Pentax have announced the new Pentax Espio140V zoom compact camera, featuring
a 38mm-140mm 3.7-times zoom lens. Encased in a compact, low-profile body, it incorporates
a host of advanced features and user-friendly functions, including high-quality
optics and a full-face lens protector.
Within its compact, lightweight
body, the Espio140V features a high-performance smc Pentax zoom lens, which incorporates
two aspherical lens elements in its eight-element/six-group optics to deliver
high-quality images. Combined with the Pentax-developed Switchover Zoom system,
this original optics also contributes to the downsizing of a body size. It also
offers a responsive five-point autofocus system, multi-function auto zoom flash,
an actual-image zoom viewfinder with diopter adjustment and a multi-data LCD panel.
Features of the Pentax Espio140V
1. High-performance 38mm~140mm
The Espio140V uses an smc Pentax zoom lens with a wide 3.7-times
zoom ratio and a powerful 140mm telephoto range. This lens incorporates a glass-molded
aspherical lens element and a resin-molded lens element to assure outstanding
image quality with minimal aberrations or ghost images. Its zoom macro capability
assures pinpoint focus on a subject as close as 0.80 meters (approximately 2.62
feet) at 38mm wide angle, or 1.15 meters (approximately 3.77 feet) at 140mm telephoto
for a maximum magnification of 0.12 times at the telephoto end. In addition, the
lens elements are treated with Pentax's acclaimed Super-Multi-Coating to produce
clear, true-to-life images.
2. Stylish design with full-face lens
The Espio140V's horizontally extended, low-profile design enhances
camera-holding comfort, while its stylish silver-colored body with large metallic-finish
parts creates an attractive appearance. Its front panel is covered with a full-face,
slide-open lens protector to avoid damage to the lens during storage and transport.
All control buttons and switches are functionally laid out for easy access.
3. Passive five-point autofocus (spot AF switchable)
passive autofocus system assures pinpoint focus, even when photographing a subject
at a distance or through window glass. The five-point wide focus frame keeps the
subject in perfect focus at any focal length, even when it is positioned off-center,
or when two subjects are standing apart. The spot AF mode is also available to
avoid focusing on unwanted elements in the foreground.
auto zoom flash with soft-flash function
When the metering system detects
a low-light or backlight situation, the built-in auto zoom flash automatically
provides fill-in illumination while adjusting the angle of discharge in proportion
to the selected focal length. Its "red-eye" reduction mode* minimizes
the annoying red-eye effect in subject eyes. The soft-flash function lowers the
discharge level to avoid over-exposure in close-up photography. The flash-off
mode deactivates the flash for situations where the use of a flash is restricted
or when ambient-light photography is preferred.
* This mode does not eliminate
"red eyes" in all instances.
5. Actual-image zoom viewfinder
with diopter adjustment
The Espio140V's bright, clear viewfinder automatically
adjusts the size of its image area in proportion to the selected focal length.
To adjust the viewfinder image to the user's eyesight, a diopter adjustment mechanism
(-3.0m-1 ~ +1.0m-1) is built into the viewfinder eyepiece.
LCD data panel
The Espio140V's multi-data LCD panel offers a wide range
of useful information to the photographer at a glance, to facilitate speedy, trouble-free
7. Electronic self-timer
The built-in electronic
self-timer delays shutter release by 10 seconds, allowing the photographer to
take a self-portrait or join in a group shot.
8. Auto lens
When the camera is left unused for three minutes (five minutes
in remote control mode) with the power on, the zoom lens is automatically retracted
to the shortest wide-angle position to avoid damage.
9. Remote control
combination with an optional remote control, the Espio140V offers a convenient
remote control mode, allowing the user to release the shutter from a distance
after a three-second delay.
10. Espio140V DATE model
DATE automatically records the date, or day and time, of shooting on the photograph.