The PENTAX Optio VS20
The PENTAX Optio VS20 digital compact camera houses an extra-powerful 20X optical zoom lens featuring broad focal-length coverage from wide angle to super-telephoto with a macro mode. Within its compact body, the Optio VS20 incorporates a full array of advanced features, including 16 effective megapixels to produce sharp, high-resolution images; a high-power 20X optical zoom lens; and an extra-large, easy-to-view 3-inch colour LCD monitor. It also features an extra set of shutter-release button and zoom lever to assure firm, comfortable hold of the camera and stable posture during vertical-position shooting. It also comes with new Handheld Night Snap mode captures beautiful images with minimal blur and noise even in poorly illuminated locations. The PENTAX Optio VS20 is a high-performance, all-purpose camera that can flawlessly respond to a greater range of subjects and scenes than most conventional models - from casual snapshots to travel pictures and sports photos.
20X optical zoom lens with 28mm wide-angle coverage
The Optio VS20 features an extra-powerful 20X optical zoom lens covering focal lengths from 28mm wide angle to 560mm super-telephoto (in the 35mm format). Thanks to its very wide zoom range, the Optio VS20 can capture beautiful, lively pictures in a variety of subjects and scenes - from landscapes to sports events. It also offers other advanced features, including its high-quality macro shooting down to just one centimeter from the subject.
Effortless, comfortable vertical-position shooting
The Optio VS20 features an extra set of shutter-release button and a second zoom lever at its grip to assure natural posture and comfortable hold of the camera during vertical-position shooting. Since the camera automatically adjusts its on-screen display by detecting vertical alignment with its orientation sensor, the user can effortlessly capture images of vertically extended subjects, such as high-rise buildings. The Optio VS20 even offers a vertical-position tripod socket, allowing the photographer to securely set the camera up with a lighter, more portable tripod.
High-quality images with extra-fine resolution
Thanks to the combination of 16 effective megapixels, the state-of-the-art image engine, a high-performance smc PENTAX zoom lens and the sophisticated CCD-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism, the Optio VS20 delivers well-defined, high-quality images with extra-fine resolution. Even when images are enlarged to large sizes, the user is assured of sharp, high-resolution prints with edge-to-edge sharpness. Furthermore, during still-image shooting, the Optio VS20 automatically raises its sensitivity to as high as ISO 6400 by detecting the subject's brightness level.
Automatic selection of the most appropriate shooting mode
The Optio VS20 features the PENTAX-developed Auto Picture mode, which automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode for a given subject or scene by accurately assessing various photographic conditions over the entire image field. Since this user-friendly mode instantly and unfailingly selects one of 15 shooting modes including Blue Sky and Sunset and optimises various camera settings (such as sensitivity and shutter speed), the photographer is always assured of the best results with minimal effort.
New scene modes and filters for greater creative options
With the user-friendly scene modes, the photographer can effortlessly capture beautiful images simply by selecting a desired scene mode for a given subject or application. With the addition of three new modes (Handheld Night Snap, Fish-eye and Sketch), the Optio VS20 offers an even greater range of creative options. The photographer can also use a Digital Panorama mode to effortlessly create a single panoramic picture from as many as three images. In addition to those scene modes, a Stretch filter has been added, enabling to extend a particular portion of an image for an eye-catching visual effect. Therefore 13 digital filters are now available on the Optio VS20. You can now choose between three image sizes (4:3, 16:9 and 1:1) to accommodate different applications. Visual-effect modes allow the photographer to take pictures while confirming the level of filtering effect on the LCD monitor, making it easy to come up with more personalised visual expressions.
Upgraded auto face recognition function with a new face recall function
The Optio VS20's Face Recognition AF & AE function offers a new face recall function, which puts priority on a pre-registered face when optimizing focus and exposure settings. Since the main subject's face is always captured sharply and brilliantly, this function comes in handy when taking group shots. To assist the photographer in capturing beautiful, lively snapshots, the Optio VS20 also provides other user-friendly features, including the Smile Capture mode that automatically releases the shutter the moment the camera detects the subject's smile.
High-quality HDTV-standard movie recording with pushbutton start
The Optio VS20 captures beautiful, high-definition-TV-quality movie clips (1280 x 720 pixels). Since the camera provides an independent movie recording button on its back panel, the user can instantly start recording movie clips from any shooting mode. It also features three new digital filters (Fish-eye, Miniature and Sketch mode) to allow the user to experiment with more diversified visual expressions.
Large 3-inch LCD monitor
The Optio VS20 features a high-resolution 3-inch colour LCD monitor with 460,000 dots. Since this extra-large monitor provides a clear view of images and menus, the photographer can quickly check captured images and menu settings. In addition, the monitor is treated with AG (Anti-Glare) coating to constantly keep the screen clear by minimizing reflections and blocking stains such as fingerprints.