Pentax Optio E80

The Optio E80 is a basic compact camera from Pentax that has a few tricks up its sleeve despite its bargain basement price.

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In brief

The Pentax Optio E80 is a slightly beefed-up version of the E70 that made its debut last year at CES. It's pretty basic on the physical specifications, with 10 megapixels, a 3x optical zoom and a 2.7-inch LCD screen.

It does have large buttons useful for bigger fingers, a wider lens than its predecessor (though still not hitting the sub-30mm mark), and HD video recording (at 720p, 15fps). It's also powered by two AA batteries. There's no optical or sensor-shift image stabilisation on the E80 though.

The E80 is equipped with speedy face detection (it's claimed to track down up to 32 faces in 0.03 second). The E80 is available in silver or black.