Pentax has just announced the introduction of a new compact digital camera dubbed the Optio VS20, which sports a 20x zoom lens, as well as a secondary shutter button and zoom lever for portrait-orientation shooting.
While this certainly isn’t the first time that we get to see a second shutter button being added to a compact, the presence of the zoom lever is indeed a nice touch that should make the camera easier to shoot when held vertically.
Moving past the dual shutter controls, Pentax’s
latest creation packs a 1/2.33-inch 16MP CCD sensor which, helped by the image processor installed, can reach ISOs as high as 6400 in its extended mode (100-1600 in auto mode).
The maximum aperture of the 20x (28 – 560 mm 35mm equivalent) lens varies between F3.1 and F4.8 depending on the focal length chosen.
Moving to the back of the Optio VS20 we find a 460k dot 3.0-inch LCD, that Pentax says is treated with a special anti-glare coating to improve visibility by minimizing reflections and blocking stains such as fingerprints.
Like most other compact cameras out there, the Optio VS20 also supports HD video recording
, but is limited at 720p resolutions.
The rest of the features list includes a full range of scene and filter modes, an enhanced image stabilization function called Triple Shake Reduction by Pentax, face recognition and smile capture, EyeFi SD memory card support, remote control support, and a built-in flash.
Besides the side-mounted shutter and zoom controls, the Optio VS20 also offers a secondary tripod mount on the left side of the camera
According to Pentax, the Optio VS20 will be available in noble black and brilliant white for $249.95 (£199) starting with February 2012.