Pentax Optio 230
have added the Optio230 to their popular Optio range. It's a compact digital camera
that Pentax say delivers sharp, satisfying images with operational ease.
the utmost in clarity with 2.0 effective megapixels and provides superb freedom
of composition with its powerful 3X zoom lens. It also offers a wide range of
handy shooting modes, including the innovative 3D image mode for stereoscopic
shooting. For greater versatility, the Optio230 even has a handy swing-out screen,
which folds out through 180 to assist in a variety of situations. And for
convenient connectivity to PC, the Optio230 is USB compatible. With a plethora
of capabilities such as this, you might expect the Optio230 to be something of
a handful. Thanks to Pentax advanced technology and the newly designed lens, however,
the Optio230 fits big photographic potential into remarkably compact dimensions
and even has a sleek, stylish appearance.
stylish, and comfortable in the hand
Like other models in the Optio series,
the Optio230 is amazingly compact and so easy to carry, with the following dimensions
- 103.5mm (4.0") width, 63.5mm (2.5") height, and 42mm (1.5") depth.
It also weighs only 180g (6.3oz). As for its appearance, it boasts a simple, yet
stylish design, with a complementary color. The "Optio" logo is also
embossed on the grip as an additional design feature.
A high performance 3X zoom lens
The newly designed 3X zoom lens of the Optio230
is equivalent to a 38-114mm lens in 35mm format and provides high-quality, high
resolution images while achieving an impressively low level of image distortion
for a camera of such small proportions. Framing different scales of subject is
easy via simple lever operation and the Optio230 is also equipped with an efficient
2.11 total megapixel primary color filter CCD.
The image processing circuit of the Optio230 allows simple,
stress-free operation. With a simple turn of the well-proportioned dial, the user
can easily choose from a range of shooting modes, such as Auto, Full selectable,
Night Scene, and Movie, as well as playback modes. The Optio230 also offers the
familiar Easy View function available on other models in the Optio range, which
allows easy image deletion. The new, improved version of this handy function on
the Optio230 also allows you to zoom in on recorded images. For added convenience,
the Optio230 also sports individual buttons for frequently used functions for
the composition and playback of images. There's even a handy four-way controller
and a central "OK" button for the ultimate in easy operation.
180 swing-out screen for simpler self portraits
There are times when you
also want to take pleasing shots of yourself. On such occasions, the Optio230
makes composition so much easier with a high-resolution, 1.6 inch LCD monitor
that swings out through 180, so that you can see exactly how you appear in
the frame while still holding the camera. Self portraits can now be composed with
the same ease as shots of other people, and you can easily join someone else in
the same shot. The handy screen also allows you to check the image as soon as
you have taken it.
Stereoscopic photography with 3D image mode
Enjoy a new perspective with stereoscopic
shooting. The Optio230 makes it easy to take 3D shots that have real depth and
perspective when seen through the special 3D viewer provided.
World time function
For convenience that extends beyond use in your own country,
the Optio230 offers a world time function. Capable of displaying the time in 62
cities around the world, it can also record the time of each shot taken without
need for resetting. It is simply ideal for sorting out your travel shots
on your return.
Simple connection to PC* with USB Mass Storage Class compatibility
is compatible with the USB Mass Storage Class. This makes it easy for you to transfer
photographic data direct to PCs via the USB cable provided, allowing swift importing
into a variety of common applications.
*System requirements: PC running Windows
98/98 SE, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows XP Home edition/Professional or Mac
OS 8.6 or higher (installation of included driver software required).
Built-in auto flash
The Optio230 offers a wide selection of flash functions.
Auto flash discharges flash when light is low or backlight conditions are excessive.
Flash-on and flash-off modes give greater control. The Optio230 also offers a
convenient red-eye reduction mode* and slow-shutter sync. * This feature does
not eliminate "red eyes" in all instances.
The viewfinder of the Optio230 offers actual image zoom.
This allows you to compose with accuracy and save power by switching off the LCD
Not only is the Optio230 capable of 3X optical zooming, it also provides
2.5X digital zoom for a combined capacity of 7.5X zoom.
Nine-image display / zoom display
The LCD screen is capable of displaying nine
recorded images simultaneously in playback mode. This makes the search for images
faster and simpler. The screen can also play back images with 4X magnification,
allowing you to check more closely for focus and subtle details.
A variety of shooting modes
The Optio230 offers a selection of shooting modes,
consisting of Auto, Full Selectable, Night Scene, Movie, 3D image, and Auto bracketing.
Provides excellent results with minimal effort. Simply compose the shot
as you like and let the Optio230 take care of exposure and focusing.
Combine the desired functions of the Optio230 to achieve exactly
the kind of shots you desire.
3) Night Scene
This convenient mode allows
you to capture evening or night scenes and add detail to the foreground wherever
necessary. The Optio230 also has a noise reduction function, which is activated
during long exposures.
