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Pentax Optio M50

Dennis Hissink
PMA 2010 Report
Sunday 3rd, February 2008
Posted by: Dennis Hissink

Slim and easy all-round camera with extended zoom range. Despite its 5x zoom range, the diminutive dimensions and scant weight of the Pentax Optio M50 is due to a flat Lithium-Ion battery and further miniaturisation of the circuit board. The result is an eye-catching 23.5mm deep aluminium body that will be available in classic silver or a selection of other attractive colours. Technically the Pentax Optio M50 also has much to offer and will spoil the photographer with its numerous functions, not least of which is the extended - now five times - zoom range that assures successful telephoto shots. The digital "Shake Reduction" automatically increases the sensitivity to ISO 6400.

Pentax Optio M50

Pentax Optio M50 - Face Recognition
The digital Shake Reduction means much faster shutter speeds that effectively reduce the chance of camera shake, particularly in unfavourable lighting conditions. For perfect “people pictures” the camera automatically selects the appropriate exposure and the correct focusing as soon as a person is recognized within the autofocus frame. Thanks to the new "Face Recognition” function skin tones can be perfectly reproduced under difficult backlighting situations.

Pentax Optio M50 - Ideal travel companion
8.0 Megapixels resolution, optical 5x zoom lens equal to 36 - 180mm in 35mm film format and a large 2.5’’ TFT Monitor complete the full concept of the Pentax Optio M50. The Pentax M50 is a very compact all-round camera in entry to mid-level segment. Thanks to the extended zoom range and compact dimensions the Pentax Optio M50 is the ideal travelling companion

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Pentax Optio M50 - Specifiations
• Compact camera with 2.5’’ TFT Monitor in an attractive aluminium body
• 8.0 Megapixel CCD
• 5x optical zoom: f3.5-5.6 / 6.3-31.5mm (36 - 180mm in 35mm film format)
• Digital “Shake Reduction“ for still shots and videos with sensitivity automatic set to ISO 6400
• Full automatic mode and 16 Picture Modes
• Available in Black, Silver, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Rose and Pink
• Dimensions: 95 (W) x 55 (H) x 23.5 (D) mm
• Available: Spring 2008

Pentax M50 modifications from the Optio M40
• Resolution 8.0 Megapixels
• Optical 5x zoom range
• Sensitivity: ISO 64 to ISO 6400
• New Picture Modes including Panorama-Function, Movie Edit and Image Recovery
• New design

Other introduced Pentax digital cameras
Pentax K20D
Pentax K200D
Pentax Optio S12
Pentax Optio M50
Pentax Optio E50
Pentax lens range

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