Pentax Introduces Two New Optio Models

Shortly after PMA 2010, Pentax has officially announced their new Optio W90 and X90 digital cameras.

The W90 is their latest "Go-anywhere" Optio, which builds off the success of the W80, and past models in this class. Their 11th generation waterproof camera, the W90 boasts increased depth (up to 20 feet) and shockproof ratings (up to 4 feet), along with some other nice improvements. First off, the camera has a more rugged look and feel, along with other new additions, which include: a larger 2.7-inch LCD, HDMI output, Digital Microscope mode with Macro LED lamps mounted around the lens, Advanced Pixel Track Shake Reduction system, Pet Detection technology, and compatibility with their new waterproof Infrared remote control WP. The W90 continues the use of a 12-megapixel sensor mated to a 5x optical zoom lens. Look for this one sometime in April of this year with a MSRP of $329.95US; the Remote Control WP will sell for $29.95US.

Next we have Pentax's latest Mega-zoom camera, the Optio X90. This model replaces the X70 we saw last year, with several enhancements. The most noticeable addition to the X90 is the new 26x optical zoom lens, which covers a 35mm equivalent range of approx. 26 - 676mm. This unit also offers Infrared remote compatibility, a HDMI port, Eye-Fi Wireless SD card compatibility, a 2.7-inch LCD, an EVF with new diopter adjustment option, Triple Shake Reduction technology, and burst shooting at up to 11fps (@ lower resolution setting). This one will retail for about $499.95US, and will also be available in April.

For more information about these two models, check out the official Pentax press releases by clicking on the images or model names above.