Pentax U.K. today announces the newest edition to its highly acclaimed S-series, the Optio S10. Featuring 10.0 effective megapixels, the Optio S10 ensures that it lives up to the S-series reputation with an even slimmer and more stylish compact body then previous models. However, its size certainly doesn’t impact on the quality of this camera - including upgraded Shake Reduction Technology, enhanced usability and 3x optical zoom, the Optio S10 makes it easier for users to capture high-quality pictures not matter what circumstances they find themselves in.
One of the enhanced usability functions on the Optio S10 includes Pentax’s improved Face Recognition technology that simplifies portrait-taking by automatically detecting the position of the subject’s face and adjusting the focus and exposure to achieve perfect portraits. The Face Recognition technology also includes new features, such as Natural Skin Tone mode, which smoothly presents skin texture based on the detected information and a Half-length Portrait mode that automatically takes close-ups of people recognised in the frame.
Pentax has managed to make the Optio S10 smaller than a pack of cards through miniaturising the circuit board and applying high-density compact mounting technology, so the camera can be comfortably carried around whilst travelling abroad or for everyday business snaps. The Optio S10 is also fitted with a large 2.5in monitor, equipped with a LCD booster that adjusts the brightness of the screen for easy viewing whilst outside.
Main Features:1) Ultra Compact body with a stylish design
The Optio S10’s compact design makes the camera more comfortable and convenient to carry around not only for travel and leisure photography, but also for daily business snapshots. The outer cover, finished in an aluminium alloy and the front face featuring a glossy spindle, gives a sophisticated texture and elegant appearance to the camera. Despite 10.0 Mp, a 3x optical zoom lens and a large 2.5in LCD monitor, the Optio S10 is still remains one of the smallest and lightest compact camera bodies. This has been achieved by miniaturising the circuit board and applying high-density compact mounting technology.
2) 10.0Mp with high resolution
With an upgraded 10.0 effective megapixels, the Optio S10 ensures much higher resolution and delivers clear and crisp photo, even when images are enlarged to A3 (11.7 x 16.5in) size. A large 1/1.8in CCD with a large sensing area provides excellent performance for tone reproduction, texture delineation and noise reduction.
3) Digital SR (Shake Reduction)
Digital SR (Shake Reduction) mode reduces camera shake and blurring of the subject when photographing still images. The sensitivity is adjusted automatically, to as high as ISO3200 (the highest sensitivity of the camera) to match the brightness of the subjects. This enables users to obtain photography with fast shutter speeds and images with less blur. Recording image is fixed at 5M (2592 x 1944px) when Digital SR mode is selected
4) Face Recognition AF and AE function that photographs portrait more beautifully with simple operation
The Optio S10 is equipped with a Face Recognition AF and AE function3 that automatically detects and focuses on faces. In addition, the Optio S10 also comes with new functions that apply face recognition technology, such as Natural Skin Tone mode, which smoothly presents skin texture based on the detected information, and Half-length Portrait mode4, which automatically takes close-ups of the upper body by trimming the people recognised in photo frame.
Available when the picture mode is Portrait, Natural Skin Tone, Kids, or Half-length Portrait and the camera is directed at people from the front
Recording size is fixed at 3M (2048 x 1536px) when Half –length Portrait mode is selected. This camera’s Face Recognition AF & AE function use the Face Tracker face-recognition technology from FotoNation.
5) 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 Normal mode and choose the optimum settings for each subject. This function makes photography a lot easier for users, as it eliminates the necessity of making a number of individual settings.
6) Bright and easy-to view LCD monitor
Featuring a high intensity LCD monitor, equipped with an LCD booster that adjusts the brightness of screen, so users can easily check the screen, even outdoors. With 2.5in and high resolution of 232,000px, it is easy to confirm picture compositions and focus. Due to its wide viewing angle, the screen can also be easily viewed, since there is little change in brightness and colours even when looking at the monitor diagonally.
7) Video recording function enabling high-quality recording for long period of time
The Optio S10 smoothly captures movies at 30 fps (frames per second) at sizes up to 640 x 480 pixels with image quality rivalling camcorders. Since it employs the DivX (MPEG-4) movie format, the Optio S10 can record long, high-quality movies. In addition, Movie SR (Shake reduction) effectively corrects blurring in images through software, so it enables users to easily enjoy movie recording.
The Optio S10 is DivX certified. Movie playback is not supported on Macintosh operating systems
8) Other features
- A Green button enables users to assign functions that are frequently used and recall them in just one touch
- An Intelligent zoom function enables images to be magnified even larger and stored, while maintaining the image quality of optical zoom
- Mode palette provides quick access to 18 shooting modes and 15 playback modes
- Data imprint function for easier image categorising
- Approximately 22.0Mb of built-in-memory
- Compatible with SD memory cards and SDHC memory cards
- FotoNation’s red-eye compensation function for flash shots
- Includes the ACDsee for Pentax image viewer/image management software
- Support PictBridge, DPOF functions, Eixf Print, and Print Image Matching III