The Pentax Optio E90 is an entry-level digital compact camera. It features Auto Picture mode that automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode for a given subject or scene, and Automatic Face Detection with Smile Capture. This latter function automatically detects the subject’s face, then optimizes the focus and exposure settings, and then Smile Capture automatically releases the shutter the moment the camera detects the subject’s smile. Auto Picture mode automatically selects one of eight shooting modes (Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Flower, Sport, Standard, and Candlelight) for a given subject or scene.
The camera also offers double anti-shake protection. When the E90 detects low-lighting conditions in still-image shooting, it automatically raises the sensitivity to as high as ISO 1600, for a higher shutter speed. During movie recording (640 x 480 pixels), the E90 prevents blurry images by digitally minimizing camera shake by using exclusive software.
The camera has six digital filters, and you can appply multiple filters to a single image. Digital Panorama mode automatically creates a single panoramic picture from as many as three images.
The E90 has a 3x zoom lens (31.5-94.5 mm equivalent) delivering light to a sensor with 10.1 effective megapixels.
Interestingly, the camera has an image recovery function to retrieve accidentally erased images. Thank you, Pentax.
The Optio H90 has a 5x optical zoom lens (approximately 28-140 mm equivalent), approximately 12.1 effective megapixel CCD, a 2.7-inch LCD, 1280 x 720 pixel video, Movie SR (Shake Reduction) mode, Face Detection AF & AE function handling up to 32 faces in the image field, Smile Capture mode, and a Blink Detection function which warns the user when the subject’s eyes are closed when the picture is taken.
Pixel Track SR (Shake Reduction) mode compensates for camera shake during still-image capture; Auto Picture mode automatically selects one of eight shooting modes; digital filters include Toy Camera and Retro; D-Range setting prevents washed out highlights and blocked up shadows; Auto-tracking AF mode keeps constant focus on a moving subject; Digital Panorama mode creates a single panoramic picture from as many as three images; Digital
Wide mode creates a panoramic, ultra-wide-angle picture from two images; Frame Composite function has 90 frames stored in the camera.
This camera has the Image Recovery function, too.
Pentax may have taken a page from its own book with the Optio I-10, with a design reminiscent of its 110 film SLR. No interchangeable lenses, however, but a 5x optical zoom lens (28-140 mm equivalent) pushing light to a 12.1 effective megapixel imager.
Its new-generation Face Detection AF & AE function, which detects up to 32 faces in the image field, will also work on the faces of up to three dogs and cats. Pet lovers, take note.
The I-10 incorporates a CCD-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism, which shifts the camera’s image sensor (CCD). When the camera detects low-lighting conditions in still-image shooting, the camera automatically raises the sensitivity to as high as ISO 6400, for higher shutter speeds. During movie recording, the I-10 prevents blurry images using exclusive software.
As for movies, clips at 16:9 (1280 x 720 pixels) at a rate of 30 frames per second.
There are 11 digital filters, adding Starburst to the ones mentioned above.
Other features: Auto Picture mode, D-Range setting, Frame function, Digital Panorama, and Digital Wide mode.
All the new Optios will be available mid-February.