Optio SV Digital Camera announced by Pentax

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September 13, 2004 � The PENTAX Imaging Company announced its release of the 5.0 megapixel Optio SV, the latest in its Optio line of compact digital cameras.

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The new Optio SV has upgraded several features: it boasts more megapixels, a 5x optical zoom/4x digital zoom lens, and a larger 1.8-inch LCD monitor with 118,000 pixels as compared to its predecessor, the Optio S, with its 3.1-megapixel CCD, 3x optical/2x digital zoom lens, and 1.6-inch LCD screen with just 84,000 pixels.

The Optio SV weighs a mere 5.8 ounces and is 3.0 x 1.8 x 0.9 inches in size. With the PENTAX Sliding Lens system, the SV�s 5x optical zoom lens retracts and recedes into the camera housing, flush with the camera body. This lens system was first used on the SV�s older sister, the Optio S, in 2003.

The SV has a macro mode that allows the user to shoot from as close as 3 cm to the subject. As with other newly released cameras, the SV also has a movie mode that shoots with sound at a 320 x 240 resolution. The SV also includes a flexible shutter speed range of 4 -1/2,000 seconds to handle a variety of lighting situations.

The Optio SV is equipped with several picture-taking modes, including Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Self Portrait, Sport, Surf & Snow, Autumn color, Sunset, Museum, Food, 3D image and Panorama assist. Other modes include the standard manual, aperture-priority, and shutter-priority modes. There are an abundance of white balance options to chose from as well, providing the user with the ability to hone color accuracy; they are: daylight, shade, tungsten, fluorescent, automatic and the always-necessary manual setting.

The PENTAX Optio SV comes encased in a tough aluminum alloy for durability. The new camera will be unveiled September 20 at the PEPCOM Holiday Spectacular in New York City and should be stocked for retail in October.

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