The Pentax Optio A10 compact digital camera with an 8.0-effective-megapixel CCD, which combines a slim, lightweight, stylish design with a new proprietary Shake Reduction system for sharper quality images.
The Optio A10 represents a complete overhaul of the Optio compact digital camera series and will be the first model of our new high-end Optio A Series.
High image quality--loaded with a large CCD
The Optio A10 is equipped with a new large 1/1.8-inch CCD boasting 8.32 total megapixels. With about 1.6 times the light receiving area of our conventional compact camera CCDs, this large CCD offers advantages in superior tone reproduction, texture delineation, and noise reduction.
High-performance smc Pentax zoom lens
Constructed from seven elements in five groups, including three double-sided aspherical lenses, the newly developed smc Pentax zoom lens produces clear, high-contrast images. This design corrects effectively for spherical and other aberrations and our original coating cuts out ghosting and flare.
A new ASIC supplies the Optio A10 with dramatically more image-processing power. Thanks to the ASIC's high-speed processing capability, the Optio A10 attains a higher level of tone reproduction and color correction based on enormous amounts of actual photo data.
Pentax's original SR (Shake Reduction) system
Pentax's newly designed Shake Reduction system really comes into its own in shooting conditions that are sensitive to camera shake, such as telephoto shots or indoor shots without a flash.
The SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism:
Two internal gyro sensors detect the amount of camera shake. A dedicated CPU quickly calculates the necessary correction from the amount of camera shake and the lens's focusing data. A special proprietary mechanism moves the CCD based on the calculated correction to compensate for the camera shake.
Super-compact, lightweight body
Pentax kept the Optio A10 as slim as possible despite completely redesigning the lens unit from the optical lens to the image sensor, enlarging the CCD, and adding an anti-vibration mechanism to absorb camera shake. Furthermore, by utilizing the Pentax Sliding Lens System and high-density mounting technology, we were able to squeeze the camera in a 88.5 x 54.5 x 23- millimeter (W x H x D), 125-gram body with an incredibly efficient layout that leaves almost no spaces between components.
Elegant, stylish design
The beautiful form of the Optio A10 is attained through numerous refinements such as the highly textured aluminum alloy exterior, the 12-faceted accent lens ring, and the connector cover designed to blend in with the camera. While exuding a sense of style and sophistication, the design has not overlooked the camera's grip or operability. The position of each control component has been optimized through operational tests and a Handing indentation has been added to the left side of the camera's topside surface.
Intuitive Mode Palette
The Mode Palette, which lists various modes on the LCD monitor, lets you quickly and expertly navigate through and select from the 15 shooting modes and 15 playback modes. And by using the translucent through display, which superimposes mode icons over the LCD monitor image, changing settings while framing the subject could not be easier.
Auto Picture Mode
The Auto Picture Mode makes taking photos even easier and even more fun. Selecting the Auto Picture Mode from the shooting Mode Palette has the camera automatically select the mode from Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, or Standard according to the shooting conditions.
High-quality movie mode with long recording times
The Optio A10 smoothly captures movies at 30 fps (frames per second) at sizes up to 640 x 480 pixels with image quality rivaling camcorders. Since it employs the Divx MPEG-4 movie format, the Optio A10 can record longer, high-quality movies. (Movie playback is not supported on Macintosh operating systems.) Camera shake can also be corrected automatically by switching on the Movie anti-Shake feature. (Using the Movie anti-Shake feature results in a narrower field of view than normal.)
High-definition, easy-to-view LCD monitor
Despite its slimness, the Optio A10 manages to fit in a large, 2.5-inch LCD monitor with the clarity of approximately 232,000 pixels. The monitor is easy to see even in bright locations because of its backlight and low-reflection type. All of this means it is easier to navigate menus, make settings, and compose shots as well as to display crisper, more beautiful images.
Precise autofocus with a tracking AF function feature Candlelight mode allows high-sensitivity shooting at a Standard Output Sensitivity of 800 Approximately 24 MB of built-in memory; supports external SD memory cards Built-in AF-assist light (can be switched on or off) Frame composite function can add decorative frames to images Pan-focus function for effortless snapshots Convenient image-rotation display for confirmation of vertical shots ACDSee for Pentax image viewer/image management software FotoNation's red-eye compensation function for flash photography USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) compatible DPOF functions, Exif Print, and PRINT Image Matching III compatible PictBridge compatible