The Optio230 can also record movies up to
30 seconds in length at 15 frames per second, with a resolution of 320 X 240 pixels.
As an additional benefit, clips are recorded in AVI format for easy playback on
5) 3D image
By simply taking a shot, adjusting the position of the
camera, and shooting again, the innovative 3D image mode creates images that have
a true sense of perspective when viewed through the special 3D viewer provided.
Auto bracketing is available in three steps for exposure, white
balance, sharpness, saturation, and contrast.
The Optio230 has a convenient self-timer function, just like a regular
Macro shooting mode and infinity-landscape mode
Macro shooting mode allows
you to compose shots at a distance of just 0.1m (0.33ft) from your subject and
zoom in or out as you please. What's more, the Optio230 also features Infinity-landscape
mode, which is ideal for capturing landscapes and scenery, even when you are shooting
through a window.
The handy manual focus function gives you the freedom to achieve
exactly the kind of focus you want, while viewing the subject on the LCD monitor.
The Optio230 can even zoom in on one part of the shot for more accurate focusing.
The Optio230 offers Spot AF. It also has 5-point autofocus,
which lets you place greater focal emphasis on your subject and make a subtle
reduction in the sharpness of the background.
White Balance Mode
The Optio230 offers White Balance Mode selection for Auto,
Daylight, Shade, Tungsten Light, and Fluorescent Light. It also offers Manual
selection, which allows you to maintain the appropriate balance of color when
working with different kinds of light.
Metering can be selected according to your subject. Choose
from multi-segment metering, center-weighted metering, and spot metering.
Sensitivity to light can be set to auto, or manually set
to ISO100 or ISO200.
Exposure compensation has a range of +2EV in 1/3EV steps.
Three color modes
A choice of color, black & white, and sepia modes allow
further creative freedom.
Settings for sharpness, saturation and contrast
Sharpness, saturation and contrast
can be set in 3 different grades to produce the desired results.
When used in combination with DPOF-compatible printers, this
handy function lets you take control over the number of printouts and the date
may not support the above functions. Please consult the supplier of your printer
for more information.
Image protection setting
Image protection prevents the accidental deletion
of your favorite images.
Mode memory function
A combination of settings can be saved with the useful
mode memory function. Simply select a group of settings that produces a pleasing
effect and return to them automatically when the power is next switched on.
Video output terminal
The Optio230 can be easily connected to a TV via video
cable for even easier viewing of recorded images. It is also compatible with both
NTSC and PAL systems.
The Optio230 can be powered by two AA (lithium, Ni-MH, or alkaline)
batteries. It is also compatible with lithium CR-V3 batteries and an optional
AC adapter is available.
Multilingual operationOptio 230 Specifications
The Optio230 offers convenient multilingual operation,
which allows all menus and messages to be displayed in English, French, German,
Spanish, Italian, or Japanese. This convenient function is also very easy to operate.
digital still camera with built-in zoom lens, autofocus, auto exposure and auto
megapixels (total pixels) 1/2.7 inch interline transfer|
CCD with a primary
bit x 3 colors|
- 1600 x 1210 pixels (TIFF), 1600 x 1200|
pixels, 1024 x 768 pixels, 640 x 480
Movie - 320 x 240 pixels
fixed (equivalent to ISO 100, 200)|
- JPEG, TIFF, DCF, DPOF|
Movie - AVI (Motion JPEG Format) 15fps
(CF) card Type I|
power zoom 5.8mm-17.4mm (Equivalent to 38mm-114mm in|
6 elements in 5 groups (1 aspherical elements).
TTL contrast detection autofocus system|
Manual focus/Infinity-landscape mode
autofocus, spot autofocus|
Normal 0.4m (1.31ft) to infinity|
Macro 0.1m (0.33ft) to 0.5m (1.64ft)
Manual focus: 0.1m (0.33ft) to infinity
System TTL metering: Choice of Multi-segment metering,|
metering, Spot metering
Full selectable, Night Scene, Movie, 3D image, Auto bracket |
2 EV (1/3 steps)
time: approx. 1 sec.-30 sec.|
AE electronic lens shutter with CCD electronic|
shutter. Shutter speed: approx.
1/1500 sec. to 4 sec.
shot, Continuous, Self-timer|
series-control auto flash|
Automatic discharge under low lighting and backlight
condition in auto modes.
Flash-on and flash-off modes. "Red-eye"
reduction function employs a single discharge.
Daylight, Shade, Tungsten Light, Fluorescent|
Light, Manual setting
black & white, sepia|
inch, TFD color LCD with swing out screen|
and 1X-4X magnification available in|
output terminal, USB terminal, DC input terminal|
with NTSC and PAL formats.|
battery CR-V3, two AA (lithium, Ni-MH,|
Optional AC adapter
x 63.5(H) x 42(D)mm |
180g without battery and CF card. |