May 2007

Pentax, buoyed by good 2006 results, charges ahead
According to Nikkei Electronics, Pentax has had a good year. Sales were up 10.6%, the Imaging Systems division -- responsible for digital cameras -- returned to profitability with a vengeance, and the K10D digital SLR seems a hit. Pentax sold 3 million digicams, 300,000 of which were digital SLRs. Pentax will expand dSLR product lines from entry to high-end models and expects annual sales of 500,000, 750,000 and 1 million units in FY2007, 2008 and 2009, respectively. In compact digital cameras, Pentax plans on introducing models with unique features. The sales target of the compact digital cameras are 2.5 million, 2.75 million and 3 million units in FY2007, 2008 and 2009, respectively. -- Posted Monday, May 14, 2007 by chb

Reviews: Two very special Pentax Optios
We're reviewing two more Optios. The T30 looks like just another sleek, elegant 7.1 megapixel camera, but it sports an innovative touchscreen interface that makes the camera quick and easy to use. And the wide-viewing-angle screen measures a full three inches diagonally! If you spend a lot of time in on and under water, check out the waterproof Optio W30. You can take it down to ten feet and it has excellent underwater (and above water) performance. [Optio T30 review -- Optio W30 review] -- Posted Monday, May 7, 2007 by chb

Reviews: Pentax Optio A30, E30, M30

This year, Pentax introduced no fewer than five new members of its popular Optio line of compact and ultra-compact digital cameras. reviewed the entry-level 7.1 megapixel Optio E30, the sleek and slender 7.1 megapixel M30, and the powerful 10 megapixel Optio A30, equipped with intelligent zoom, face recognition, and a effective active anti-blur technology. Read full, detailed reviews of the Pentax Optio A30, Pentax Optio E30, and Pentax Optio M30. -- Posted Tuesday, May 1, 2007 by chb