels like a classic Pentax move to me; they’ve always seemed most interested in offering loyal shooters the best ways in which to capture the world, frame by frame. That being said, the camera does come in a kit option with the new Pentax DA 40mm F/2.8 XS “unofficial” interchangeable standard lens, which Pentax claims is now the world’s thinnest interchangeable lens.

The K-01 also looks quite different than other cameras in its genre. Having been designed by acclaimed London-based designer, Marc Newson, it features an eye-catching pop of yellow on its bubbly little body. (If the bold yellow is too much for you, the camera also comes in black or white.) Pentax is calling the camera more than a photographer’s tool; it’s also a design object. And while this particular aesthetic might not be my favorite, the design junkie in me can definitely appreciate the collaboration.

But what matters most is the guts of the camera, because it needs to take inspiring photos, not just look interesting hanging from your neck. The K-01 features a 16-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS image sensor, a 3-inch 920K dot LCD display, an ISO range of 100-25600, and shoots full 1080p HD video.

The K-01 will be available in March for $749.95 (body only) or $899.95 (with DA 40mm XS).

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PENTAX Announces Limited Edition 645D Medium-Format DSLR Kit

 

 

 

 

 

PENTAX has just announced the availability of the limited edition 645D medium-format DSLR camera kit, including a stylish and eye-catching lacquer-finished body, leather strap, body mount cap,center-spot-matte focusing screen and chic wooden box. The 40-megapixel camera, first announced last year, is being called Camera Grand Prix Japan’s “Camera of the Year.” The limited edition 645D will be built-to-order, with a minimum four month delivery period from the date the order is placed.

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Hands-on with PENTAX Optio RS1500

PENTAX has just announced the Optio RS1500 second generation customizable pocket cam. The 14-megapixel RS1500 features a 3-inch LCD, a wide 4x optical zoom lens (27.5-110mm) and a thin, lightweight body. This cosmetically customizable digital camera features a removable PENTAX-original faceplate system, which allows you to match the camera to your unique personality. Choose from ten pre-designed skins, or “download the PENTAX PERSONAL SKIN DESIGNER Adobe Air-based software from www.pentaximaging.com and use the digital designer to import a photo or digital image and save a skin as a PDF for printing on a color printer.”

When I got a sneak peek, hands-on look at the Optio RS1500 at CES earlier this year, I was impressed by the upgrades made to the interchangeable skin system. Rather than requiring a tool to switch out the faceplate, the new camera makes it as simple as possible to customize the camera. With the new screwless design, the skin is secured by the interchangeable lens ring snap (which comes in your choice of either orange or black), that easily pops on and off when you want to customize your digicam. This struck me as a great gift idea, especially given the camera’s budget price for those specs. The PENTAX Optio RS1500 will be available in April for $149.95. See the full press release from PENTAX below.

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PENTAX Announces Stylish New Optio S1

PENTAX has just announced the chic new Optio S1 digital camera. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at this stylish little number during CES in January, and was very impressed with not only its looks but its specs, as well as my test shots. The UI of the slim S1 was really intuitive, even with most of the controls are tucked inside the digital menu to eliminate clutter on the sleek camera. The S1 is PENTAX’s first compact digicam to feature built-in High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode, and also boasts a nice, wide 5x optical zoom lens (28-140mm).

The PENTAX Optio S1 is available for pre-order now on the www.pentaxwebstore.com for $199.95. More information from PENTAX below.

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