Pentax Optio 550 - PMA 2003
Pentax Optio 550 digital camera preview
Some weeks ago we had the Pentax Optio550 for a very short period in the office, so instead of a regular introduction we will publish an exclusive first hand on report. The new Optio550 is a follow-up of the popular Optio430 and Optio330. This new Optio member has a stylish new designed body crafted from aluminium alloy and with some needs accents that gives the new Optio550 a sophisticated look. The body feels comfortable in your hand and stays very compact due to the integration of the ultra-compact zoom lens that retracts in two ways. This new developed zoom lens offers a great 5x optical zoom and will give in combination of the 4x digital zoom a total of 20x zoom range. This SMC Pentax zoom lens has a focal range of 7.8mm-39mm which is equivalent to 37.5-187.5mm on a 35mm camera. The zoom lens has a bright f2.8 aperture in wide and an f4.6 aperture in tele. The SMC lens has 9 elements in 7 groups with 2 dual-sided aspherical elements. The minimal focus distance in standard mode is 60cm to infinity, in macro mode 15cm to 65cm and in super macro mode only 2cm -65cm.
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The new Optio550 is equipped with 5 million effective Megapixels resulting in a maximum recorded image size of 2592x1944 pixels. Other resolution settings are 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1024x768 and 640x48 pixels. The movie mode records in a resolution of 320x240 pixels. The Optio550 has a newly designed processing circuit enabling users to control the camera in user-friendly way. The playback of the images can be started with only one push on a button. The selection of the shooting modes has also been made simple. The selection allows the user to choose from Metered Manual, Shutter -and Aperture priority, Program, Picture, Movie, Panorama Assist, 3D Image, Digital Filter, User and Voice Recording.
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Of course also this new model has the already famous 3D Image mode where you only have to take two shots, follow the guidelines and get a very need 3D picture in return. Another creative feature is the digital filters that give you the freedom to get creative with the Optio550 camera. You can choose between several tones like red, pink, blue, yellow and purple, but you can also make a soft focus effect with a nice portrait.
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The Optio550 will come complete with the popular ACDSee on CD-Rom which is compatible with both Windows and Macintosh. The images and video clips are stored on a Secure Digital card or on the 16MB internal memory. The images are stored in JPEG (Exif 2.2) format and the video clips in QuickTime Movie Format. The new Pentax camera is capable of recording up to 10 minutes of video at a frame rate of 15 fps. The resolution of the recorded video clip is 320x240 pixels. The shutter speed has a range of 4sec to 1/4000e second, in metered manual mode or shutter-priority mode the fastest shutter speed is 1/1000e second. On the back of the camera is a 1.5-inch LCD display with a 100% field of view. Above the LCD display is an optical viewfinder with dioptre adjustment.
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More specifications of the new Optio550 are: USB interface, DPOF, PIM II and Exif 2.2, Lithium Ion battery, Audio and Video interface, personal customize function, trimming for cropping images, resize image function, world time and alarm clock, settings for sharpness, contrast and saturation, exposure compensation, selectable ISO setting of 64, 100, 200 and 400 ISO, multi-segment, centre -and spot-metering, histogram, automatic and selectable white balance, wide AF and spot AF or manual focus, multi exposure, interval shooting, time-lapse movie, self timer, voice memo and voice recording. The new Optio550 camera is a fully featured, well designed 5 Megapixel camera with a great optical zoom range. Pentax is building their digital camera assortment with little steps towards a great range of cameras. We hope to see some more innovations from them in the near feature, so keep your eye on Pentax!
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