By Lisa Johnston
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LAS VEGAS – Pentax presented at International CES a full range of digital cameras, from ultra-compact pointand- shoots to advanced designer-styled DSLRs and mirrorless compacts.
Among the highlights of the point-and-shoot offerings was the MX-1 (shipping in February at a $500 suggested retail) advanced high-performance camera featuring auto and manual control, retro styling design, a 4x (28mm-112mm) f1.8-2.5 lens and brass covers.
The camera incorporates a 1/1.7-inch, 12-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, ISO 12,800, Handheld Night snap mode, inbody RAW data development, 3-inch articulating LCD and FullHD video.
The Optio LS465 is a supercompact point-and-shoot offering fully customizable skins to match any fashion style and a choice of black, pink or purple body colors. Features include a 16-megapixel 1/2.33-inch interline transfer CCD, 720p HD video, 3,200 to 6,400 ISO range, 5x optical (28- 140mm equivalent) 7.2x digital zoom lens, 2.7-inch LCD, nine-point autofocus (AF) and built-in flash.
The X-5 is a bridge camera with a 26x super telephoto zoom lens and an articulating LCD screen.
The Optio WG-2 is Pentax’s latest ruggedized pointand- shoot.
In DSLRs Pentax showed its K-5 II and K-5 IIs offering a SAFOX XAF sensor and a wide-range EV autofocus system (-3 EV to +18 EV). The K-5 IIs adds an anti-aliasing filterless design to produce superior resolution and detail.
The K-30 is a weather-sealed DLSR offered in a choice of 18 body colors.
The 645D is the company’s medium- format 40-megapixel SLR.
In mirrorless interchangeablelens cameras (ILCs) Pentax is offering consumers the ability to custom order its Q10 in 100 different color combinations.
Once an order is placed, the specifications are sent to the Pentax manufacturing facility where each camera will be hand built.
Consumers can mix and match body and grip colors by visiting the Q10 Studio at PentaxImaging.com.
Pentax said retail partner Adorama will display the full lineup of Q10 colors in their retail location.
The $600 camera (with 02 kit lens) features a 12.4-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, upgraded AF system and a top sensitivity of ISO 6,400. It shoots FullHD video in H.264 compression format, and has Pentax’s MOS-shifting shake reduction system.
Also appearing at the show wass the Marc Newson-designed K-01 ILC and, as a “future product concept,” the AF 360 FGZ II automatic, external, clip-on flash with a maximum guide number of 36 (at ISO 100) with bounce flash functionality adjustable both vertically and horizontally.
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