Pentax has announced a new promotion where you can test drive one of their K series digital SLRs and get a chance to win a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser. From now until December 31, 2006, all you have to do is visit a participating retailer and test drive a Pentax K100D or K110D.
Thirty years after that first K1000 rolled off a production line in Japan, Pentax has introduced its digital doppelganger, the Pentax K100D. Point & shoot digital cameras have dominated the photography marketplace for most of the past decade, but reasonably priced entry level dSLRs are now the fastest growing segment of that lucrative market. Entry-level digital SLRs allow photographers to move to the next creative level by providing affordable access to modular imaging devices and interchangeable lenses.
Pentax has announced the Optio W20, the latest camera in its line of Optio waterproof digital cameras. While it looks the same as its predecessor, the W10, it upgrades some hardware and adds some features. The W20 shoots at 7 megapixels, has a 2.5 inch LCD, a 3x optical zoom, and will support SDHC cards. Look for the Pentax Optio W20 in September for under $300.
The Pentax Optio S7 is a new addition to the slim and stytlish S line of Pentax Optio cameras. A successor to the S6, the S7 features a 7 megapixel sensor, 2.5 inch LCD (with 232K pixels), 3x optical zoom, and some of Pentax' newer technologies, like Face Recognition AF & AE. The S7 will be available on a limited basis in September for under $300.
Pentax is announcing the introduction of two new digital SLR cameras. The 6.1 megapixel K100D and K110D also represent a new naming scheme (no more *ist cameras!). Along with the two new cameras, Pentax is also announcing the PENTAX DA 21mm F3.2 AL Limited wide angle lens. Look for the K100D, with the smc 18-55mm lens in July 2006 for $699 and the K110D with same lens for $599 in August.
At PMA, Pentax filled out the rest of their Optio line with the introduction of the Optio T10, Optio W10, and Optio M10. The three new models joined the Optio A10 and Optio E10 (announced at CES) to complete the five camera line with a new, simple naming scheme.
Pentax is contributing to the pre-PMA new camera news with the announcment of three new models. All three models will be available in March. The Pentax Optio T10 features a 3 inch touchscreen LCD and is expected to retail at $349. The Pentax Optio W10 is the next generaation of their waterproof model line and will retail for under $300. Finally, the Pentax Option M10 features a 2.5 inch LCD and 6 megapixel sensor at an entry level price of $229.
In another sign that the digital SLR market is still just heating up, Pentax has announced a $200 price drop on their *ist DL digital SLR. The single lens kit (camera and 18-55mm DA lens) will be available for $599.95 starting on February 1, 2006.
We've finally made it to one of the first steps in the Pentax/Samsung partnership. As expected, the first model out has the Samsung name on an existing Pentax camera. A jointly developed camera will come later. For now, the Samsung GX-1S digital SLR has been announced.
We wanted to give you a quick preview for the Pentax Optio S5z before we publish our full review within the next couple of weeks. Check back soon for the full story on this camera!
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