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Pentax extend V line-up - Pentax have today announced the launch of the Optio V20, packing an impressive 5x optical zoom into a slim compact body.
Pentax UK today announces the newest edition to its Optio V series range of compact digital cameras, with the introduction of the Optio V20. With an incredible 5x optical zoom, enhanced Face Recognition technology and 8.0Mp, the new Optio V20 is the ideal pocket sized camera for photographers of every type to achieve great portraits or landscape pictures.
Forming a 35mm view angle equivalent to 36mm-180mm, the Optio V20 is also equipped with a 1x - 5.1x digital zoom, for a total of 25.5x possible magnification. The camera’s all-purpose lens even has a built in macro feature, which allows users to focus on objects from as little as 10cm away without changing the auto-focus mode. Pentax have added their newest Face Recognition AF&AE technology to help users capture even better quality photos. In addition to being able to track and focus on faces, users can now use powerful applications like Smile Capture and Blinking Detection. The Optio V20 can tell when subjects are smiling and will automatically take a picture when they do. Likewise, Blinking Detection will automatically alert you if someone in the picture blinked while the photo was being taken, without you having to check the image in playback mode.
An enhanced version of Pentax’s popular Digital SR (Shake Reduction) technology is also included in the slim Optio V20, effectively doubling the sensitivity of the V10. Blurry images will not be an issue with Digital SR, as the camera automatically adjusts the ISO up to max of 6400! This allows for faster shutter speeds and more defined images. The same technology also applies to movie capture mode found in the camera, where the high-resolution reel now rivals that of camcorders.
Following on from its predecessor the Optio V20 features a high-resolution, 3.0in LCD monitor with approximately 230,000dpi, enabling clear and easy viewing of images. The screen also has an impressive view angle of 170 degrees, so no matter where users are standing they will always be able to see the great pictures they have taken. The Optio V20 also comes with the new AR (Anti-Reflection) coating that suppresses light and reduces reflections for easy viewing outdoors.
Hitting UK stores in early May, the Optio V20 will be available at a guide price of £164.99. For more information, please visit the Pentax website.