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Press Release

August 6, 2009

PENTAX Optio P80

A stylish, ultra-slim digital compact camera
featuring a host of functions for
the effortless capture of beautiful portraits

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HOYA CORPORATION PENTAX Products is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX Optio P80 digital compact camera. Its ultra-slim, lightweight design allows it to be carried along anywhere, anytime — more like an accessory than a camera.

The new Optio P80 is the latest model of the popular Optio digital compact series, and features a compact, lightweight body. It provides a host of advanced features for the capture of brilliant, sharply focused portraits. These include: an upgraded version of the Face Recognition AF & AE function, which lets the photographer capture the subject’s face in optimum focus and exposure, even from diagonal angles and in different poses; a new Small Face filter, which helps produce a more attractive, better-proportioned subject image by making the face appear slightly smaller in relation to the body; and a more responsive version of the Auto-Tracking AF function, which helps keep an active subject in constant focus.

PENTAX Optio P80 Color Variation
♦ White [ ⇒ Product Image] ♦ Black [ ⇒ Product Image] ♦ Green [ ⇒ Product Image]
Major Features
  1. Stylish, ultra-slim camera body

    The Optio P80 sports a compact, ultra-slim body that makes it ideal for bringing along not only on trips and leisure events, but also on daily outings and business meetings. Combining many design elements — including a high-grade aluminum-alloy housing and delicately-contoured chrome-plated parts that sparkle from every angle — the body has a beautiful elegant finish that is a statement of the quality within. PENTAX’s innovative Sliding Lens System* and space-efficient high-density mounting technology have significantly contributed to a downsizing and weight reduction of the camera body, making the Optio P80 extremely compact and lightweight — the thinnest part of the body measuring a mere 16.5mm in depth, despite the incorporation of an optical 4X zoom lens and a large 2.7 inch LCD monitor.

    * PENTAX-original lens storage mechanism, in which the central lens groups are offset from the optical axis and the entire lens is stored in vertical steps into the lens cylinder. As a result, the overall lens length at the fully retracted position is greatly reduced, contributing to a reduction in body depth.

  2. Greatly upgraded automatic Face Recognition function

    The Optio P80’s Face Recognition AF & AE function has seen a major upgrade over the previous version. In addition to the ability to automatically detect up to 32 faces in a mere 0.03 seconds, the function can now detect a subject facing diagonally to the camera, or one with a tilted head. It also offers other user-friendly features to help the photographer produce attractive portraits with minimal effort: a new Small Face filter, which makes the subject’s face appear smaller than reality in relation to the body, without compromising the overall balance of a portrait; the Smile Capture mode, which automatically releases the shutter the moment the camera detects the subject’s smile; and the Blink Detection function, which warns the photographer when the subject’s eyes close at the time of shutter release.
  3. High-quality HD-proportioned movie recording

    The Optio P80 captures beautiful, flawless movie clips at 16:9 high-definition TV proportions (1280 x 720 pixels)** at a frame rate of 30 frames per second.

    ** When the Optio P80's AV output terminal is used, movie clips are output as normal image-size data. If the user wishes to playback movie clips at high-definition-TV proportions (1280 x 720 pixels), the data must be transferred to a personal computer for playback.

  4. Triple anti-shake protection to prevent different types of camera shake

    1. Pixel Track SR mode
      When recording still images, the Optio P80’s Digital SR (Shake Reduction) mode effectively compensates for camera shake by processing affected images.
    2. High-Sensitivity SR mode***
      When it detects low-lighting conditions in still-image shooting, the Optio P80 automatically raises its sensitivity to as high as ISO 6400, making it possible to use a higher shutter speed. This effectively minimizes the adverse effects of camera shake and subject shake under poor lighting conditions.
    3. Movie SR mode****
      During movie recording, the Optio P80 prevents blurry images by effectively minimizing annoying camera shake through the use of exclusive software.

    *** When the High-Sensitivity SR mode is selected, the recorded size is fixed to 5M (2592 x 1944 pixels).
    **** When the Movie SR mode is selected, the angle of view becomes narrower than normal shooting.

  5. Optical 4X zoom lens for excellent zoom coverage from wide angle to telephoto

    Despite its compact dimensions, the Optio P80 comes equipped with an optical 4X zoom lens covering focal lengths from 4.9mm to 19.6mm (equivalent in the 35mm format to approximately 27.5mm wide angle to 110mm telephoto). Thanks to this wide zoom range, the Optio P80 can be used for a wide variety of subjects and scenes — from spectacular landscapes and group shots in a confined space to tight snapshots from a distance.
  6. High image quality

    Combining approximately 12.1 effective megapixels with the PENTAX-developed imaging engine and high-performance PENTAX zoom lens, the Optio P80 delivers brilliant, high-quality images with well-defined details. Even when images are enlarged to large-size prints, the user is assured of sharp, high-resolution prints with edge-to-edge sharpness.
  7. Other features

