Next up is the new Optio M30, the replacement for the M20, announced last August. The M30 also ups resolution to 7.1 million pixels and sensitivity to ISO 3200 but is now packed into an ultra-slim 18mm body.
PENTAX Optio M30
A standard-class, compact digital camera newly designed with an ultra-slim body and high-quality texture
PENTAX Corporation is pleased to announce the new PENTAX Optio M30, a standard-class, compact digital camera that has been redesigned in pursuit of an ultra-slim body and high texture. The Optio M30 is well-balanced with basic functions, and supports various photography scenes.
1. New Design that Incorporates Ultra-Slimness and High-Quality Texture
The external design of the Optio M series, standard-class compact digital camera, was redesigned. By using an exclusive ultra-thin battery and miniaturizing the circuit board, the depth of the main body was able to be kept down to a mere 18 mm. A high-quality aluminum alloy texture is also used for the exterior packaging, making it finished with a sophisticated design.
2. Ultrahigh-sensitive photography
Optio M30 features “Digital SR (Shake Reduction)” mode that enables for photography with ultrahigh-sensitivity. By selecting the “Digital SR (Shake Reduction)” mode during photography, the camera automatically adjusts the sensitivity to as high as ISO 3200 to match the brightness of the subject. Even in dark locations such as indoor and night scenes, it effectively reduces camera shakes and subject blurring that occurs when the subject moves, through fast shutter speeds. It also enables for subjects that are far away, even approximately 15.5m, and in a dark location to be photographed clearly when using flash.
3. Auto-macro function
The Optio M30 comes newly equipped with an auto-macro function that enables for close-up photography up to a minimal distance of 10 cm. The auto-macro function is a convenient function where the camera determines the distance from the subject, and even while in the normal focus mode, automatically switches the focus range to macro mode.
4. “Face Recognition AF & AE” function that is convenient when photographing people
The Optio M30 is equipped with a “Face Recognition AF & AE” function*1 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.
*1 Available when the photography mode is “Portrait” and the camera is directed at people from the front.
5. 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.
6. High image quality
With a high resolution of 7.1 effective mega pixels and high-performance PENTAX lens, the Optio M30 realizes clear, high-quality images. Even when photos are greatly enlarged, details can be printed clearly.
7. 3X optical zoom lens
The Optio M30 features a 3X optical zoom lens with a focal range covering angles of view equivalent to those of a 38-114mm lens in 35mm format, which is ideal for a broad spectrum of subjects from landscapes, through sightseeing photographs, to portraits.
8. High-Quality Movies with Shake Reduction Function
The Optio M30 captures smooth, high-quality movies at 30 fps (frames per second) at a resolution of 640 x 480 pixles, which is comparable to movies taken with a camcorder. It is also newly equipped with the “Movie SR (Shake Reduction)” function*2, which automatically corrects camera shakes, allowing for movies to be taken more easily and without hassles.
*2 Using the “Movie SR" function results in a narrower field of view than that during normal recording.
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
- World time function for 75 cities (28 time zones) worldwide
- Calendar Display function allows image retrieval based on the capture date
- Mode Palette provides quick access to 15 shooting modes and 13 playback modes
- Soft flash function avoids overexposure during close-up flash photography
- Super-Macro mode allows close-up photography as near as 5 cm
- Digital zooming provides up to 4X magnification
- Approximately 21.9 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
1/2.5 " Type CCD
|Image sizes|| 3072 x 2304
2592 x 1944
2304 x 1728
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1024 x 768
640 x 480
|Movie clips|| 640 x 480 @ 15 / 30fps
320 x 240 @ 15 / 30fps
WAV and Movie SR
Color Mode: Full Color, Sepia, Monochrome
|File formats|| JPEG Exif 2.2
PRINT Image Matchiing lll
QuickTime Motion JPEG
|Lens|| 38 - 114mm (35mm equiv)
3x optical zoom
|Digital zoom||up to 4x|
|Focus||TTL contrast detection auto focus system|
|AF area modes|| 9-point AF
Auto tracking AF changeable
|AF assist lamp||Yes|
|Focus distance|| Normal: 0.4m - infinity (whole zoom area) 0.6m - infinity (tele)
Macro: 0.1 - 1.0m (wide)
Super Macro: 0.05 - 0.4m
Pan focus: 1.4m - infinity (wide) 5.8m - infinity (tele)
Manual: 0.1m - infinity (wide) 0.6m - infinity (tele)
|ISO sensitivity|| Auto
|Exposure compensation||+/- 2EV in 1/3EV steps|
|Shuttter speed||1/2000 - 4 secs|
|Modes|| Auto Picture
|Scene modes|| Night Scene
Surf & Snow
|White balance|| Auto
|Self timer||10 or 2 secs|
|Image parameters||Mode Pallet: Slideshow, Resize, Trimming, Image&Sound Copy, Image Rotation, Digital Filter, Brightness Filter, Frame Composite, Red-eye Compensation, Voice Memo, Protect, DPOF
Digital Filter: B&W, Sepia, Color Filter (6 colors), Color extract (B&W with Red, B&W with Green, B&W with Blue), Soft
Flash On / Off
Range: 0.4 - 5.5m (wide) 0.6 - 2.8m (tele)
|LCD monitor|| 2.5-inch TFT
|Storage|| SD / SDHC card compatible
approx 21.9 MB built-in memory
|Power|| Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery -L163
Optional AC adapter kit
|Weight (no batt)||120 g|
|Dimensions||97 x 57 x 18 mm|
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