Pentax Optio E50 Review

Pentax Optio E50

Review posted 5/19/2008

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The PENTAX Optio E50 has advanced functions and high resolution with simple operation that appeal to customers looking for the maximum features and a minimal price. This is successor to the E40 from last year. It features an 8.1 effective megapixels sensor, new image processing engine with increased processing performance and a high-performance PENTAX lens. The E50's 3X optical zoom lens has a focal range covering angles of view equivalent to those of a 37.5-112.5mm lens in 35mm format, which is ideal for a broad spectrum of subjects from landscapes to portraits.

This new models is equipped with Face Recognition Auto Focus and Auto Exposure function for easy, high quality portraits. This convenient function automatically detects faces, adjusts focus, and sets the optimum exposure regardless of where subjects appear the screen. A maximum of 10 people may be recognized at once and the faces are highlighted even in settings with backlighting. *Available when the photography mode is "Auto Picture", "Program", "Portrait", and "Kids" and camera is directed to the people from the front.

With the Auto Picture mode, the Optio E50 will automatically determine the optimum settings for various shooting conditions and subjects such as Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, and Normal modes. This PENTAX original function makes photography easier for newer users as it eliminates the need for individual settings.

Digital Shake Reduction is mode is designed to reduce camera shake and subject blur when photographing still images. It does this by adjusting the sensitivity automatically to as high as ISO 1600 to match the brightness of the subject. This allows photography with fast shutter speeds and images with less blur.

Optio E50 Features:

  • Compact body 3.8 x 2.4 x 0.9 in., weighs just 4.2 ounces
  • 8-megapixel CCD imager
  • Large 2.4" color LCD with 110,000 pixels and 100% coverage
  • 3x Pentax zoom lens
  • 3-point AF system with Face Recognition AF & AE technologies
  • Macro focus coverage down to 5.88 inches
  • Digital SR (Shake Reduction) mode for blur-free stills and movies
  • Movie mode captures video (640x480/320x240) at 30fps, length limited to media capacity
  • Voice memos can be attached to still images
  • Multi-segment metering
  • ISO sensitivity: Auto (100 - 1600) or Manual 100 - 1600 (1600 in Digital SR)
  • Audio-Video output for TV display
  • Powered by 2 standard AA type batteries
  • Approx. 9.5MB of internal memory plus SD/SDHC card slot
  • PictBridge, Epson PRINT Image Matching III and Exif Print compatible
  • USB Mass Storage compliant
The Optio E50 is available now with a MSRP of US$149.95.

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The Optio E50 compared in size to a standard CD.

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Optio E50 Specifications

Type: Ultra-compact digital camera
Sensor: Type - 1/2.5" CCD; Effective pixels - 8.1 MP; Total pixels: TBD; Recorded resolutions - Still: TBA (8M), TBA (5M), TBA (4M), TBA (3M), TBA (2M), 1024x768 (1024), 640x480 (VGA); Movie: 640x480 (VGA), 320x240 (QVGA) Quality levels: *** Best, ** Better, * Good
Lens: Type/construction - PENTAX zoom lens, 6 elements, 5 groups (3 aspherical elements); Optical zoom: 3X; Focal length (equiv.) - 6.2-18.6mm (37.5-112.5mm); Digital zoom - 4X; Combined zoom: 12X; Aperture - f/2.8-5.2
LCD/Viewfinder: LCD screen - 2.4" TFT color LCD; LCD coverage - TBA; LCD resolution - 110,000 dots; Wide angle viewable - n/a; Optical viewfinder - n/a
Focus System: Type - TTL contrast detection autofocus system w/ AF assist lamp; Autofocus - 3 point autofocus, multi/spot/continuous focus available; Manual focus - n/a; Macro focus - YES; Focus lock - Available by pressing shutter release button half way; Focus range - Normal: 1.31' to infinity; Macro: 0.49-1.64'
Flash: Type - Built-in series-control auto flash; Flash modes - Auto, flash on, flash off, redeye; Effective range - Approx 20' (wide), 10' (tele), in auto ISO
Storage Media: Internal memory - Approx 9.5 MB; Removable memory - SD, SDHC
Interfaces: Ports - USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV, dock terminal connection; Video out - NTSC, PAL; Printer interfaces - PictBridge, Kodak ImageLink print system
Power Supply: Power source - 2 AA batteries (lithium, alkaline, nickel, NiMH rechargeable); Recordable images - Approx 250 (alkaline); Playback time - Approx 340 min (alkaline); Movie recording time - Approx 100 min (alkaline); Audio recording time - Approx 530 min (alkaline); AC adapter available - YES (optional)
Physical Dimensions: Dimensions (W x H x D) - 3.8 x 2.4 x 0.9" (at thinnest depth); Weight (without battery or removable memory) - 4.2 oz; Loaded and ready - 5.8 oz; Construction material(s) - plastic polymer; Operating temperature - 32-104 degrees F
Timing: Startup - 2.36 sec; Release lag - 0.02 sec
Language Support: English, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Swedish, Dutch, Russian, Korean, Traditional/Simplified Chinese, Danish, Finish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai
Image Stabilization: Still - Digital SR Mode (ISO 1600)
Metering System: Type - TTL; Multi-segment - YES; Center weighted - n/a; Spot - n/a; Exposure compensation - +/- 2 EV (1/3 steps)
ISO Sensitivity: Auto - 100-1600 (1600 only available in Digital SR mode); Manual - 100-1600 (1600 only available in Digital SR mode)
White Balance: Auto preset modes - Auto; Manual mode(s) - n/a
Shutter: Type - Programmed AE electronic lens shutter with CCD electronic shutter; Shutter speed - 1/2000 to 1/4 sec (up to 4 sec in Night Scene Mode)
Capture Modes: Mode selection - Auto Picture, Program, Night Scene, Movie, Voice Recording, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Surf & Snow, Sport, Digital SR, Kids, Pet, Panorama, Frame Composite, Green; Green simplified mode available - YES; Face recognition available - YES, up to TBA faces in Auto Picture, Program, Portrait, and Kids modes; P/A/S/M/B - P; Date stamp - YES (not available in Green Mode); Digital filters (capture) - n/a
Drive Modes: Mode selection - One shot, self-timer, continuous, 16-frame composite; Continuous FPS - TBA; Self-timer - YES; Remote control - n/a
Playback Modes: Mode selection - One shot, index (9 thumbnails), magnification, movie playback, sound playback; Mode pallet - Slideshow, resize, trimming, image & sound copy, image rotation, digital filter, brightness filter, frame composite, redeye edit, voice memo, protect, DPOF, startup image; Magnification - Up to 8x, scrollable; Digital filters (playback) - B&W, color filters (7); Movie edit - n/a
File Formats: Still - TBA; Movie - TBA; Sound - TBA
Computer System Requirements: For device connectivity. Bundled software requirements may vary. Windows - TBA; Mac - TBA

(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)

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