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Pentax Updates Optio Digital Camera Line

New models offer resolutions up to 5.0 megapixels By Dave Nagel
Pentax has announced two new models in its line of Optio digital cameras. The new models include the Optio 555, a faster version of the Optio 550; the S4, a miniature camera with a 4.23-megapixel resolution; and the 33WR, a water-resistant model. All of the cameras are expected to ship in October.

The Optio 555 is a 5.0-megapixel digital camera. The successor to the Optio 555, the new model is faster and more responsive, according to Pentax. It offers reduced lag time and is designed to be ready instantly when the camera is turned on. Other features include a 5x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom, one-touch image review and PictBridge technology for connecting to a computer without the need for drivers.

The Optio S4, also recently announced, is a compact digital camera with a 4.23-megapixel resolution. Pentax says the new model is about the size of a breath mint tin and offers a 3x sliding zoom lens, movie mode, voice recording, a 1.6-inch monitor and 11 MB of built-in memory.

Finally, Pentax has also introduced the Optio 33WR, a digital camera with JIS CLass 7 water resistance, allowing it to be splashed or submersed. It offers a 3.2-megapixel resolution, 2.8x zoom lens, movie mode, voice memo, built-in flash, 1.6-inch LCD monitor, optical viewfinder and a variety of shooting modes, including program, landscape, night scene, night scene portrait, surf and snow, portrait, sunset, flower, fireworks, snap (automatic pan) and macro.

All of the cameras will be previewed Sept. 15 at the PC Expo trade show in New York and will ship in October with ACDSee 5.0 software. Pricing has not yet been announced. 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, Mac OS, 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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