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Press Release

January 24, 2008

PENTAX Optio M50

A compact digital camera with an easily usable compact/lightweight body,
enabling for photography to be enjoyed readily PENTAX Optio M50

PENTAX Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the PENTAX Optio M50, a compact digital camera that is newly equipped with 5X optical zoom lens, and enables users to further enjoy photography. As a standard model with enhanced basic functions encased within a compact and lightweight body, the Optio M50 can be used easily. Three color variations are available for the body color, allowing users to select their favorite color.

Color Variation
♦ Silver [ ⇒ Product Image ] / ♦ Pink [ ⇒ Product Image ] / ♦ Light Blue [ ⇒ Product Image ]
Major Features
5X optical zoom lens
Inside a palm-sized compact body, the Optio M50 is newly equipped with a 5X optical zoom lens. With this lens, an angle of view equivalent to those of an approximately 36 to 180 mm lens in 35 mm format can be obtained, thus permitting the user to take zooming photographs for landscapes, memorial photographs, portraits etc. In addition, using this together with the digital zoom function ( approx. 1X to 5.1X ) makes photography with a maximum zoom equivalent to 25.5X possible.
”Face Recognition AF & AE” function that is convenient when photographing portraits
The Optio M50 is equipped with the ”Face Recognition AF&AE” function that automatically detects and focuses on faces, and sets the optimum exposure. In addition, ”Smile Capture” function that distinguishes smiles and automatically takes photographs, and other application functions are also available.
Evolved Auto Picture mode automatically determines the best settings for the shooting conditions
The Auto Picture mode, which is unique to PENTAX, lets the camera automatically determines the shooting conditions and chooses condition for Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, Normal, and newly adopted Flower and Sports mode.
Digital SR ( Shake Reduction )
Digital SR ( Shake Reduction ) mode reduces camera shakes and blurring of the subjects when photographing still images. The sensitivity is adjusted automatically, to as high as the ultrahigh sensitivity of ISO 6400, to match the brightness of the subjects. This enables for photography with fast shutter speeds, and images with less blurs can be obtained.
Easily viewable 2.5-inch LCD monitor with a wide viewing angle
Even with a compact body, the Optio M50 features a large, 2.5-inch LCD monitor with an increased approximately 230,000 dots. Not only is it easy to check the screen during photography and playback, it is also easy to view the menu display. The monitor also enables users to operate the camera and make settings smoothly. Since the screen has a wide viewing angle of approximately 170 degrees from all directions, it is easy to confirm images even when looking at the screen diagonally.
High-quality images
Thanks to a high definition of approximately 8.0 effective megapixels and high-performance PENTAX lens, the Optio M50 realizes clear images with high quality. Even when images are enlarged, it is possible to print detailed areas clearly.
Other features
  1. Movie recording function with shake reduction enabling high image quality rivaling camcorders
  2. Mode palette provides quick access to 16 shooting conditions and 15 playback mode
  3. Panorama mode for composing photographs into 1 panoramic picture
  4. Auto-Macro allows for close-up photography as near as 10cm without changing the normal focusing mode
  5. Auto-tracking AF continuously focusing on a moving subject
  6. Date imprint function for easy image categorizing
  7. Approximately 51.1MB of built-in memory
  8. FotoNation's red-eye compensation function for flash shots
  9. Includes the ACDSee for PENTAX 3.0 image viewer/image management software that supports Windows Vista™
  10. Support PictBridge, DPOF functions, Exif Print, and PRINT Image Matching III
Optio M50 Main Specifications
Number of Effective pixels   approx. 8.0 megapixels
Image Sensor   1/2.35″ CCD
Number of Recorded pixels Still 8M, 5M, 4M, 3M, 2M, 1024, 640
