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Pentax Optio E20

Ilse Jurrien
Photokina report
Thursday 14th, September 2006
Posted by: Ilse Jurrien

Pentax Corporation introduces the new Pentax Optio E20, lightweight compact digital camera that comes with 6.0 effective megapixels and a 3X optical zoom lens. Designed for simple operation with conveniences like a Mode dial and powered by widely available AA batteries, the Optio E20 is an entry-level camera that provides the joy of photography to budding photographers in an easy-to-use package. The Pentax Optio E20 manages to fit in a large, 2.4-inch LCD monitor despite its compact body dimensions. Not only does the monitor’s size make it easy to compose and play back images, it also permits easy operation and setup thanks to its large, easy-to-read menu display.

Pentax E20 - Natural colors
Enjoy the high-quality photography of the Pentax Optio E20 delivered the high definition of 6.0 effective megapixels. The primary-color filter produces more natural, vivid colors while the 12-bit A/D converter evenly reproduces all tones from dark to light. The Optio E20 comes with a 3X optical zoom lens equivalent to a 34-102mm lens in 35mm format. When the optical zoom is paired with the digital zoom function (1X to approx. 4X), the camera can attain up to approx. 12X effective zoom magnification.

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Pentax Optio E-20 - Mode dial & Simple mode
The new Pentax digital camera also a Mode dial, located on the top of the body, which allows a quick, clear-cut selection of the cameras eight versatile modes - six still-image shooting modes, a movie mode, and a setup mode. Furthermore, the Pentax Optio E-20 featurse a Simple mode that takes the guesswork out of taking pictures for first-time digital photographers. Just turning the Mode dial to Simple mode automatically sets all still-image photo settings except for Size and Quality. The camera can be powered with widely available AA batteries so you can always get replacements, even on vacation.

Pentax Optio E20 compact camera - Features
• Supports SD memory cards; approximately 13MB of built-in memory
• Equipped with an video output terminal that allows playback on TV
• Built-in auto flash with red-eye reduction
• Macro mode allows close-up photography as near as 6 cm
• Capable of taking QVGA video
• ACDSee for Pentax image viewer/image management software
• PictBridge, DPOF functions, Exif Print, and Print Image Matching III compatible

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