Pre-PMA 2008: The M50 slots into the middle of the Optio range with 8.0 megapixels and a 36-180mm equivalent lens, 'Shake Reduction' bumping up the ISO to 6400 (!) if light gets low. The monitor is a 2.5" LCD and as per usual with Pentax there are plenty of helpful scene modes to ensure the camera is set up correctly for every situation. Pop down £149.99 on the counter from March 2008 and it's yours.
PENTAX LAUNCHES THE OPTIO M50
Slim and easy all-round camera with extended zoom range
Despite its 5x zoom range, the diminutive dimensions and scant weight of the PENTAX Optio M50 is due to a flat Lithium-Ion battery and further miniaturisation of the circuit board. The result is an eye-catching 23.5mm deep aluminium body that will be available in classic silver or a selection of other attractive colours.
Technically the Optio M50 also has much to offer and will spoil the photographer with its numerous functions, not least of which is the extended – now five times - zoom range that assures successful telephoto shots. The digital "Shake Reduction" automatically increases the sensitivity to ISO 6400. This means much faster shutter speeds that effectively reduce the chance of camera shake, particularly in unfavourable lighting conditions.
For perfect “people pictures” the camera automatically selects the appropriate exposure and the correct focusing as soon as a person is recognized within the autofocus frame. Thanks to the new "Face Recognition” function skin tones can be perfectly reproduced under difficult backlighting situations.
8.0 Megapixels resolution, optical 5x zoom lens equal to 36 - 180mm in 35mm film format and a large 2.5’’ TFT Monitor complete the full concept of the Optio M50.
- Very compact all-round camera in entry to mid-level segment
- Thanks to the extended zoom range and compact dimensions the Optio M50 is the ideal travelling companion
Data at a glance:
- Compact camera with 2.5’’ TFT Monitor in an attractive aluminium body
- 8.0 Megapixel CCD
- 5x optical zoom: f3.5-5.6 / 6.3-31.5mm (36 – 180mm in 35mm film format)
- Digital “Shake Reduction“ for still shots and videos with sensitivity automatic set to ISO 6400
- Full automatic mode and 16 Picture Modes
- Available in six attractive colours (Black, Silver, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Rose and Pink)
- Dimensions: 95 (W) x 55 (H) x 23.5 (D) mm
- Recommended Retail Price: £149.99
- Available: March 2008
Modifications from the previous model (Optio M40):
- Resolution 8.0 Megapixels
- Optical 5x zoom range
- Sensitivity: ISO 64 to ISO 6400
- New Picture Modes including Panorama-Function, Movie Edit and Image Recovery
- New design
1/2.35" Type CCD
3264 x 2448
|Movie clips|| 640 x 480
320 x 240
|File formats|| JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
AVI (Motion JPEG Format)
|Lens|| PENTAX smc zoom lens
6.3 mm – 31.5 mm
Approx. 36 mm – 180mm (35mm equiv.)
|Digital zoom||Up to 5.1x|
|Focus||TTL Contrast Detection AF|
|AF area modes|| 9 Point AF
|Focus distance|| Normal: 0.4m to infinity (entire zoom range)
Tele: 0.9 to infinity
Macro: 10 to 50cm (wide-angle), 60cm to 1.0m (tele)
Pan focus (hyperfocal)
|Metering||TTL multi-field metering|
|Metering areas|| Multi-field
|ISO sensitivity|| Auto ISO
|Exposure compensation||± 2EV in 1/3 EV steps|
|Shutter speed||Approx. 1/2000s to 4s|
|Modes|| Green mode
Digital Shake Reduction (SR)
|Scene modes|| Nightscene
Sand + Snow
Natural skin tones rendition
On-image Date recording
|White balance|| Automatic
|White balance fine tune||n/a|
|Self timer||2 or 10 sec|
Black & White
Red Eye Reduction
|LCD monitor|| 2.5“ TFT LCD colour monitor
Approx. 100% coverage
USB 2.0 High Speed
|Print compliance|| Pictbridge
Print Image Matching III
|Power|| D-LI78 Lithium Ion battery
AC adaptor (optional)
|Weight (no batt)||TBC|
|Dimensions||95 x 55 x 23.5 mm (3.7 x 2.2 x 0.9 in)|
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