Pentax Optio E60

July 29, 2008 | Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras | Comment | |

Pentax Optio E60The Pentax Optio E60 is a new entry-level, 10 megapixel digital camera. The E60 offers a 3x, 32-96mm zoom lens, Auto Picture, Face Recognition, High Sensitivity Digital Shake Reduction modes, and an Image Recovery function to retrieve accidentally-erased images. The Pentax E60 will be available in black in October for under US $140.00.

Pentax USA Press Release

PENTAX Introduces Budget-Priced, Ten Megapixel Optio E60

GOLDEN, Colo.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—PENTAX Imaging Company has announced the PENTAX Optio E60 compact digital camera. With 10.1 megapixels, the PENTAX Optio E60 offers both new and experienced digital users beautiful high-resolution images and a variety of easy-to-use features at a budget price.

This latest member of the PENTAX Optio E series is newly equipped with an optical 3X zoom lens featuring a wide angle of view (equivalent to 32mm to 96mm in 35mm format) that is perfect for group shots in narrow settings, landscapes and architecture. In addition, the Optio E60 features a variety of modes including Auto Picture, Face Recognition, High Sensitivity Digital Shake Reduction, and a popular Green mode that sets exposure, sensitivity and other parameters with just a touch of a button for the newest of digital users.

The PENTAX Optio E60 also is a fine travel companion compatible with easy-to-find AA batteries, World Time and Date Imprint functions, and an Image Recovery function to retrieve accidentally-erased, once-in-a-lifetime pics.

The PENTAX Optio E60 will be available in a stylish black finish in October for under US $140.00.

PENTAX Imaging Company is an innovative leader in the production of digital SLR and compact cameras, lenses, flash units, binoculars, scopes, and eyepieces. For more than 80 years, PENTAX has developed durable, reliable products that meet the needs of consumers and businesses. With headquarters in Golden, Colorado, PENTAX Imaging Company is a division of PENTAX of America, Inc.

Pentax Japan Press Release

PENTAX Optio E60 —A compact digital camera with approximately 10.1 effective megapixels that can be used easily, realizing high definition in the entry class

HOYA CORPORATION PENTAX Imaging Systems Division is pleased to announce the launch of the new PENTAX Optio E60 compact digital camera, an entry-class camera that is easy to use and has an increased effective pixel count of approximately 10.1 megapixels, allowing even beginners to enjoy high-definition images. In addition to using easily-obtainable AA batteries as the power source, the Optio E60 is newly equipped with an optical 3x zoom lens that enables for a wide angle of view. This makes it easy to photograph group shots indoors as well as landscapes in a range that is wider than conventional models. The Optio E60 also comes with convenient functions that are useful when travelling, such as a World Time function and Date Imprint function, making it a model that allows for memories from travels to be easily photographed in high image quality.

Major Features

  1.    High quality images
    The Optio E60 has an improved effective pixel count of approximately 10.1 megapixels, which is the top level for an entry-class camera. Through a high-performance PENTAX lens and a new image processing engine with improved processing performance, clear images of high quality are possible even when photos are stretched out to large sizes.

  2.    Easy-to-use optical 3x zoom lens
    The Optio E60 is newly equipped with an optical 3x zoom lens that enables for an angle of view equivalent to 32mm to 96mm in 35mm format. This makes it possible to take photographs of a wider range as compared to conventional (37.5mm to 112.5mm equivalent) models, which is convenient for taking pictures of landscapes and large buildings, as well as group photos in narrow spaces. In addition, the Optio E60 also comes with an Intelligent Zoom function that extends the zoom range without compromising the optical zoom’s image quality, enabling for high-magnification zoom photography equivalent to a maximum of approx. 17.1x.

  3.    Supports easily-available AA batteries
    As the Optio E60 supports AA batteries, it is possible to easily obtain batteries even when the user is away from home, allowing for worry-free photography. In addition, a thorough energy-saving design enables for photography of approximately 200 shots*1 when using alkaline batteries.

    *1: Based on measurement conditions conforming to CIPA specifications

  4.    Advanced Auto Picture mode where the camera automatically selects the scene mode
    The Optio E60 is equipped with the Auto Picture mode, which is a convenient function unique to PENTAX, where the camera determines the conditions of the subject and automatically selects the optimal scene mode. In addition to Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, and Standard modes, Night Scene Portrait, Flower, and Sport modes are newly added, allowing photographers to let the camera handle the details for many more types of scenes.

  5.    Face Recognition AF & AE function for easy and convenient photography of people
    The Face Recognition AF & AE function automatically detects the faces of the subjects in the picture frame and automatically sets the optimal exposure. In addition, the Optio E60 is also equipped with new functions that apply face detection technology, such as the Half-length Portrait mode that trims the area around the detected person and automatically takes a half-length portrait of the person based on the detected information.

  6.    High Sensitivity Digital SR mode reduces camera shake and subject blurring
    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 high 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.

  7.    Equipped with the Green mode for automated setup
    The Optio E60 comes with the Green mode, which automates the camera setup when shooting still image that allows even complete digital-camera beginners to enjoy picture-taking effortlessly. A single button press automatically sets the exposure, sensitivity, and other parameters according to the shooting conditions. This function is useful when asking someone else to take your picture or when you are simply lost track of the camera settings.

