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Press Release

May 19,2008

PENTAX Optio V20

— A slim, compact digital camera equipped with a large 3.0-inch LCD monitor, newly equipped with a 5X optical zoom lens that allows for easy enjoyment of high-magnification photography

PENTAX Optio V20

HOYA CORPORATION is pleased to announce the release of the PENTAX Optio V20, a standard-class compact digital camera that has a zoom lens with increased magnification of 5X, enabling for the user to enjoy photography with further high-magnification. Equipped with a large 3.0-inch LCD monitor in a slim and compact body with easy operations and approximately 8.0 effective megapixels, this product is the latest in the PENTAX Optio V series, which are popular for their enhanced usability and easy viewing.

Main Features:
  1. Optical 5X zoom lens that easily allows for high-magnification photography

    Inside a compact body, the Optio V20 is newly equipped with a 5X optical zoom lens. With this lens, an angle of view equivalent to those of an approximately 36mm to 180mm lens in 35 mm format can be obtained. This allows the user to take pictures by zooming in further on landscapes, people, etc. In addition, using this lens together with the digital zoom function (approx. 1X to 5.1X) makes photography with a maximum zoom equivalent to approximately 25.5X possible.
  2. Large 3.0-inch LCD monitor that is easy to see

    The Optio V20 comes with a high resolution, a 3.0-inch LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 dots that enables images and the text to be displayed largely and clearly. The LCD monitor has a wide viewing angle of 170 degrees from all directions, making it easy to confirm images, even when looking at the screen diagonally. The LCD also comes newly coated with an AR (Anti-Reflection) coat that suppresses outside light and reduces reflections. Through this coating, the monitor is even more easily viewable outdoors.
  3. Addition of new “Face Recognition AF&AE” that is convenient for photographing people

    The Optio V20 is equipped with the “Face Recognition AF&AE” function that automatically detects and focuses on faces, and sets the optimum exposure. In addition, the Optio V20 is also newly equipped with application functions such as the “Smile Capture” function that determines smiles and photographs them automatically and the “Blinking Detection” function where the camera tells the user whether the people blinked when the photo was taken.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. High-quality images

    Thanks to a high definition of approximately 8.0 effective megapixels and high-performance PENTAX lens, the Optio V20 realizes clear images with high quality. Even when images are enlarged, it is possible to print detailed areas clearly.
  7. Others

    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
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 80 - 6400)
Motion Blur Reduction Still High sensitivity shake reduction mode (Digital SR)
Movie Movie shake reduction mode (Movie SR)
Face recognition Face recognition AF&AE is available at all mode. 15 people at most. Smile Capture. Blinking Detection.
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 - 180mm)
Aperture F3.5(W) - F5.6(T)
Zoom Optiocal Zoom 5X
Digital Zoom approx. 5.1X
Intelligent Zoom approx. 6.3X at 5M, approx. 25.5X at 640 (including optical zoom)
Display 3.0"LCD, approx.230K dots , Wide viewing angle , AR coating
Focus Type 9 point multi AF/spot AF/ 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, 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 (0.66 ft) - 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. 200 shots (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)*1
Playback: Approx. 210 mins (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)*2
Interfaces USB 2.0(Hi-Speed)/AV terminal
PictBridge Supported
Dimensions approx. 97.5(W)× 56.5(H)× 23.5(D)mm (including lens depth)
Weight Body approx. 130 g (without battery and SD memory card)
With battery & SD card approx. 145 g (loaded and ready)

*1.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.
*2.Measured based on PENTAX standard and may vary depending on the condition of use.

PENTAX Corporation merged with HOYA CORPORATION on March 31, 2008.

  • PENTAX and Optio are trademarks of PENTAX RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
  • 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
  • All other brands or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies
  • Design and specifications are subject to change without notice
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