Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Two new digital cameras from Pentax! (updated)


  • dpreview introduces to the world two new Pentax Optio digital cameras. Pentax is honest with their digital "shake reduction" feature by calling it digital, thus removing any potential confusion as to whether this is done optically (lens movement) or with sensor-shift (anti-shake). It is purely done in-camera by adjusting the ISO and such. Also note the green mode both in the specs and physically on the two camera bodies.
  • Meet the M40: A continuiation of the M-series, it features an 8mp 1/2.35" sensor, 3x optical zoom, LiIon, 2.5" LCD and face recognition.
  • Production output according to Pentax Japan is 60,000 units per month
  • The Pentax Japan story about reveals that they using a 1/2.35" sensor in the M40, slightly larger than the 1/2.5" used before.

  • Meet the E40: A continuiation of the E-series, it features an 8mp 1/2.5" (not the 1/2.35" of the M40) sensor, 3x optical zoom, AA batteries, 2.4" LCD and face recognition.
  • Production output according to Pentax Japan is 80,000 units per month,

  • USA price, avaibility and detailed specs at IR: The M40 ships in August for $200 and the E40 in September for $150.

  • My predictions and speculation on Pentax in my Pentax-specific Fauxtokina 2007 speculation post
  • Prediction Score: This is probably the first and last time my prediction will be on target. But it's not a bed of roses: I did not predict the slight increase in sensor size for the M40, going from 1/2.5" to 1/2.35".

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