Golden, Colo. -
unveiled Monday new spring digital camera introductions, highlighted by a new and improved Optio all-weather camera, and a limited silver edition of the K-5 semi-pro d-SLR.
Pentax also announced a new wide-angle fixed focal length d-SLR lens compatible with its 645D medium-format camera.
The highlight of the new offerings was the Optio WG-1 (shipping in April at a $350 suggested retail) all-weather camera featuring waterproofing to 33 feet, shock resistance from up to a 5-foot drop, and crush resistance for up to 220 pounds.
Other features include a 14-megapixel sensor, an enhanced digital microscope mode with five macro LEDs, fast face-detection technology, smile capture, and blink detection for portraits including a Self-Portrait Assist mode adaptable for use with social-networking uploads.
The WG-1 will include a wide-angle 5x internal optical zoom lens (28-140mm equivalent), 720p/30 fps HD video capture and a 2.7-inch LCD screen.
It is designed to resemble mountaineering equipment and features a woven-web fabric strap in complementary color accents and a carabiner hook to attach to hiking and climbing gear.
The WG-1 will also be compatible with Eye-Fi wireless SD memory cards (sold separately) offering Wi-Fi photo transfer capability to computers or Web sites.
Pentax will also make a version of the WG-1 with built-in GPS (WG-1 GPS), which will ship in April with a $400 suggested retail.
Pentax also introduced a special limited silver edition of its semi-pro K-5 d-SLR, offering Pentax enthusiasts a retro SLR look for a modern camera.
Like the traditional K-5 model introduced in September, the silver edition features a high-resolution 16.3-megapixel CMOS sensor; 7 fps burst shooting speed; 80-12,800 ISO sensitivity, expandable to 51,200; and widescreen 1080p/25fps HD video capture.
The company will support the special camera with three matching silver prime lenses in the SMC Pentax DA 21mm F3.2 AL Limited Silver, the SMC Pentax DA 40mm F2.8 Limited Silver and the SMC Pentax DA 70mm F2.4 Limited Silver. Pricing and availability will be announced later.
Meanwhile, the company introduced the Pentax D FA 645 25mm F4 AL [IF] SDM AW prime lens for the d-SLR and Pentax's 645D medium-format camera.
The lens offers a 19.5mm fixed focal length in the 35mm format (or approximately 15.5mm when mounted on a Pentax 645-format film SLR camera body). The lens is said to provide the widest perspective of all the Pentax 645 lenses, perfect for landscapes and indoor shooting in confined spaces.
It will ship in April with a $5,000 suggested retail.