Pentax reveal Optio RZ18 18x compact ultra zoom camera

Pentax are today launching the Optio RZ18, a pocketable compact digital camera boasting an 18x optical zoom. Shooting 16MP pics with a 3-inch preview LCD screen, the RZ18 covers focal lengths from 25mm wide angle to 450mm super-telephoto in 35mm…

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Spec-free Pentax K5 DSLR leaks

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PENTAX Optio M90 compact digital camera launched

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The Pentax Optio W80 "adventure" camera


Are you more of a Bruce Parry than a Bruce Forsyth? Do you prefer to spend your holidays clinging to an overhanging cliff face rather than clinging to the bar after one too many sangrias? Do you prefer to pitch your tent in the middle of an Arctic storm rather than sleeping in a 4* hotel room?

If so, the Pentax Optio W80 point and shoot camera could be the perfect companion for your travels. This is one hell of a tough camera, you see. This camera is “adventure proof”:

– Coldproof: Perfect for skiing or snowboarding as it can stand temperatures as low as minus 10°C.
– Waterproof: Not just from the rain either, you can use this camera to take images and videos up to 5m deep.
-Dustproof: Not just great for dirty houses, this will also come in handy on desert safari.
-Shockproof – Drop this baby from a metre and it won’t feel a thing. Drop it from higher than that and who knows? It’s only shockproof from a metre so don’t push your luck.

It’s not only a durable little blighter, it’s also got the spec that an ardent traveller is going to need to get good shots. For starters it’s 12.1-megapixels with a 5x optical zoom. It can also capture video in HD with a widescreen resolution of 1280×720 at 30fps.

The 2.5-inch LCD screen will display crystal clear images even in bright sunlight and there’s also built in face detection for up to 32 faces with smile capture and blink detection.

This camera looks very impressive. I want one already. I want one even more now I know that it comes in three colours including Gunmetal Grey. Gunmetal Grey sounds like the hardest colour ever. Can colours be hard? I bet Gunmetal Grey could kick any other colour’s arse.

It’s out in July in the States for $300, expect a UK release not long after with a price between £200 and £250.

(via Engadget)

Bargain of the Week: Pentax Optio S12 digital camera


Welcome to Bargain of the Week, where I’ll take a look around the web for the best tech/gadget bargain I can find, and report back to you.

This week, you can get hold of the rather nice Pentax Optio S12 compact digital camera for a penny shy of seventy quid, thanks to it being half price at…