Pentax introduces a couple of new cameras today, starting here with the T30, successor to the T20. The T30 ups resolution to 7.1 million pixels, ISO sensitivity to 3200 and is 0.5mm slimmer than its predecessor at just 19mm. Still sporting a 3.0-inch screen with touch display control and a 3x zoom but theT30 also throws Face Recognition AF and AE into the mix.

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PENTAX Optio T30

A compact digital camera featuring an extra-large 3.0-inch LCD monitor, newly equipped with Shake Reduction and Face Recognition AF & AE functions

PENTAX Corporation is pleased to announce the new PENTAX Optio T30, which realizes a slim body while being equipped with a large 3.0-inch LCD monitor that enables for easy viewing. The Optio T30 comes with new functions such as shake reduction which reduces camera shake and subject blurring, and “Face Recognition AF & AE,” which is convenient when photographing people.

Major Features

1. Easy-to-view 3.0-inch oversized LCD monitor
The Optio T30 is equipped with a high-resolution, oversized 3.0-inch LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 pixels that enables images and menu text to be displayed largely and clearly. The monitor also has a wide viewing angle of approximately 170° from all directions, making it easy to confirm images, even when looking at the monitor diagonally.

2. Shake reduction function

(Digital SR (Shake Reduction)
A mode that reduces camera shakes and blurring of the subject when photographing still images. The sensitivity is adjusted automatically, to as high as the ultrahigh sensitivity of ISO 3200, to match the brightness of the subject. This enables for photography with fast shutter speeds, and images with less blurs can be obtained.

Movie SR (Shake Reduction)*1
An electronic shake reduction function exclusively for capturing movies, which effectively corrects distortions in images due to camera shakes through software.
*1 When using “Movie SR,” the field of view is narrower than that during normal recording.

3. “Face Recognition AF & AE” function that is convenient when photographing people
The Optio T30 is equipped with a “Face Recognition AF & AE” function*2 that automatically detects and focuses on faces, regardless of where the people appear in the photo frame. In addition, optimal exposure settings are automatically conducted so that the areas with faces are not darkened even if there is backlighting.
*2 Available when the photography mode is “Portrait” and the camera is directed at people from the front.

4. One of the Smallest and lightest in its class
By using a new type of battery that is thin and high-performance, as well as adopting the “sliding lens system,”*3 which is a lens mechanism unique to PENTAX, the Optio T30 realizes one of the smallest and lightest compact body in the class of models equipped with a large, 3.0-inch LCD monitor and 3X optical zoom.
*3 PENTAX’s proprietary lens system: The central lens group slides upward from the optical axis and the front and back lens groups slip under them. Housing the lens in two steps in the lens cylinder reduces overall lens thickness, thereby minimizing body depth.

5. Excellent image quality
An upgraded 7.1 effective megapixel resolution 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 T30’s superb image processing technology produces vivid colors and creates smooth tonal expressions at all brightness levels.

6. Touch-display control system
Various functions can be set and entered easily, due to a touch-display control system where operations can be made by directly touching the icons on the LCD monitor.

7. My Drawing mode for easy picture design
The Optio T30 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.

8. Auto Picture mode automatically determines the best settings for the shooting conditions
The Auto Picture mode lets the camera automatically determine the shooting conditions for Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, and Program modes and choose the optimum settings for each subject. This PENTAX original function makes photography a lot easier for users since it eliminates the necessity of making a number of individual settings.

9. Other features

  • Auto-tracking AF continuously focusing on a moving subject
  • Compatible with new SDHC memory cards, in addition to conventional SD memory cards
  • Function (Fn) setting permits you to store frequently used settings and recall them from the panel with a single touch
  • Mode Palette provides quick access to 16 shooting modes and 12 playback modes
  • Deleted images recovery function that restores images that were erased accidentally
  • Memo pad function that enables the user to save handwritten memos and illustrations as images
  • Frame composite mode adds decorative frames to images when shooting or after shooting
  • Digital zooming provides up to 4X magnification
  • Approximately 19.9 MB of built-in memory
  • FotoNation’s red-eye correction function for flash shots
  • Includes the ACDSee for PENTAX image viewer/image management software
  • Supports PictBridge, DPOF functions, Exif Print, and PRINT Image Matching III

Pentax Optio T30 specifications


• 1/2.5 " Type CCD
• 7.41 million pixels total
• 7.1 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 3072 x 2304
• 2592 x 1944
• 2304 x 1728
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
Movie clips • 640 x 480 @ 15 / 30fps
• 320 x 240 @ 15 / 30fps
• with WAV sound and Movie SR
• Color Mode: Full Color, Sepia, Monochrome
File formats • JPEG Exif 2.2
• PRINT Image Matching lll
• QuickTime Motion JPEG
Lens • 37.5 - 112.5mm (equiv 35mm)
• F2.7 - 5.2
• 3x optical zoom
Image stabilization No
Conversion lenses No
Digital zoom up to 4x
Focus TTL Contrast Detection AF
AF area modes • 9-point AF
• Spot AF
• Auto Tracking AF changeable
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance • Normal: 0.4m - infinity
• Macro: 0.15m - infinity
• Pan focus: 1.3m - infinity (wide) 5.3m - infinity (tele)
• Manual: 0.15m - infinity (wide) 0.4m - infinity (tele)
Metering • TTL metering
• Multi-segment
• Center-weighted
• Spot
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 64
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 3200
Exposure compensation +/- 2EV in 1/3 EV steps
Shuttter speed 1/2000 - 4 secs
Aperture F2.7 - 5.2
Modes • Auto Picture
• Program
• Movie
• Voice Recording
• Digital SR
Scene modes • Night Scene
• Landscape
• Flower
• Portrait
• Surf & Snow
• Sport
• Pet
• Kids
• Frame Composition
• Food
• Text
White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Shade
• Tungsten Light
• Fluorescent Light
• Manual
Self timer 10 or 2 sec
Continuous shooting Standard, High Speed
Image parameters • Digital Effect: Color Filter, Digital Filter, Fish Eye Filter, Brightness Filter, Frame Composite, My Drawing
• Color Filter: B&W, Sepia, Color Filter (8 colors with bar), B&W with Red, B&W with Green, B&W with Blue
• Digital Filter: Soft, Illustration, Special Effect, Slim
• My Drawing: Undo, Redo, Line Drawing, Stamp, My Stamp, Eraser
Flash • Auto
• Flash On / Off
• Red-eye compensation
• Soft flash
• Range: 0.15 - 6.0m (wide) 0.4 - 3.0m (tele)
Viewfinder No
LCD monitor • 3.0-inch TFT
• 230,000 pixels
Connectivity • USB
• AV out
• DC in
Print compliance PictBridge
Storage • SD / SDHC card compatible
• approx 19.9 MB built-in memory
Power • Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery D-L163
• Optional AC adapter
Weight (no batt) 120 g
Dimensions 95 x 57 x 19 mm

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