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Pentax Optio T30

Dennis Hissink
PMA 2010 Report
Saturday 24th, February 2007
Posted by: Dennis Hissink

Pentax Corporation is announces the Pentax Optio T30, which realizes a slim body while being equipped with a large 3.0-inch LCD monitor that enables for easy viewing. The Optio T30 comes with new functions such as shake reduction which reduces camera shake and subject blurring, and “Face Recognition AF & AE,” which is convenient when photographing people. The Optio T30 is equipped with a high-resolution, oversized 3.0-inch LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 pixels that enables images and menu text to be displayed largely and clearly. The monitor also has a wide viewing angle of approximately 170° from all directions, making it easy to confirm images, even when looking at the monitor diagonally.

Pentax Optio T30

Pentax T30 - Digital Shake reduction
A mode that reduces camera shakes and blurring of the subject when photographing still images. The sensitivity is adjusted automatically, to as high as the ultrahigh sensitivity of ISO 3200, to match the brightness of the subject. This enables for photography with fast shutter speeds, and images with less blurs can be obtained. The Optio T30 also features an electronic shake reduction function exclusively for capturing movies, which effectively corrects distortions in images due to camera shakes through software. When using “Movie SR,” the field of view is narrower than that during normal recording.

Pentax Optio T30 - “Face Recognition AF & AE”
The Optio T30 is equipped with a “Face Recognition AF & AE” function*2 that automatically detects and focuses on faces, regardless of where the people appear in the photo frame. The “Face Recognition AF & AE” function is available when the photography mode is “Portrait” and the camera is directed at people from the front. In addition, optimal exposure settings are automatically conducted so that the areas with faces are not darkened even if there is backlighting.

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Pentax Optio T30 - Sliding lens system
By using a new type of battery that is thin and high-performance, as well as adopting the “sliding lens system,” which is a lens mechanism unique to Pentax, the Optio T30 realizes one of the smallest and lightest compact body in the class of models equipped with a large, 3.0-inch LCD monitor and 3X optical zoom. The central lens group slides upward from the optical axis and the front and back lens groups slip under them. Housing the lens in two steps in the lens cylinder reduces overall lens thickness, thereby minimizing body depth.

Pentax Optio T30 - Excellent image quality
An upgraded 7.1 effective megapixel resolution delivers images with exceptional definition. The camera boasts the well-regarded smc Pentax lens, which renders clear, high-contrast images, while our unique lens coating cuts out ghosting and other artifacts. And the Optio T30’s superb image processing technology produces vivid colors and creates smooth tonal expressions at all brightness levels.

Pentax T30 - Touch-display control system
Various functions can be set and entered easily, due to a touch-display control system where operations can be made by directly touching the icons on the LCD monitor. The Optio T30 comes with a My Drawing mode, which lets you enjoy customizing your shots. Using the included stylus pen, you can create your own original picture by writing directly on the image shown on the monitor or adding a stored illustration with the Stamp function. The camera also has a function for storing your favorite photos as original stamps.

Pentax Optio T30

Pentax Optio T30 camera - Auto Picture mode
The Auto Picture mode lets the camera automatically determine the shooting conditions for Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, and Program modes and choose the optimum settings for each subject. This Pentax original function makes photography a lot easier for users since it eliminates the necessity of making a number of individual settings.

Pentax Optio T30 compact camera - Features
• Auto-tracking AF continuously focusing on a moving subject
• Compatible with SDHC memory cards, in addition to conventional SD memory cards
• Function (Fn) setting permits you to store frequently used settings and recall them from the panel
• Mode Palette provides quick access to 16 shooting modes and 12 playback modes
• Deleted images recovery function that restores images that were erased accidentally
• Memo pad function that enables the user to save handwritten memos and illustrations
• Frame composite mode adds decorative frames to images when shooting or after shooting
• Digital zooming provides up to 4X magnification
• Approximately 19.9 MB of built-in memory
• FotoNation’s red-eye correction function for flash shots
• Includes the ACDSee for Pentax image viewer/image management software
• Supports PictBridge, DPOF functions, Exif Print, and PRINT Image Matching III

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