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Pentax Optio 550

 

Category: Beginner Amateur

The Pentax Optio 550 is a 5 megapixels resolution digital camera with a handsome aluminum alloy body. Pentax is making quite a splash with its new digital cameras, and the Optio 550 with 5x optical zoom, a 1.5 in. LCD that covers 100% view of the frame, an optical viewfinder with diopter adjustment for those who wear glasses, and the whole range of exposure control -- Programmed AE, Manual, Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority and Picture Modes ('Scene Modes') -- certainly put the major digital camera manufacturers on notice that 'Pentax is back.'

If the major digital camera manufacturers think that they can just introduce incremental improvements every now and then to satisfy an increasingly demanding market, they should quickly reconsider. Pentax's new digital cameras are leap-frogging them. This is as it should be, and we welcome Pentax back.

If you're in the market for a smart-looking digital camera with top-notch features, be sure to consider the Pentax Optio 550. We like the Pentax Optio 550 because it provides 5 megapixels resolution with a 5x optical zoom, and all the control you need to learn and grow in digital photography. The Pentax Optio 550 is ideal for beginners who want a digital camera that will grow with them, or for the serious amateur photographer looking for an uncompromising camera with the renown Pentax label.

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Pentax Optio 450 / 550
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Pentax Canada Home Page  
  Megapixels Optio 450=4.0; Optio 550=5.0  
  Lens SMC Pentax  
  Maximum Aperture F2.8  
  Optical Zoom 5x  
  35mm Equivalent 37.5-187.5mm  
  Macro 2 cm / 0.8 in.  
  Shutter Speed 4 - 1/4,000 sec. (1/1000 sec. for Manual and Shutter-Priority AE)  
  White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Manual  
  Exposure Control / Shooting Modes Program AE, Manual, Shutter-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Picture (Landscape, Night Scene, Flower, Portrait, Surf & Snow, Autumn Colour, Sunset, Fire Works, Text), Movie, Panorama Assist, 3D Image, Digital Filter, User.  
  Light Metering Multi-segment, Center-Weighted, Spot; Exposure compensation +/-2 EV (1/3 steps)  
  Storage Media SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card, MultiMedia Card  
  Dimensions 10.0 (W) x 5.9 (H) x 4.0 (D) cm / 3.9 (W) x 2.3 (H) x 1.6 (D) in.  
  Weight 205g / 7.2 oz.  
  Other 1.5 in. LCD with 100% frame coverage;
Rechargeable Lithium-ion D-LI8 Battery;
10 min. QuickTime AVI movie;
30 sec. Voice Memo function; Manual focus;
Histogram display;
ISO 64 (Optio 550 only), 100, 200, 400;
Alarm Clock with World Time for 62 cities
 
  MSRP 550=US$599.99 / 450=US$499.99  

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

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