Pentax Optio S40 Review
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Pentax made it easy to select shooting modes with the S40's handy mode dial. Simply set the mode dial to one of the eight desired record modes. For customized operation the S40 allows users to program frequently used functions (recording size, image quality, exposure compensation, metering, white balance, ISO and AF area) to the left and right elements of the four- way controller for access when the dial position is set in modes other than Auto, Movie, and Voice recording. In addition to placing Portrait, Landscape, and Night scene modes directly on the mode dial, the S40 also offers 8 picture modes that provide fully-automatic exposure for select shooting conditions. A useful Help function can be easily accessed when in both recording and playback modes, displaying simple explanations of all button functions on the screen.
The S40 features five image size choices (640x480 - 2304x1728) with three different quality settings. You can record motion video at up to 30fps with sound, with lengths limited only by the capacity of the memory card. The voice recording mode allows users to attaching 30-second memos to selected images. It features a 1.6-inch color LCD monitor with 100% coverage, selectable metering modes, white balance settings, exposure compensation, optical viewfinder, approximately 10MB of built-in memory expandable with any size SD card, audio-video output for display on TV sets and USB connectivity with your computer. The S40 also features an optional acrylic waterproof housing that allows users to explore the world of underwater photography.
The Pentax Optio S40 includes an ACDSee software package that is designed exclusively for pentax digital cameras. Valued at $150, the package includes ACDSee 5.1, FotoSlate, FotoCanvas and Photostitcher. ACDSee digital camera software makes it easy to retrieve, view, manage, print, enhance and share your digital photos. The camera will ship to retailers in April 2004.
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