  8.    Other features
      1. World time function for 75 cities (28 times zones) worldwide
      2. Date imprint function for easy image categorizing
      3. Image Recovery function lets you retrieve accidentally erased pictures
      4. 2.4-inch LCD monitor of approximately 112,000 dots with improved viewability outdoors
      5. Recording movies at sizes up to 640 x 480 pixels with images quality rivaling camcorders
      6. Panorama mode for composing photographs into 1 panoramic picture
      7. Full-flat design, when power is off, realizes convenient and great portability
      8. 16-frame continuous shooting that enables for 16 images (640 x 480 pixels/image) to be shot continuously and recorded in 2 seconds
      9. Frame composite function allows photographers to shoot and create images with decorative frames
      10. FotoNation’s red-eye compensation function for flash shots
      11. Includes the ACDSee for PENTAX 3.0 viewer/image management software that supports Windows Vista™
      12. Support PictBridge, DPOF functions, Eixf Print, and PRINT Image Matching III

Number of Effective pixels approx. 10.1 megapixels
Image Sensor 1/2.33” CCD
Number of Recorded pixels Still 10M, 7M, 5M, 3M, 2.1M(16:9), 1024, 640
Movie 640, 320
Sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity) Auto,Fixed (ISO 100 - 6400)
Motion Blur Reduction Still Hi-sensitivity anti-shake mode (Digital SR)
Movie Movie shake reduction mode (Movie SR)
Face recognition Face recognition AF&AE is available for all modes up to 10 faces.
Storage Media Built-in Memory (approx. 6.3MB), SD/SDHC Memory Card
White Balance Auto
Lens   PENTAX zoom lens, 7 elements in 6 groups (3 aspherical elements)
Focal Length 5.7 - 17.1mm (approx. 32 - 96mm in 35mm format)
Aperture F2.9(W) - F5.2(T)
Zoom Optical Zoom 3X
Digital Zoom approx. 5.7X
Intelligent Zoom approx. 3.6X at 7M, approx. 17.1X at 640 (including optical zoom)
Display 2.4” LCD, approx. 112K dots
Focus Type 3-point AF, Spot AF, Auto tracking AF
Focus Range
(From lense face) Standard: 0.5m - infinity (whole zoom area) , 1.64ft - infinity (whole zoom area)
Macro:0.1 - 0.6m (at wide setting) , 0.33 - 1.97ft (at wide setting)
Infinity-landscape, Pan Focus: available
Exposure Control Metering System Multi-segment 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, Digital Panorama, Frame Composite, Voice Recording, Green
Playback modes Slideshow, Resize, Cropping, Image/Sound Copy, Image Rotation, Digital Filter, Brightness Filter, Frame Composite, Red eye compensation, Protect, DPOF, Image Recovery, Face close-up playback
Shutter Speed 1/2000- 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.
Flash Range Wide:approx. 0.1 - 6.0m (ISO Auto) approx. 0.33 - 20ft (ISO Auto)
Tele:approx. 0.35 - 3.2m (ISO Auto) approx. 1.15 - 10ft (ISO Auto)
Drive Modes One shot, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting, 16-frame Shooting
Power Source   2 AA batteries (Alkaline, Lithium, Nickel and Rechargeable Ni-MH), Optional AC adapter kit is also available
Battery life Still*: approx. 200 shots ( 2AA Alkaline batteries)
Playback**: approx. 280 min. ( 2AA Alkaline batteries)
Interfaces USB2.0(Hi-Speed), AV terminal
PictBridge Supported
Dimensions approx. 98(W) × 59(H) × 25(D)mm (excluding the operation parts and protrusion. 23mm at the thinnest part.)
approx. 3.9(W) ×2.3(H) × 1.0(D) inches (excluding the operation parts and protrusion. 0.9inches at the thinnest part.)
Weight Body approx. 130g (without battery and SD memory card)
approx. 4.6oz.
With battery & SD card approx. 175g (loaded and ready)
approx. 6.2oz.

* 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.
10M 7M 5M 3M
Built-in Memory* 1 2 4 1 3 4 2 4 6 3 7 11
512MB 120 241 344 160 301 402 192 371 536 301 603 878
1GB 241 483 690 321 604 805 386 743 1074 604 1208 1758
2GB 491 983 1404 655 1228 1638 786 1512 2815 1228 2458 3576
4GB 965 1930 2758 1286 2413 3218 1544 2970 4291 2413 4827 7022
  2.1M 1024 640
Built-in Memory* 5 7 11 14 24 32 29 46 54    
512MB 439 603 878 1074 1859 2417 2197 3453 4028    
1GB 878 1208 1758 2148 3719 4835 4396 6908 8059    
2GB 1787 2458 3576 4370 7565 9835 8941 10000 10000    
4GB 3510 4827 7022 8582 10000 10000 10000 10000 10000    

640x480 320x240
30fps 15fps 30fps 15fps
Built-in Memory* 0:00:07 0:00:14 0:00:15 0:00:28
512MB 0:09:56 0:17:54 0:19:53 0:35:48
1GB 0:19:53 0:35:49 0:39:47 1:11:38
2GB 0:40:27 1:12:51 1:20:56 2:25:42
4GB 1:19:27 2:23:03 2:38:56 4:46:06

  Voice Recording
Built-in Memory* 0:10:06
512MB 12:28:27
1GB 24:57:14
2GB 50:44:52
4GB 99:38:29

*Approx. 6.3MB
The maximum file size is 2GB for movie.
The maximum length is 24 hours for Voice recording

Pentax Optio E60

Pentax Optio E60

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