    1. Vertical Snap mode, to capture vertical-position images with the same ease of operation as a mobile phone.
    2. Auto Picture mode, to automatically select one of the eight shooting modes for the optimum result
    3. A variety of digital filters, including the newly added Toy Camera, to add distinctive visual effects to recorded images
    4. D-Range setting, to prevent whitewashed (overexposed) and blacked-out (underexposed) areas in images
    5. Favorites function, to save reduced-size files of favorite images in the camera and recall them at will
    6. Digital Wide mode, to create a panoramic, ultra-wide-angle picture (equivalent to an image taken with an approx. 20mm lens in the 35mm format) from two images
    7. Frame composite function (with 90 frames stored in the camera) to shoot or compose images with decorative photo frames
    8. Image recovery function, to recover accidentally erased images
Lens   smc PENTAX zoom lens, 7 elements in 6 groups (3 aspherical elements)
Focal Length 4.9 - 19.6 mm
35mm equivalent focal length approx. 27.5 - 110mm
Aperture F2.6(W) - F5.8(T)
Zoom Optical Zoom 4X
Digital Zoom approx. 6.3X
Intelligent Zoom approx. 5.2X at 7M, approx. 25X at 640 (including optical zoom)
Motion Blur Reduction Still Pixel Track SR. Hi-sensitivity anti-shake mode (Digital SR)
Movie Movie shake reduction mode (Movie SR)
Focus Type 9-point AF, Spot AF, Auto tracking AF
Focus Range (From lens face) Standard:
0.4m - infinity (at wide setting), 0.5m - infinity (at tele setting)
1.31 ft. - infinity (at wide setting), 1.64 ft. - infinity (at tele setting)
0.1 - 0.5m (at wide setting), 0.5 - 0.7m (at tele setting)
0.33 - 1.64 ft. (at wide setting), 1.64 - 2.3 ft. (at tele setting)
Infinity-landscape, Pan Focus, Manual Focus: available
Face recognition Face recognition AF&AE is available for all modes up to 32 faces. Smile Capture. Blink Detection.
Number of Effective pixels approx. 12.1 megapixels
Image Sensor 1/2.3" CCD
Number of Recorded pixels Still 12M, 7M, 5M, 3M, 2.1M, 1024, 640
Movie 1280, 640, 320
(Standard Output Sensitivity)
Auto, Fixed (ISO 64 - 6400)
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light, Manual setting
Display 2.7" LCD, approx. 230K dots
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, Night Scene Portrait, Half-length Portrait, Movie, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Surf & Snow, Sport, Digital SR, Kids, Pet, Food, Fireworks, Frame Composite, Party, Natural Skin Tone, Candlelight, Text, Blog, Digital Wide, Digital Panorama, Green, Vertical Snap
Playback modes Small Face Filter, Slideshow, Resize, Cropping, Image/Sound Copy, Image Rotation, Digital Filter(Color Filter(15 kinds), Toy Camera Filter, Retro Filter, Soft Filter, Brightness Filter), Movie Edit, Frame Composite, Red-eye Compensation, Voice Memo, Protect, DPOF, Favorites, Image Recovery, Start-up Screen, Face close-up playback
Shutter Speed 1/1000 - 1/4 sec. 4 sec at most. (Night Scene mode setting)
Built-in flash Modes Flash-on and Flash-off modes. "Red-eye" reduction function employs a pre-discharge. Soft Flash
Flash Range Wide: approx. 0.2 - 4.6m (ISO Auto), approx. 0.66 - 15 ft. (ISO Auto)
Tele: approx. 0.5 - 2.1m (ISO Auto), approx. 1.64 - 6.9 ft. (ISO Auto)
Drive Modes One shot, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting, High Speed Continuous Shooting
Storage Media Built-in Memory (approx. 33.6MB), SD/SDHC Memory Card
Power Source   Rechargeable D-LI88 lithium-ion battery Optional AC adapter kit is also available
Battery life Still*: approx. 200 shots (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)
Playback**: approx. 200 min. (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)
Interfaces USB2.0(Hi-Speed), AV terminal
Video Output NTSC/PAL
Dimensions approx. 97(W) × 54(H) × 21.5(D)mm (including lens depth)
approx. 3.8(W) ×2.1(H) × 0.8(D) inches
Weight Body approx. 105g (without battery and SD memory card), approx. 3.7 oz.
With battery & SD card approx. 120g (loaded and ready), approx. 4.2 oz.

* Recording capacity shows approximate number of shots recorded during CIPA-compliant testing. Actual performance may vary depending on operating conditions.
** According to the result of PENTAX in-house testing.

[Storage capacity]

Still Built-in Memory * 512MB 1GB 2GB 4GB
12MH (4000x3000) 7 107 214 435 855
12M (4000x3000) 14 209 419 853 1675
7M (3072x2304) 21 299 598 1205 2366
5M (2592x1944) 26 368 737 1499 2943
3M (2048×1536) 42 592 1185 2364 4641
2.1M (1920×1080) 61 863 1727 3415 6703
1024 (1024×768) 126 1777 3556 6830 13407
640 (640×480) 239 3358 6717 12294 24133

Movie (H:M:S)   Built-in Memory * 512MB 1GB 2GB 4GB
1280 (1280x720) 30fps 0:00:10 0:02:32 0:05:05 0:10:20 0:20:18
15fps 0:00:21 0:05:05 0:10:10 0:20:29 0:40:13
640 (640X480) 30fps 0:00:32 0:07:31 0:15:02 0:30:08 0:59:09
15fps 0:01:03 0:14:48 0:29:38 1:00:16 1:58:18
320 (320X240) 30fps 0:00:51 0:11:59 0:23:59 0:48:47 1:35:46
15fps 0:01:37 0:22:53 0:45:48 1:33:08 3:02:49

Voice recording Built-in Memory * 512MB 1GB 2GB 4GB
(hh:mm:ss) 0:26:38 6:14:15 12:28:41 25:22:33 49:48:41

*Approx. 33.6MB
The maximum file size is 2GB for movie.
The maximum length is 24 hours for Voice recording.

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  • 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.
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