Pentax has announced the Optio RZ18 - a compact superzoom camera with 18x zoom lens. The RZ18 combines a very flexible zoom range (25-450mm equivalent) with a 16MP image stabilized CCD sensor. It also features a 460,000 dot LCD and can shoot 720p HD video at 30 frames per second. The RZ18 will be available from October at a recommended price of $299.

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PENTAX ANNOUNCES THE OPTIO RZ18 WITH 18X ZOOM

GOLDEN, CO. (September 12, 2011)…PENTAX Imaging Company announced the Optio RZ18 digital compact camera. Featuring a slim, lightweight body, the new model offers a powerful 18X optical zoom lens covering focal lengths from 25mm wide angle to 450mm super-telephoto (in the 35mm format). The Optio RZ18 is the latest addition to PENTAX Optio RZ zoom lens series, which provides photographers simple, effortless shooting of a wide variety of subjects and occasions, from travel and landscape to action and spectator sports.

The Optio RZ18 features include:

  • Generous 18X zoom (equivalent to 25-450mm) with extra wide angle lens captures subjects near and far.
  • High resolution 16 megapixel sensor for large prints or aggressive image cropping.
  • Slim footprint for outstanding portability and inconspicuous use.
  • Multiple PENTAX Shake Reduction (SR) image stabilization options, including sensor-shift SR, for sharp images in any lighting.
  • Large 3 inch LCD with HVGA resolution (460,000 dots).
  • Powerful automatic shooting modes such as Auto Picture and scene modes take the guesswork out of great photography.
  • Creative special effects filters add artistic flair to the common snapshot.
  • Advanced 9-point autofocus with a 4cm super macro mode.
  • Face detection for perfectly focused and exposed portraits, includes a dedicated pet recognition feature.
  • Widescreen HD video in 720p at 30 frames per second.

The Optio RZ18 will be available in black, pearl white or metallic orange for $299.95 USD in October 2011.

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