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Press Release - September 13, 2006



PENTAX UNVEILS SLIMMEST DIGITAL CAMERA WITH THREE INCH LCD: OPTIO T20 FEATURES SEVEN MEGAPIXELS




GOLDEN, CO. (September 13, 2006) PENTAX Imaging Company announced the new PENTAX Optio T20 compact digital camera featuring an extremely slim body. Incorporating the PENTAX-developed Sliding Lens System and an impressive 3.0 inch, high-definition LCD monitor, the Optio T20 is the thinnest digital camera in this class. Featuring 7.0 megapixels and a 3X zoom, the latest model in the PENTAX T series allows users to select and confirm functions directly on the LCD monitor with just a touch or with a stylus. The 3.0 inch display allows users to easily view and decorate images with drawings, stamps, picture frames and more. With the 3.0 inch touch-display, the Optio T20 allows users to simply touch, shoot and enjoy.

Easy-to-share 3.0 inch oversized LCD monitor

The Optio T20 hosts a large 3.0 inch LCD monitor with 230,000 pixels for exceptional clarity and definition for reviewing images and menu text. With a wide viewing field, the screen remains easy-to-see when viewed from an angle or straight on. This is helpful when monitoring shots at low or high angles or when displaying images in a group setting. The Optio T20 features an extra-large 3.0 inch LCD monitor made possible by the PENTAX Sliding Lens System* and high-density mounting technology.
*PENTAXs proprietary lens system: The central lens group slides upward from the optical axis and the front and back lens groups slip under them. Housing the lens in two steps in the lens cylinder reduces overall lens thickness, thereby minimizing body depth.

Extremely slim body

With a slim body only 0.77 inch thick (19.5mm), the Optio T20 is the thinnest in this digital camera class.

Touch display makes operations simple and enjoyable

The Optio T20s touch display allows users to select and confirm functions by directly touching the LCD monitor. Easy operation of the screen allows users to access icons from the displayed menu with a simple touch.

Excellent image quality

Upgraded to 7.0 effective megapixel resolution, the Optio T20 delivers images with exceptional definition. The camera boasts an smc PENTAX lens for clear, high-contrast images, while the unique lens coating reduces ghosting and other artifacts. The Optio T20s superb image processing technology produces vivid colors and creates smooth tonal expressions at all brightness levels.

My Drawing mode for easy picture design

The Optio T20 comes with the My Drawing mode, which lets users customize their shots. With the enclosed stylus pen, users may create original pictures by writing directly on the image shown on the monitor or adding a stored illustration with the Stamp function. The camera also offers a function for storing favorite photos as original stamps to add to other images.

12 shooting modes cover a wide range of scenes

The Optio T20 features 12 versatile shooting modes such as Portrait, Landscape, Flower, and Night Scene. Just choose the mode matching the subject scene and the camera automatically optimizes the exposure, white balance, and other settings. Selecting the mode is easy with the touch display and the Mode Palette, which displays PENTAX mode icons on the LCD monitor.

High-quality movies with a built-in Movie editing function

The Optio T20 smoothly captures movies at 30 fps (frames per second) at sizes up to 640 ? 480 pixels, and a movie editing function may save a frame from a recorded movie as a still image.

Additional Optio T20 features

  • Approximately 12 MB of internal memory; supports external SD memory cards
  • Frame composite mode adds decorative frames to images when shooting or after shooting
  • Function (Fn) setting permits you to store frequently used settings and recall them from the panel with a single touch
  • 4X digital zoom function
  • Convenient image-rotation display for confirmation of shots (rotates images 90, 180, or 270)
  • Includes the ACDSee for PENTAX image viewer/image management software
  • USB 2.0 (hi-speed) compatible
  • PictBridge, DPOF functions, Exif Print, and PRINT Image Matching III compatible

The Optio T20 digital camera will be available for .95 in October 2006.




PENTAX Imaging Company is an innovative leader in the production of compact and digital SLR cameras, binoculars, lenses, eyepieces, mobile printers, scanners and Internet cameras. For more than 80 years, PENTAX technology has developed durable, reliable products that meet the needs of consumers and businesses. With headquarters in Golden, Colorado, PENTAX Imaging Company is a division of PENTAX of America, Inc.





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