Pentax have unveiled the Optio550 and the Optio450. Two cameras that follow in
the footsteps of the popular Optio430 and Optio330. Functionality and operability
have been enhanced, and Pentax state that digital clarity is assured with the
power of 5.0 and 4.0 effective megapixels respectively.
1. Sleek, sophisticated design
Crafted from aluminum alloy, and complete with a design accent that enhances
the bases of the lenses. The dimensions of both cameras has also been reduced
without a compromise in performance through use of an ultra-compact zoom lens
that retracts in not one, but two stages when the power is switched off.
2. 5X optical zooming with an ultra-compact lens
Though the lenses on the Optio550 and the Optio450 are compact, they succeed
in offering a surprisingly high level of performance with 5X optical zooming.
3. Simple, swift operation
Employing a newly designed processing circuit, Pentax say the Optio550 and the
Optio450 are as simple to use as they are stylish. The selection of shooting
modes has also been made simple with single dial operation. This allows you
to choose from Metered Manual, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Program,
Picture, Movie, Panorama Assist, 3D image, Digital Filter, User and Voice Recording
modes with minimal effort. The Optio550 and Optio450 also offer standalone buttons
for the easy access of frequently used shooting and playback functions, ways
to customize the operational process, and handy functions such as quick deletion
and quick enlargement.
4. 3D image mode achieves stereoscopic shooting
With the 3D image mode, the Optio550 and the Optio450 add a totally new dimension
to digital photography. Just take two shots following a simple set of guidelines
to achieve shots that have a genuine sense of depth and perspective when seen
through the special viewer provided.
5. Digital filter mode gives greater creative freedom
Achieving effects similar to conventional filters, digital filter mode gives
you the freedom to influence the overall tone of your shot. With a choice of
black & white and sepia shooting as well as a range of other tones (red,
pink, yellow, green, blue and purple), digital filter mode can let you add more
mood to a sunset, for example, or tone down subjects that are too bright. A
soft focus effect can also be achieved through selection of the Soft filter