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PENTAX Announces User-Friendly
Optio M20 With Impressive Battery Life

Pentax Optio M20

Mississauga, ON – August 21, 2006
PENTAX is pleased to announce the launch of the new PENTAX Optio M20, a compact digital camera boasting extended battery life.

In addition to offering extended battery life from only two AA batteries, this model features a new Blur Reduction mode, which allows you take sharper photos without camera shake or subject blurring, as well as an upgrade to 7.0 effective megapixels. Using easily-available AA batteries, you can take high quality photos with the Optio M20 anytime, anywhere. The Optio M20 offers fun, easy digital photography to many different users, regardless of photographic skill and experience.


1. Outstanding battery life

Thanks to its comprehensive energy-saving design, the Optio M20 provides exceptional battery life (approximately 220 images with AA-size alkaline batteries,*1 or approximately 700 images with AA-size lithium batteries*1) Since it accepts the globally available AA-size batteries, you will have no worries about obtaining fresh batteries on the road.

*1 Measured under testing conditions prescribed by CIPA standards.

2. New Blur Reduction mode reduces camera shake and subject blurring

The Optio M20 is equipped with a Blur Reduction mode. This, new feature lets you take photos at faster shutter speeds for sharper images even in low lighting conditions such as night scenes and indoor sporting events. In this mode, the camera automatically adjusts the sensitivity to as high as ISO 1600 to match the brightness of the subject. The higher sensitivity permits faster shutter speeds that effectively reduce not just camera shake but also blurring caused by moving subjects.

3. Auto Picture mode automatically determines the best settings for the shooting conditions

The Auto Picture mode lets the Optio M20 automatically determine the shooting conditions for Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, and Program modes and chooses the optimum settings for each subject. This PENTAX-original function simplifies shooting as it eliminates the need to make a number of individual settings.

4. High-Quality Movies with Anti-Shake Function

The Optio M20 captures movies at 30 fps (frames per second) at resolutions up to 640 x 480 pixels and with an image quality rivaling that of camcorders. Camera shake while filming can be corrected automatically using the movie anti-shake function.*2

*2 Using the movie anti-shake function results in a narrower field of view than that during normal recording.

5. Face Recognition AF & AE for beautiful one-step portraits

The Optio M20 includes Face Recognition AF & AE, which allows you to take bright, beautiful photos of people with perfectly focused faces that are free of shadows caused by backlighting. This useful function automatically detects the position of the subject’s face anywhere in the photo frame and then adjusts the focus and optimizes the exposure for the detected position.

6. The image quality of 7.0 effective megapixels permits beautiful, crisp prints even at large-format sizes

The Optio M20 produces clear images with impressive quality thanks to the high resolution afforded by its 7.0 effective megapixels and to its high-performance PENTAX lens. This resolution makes it possible to attain prints with crisp details even when the photo is enlarged.

7. Auto-tracking AF continuously focuses on a moving subject

The Optio M20’s auto-tracking AF feature continuously focuses on subjects, such as children and pets, which move around unpredictably while you are trying to take a picture. The focus frame automatically follows the movement of the subject inside the photo frame so you can capture those instantaneous photo opportunities.

8. Easy to View LCD Monitor

The Optio M20 comes with a 2.5-inch LCD monitor, which displays subjects’ movement with very little time delay (60 fps). Its easy to view, large monitor and menu display make operation, setting, monitoring, and playback comfortable and easy. The camera also has an auto LCD dimmer function that automatically dims the backlight to optimize the checking of the screen, both indoors and outdoors.

9. Easy to use 3X optical zoom

The Optio M20 includes a 3X optical zoom lens with a focal length from 38 to 114 mm (in 35mm format), which is ideal for a broad spectrum of subjects from landscapes to portraits.

10. Supports the SDHC memory card for greater storage of high-quality images and longer movies

The Optio M20 supports two removable storage media: the conventional SD memory cards and the new SDHC memory cards.*3

*3 SD High Capacity; these memory cards have capacities in excess of 2 GB.

11. Compatibility with the ImageLink printing system

The Optio M20 is compatible with the ImageLink printing system, which allows wireless connection of a digital camera to ImageLink-compatible printers. By simply placing the Optio M20 on the printer’s dock, the user can take advantage of simple, push-button printing of recorded images, without requiring a personal computer.

12. Other Features

(1) World time function for 71 cities (28 time zones) worldwide
(2) Calendar display lets you choose photos by date
(3) Mode Palette provides quick access to 15 shooting modes and 13 playback modes
(4) Soft flash function avoids overexposure during close-up flash photography
(5) Macro mode allows close-up photography as near as 5 cm
(6) Digital zooming provides up to 4X magnification
(7) Approximately 21.9 MB of built-in memory
(8) Includes the ACDSee for PENTAX image viewer/image management software
(9) Supports PictBridge, DPOF functions, Exif Print, and PRINT Image Matching III

PENTAX Canada Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of PENTAX Corporation of Japan and maintains offices in Mississauga. PENTAX markets cameras, lenses, binoculars, surveying equipment, closed circuit television lenses and medical equipment.

PENTAX on the web at www.pentax.ca





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