These Budget Compact Cameras from Pentax Look Cool—You Know, for Kids...

Two more "fun" compact camera series has been announced today by Pentax, with my favorite being the Optio RZ10 (pictured above). For around $270, it has a 14MP sensor, and a 10x optical zoom.

The second model, the Optio RS1000 (pictured below), is definitely for the younger crowd, with the selling point being the swappable front skins, and the ability to create and print skins of your own. In terms of specs, there's a 14MP sensor and 3-inch LCD. Kids' cameras certainly are a lot more advanced than our first digital cameras, let me just remind you of that.

I do rather like that RZ10, which would make a nice budget snapper. The specs are slightly better than the similarly-retro-themed H90 model from earlier in the year.

These Budget Compact Cameras from Pentax Look Cool—You Know, for Kids...

PENTAX Imaging Systems has today [September 9 2010] unveiled its latest zoom compact camera, the PENTAX Optio RZ10.

With the focus on ease of use, the PENTAX Optio RZ10, offers a 10x wide angle optical zoom lens, perfect for a wide variety of subjects and occasions, from landscape to people, sports to pets.

The attractive exterior hides a multitude of advanced features and functions, to make capturing images and video, simple but fun.

These include dual shake reduction for the unsteady hand, a 14 Megapixel sensor, an upgraded Auto Picture mode and an HD video function.

Available in a range of five colours, the PENTAX Optio RZ10 will be available to purchase in the UK in October 2010.

Recommended Retail Price: £179.99

Key Features
1. Optical 10x zoom lens for a variety of subjects and scenes – lens covering focal lengths from 28mm wide angle to 280mm telephoto. An intelligent zoom function allows the zoom range to be extended to 67x (1876mm) in the 35 mm format. With macro photography as close as 1cm you can be sure of capturing your subject near or far.
2. Dual Shake Reduction to assure sharp images – combines mechanical and digital shake reduction systems which minimize camera shake to achieve the highest quality blur-free images.
3. HD Movie recording – records movie clips in high definition HDTV resolution
4. Auto Picture Mode – automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode for a given subject or scene. Selecting from 16 scene types this optimises numerous camera settings including sensitivity and shutter speed to ensure the best results.
5. Exceptional Picture Quality – the high performance imaging engine combined with the 14 effective megapixels sensor reproduces true-to-life colours and exceptional image resolution.
6. Automatic Face Detection – detection of up to 32 faces within the image field for sharp focus. Plus the ability to make faces smaller, an automatic shutter release to capture smiles and blink detection to avoid closed eyes.

In addition it has...
• Pet mode – detects pre-specified faces of pets
• Large, easy-to-view 2.7-inch colour LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 dots
• Burst Shooting of up to 40 images at a maximum speed of 9.1 images per second
• Digital filters, including Toy Camera and Retro, to add creative visual effects
• Choice of three image sizes (4:3, 16:9 and 1:1) to accommodate different applications
• D-Range setting to prevent whitewashed (overexposed) and black-out (underexposed) areas in an image
• Digital Panorama mode to effortlessly create a single panoramic picture from as many as three images
• MediaImpression 2.0 for PENTAX software for image viewing, editing and filing applications (compatible with the latest operating systems, including Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6)
• Eye-Fi connected: optimized for use with Eye-Fi wireless memory cards

PENTAX Imaging Systems has today [September 9 2010] unveiled its unique ‘customisable compact camera, the PENTAX Optio RS1000.

With cameras established as a key accessory for every occasion, Pentax now offers style conscious photographers the opportunity to match their camera to their outfit or passion in a credit card size compact.

From football clubs to outfits, events and friends, the PENTAX Optio RS1000 delivers exceptional images with a personalised twist.

Everyone can personalise the camera with photographs or illustrations, printed on a template that lies between the body and a transparent front panel.

The PENTAX Optio RS1000 offers high resolution images produced by approximately 14 megapixels, a 3 inch LCD monitor, 4x optical zoom lens, HD video function and a simple, user-friendly operation.

There will also be a website to visit where visitors can choose, download and print ready-made templates, create their own ‘skins' and play fun games. Visit www.pentax.co.uk/chameleon for more information.

Available in a black or white base colour, the PENTAX Optio RS1000 will be available to purchase in the UK in October 2010.

Recommended Retail Price: £119.99.

Key Features
1. Exceptional Picture Quality – the high performance imaging engine combined with the 14 effective megapixels reproduces true-to-life colours and exceptional image resolution.
2. Large easy to view 3 inch LCD monitor – large detailed images and menus are easy to use and adjust.
3. Auto Picture Mode – automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode for a given subject or scene. The 15 scene modes, automatically selected, optimise various camera settings including sensitivity and shutter speed to ensure the best results.
4. Automatic Face Detection – detection of up to 32 faces within the image field for sharp focus. Plus the ability to make faces smaller, an automatic shutter release to capture smiles and blink detection to avoid closed eyes.
5. High Quality HD proportioned movie recording – comes equipped with the sophisticated Movie Shake Reduction mode which automatically compensates camera shake during filming.
6. Digital filters – offers 9 different filters including toy camera, retro and sepia to add visual effects to images.

In addition it has…
• Digital Blur Removal function to effectively compensate for camera shake during still-image shooting
• Burst Shooting at a speed of 16 images in two seconds (fixed at 640 x 480 pixels)
• Auto-tracking AF mode to keep constant focus on a moving subject
• Digital Panorama mode to effortlessly create a single panoramic picture from as many as three images
• Green mode to automatically optimize exposure and sensitivity settings for a given subject or scene
• Frame Composite function (with 20 frames stored in the camera) to shoot or compose images with decorative photo frames
• MediaImpression 2.0 for PENTAX software for image viewing, editing and filing applications (compatible with the latest operating systems, including Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6)