18x Optical Zoom in an Itty Bitty Point and Shoot

Point and shoots are generally seen as the wimpy hacks of the camera world, when compared to modern DSLRs and fancy new micro four thirds cameras. But their specs—like the 18x optical zoom on the Pentax Optio RZ18—are getting pretty impressive. It's like when Carrot Top grew mega-muscles and could all-of-a-sudden kick… » 9/13/11 10:32am 9/13/11 10:32am

Pentax Optio NB1000 Is A Camera For Lego Lovers

The Pentax Optio NB1000 is a 14.1 megapixel camera with 4x optical Zoom and 720p video recording. Oh, and it's front face is like a Lego board so you can attach anything you want on it. » 9/12/10 7:00pm 9/12/10 7:00pm

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. » 9/09/10 5:35am 9/09/10 5:35am

Pair of New Pentax Optio Cameras Spotted Online, Promptly Removed

Camera rumor site Photorumors snagged a pair of images today that purportedly show two new Pentax cameras, yet to be released. Seen here is the Pentax Optio L10. Below is the Optio H90: » 1/24/10 10:50am 1/24/10 10:50am

Pentax W80 Camera Review: Waterproof and Now Slightly Ruggedized

The Pentax W80 is their latest in a long line of waterproof cams that take decent shots, but have always been my favorite because of their compact size. This one is a bit bigger, but gains ruggedization and depth. » 8/12/09 7:00pm 8/12/09 7:00pm

Pentax's Optio W80 Can Take a Serious Beating

Pentax's Optio W80 is its most rugged and waterproof point-and-shoot yet: it goes 16 feet underwater, survives drops from 3.3 feet and works in 14 degree weather. It also has a smudge resistant screen. $300. » 6/24/09 6:00pm 6/24/09 6:00pm

Pentax Optio E75 Is Waterproof and Sorta Cheap

You might default to a brand like Canon when it comes to point and shoots, but our own Brian Lam swears by Pentax's reputation for building pocketable, waterproof cameras. » 5/15/09 10:27am 5/15/09 10:27am

Pentax Optio W60 Extreme Weather Cam Good for Dips, Not Dives

The Optio W60 is the most waterproof Pentax cam yet. A step up from the W30, it's a 10MP point-and-shoot that will survive at depths up to 13 feet for two hours, good enough for the pool, beach and most non-competitive snorkeling. It also handles freezing temps (14°F) and is certified dustproof against dirt, sand and… » 5/22/08 6:00pm 5/22/08 6:00pm

Optio V20 from Pentax has 5x Zoom, Smile Recognition and Blink Detection

Six months after Pentax released the Optio V10, the japanese company has upped the stakes with the V20. The slimline point-and-shoot has upped the zoom from 3x to 5x, as well as increasing Digital SR mode to ISO 3200 and ISO 6400. With a nice, big 3-inch LCD screen on the back, smile recognition and blink detection,… » 5/19/08 3:00am 5/19/08 3:00am

Pentax Optio M50 Comes in Pink, Silver and Blue But Mostly Vanilla

Here's what $230 will buy you in the point-n-shoot world right now, as embodied by the pleasantly mainstream Pentax Optio M50: a sleek little body (under 4" wide and just over 2" high), a 5X optical zoom lens, an 8-megapixel sensor, and a choice of pink, blue or silver. Little perks like "Smile Capture" make this fun… » 1/23/08 5:00pm 1/23/08 5:00pm

Pentax Optio S12 Is the Tiniest 12-Megapixel Around

We're not saying pixel count matters anymore, or that anyone can tell the difference between an 8-megapixel shot and a 10-megapixel shot anyway, but if you want something unusual to brag about, the Pentax Optio S12 is certainly unique. The $280 camera has a 12-megapixel sensor not a whole lot else—that tiny little… » 1/23/08 5:00pm 1/23/08 5:00pm

Pentax Optio V10 Slim Camera

The other Pentax launched today is this 8MP slim that is about 2cm thick. Not bad, but a quick Google search shows that Sony's had thinner Cybershots, even if at lower MP ratings. (Not sure if that's counting the big lens cover slides that most T series cams have.) The back has a 3-inch LCD. » 10/01/07 6:35pm 10/01/07 6:35pm

Pentax Optio A40 Camera Records in DivX

The medium-sized A40 has a 3x zoom, a 12MP rating and digital and mechanical shot stabilization. Coolest is its ability to record in DivX, which I guess is neato for distributing your home movies on BitTorrent, but maybe won't result in high quality movies once you run 'em through iMovie or Windows Movie Maker for a… » 10/01/07 6:02pm 10/01/07 6:02pm

Pentax Optio A30 Boots Up, Shoots and Focuses Quicker

Pentax goosed its Optio A series with the A30, a 10-megapixel point-and-shoot camera with a 3x optical lens and a 2.5-inch LCD. Besides a newfangled gyro system to reduce shakiness, the big update on this one is speed, where it's ready to use in 1.8 seconds and has a quick .02-second shutter delay. If you take lots of… » 2/21/07 11:11pm 2/21/07 11:11pm

Pentax Optio W30 Waterproof Shooter Dives Deeper Than Ever

Pentax has been dabbling in waterproof point-and-shoot digital cameras for a while, and now its Optio W30 is even more waterproof than its W20 predecessor. This one can be submerged to 9 feet for two hours (besting the 5 feet and 30 minutes for the W20) and still keep on clicking away. » 2/21/07 7:15pm 2/21/07 7:15pm

Point-and-Shoot Image Stabilization Test (Winners: Pentax Optio A10 and…

Putting five point-and-shoot cameras through various tests, Digital Camera Info tried to determine which one presented the best image stabilization for your money. The result was surprising. » 10/23/06 7:46pm 10/23/06 7:46pm

Pentax Optio W20: Underwater, But Not Too Deep

Scuba divers look elsewhere, but this Pentax Optio 20 can get you some great-looking underwater bathing suit shots if the water is clear enough. You can take it to a depth of five feet for up to 30 minutes; no word on what happens at 31 minutes. Just don't drop it in deep water, because it doesn't float. » 8/08/06 9:58am 8/08/06 9:58am

Pentax Optio S7 Debuts

Pentax updates its S series with the Optio S7, raising the megapixel count to 7.0 and bringing along a 3x optical zoom and 2.5-inch LCD viewscreen. Pentax follows suit with a number of other camera makers, trying to help users sharpen up their images by giving them faster response, raising the ISO to 1600. This gives… » 7/25/06 8:49am 7/25/06 8:49am

New Pentax Cameras

Here's another couple of cameras shown off at CES. Pentax had its compact Optio A10 with 8 megapixels and a 1.8-inch CCD with its own "shake reduction" technology. Whether any of these motion-stopping technologies work is still a mystery, but I guess it's good to have it in there just in case. Though if your hands… » 1/13/06 10:33am 1/13/06 10:33am

Pentax Optio S60

It's been awhile, but Pentax finally released a new camera last week dubbed the Optio S60. It's a 6 megapixel camera with a 2.5-inch LCD screen, 3x optical zoom, and a "simple mode" feature that lets the camera pick out optimal settings for a particular shot. Powered by two AA batteries, it has 11 Mb internal memory,… » 8/29/05 8:30am 8/29/05 8:30am