Coming on the heels of Pentax's K20D announcement and in light of a pre-release leak on a Norwegian website several weeks ago, Samsung's release of their latest GX-20 14.6 megapixel DSLR yesterday is hardly breaking news. As with its technological twin, the GX-20 is a 14.6 megapixel camera with a Samsung-manufactured CMOS sensor, a live view system, and weather/dust sealing.
Working in tandem with its new DSLR releases, Pentax has announced the addition of five new DA-series lenses to its lineup. New glass includes two additions to the DA* line of high-end lenses, a new limited macro lens, and an improved version of the company's 18-55mm kit lens.
The 8 megapixel Pentax Optio M50, 12 megapixel Optio S12, and 8 megapixel Optio E50, in addition to the previously announced Optio A40, should all begin finding their way to store shelves in the coming months.
In a move sure to appeal to consumers who like to use digital SLRs but don't like to carry a lot of glass, Pentax is announcing the smc Pentax DA 18-250mm F3.5-6.3ED AL lens. The lens provides an approximate 14x optical zoom (equivalent to a 27.5 - 383mm lens on a 35mm camera), so can cover a wide variety of shooting conditions - from wide angle group portraits to long zoom nature photography. The 18-250mm lens will be available in October for $500.
Pentax has added another website to it's growing family of mini-sites. The new one is www.pentaxian.com, celebrating the self-appointed label that Pentax photographers use to describe themselves.
Pentax Imaging has launched a web site just to show off the work of Pentaxians around the world. The new site, www.pentaxphotogallery.com, was designed for Pentax photographers by Pentax Imaging, setting it apart from the other photo sharing sites that are almost ubiquitous.
Pentax is starting their yearly refresh of their Optio digital camera line with the Optio M40 and Optio E40. The 8 megapixel M40 features a slim, metal body, face detection and digital shake reduction. The 8 megapixel entry level Optio E40 takes AA batteries and also has face detection and digital shake reduction. The Pentax Optio M40 will be available in August 2007 for $199 and the Pentax Optio E40 will be available in September for $149.
Pentax has announced a follow-up to their K100D digital SLR that was announced last year. The Pentax K100D Super incorporates just a few new features (Dust Removal and support for Supersonic Drive Motor lenses), but it's essentially the same camera as the K100D.
The latest entry level model in Pentax's extensive line of point & shoot digital cameras is the Optio E30. As with any digital camera, there are pros and cons. This particular camera is considered "entry level", with a straighforward feature set, low price and ease of use as its selling points. Bottom line, the Optio E30 is great for those consumers getting their first digital camera.
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