Getting in early with a new year launch is Pentax, which has introduced the Optio E30, an entry-level camera which you suspect is to replace the current Pentax budget model, the Optio E20 (pictured).
The new model ups the pixel count to 7.1 megapixels, but keeps the 3x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom (that’s a combined 12x zoom) and 2.4-inch screen. There’s also 11MB of built-in memory and support for both SD and SDHC cards.
Pentax has added a Green Mode, automating settings for ease of use for any novice snappers. But dust off that battery charger, as it still uses AA batteries.
Expected in stores around February, a price is still to be confirmed.