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Pentax Announces Optio Digital Cameras

New 550 model offers 5 megapixel resolution By Dave Nagel
Pentax today announced three new models in its line of Optio digital cameras. The new models include the 5 megapixel Optio 550, the 4 megapixel Optio 450 and the 3.2 megapixel Optio 33L. All of the new models are set to debut early next month.

The new Pentax Optio 550 offers a 5 megapixel resolution, a 5x optical zoom (for a total of 20x with digital zoom), full manual control, panorama assist, a voice recording mode and support for up to 10 minutes of video capture with sound. Other features include:

  • Time-lapse movie
  • Optical viewfinder
  • Nine-image zoom display
  • Digital filter mode
  • Built-in auto flash
  • Various preset shooting and picture modes
  • White balance mode
  • Metering options
  • Settings for sharpness, saturation, and contrast
  • 1.5-inch LCD screen.

The Optio 450 offers the same features, but with a 4 megapixel resolution. Both cameras offer USB connectivity and AV inputs.

The new Optio 33L is more consumer-oriented. It offers a small form factor with a swivel LCD screen, a 30-second movie mode, a 3x optical zoom (8x total), USB connectivity, various automated shooting functions and support for Exif 3.3 and Print Image Matching II.

Pentax has not announced pricing on the new models, all of which will debut at the PMA show March 2 in Las Vegas. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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