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Pentax Optio V20 8MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom

by Pentax

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  • 8.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 16 x 22-inch prints
  • 5x optical zoom; Digital Shake Reduction
  • 3.0-inch LCD monitor; 170-degree viewing angle
  • Face Recognition AF and AE , Smile Capture, and Blink Detection for portraits
  • Compatible with SD/SDHC memory cards (not included); 52 MB built-in memory

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Pentax
  • Model: 17191
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 8 MP
  • Optical zoom: 5 x
  • Maximum Aperature Range: F3.5 - F5.6
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 0.9 x 2.2 inches ; 5.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0012QCYLY
  • Item model number: 17191
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,936 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 17, 2008

Product Description

Product Description

With a 5x zoom lens, 8.0-Megapixels, and a generous 3.0" LCD monitor, the ultra-slim and stylish Pentax Optio V20 makes it easy to capture and to view images. Face Recognition automatically detects and focuses on faces, then sets the optimum exposure. Smile Capture detects smiles and releases the shutter automatically, while Blink Detection reports whether any subjects closed their eyes in an image, so that the shot may be recaptured if necessary. 1/2.35 interline transfer CCD Sensor with primary color filter Evolved Face Recognition includes Smile Capture mode to automatically capture smiling faces Digital Shake Reduction automatically selects higher ISO, up to 6400, for blur free images Panorama mode automatically stitches a series of three images into one wide scene ISO Sensitivity - Auto and Manual - 80 to 6400 in Digital SR mode White Balance - Auto preset modes - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent, and Manual mode System Requirements - Windows 2000, XP, Vista, MacOS 9.2, MacOS-X 10.1.2-10.5, and USB port Dimensions - Width 3.8 x Height 2.2 x Depth 0.9 Weight - 4.6-ounces, 5.1-ounces with battery and memory card

From the Manufacturer

Ultra-slim and stylish in design, this latest Pentax compact digital camera makes it easy to capture and to view images. Three innovative features on the Optio V20 help users optimize portrait photographs. A Face Recognition function automatically detects and focuses on faces, then sets the optimum exposure. Smile Capture detects the key facial expression of happy people and releases the shutter automatically. Blink Detection reports to the user whether any subjects closed their eyes in an image, so that the shot may be recaptured if necessary. Additional features include Auto-tracking AF for continuously focusing on a moving subject, 52MB of built-in memory, and an Auto-Macro mode that allows close-up photography as near as 4 inches (10 cm) without changing the normal focusing mode.

Pentax Optio V20 Highlights

Optical 5x zoom lens The Optio V20 is equipped with a 5x optical zoom lens with an angle of view equivalent to a 36mm -180mm lens in 35mm format that allows users to zoom in on subjects. Combined with the digital zoom function (approx. 1x to 5.1x), the camera offers photography with a maximum zoom of 25.5x.

Large 3.0-inch LCD monitor The Optio V20 features a high resolution, 3.0 inch LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 dots that enables images and text to be displayed largely and clearly. The LCD monitor has a wide viewing angle of 170 degrees from all directions, making it easy to confirm images even when viewing the screen from any angle. The LCD also features an Anti-Reflection coating that reduces reflections. With this coating, the monitor is even more easily viewable outdoors.

8.0-megapixel resolution With a high resolution of approximately 8.0 effective megapixels and a high-performance Pentax lens, the Optio V20 offers high quality images even when pictures are enlarged.

Face Recognition AF & AE , Smile Capture, And Blink Detection for portraits The Optio V20 is equipped with the Face Recognition Auto focus and Auto Exposure function to automatically detect and focus on faces and set the optimum exposure. In addition, the Optio V20 is equipped with a Smile Capture function that recognizes smiles and releases the shutter automatically. A Blink Detection function tells users whether subjects blink during image capture, so the image may be recaptured.

Digital Shake Reduction mode The Digital Shake Reduction mode reduces camera shake and blur of subjects when photographing still images. The sensitivity can adjust automatically to the ultra-high sensitivity of ISO 6400 to match the brightness of the subjects. This enables photography with fast shutter speeds and images with less blur.

Evolved Auto Picture mode Unique to Pentax, the Auto Picture mode automatically determines shooting conditions and chooses optimal settings for Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, Normal, Flower and Sports mode.

Additional Features

  • Movie recording function with shake reduction enabling high image quality rivaling camcorders
  • Mode palette provides quick access to 16 shooting conditions and 15 playback modes
  • Panorama mode for composing photographs into 1 panoramic picture
  • Auto-Macro allows for close-up photography as near as 4 inches (10cm) without changing the normal focusing mode
  • Auto-tracking AF continuously focusing on a moving subject
  • Date imprint function for easy image categorizing
  • Approximately 52 MB of built-in memory
  • FotoNation’s red-eye compensation function for flash shots
  • Includes the ACDSee for Pentax 3.0 image viewer/image management software that supports Windows Vista
  • Support PictBridge, DPOF functions, EXIF Print, and PRINT Image Matching III

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. Mashburn on January 4, 2009
I bought both this camera and a 9MP Sony H50. I find myself using this camera 10x as often as the Sony. Its 8MP takes every bit as good of pictures, the lag time using a flash is faster, the screen is large and clear, and the menu is much more user friendly. Besides all that, it is lightweight and the placement of the zoom control makes more sense. Not a real big deal, but the sounds are more pleasant than the Sony's which got on my nerves pretty quickly. The only thing lacking in this camera that the Sony has is the extended zoom(15X), but the 5x zoom is GREAT for a camera this sleek. I was always impressed with my Pentax 35mm cameras and this little guy does not disappoint.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shardule Shah on December 25, 2008
I have owned this camera for just a brief period of time, but since all I look for is a camera that's easy to use, takes great pictures, and has a quick refresh time between pictures, this is definitely the right camera.

Just remember to buy a memory card and screen protector too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sidewalksam on May 20, 2010
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This was my 3rd camera purchase. I already had 2 SLRs, but wanted something more compact to carry in my purse or pocket instead of always having to haul around the bigger SLR. This little camera is just the right size. I shoot alot of pictures so really shopped around before buying this. I am particular about picture quality as well, and have been very pleased about the print quality that comes from this little camera. We took this camera on vacation along with a digital SLR. My husband used the Optio with great results. I like the 5x optical zoom. It was one of the few point & shoot digital cameras that had that high of an optical zoom at the time I purchased it. The video mode does work fairly well. It is not a video camera, so it's not going to take superb videos. However, they are exceptable. They are not a very high pixel level, so if you watch them on a computer screen or the like without any editing, they are very grainy. As with any camera this size, the flash is not going to light up a dark room and take professional quality pictures. For what it is though, it does just as well as any other camera this size. Just don't expect to much out of the flash in very dark situations (that goes for ANY camera/flash this size). Overall, my experiance with this camera for the last 2 years has been very good. I am pleased with my purchase, and would not hesitate to recommend it to someone.
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