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Tuesday, 02 October 2007 11:48

Pentax launches two compacts

Written by Nermin Hajdarbegovic

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The Optio V10 and A40

 

Pentax has announced two new compact cameras, the 12 megapixel A40 and the slim 8 megapixel V10.

The high end Optio A40 uses a 1/1,7 inch 12 megapixel CCD. The slightly larger sensor than the now widespread 1/2.5 inch CCD-s promises better low light performance, less noise and a wider dynamic range.

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It has a 3X (37-111mm) zoom lens and uses CCD shift image stabilization. Too bad Pentax didn't use a slightly wider lens on this one. Relatively compact in size, the camera measures 91 x 56.5 x 23.5 mm (3.6 x 2.2 x 0.9 in) and weighs 130 g (4.5 oz). It's equipped with a 2.5 inch, 230k pixel screen.

The Optio V10 is aimed at the less demanding, fashion minded customers. This slim 8 megapixel camera sports a large 3 inch 230k pixel screen, but lacks image stabilization.

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The 1/2.35" CCD is smaller than on the A40, and the lens is slightly worse of in terms of aperture (36-108mm, F3.1-5.9). It's constructed from an aluminum alloy and weighs 120 (4.2 oz) and just 19mm thick.

We still have no details concerning pricing or availability.

Last modified on Tuesday, 02 October 2007 12:03
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