Movie 640, 320
Sensitivity
( Standard Output Sensitivity )
  Auto, Fixed ( ISO 64 - 6400 * ), * Digital SR mode setting
Shake Reduction Still High sensitivity shake reduction mode ( Digital SR )
Movie Movie shake reduction mode ( Movie SR )
Face recognition   Face priority AF&AE is available at all mode. 15 people at most. Smile Capture.
Storage Media   Built-in Memory ( approx. 51.1MB ), SD/SDHC Memory Card
White Balance   Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light, Manual setting
Lens   PENTAX zoom lens, 8 elements in 6 groups ( 4 aspherical elements )
Focal Length 6.3mm - 31.5mm ( 35mm equivalent focal length approx. 36 - approx. 180mm )
Aperture F3.5(W) - F5.6(T)
Zoom Optical Zoom 5X
Digital Zoom approx. 5.1X
Intelligent Zoom approx. 6.3X at 5M, approx. 25.5X at 640 ( including optical zoom )
Display   2.5″, approx. 230K dots LCD, Wide viewing angle
Focus Type 9 point multi/spot/Auto tracking AF
Focus Range
(From lense face)
Normal : 0.4m ( 1.31ft ) - infinity ( at wide setting ), 0.9m ( 2.95ft ) - infinity ( at tele setting )
Macro : 0.1m ( 0.33ft ) - 0.5m ( 1.64ft ) ( at wide setting ), 0.6m ( 1.97ft ) - 1.0m ( 3.3ft ) ( at tele setting )
Infinity-landscape mode, Manual Focus, Pan Focus available
Exposure Control Metering System Multi-segment metering, Center-weighted metering, Spot metering
Exposure Compensation ±2EV ( 1/3EV Steps )
Scene modes   AUTO Picture, Program, Night Scene, Movie, Voice Recording, Landscape, Flower, Natural Skin Tone, Portrait, Surf&Snow, Sport, Digital SR, Kids, Pet, Food, Panorama, Digital Wide, Green
Playback modes   Digital SR, Slideshow, Resize, Trimming, Image&Sound Copy, Image Rotation, Digital Filter ( Color Filter (11 kinds), Digital Filter, Brightness Filter ), Movie Edit, Frame Composite, Red-eye Compensation, Voice Memo, Protect, DPOF, Image Recovery, Start-up Image Setting, Face zooming
Shutter speed   1/2000 sec.- 1/4 sec. 4 sec. at most ( Night scene mode setting )
Built-in flash Modes Flash-on and Flash-off modes. ″Red-eye″ compensation function employs a pre-discharge
Flash Range
Wide : approx. 0.2m ( 0.66ft ) - approx. 4.4m ( 14 ft ) ( ISO Auto )
Tele : approx. 0.6m ( 1.97 ft ) - approx. 2.8m ( 9.2 ft ) ( ISO Auto )
Drive Modes   One shot, Self-timer , Continuous, Frame Composite
Power Source   Rechargeable D-LI78 lithium-ion battery, Optional AC adapter kit is also available
Battery life
Still : Approx. Approx. 210 shots ( Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery )*1
Playback : Approx. 240 mins ( Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery ) *2
Interfaces   USB 2.0 ( Hi-Speed ) / AV terminal
PictBridge   Supported
Dimensions   approx. 95 (W) x 55 (H) x 23.5 (D) mm ( including lens depth )
Weight Body approx. 115g ( without battery and SD memory card )
With battery &
SD card
approx. 130g ( loaded and ready )

* The number of recordable images are based on the CIPA standard measurement, but it may vary with the conditions under which the camera is used.
* Measured based on PENTAX standard and may vary depending on the condition of use.

• PENTAX and Optio are trademarks of PENTAX Corporation
• This product supports PRINT Image Matching III. PRINT Image Matching enabled digital still cameras, printers and software help photographers to produce images more faithful to their intentions. Some functions are not available on printers that are not PRINT Image Matching III compliant
• Copyright 2001 Seiko Epson Corporation. All Rights Reserved. PRINT Image Matching is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. The PRINT Image Matching logo is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation
• Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries
• Windows Vista is either a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries
• All other brands or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies
• Design and specifications are subject to change without notice

REMARKS : This information is current as of the date of publication. Note that information displayed may have already been changed without prior notice.
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