Stylishly designed, lightweight and easy to use, the Optio M20 will
appeal to families who enjoy recording events for the family album or
those wanting to upgrade their current digital experience Ė
as delivered through a combination of market leading optics, high-end
megapixel count and a competitive price. Packed with features, the
camera is extremely versatile and perfectly able to cope with a range
of photographic situations.
The Optio M20 is the latest in Pentaxís Optio M series and is
simple enough to be operated successfully by novice photographers, yet
does not compromise in its functionality for more advanced
users. Using widely available AA batteries, users can easily
buy replacements no matter where they are in the world to take high
quality photos anytime or anywhere. In addition to offering extended
battery life from only two AA batteries, this model features a new Blur
Reduction mode, which allows users to take sharper photos without
camera shake or subject blurring.
Also featuring an Auto Tracking Auto Focus function, the Optio
M20ís focus frame continually follows the main subject as it
moves around in the image field, ensuring sharp, crisp focus at the
shutter release - so taking pictures of kids and pets that move around
unpredictably has never been easier.
The M20 features a 3x optical zoom, class leading optics and a 2.5 inch
low reflection LCD display and will be on sale from September at a
guide price of between £229 and £249.
- Outstanding battery life
Thanks to its comprehensive energy-saving design, the
Optio M20 provides exceptional battery life (approximately 220 images
with AA-size alkaline batteries, or approximately 700 images with
AA-size lithium batteries. Since it accepts the widely available
AA-size batteries, users will have no issues in obtaining fresh
batteries either at home or abroad.
- New Blur Reduction mode reduces camera shake and
The Optio M20 is equipped with a Blur Reduction mode, a new feature
that lets users take photos at faster shutter speeds for sharper images
even in dim lighting conditions such as night scenes and indoor
sporting events. In this mode, the camera automatically adjusts the
sensitivity to as high as ISO 1600 to match the brightness of the
subject. The higher sensitivity permits faster shutter speeds that
effectively reduce not just camera shake but also blurring caused by
- Auto Picture mode automatically determines the
best settings for the shooting conditions
The Auto Picture mode lets the camera automatically determine the
shooting conditions for Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, and Program
modes and choose the optimum settings for each subject. This Pentax
original function simplifies shooting for users since it eliminates the
necessity of making a number of individual settings.
- High Quality Movies with Anti-Shake Function
The Optio M20 captures movies at 30 fps (frames per second) at
resolutions up to 640 x 480 pixels and with an image quality rivalling
that of camcorders. Camera shake while filming can be corrected
automatically using the movie anti-shake function.
- Face Recognition AF & AE for beautiful
The camera includes Face Recognition AF & AE that
allows photographers to take photos of people with perfectly focused
faces, free of shadows caused by backlighting. This useful function
automatically detects the position of the subjectís face
anywhere in the photo frame and then adjusts the focus and optimizes
the exposure for the detected position.
- The image quality of 7 effective megapixels
permits beautiful, crisp prints even at large-format sizes
The Optio M20 produces clear images with impressive quality thanks to
the high resolution afforded by its 7 effective megapixels and to its
high-performance smc PENTAX lens. This superlative resolution makes it
possible to attain prints with crisp details even when the photo is
- Auto-tracking AF continuously focuses on a moving
The Optio M20ís Auto-Tracking AF feature continuously focuses
on subjects such as kids and pets whose movements can sometimes be
unpredictable. Since the focus frame automatically follows the movement
of the subject inside the photo frame, users can capture those
instantaneous photo opportunities.
- Easy to View LCD Monitor
The Optio M20 comes with a 2.5-inch LCD monitor, which displays the
subjectís movements with very little time delay (60 fps). Its
easy to view, large monitor and menu display make operation, setting,
monitoring, and playback comfortable and easy. The camera also has an
auto LCD dimmer function that automatically dims the backlight to
optimise the brightness of the screen for indoor or outdoor conditions.
- Easy to use 3x optical zoom
The Optio M20 includes a 3x optical zoom lens with a focal length from
38 to 114 mm in 35-mm film format, which is ideal for a wide range of
subjects from landscapes, through to action shots and portraits.
- Supports the SDHC memory card for greater storage
of high-quality images and longer movies
The Optio M20 supports two types of removable storage media: the
conventional SD memory card and the new SDHC memory card.
- Compatibility with the ImageLink printing system
The Optio M20 is compatible with the ImageLink printing system, which
allows wireless connection of a digital camera to ImageLink-compatible
printers. By simply placing the Optio M20 on the printerís
dock, the user can take advantage of simple, push-button printing of
recorded images, without requiring a personal computer.
- Other features
- World time function for 71 cities (28 time zones) worldwide
- Calendar display lets you choose photos by date
- Mode Palette provides quick access to 15 shooting modes and
13 playback modes
- Soft flash function avoids overexposure during close-up
- Macro mode allows close-up photography as near as 5 cm
- Digital zooming provides up to 4X magnification
- Approximately 21.9 MB of built-in memory
- Includes the ACDSee for PENTAX image viewer/image
- Supports PictBridge, DPOF functions, Exif Print, and PRINT
Image Matching III