have announced the addition of the Pentax Espio 24EW Date 35mm-format zoom compact
camera to its popular Espio lineup. Encased in a fashionable silver-colored aluminum
body, this new Espio incorporates a 24mm~105mm 4.4-times zoom lens providing a
24mm ultra-wide-angle perspective. Currently, it is the only model on the market
that offers both a 4.4-times zoom ratio and a 24mm focal length. Thanks to this
extra-wide perspective, the photographer can capture distinctive images and maximize
creativity, imagination and framing versatility. In addition, the Espio 24EW Date
offers a host of user-friendly features to facilitate camera operations while
enhancing image quality and versatility in many different applications.
Major Features of the Pentax Espio 24EW Date
1. Versatile 24mm~105mm 4.4-times zoom lens with zoom macro capability
This high-performance 4.4-times SMC Pentax zoom lens offers an outstanding wide-to-telephoto
coverage to capture a wide range of subjects with great clarity and sharpness.
In particular, its 24mm ultra-wide-angle setting allows for the creation of
dramatic wide-perspective images that the user can seldom capture with a zoom
compact - ranging from family and group snapshots to panoramic landscape images
and uniquely distorted architectural photos. It also offers a zoom macro capability
to capture eye-catching close-up images from a distance of just 30 centimeters
(0.98 feet) at the 24mm wide-angle setting or 50 centimeters (1.64 feet) at
the 105mm telephoto setting for a maximum magnification of 0.27 times at the
telephoto end. Its acclaimed Super-Multi-Coating effectively reduces flare and
ghost images to a minimum, while a pair of aspherical elements contributes to
improved image quality and reduced body size.
2. Unique portrait mode for easy portrait shooting
The Espio 24EW Date offers an innovative portrait mode that automatically moves
the zoom lens to fix a standard subject size at all times. It allows the photographer
to capture ideally proportioned portraits with very little effort, as long as
the subject stands in the preprogrammed distance range.
3. Super-compact body with fashionable and functional design
Even though it incorporates a 4.4-times zoom lens and a host of features, the
Espio 24EW Date comes in a super-compact, lightweight body that easily fits
into a shirt pocket or small purse. The body is made of high-quality aluminum
for visual appeal, reduced weight and holding comfort. In addition, all control
devices, including the multi-function power dial and zoom lever, are functionally
designed and carefully laid out to ensure easy, quick access.
4. High-precision passive seven-point autofocus with spot AF mode
The Espio 24EW Date's passive seven-point autofocus system assures accurate
focus on the subject from a minimum focusing distance of just 30 centimeters
(0.98 feet) to infinity. Its passive feature and wide focus frame combine to
effectively solve complicated or deceptive focusing situations. The spot AF
mode enables pinpointing of the focus on a single, small element of the image.
5. Reliable AE control with advanced multi-pattern metering
Assisted by the sophisticated multi-pattern metering system, the Espio 24EW
Date's auto-exposure produces beautifully exposed images frame after frame -
even when the subject stands against backlight or in the shade.
6. Multi-function auto zoom flash with "soft flash" function and
When the camera's auto-exposure system detects a low-light or strongly backlit
condition, the built-in auto zoom flash is automatically activated to discharge
fill-in illumination so that the subject is properly and beautifully exposed.
Thanks to a new "soft flash" function, it automatically adjusts the
amount of discharge to avoide overexposure when the subject stands at a close
When taking portraits or snapshots at night or indoors, the user can select
the "red-eye" reduction function* to minimize the annoying red-eye
effect. The Espio 24EW Date is also designed to simplify advanced and complicated
flash applications, including daylight sync, slow-shutter-speed sync and bulb
sync, so that dramatic flash images can be captured with minimal effort. A flash-off
mode is also provided for situations where the use of a flash is prohibited
or when the user wants to create a dramatic visual effect by using ambient light
* This function does not eliminate red eyes in all instances.
7. Functional zoom viewfinder with distance indicator and diopter adjuster
The actual-image zoom viewfinder automatically zooms back and forth in proportion
to the selected focal length of the zoom lens to indicate the exact image area
for easy framing. With a light push on the shutter release button, its distance
indicator is activated to inform the photographer of the subject's approximate
distance using four simple symbols - macro, portrait, snapshot and landscape
- at the bottom of the viewfinder. Its built-in diopter adjustment device allows
the viewfinder image to be matched to the individual's eyesight within the range
of -3m-1 to +1m-1, for the clearest possible view of the subject. When the user
selects the panorama mode, it even switches the picture frame from standard
to horizontally extended panorama automatically.
8. Large LCD panel with in-the-dark illumination
The large LCD panel on the camera's top panel displays a full range of vital
operational information using easy-to-identify symbols, letters and digits,
allowing the user to confirm the camera's operational status at a quick glance.
When shooting at night or in the dark, the panel is automatically illuminated
when the user takes pictures, makes adjustments or changes film rolls.
9. Versatile exposure compensation
The Espio 24EW Date offers a versatile exposure compensation function that allows
the user to shift exposure in 1/2EV increments within a wide compensation range
of ±3EV with simple pushbutton control. It enables the user to intentionally
under- or overexpose the image - either subtly or dramatically - to create the
intended visual effect.
10. Creative bulb and bulb-timer modes
The bulb mode is used to extend exposure time from 1/2 seconds to one minute.
The shutter stays open as long as the shutter release button is depressed. The
bulb-timer mode allows for the preset of one of 10 exposure durations - from
one second to five minutes - and single-press shutter release to avoid camera
shake. Both modes can be used to emphasize nighttime illumination, such as city
skylines and fireworks.
11. Panorama mode with mid-roll switching
The panorama mode is ideal for capturing breathtaking landscapes or eye-catching
group shots, especially when combined with the zoom lens' 24mm ultra-wide-angle
setting. This mode can be selected at any frame with a single slide of the panorama
12. Quick-set infinity-landscape mode
The infinity-landscape mode allows the user to instantly fix the focus at infinity
at any focal length, enabling the photographer to consistently capture distant
landscapes in sharp focus.
13. Auto lens retraction and auto power off
When the camera is left unused for three minutes with the power on, the zoom
lens is automatically retracted to the fixed position to protect it from damage.
In the remote control mode, the power is turned off simultaneously.
14. Handy remote control (optional)
Using an optional remote control, the Espio 24EW Date's shutter can be released
from a distance, with a three-second delay.
15. Date imprinting and "final date" indication
The Espio 24EW Date automatically imprints the date or day and time of shooting
on the photograph. It even adjusts the position of data imprinting when the
panorama mode is selected. When the power is turned on, its "final date"
function displays the exact date when the camera was last used, so that the
user need not worry about the deterioration of the film, even when the camera
has been left unused for a long period of time.