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Pentax Unveils Customizable Optio RS1500

Golden, Colo. – Pentax Imaging introduced Wednesday its Optio
RS1500 digital compact camera offering a wide range of customizable options.

The camera, which ships in April at a $150 suggested retail, can
be custom detailed with a variety of faceplates to change its look to reflect
the personality of the user.

The faceplate system uses no screws and includes an interchangeable-lens
ring snap (choice of orange or black included) to hold custom skins of any
personal choice or design.

To customize the RS1500, users may select one of 10 skins
featuring contemporary designs that ship with the camera. Alternatively, they
can visit a skins gallery at

or download the Pentax Personal Skin Designer Adobe Air-based software from


The digital designer can be used to import a photo or digital
image and save a skin as a PDF for printing on a color printer.

Other features of the Optio RS1500 include 14-megapixel
resolution, 3-inch LCD monitor, a 4x optical zoom lens covering 27.5mm wide
angle to 110mm telephoto, and user-friendly operation. 

The lightweight camera body is about the size of a credit-card
and is available in pearl white or silver.

The Optio RS1500 features nine digital filters including toy
camera, retro and sepia to add a variety of visual effects to images without
the need for a computer. Multiple filters may also be applied to a single image
for even more unique, creative visual effects.

The camera’s automatic face detection feature for the AF and AE systems
instantly and accurately detects human faces within the image field to  optimize focus and exposure on the subjects.

Other features include smile capture mode that automatically
releases the shutter the moment the camera detects the subject’s smile; natural
skin mode to give the subject a smooth, healthy skin tone; auto picture mode,
which automatically selects the appropriate shooting mode; 720p HD movie
recording; movie shake reduction; a new Digital Blur Removal function; digital panorama
mode; green mode to simplify camera operation with a fixed set of shooting
settings; a frame composite function that stores three frames in the camera to
shoot or compose images with decorative photo frames; burst shooting at a speed
of 16 images (fixed at 640 by 480 pixels); and image viewing, editing and
filing software package compatible with latest Mac and Windows operating