Pentax introduces the 7 megapixel Optio M20

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The latest model in the Pentax Optio M series is the new M20, now with 7 megapixels and an extended battery life.

Aimed at the family camera market, the M20 features a 2.5-inch low reflection LCD display and 3x optical zoom. There’s also a new Blur Reduction mode, which should boost your hands even if the subject is fast-moving or you’ve suffered a shake of the hand whilst shooting, along with an Auto Tracking Auto Focus function – the Optio M20’s focus frame continually follows the main subject as it moves around in the image field, ensuring sharp, crisp focus at the shutter release. Other helpful features include Face Recognition technology and Auto Picture mode, which sorts out all the settings for the conditions/time of day.

Battery power is via two AA batteries. Pentax claims an "extensive energy-saving design" should boost the power from these  considerably – though they don’t give an indication of how long they might typically last. Available from September, expect to pay between £229 and £249.

Pentax website

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Dave Walker