Less than a month after, Pentax has unveiled two new cameras. The Pentax Optio A30 and the W30 are two compact cameras that respectively offer high-resolution and waterproof shooting.
The Optio A30 is an ultracompact camera that packs a 10-megapixel sensor into a metal body that's just 0.9 inch thick. It uses a fairly standard 3x, 38-to-114mm-equivalent lens with Pentax's Enhanced Shake Reduction digital image stabilization. The camera includes a wide variety of features and modes, including a face-recognizing autofocus and autoexposure mode, a manual exposure mode for more advanced users, and a 30fps VGA movie mode that records MPEG-4 DivX files. Besides face recognition, the A30 is almost identical to its predecessor, the 10-megapixel
The Pentax Optio W30 is the company's latest waterproof camera, replacing the
The Pentax Optio A30 and the Optio W30 will ship in late March, with suggested retail prices of $300 and $350, respectively.