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Pentax Optio VS20 Compact Digital Camera

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Category: Compact Cameras
Product: Pentax Optio VS20
Price: £139.99

Pentax Launch 20x Optical Zoom Digital Camera - New Pentax Optio VS20, with a 16 megapixel sensor and 20x optical zoom lens.

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Optio VS20
Pentax have announced the launch of the new Pentax Optio VS20 digital compact camera. The latest addition to Pentax’s portfolio of compact cameras incorporates a full array of advanced functions and user-friendly features including 16 megapixel sensor, 20x optical zoom lens and a 3 inch colour LCD display.
Pentax Optio VS20
A highlight of this neat and compact camera is the extra powerful 20x zoom lens which features broad focal-length coverage from wide angle to super-telephoto and a macro mode. In addition, the camera benefits from an extra shutter-release button and zoom lever to provide a firm, comfortable grip during vertical-position shooting. The camera also comes with a new Handheld Night Snap mode which allows users to capture stunning images with minimal blur and noise even in dim light.

Key features:
  • 20x optical zoom lens with 28mm wide-angle coverage
  • Vertical-position shooting
  • 16 megapixel sensor
  • Triple anti-shake protection for sharp, blur-free images
  • Automatic selection of the most appropriate shooting mode
  • New scene modes
  • Upgraded auto face recognition function with a new face recall function
  • High-quality HDTV-standard movie recording with pushbutton start
  • 3 inch LCD monitor
  • Digital level and 48-segment grid display functions
  • Wireless remote-control shooting option using a Pentax remote control
  • Stretch filter to extend a particular portion of an image for an eye-catching visual effect
  • Neck strap included
  • 13 digital filters, including newly added Sketch mode, to add creative visual effects
  • Choice of three ratios (4:3, 16:9 and 1:1) to accommodate different applications
  • D-Range setting to prevent loss of highlight or shadow detail in an image
  • Digital Panorama mode to allow users to create a single panoramic picture from three images
The Optio VS20 will be available in black and white from end of February 2012 with an RRP of £199.99. For more information please visit the Pentax website.

Pentax Optio VS20 Specifications

Max Aperture f/3.1 - f/4.8
35mm equivalent 28mm - 560mm
Optical Zoom 20x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels 16Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W) 4608
Pixels (H) 3456
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width) No Data
Sensor Size (height) No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor 3in
Screen resolution 460,000 dots
Touch Screen No
Min Focus 1cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Spot
  • AF Tracking
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest 1/2500sec
Shutter speeds longest 4sec
Exp modes
    • Multi Pattern
    ISO sensitivity 100 - 6400
    White balance
    • Auto
    • Manual
    • Outdoors/Daylight
    • Incandescent
    • Fluorescent
    • Shade
    Exposure Comp +/-2
    Shooting Options
    Continuous shooting 1fps
    Movie mode Yes
    Video Resolution
    • 1280x720 720p
    • 640x480 VGA
    • 320x240 QVGA
    Video FPS 30, 15
    Stereo Sound No
    Optical Zoom with Video No
    Other Features
    Image Stabilisation Yes
    HDMI No
    USB USB 2
    Wi-Fi No
    Card Type
    • SD
    • SDHC
    • SDXC
    File Type
    • JPG
    Power Source
    Battery Type Rechargeable D-LI122 Luthium-ion battery
    CIPA Rating 200
    Box Contents
    Box Contents USB cable I-USB7, AV-IAVC7 video cable, rechargeable battery Li-ion D-DLI92, battery charger D-BC92, O-ST104 strap and software.
    Weight 191g
    Width 108mm
    Height 60mm
    Depth 34mm

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    Web: www.ricoh-imaging.co.uk
    Tel: 0870 736 8299

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    mikesavage  11229 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
    26 Jan 2012 - 2:58 AM

    Quote: the camera benefits from an extra shutter-release button and zoom lever

    That's novel!

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    joshwa ePHOTOzine Staff 3583 forum postsjoshwa vcard United Kingdom
    26 Jan 2012 - 6:47 AM

    It's also got a second tripod socket for portrait shots!

    mikesavage  11229 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
    27 Jan 2012 - 2:54 AM

    Pentax need to do something to revamp their range of zoom compacts: it's been a lacklustre affair for long enough.

    franken e2 Member 112920 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
    27 Jan 2012 - 9:35 AM

    Quote: Pentax need to do something to revamp their range of zoom compacts: it's been a lacklustre affair for long enough.

    I agree, I'm currently using Pentax Dslr's but look elsewhere when it comes to compacts.

    2 Feb 2012 - 5:07 PM

    Pentax used to have some of the most perfect compacts around and although I have since graduated to Canon compacts (and Nikon SLRs) I still find myself using an old Pentx Optio S4i from time to time.

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