Pre-PMA 2006: Pentax has today also announced the Optio T10, which features a large 3-inch LCD with a touch display control system and a Drawing mode that allows you to customize your shots and create your own illustrations. This 6 megapixel camera also has a 3x optical zoom lens, all wrapped up in a slim 19.5mm high grade aluminium alloy body.

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PENTAX Optio T10

A compact digital camera that makes “shooting,” “viewing,” and “creating” fun, featuring an extra-large, high-resolution LCD monitor and a touch display for controls

February 16, 2006 PENTAX Corporation is pleased to introduce the new PENTAX Optio T10 compact digital camera. The Optio T10 is distinguished by an extra-large 3.0-inch,high-definition LCD monitor for easy viewing and a touch-display control system that allows you to program the camera by simply touching icons on the panel as well as customize images directly on the panel.

Along with the powerful raw performance of the camera’s picture quality and its 3X-optical zoom lens coupled with a slim body profile and a simple, intuitive interface, PENTAX has engineered a camera that puts the fun back into not only “taking” and “viewing” but also “creating” images with its playful touch-display control.

Major Features

Easy-to-view 3.0-inch oversized LCD monitor

The Optio T10 accommodates our largest digital-camera LCD monitor, which comes in at a full three inches and about 230,000 pixels for exceptional clarity and definition. Checking pictures and making settings is easier than ever thanks to the larger and clearer displays of images and menu text. And since the monitor sports a wide viewing field, the screen remains easy to see and nearly as bright and colorful when viewed at an angle as when viewed straight on. This is helpful when monitoring shots at low or high angles or when showing off photos to a group of people.

Touch display makes operations simple and enjoyable

The Optio T10’s touch display allows you to select and confirm functions by directly touching the LCD screen. The simplicity of touching and selecting the icon of the function you want from the displayed menu takes the stress out of setting up the camera.

Excellent image quality

The 6.0 effective megapixel CCD delivers images with exceptional definition. The camera boasts the well-regarded smc PENTAX lens, which renders clear, high-contrast images, while our unique lens coating cuts out ghosting and other artifacts. And the Optio T10’s superb image processing technology produces vivid colors and creates smooth tonal expressions at all brightness levels.

My Drawing mode for easy picture design

The Optio T10 comes with a My Drawing mode, which lets you enjoy customizing your shots. Using the included stylus pen, you can create your own original picture by writing directly on the image shown on the monitor or adding a stored illustration with the Stamp function. The camera also has a function for storing your favorite photos as original stamps.

19.5-mm body is the one of the thinnest in its class

We successfully slimmed down the camera’s body by utilizing a 3X-optical zoom lens that employs the PENTAX Sliding Lens System*1 together with a high-density mounting technology that creates an incredibly efficient layout with almost no spaces between components. The resulting 19.5-mm-wide body is the thinnest in its class even with the 3.0-inch extra-large LCD monitor.
*1: PENTAX’s proprietary lens system that offsets the central lens groups from the optical axis and houses the lens elements in two separate stages in the lens barrel to reduce the overall lens length and thereby minimize the body depth.

12 shooting modes cover a wide range of scenes

The Optio T10 features 12 versatile shooting modes specialized for conditions such as Portrait, Landscape, Flower, or Night Scene. Just choose the mode matching the subject scene and the camera automatically optimizes the exposure, white balance, and other settings. Selecting the mode is easy with the touch display and the Mode Palette, which displays PENTAX’s original mode icons on the monitor.

High-quality movie function with long recording times

The Optio T10 smoothly captures movies at 30 fps (frames per second) at sizes up to 640 × 480 pixels with image quality rivaling camcorders. The camera includes a movie editing function that can save a frame from a recorded movie as a still image.

Exquisite design

We employed a high-grade aluminum alloy for the camera’s exterior. The elegant design is finished off with the soft rounded contours of the top cover that accentuate the unit’s thinness and project a friendly image.

Other features

  • Approximately 12 MB of internal memory; supports external SD memory cards
  • Frame composite function adds decorative frames to images when shooting or after
  • Function (Fn) mode permits you to store frequently used settings and recall them from the panel with a single touch Pan-focus function for effortless snapshots
  • Approximately 4X digital zoom function
  • Convenient image-rotation display.0y for confirmation of shots (rotates images 90º, 180º, or 270º)
  • Includes the ACDSee for PENTAX image viewer/image management software
  • FotoNation red-eye reduction function for flash photography
  • USB 2.0 (hi-speed) compatible
  • DPOF functions, Exif Print, and PRINT Image Matching III compatible
  • PictBridge compatible

Optio T10 specifications


    • 1/2.5 " Type CCD
    • 6.36 million pixels total
    • 6.0 million effective pixels

    Image sizes • 2816 x 2112
    • 2592 x 1944
    • 2304 x 1728
    • 2048 x 1536
    • 1600 x 1200
    • 640 x 480
    Movie clips • 640 x 480 (30 fps / 15 fps)
    • 320 x 240 (30 fps / 15 fps)
    File formats • JPEG (Exif 2.2)
    • Movie: AVI Motion JPEG
    • Sound: WAV
    Lens • 37.5-112.5mm (equiv)
    • F2.7-5.2
    Digital zoom up to 4x
    Focus TTL contrast detection autofocus system
    AF area modes • 5-point multi AF
    • Spot AF switchable
    Focus distance • Normal: 0.4m - infinity
    • Macro: 0.15m - 0.5m (wide)
    • Manual: 0.15m - infinity
    • Panfocus: 1.2m - infinity (wide) 4.8m - infinity (tele)
    Metering • TTL metering: Choice of Multi-segment metering
    • Center Weighted
    • Spot
    ISO sensitivity • Auto
    • ISO 80
    • ISO 160
    • ISO 320
    • ISO 400
    Exposure compensation • + /-2 EV
    • 1/3 steps
    Shuttter speed 1/2000 to 4 secs
    Modes Program
    Scene modes • Night Scene
    • Voice recording
    • Landscape
    • Flower
    • Portrait
    • Surf & Snow
    • Sport
    • Pet
    • Food
    • Frame composition
    White balance • Auto
    • Daylight
    • Shade
    • Tungsten light
    • Fluorescent light
    • Manual setting
    Self timer 2 or 10 secs
    Continuous shooting Yes
    Flash • Built-in
    • Auto
    • On
    • Off
    • Red-eye reduction
    Viewfinder No
    LCD monitor • 3.0-inch TFT
    • 230,000 pixels
    • Touch display
    Connectivity • USB
    • AV-out
    • DC-in
    • NTSC
    • PAL
    Print compliance • PictBridge
    • DPOF
    Storage • 12MB internal memory
    • SD card compatible
    Power • Rechargeable D-L18 Li-ion battery
    • Optional AC adapter
    Weight (no batt) 135 g (4.8 oz)
    Dimensions 95 x 58.5 x 19.5mm (3.7 x 2.3 x 0.8 in)

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