Pentax Optio MX Digital Camera Camcorder
nes a 3.2
megapixel digital still camera with a palm sized MPEG-4 VGA camcorder, for recording movies up to 120 minutes with 30fps VGA high resolution.
Pentax Optio MX digital camera
is PictBridge and Epson PIM II direct print compatible with a host of PictBridge and PIM II enabled photo printers available separately. Pentax Optio Video Camera
has Still Digital camera shooting modes that includ picture, program, shutter priority, aperture priority,, manual and voice record. Pentax Optio MX also has 10 picture modes including landscape, flower, panorama
assist, self portrait and more.
For more information on
Pentax Optio MX Digital Camera Camcorder
please make sure to check out the
Pentax Optio MX Digital Camera Camcorder FAQ
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Pentax Optio MX Digital Camera Camcorder:
- 3.2 effective megapixel still resolution.
- Pentax Optio MX delivers 10x optical/100x combined
- The 1.8 inch low glare LCD screen is adjustable 180
- Super macro up to 5.9 inches away.
- USB 2 and AV terminals.
- Slot for separately purchased SD Secure Digital
memory card media.
- Filter and lens attachment thread 37mm.
- Power source: 1 CRV3 battery included, or separately
purchased AC adapter kit K-AC7U or D-L17 Lithium Battery Power Source Kit or Pentax Kit Battery & Charger Set 39243.
- Compatible with Mac OS9.2 or later and Windows 98,
Me, 2000 and XP, USB port required.
- Pentax Optio MX dimensions are 2.9 x 2.3 x 4.1
- This Pentax digital camera weighs 11.6oz.
for Pentax OptioMX Digital Camcorder Camera
- Pentax Optio MX Digital Camera Camcorder
- CRV3 battery
- Lens cap
- AV cable
- USB cable
- Software CDROM
- 16MB SD card
- Serial number card
- Service network directory
An entirely new concept in digital imaging - a single unique advance offering
high-quality stills and enhanced movie performance.
Q: Which OS is the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder compatible with?
Windows 98/98SE/Me/2000/XP, or Mac OS 9.2/10.1/10.2/10.3, and a standard
equipped USB port (Driver
installation required for Windows 98/98SE only).
An SD memory card reader is required for Windows NT and Mac OS 8.6 environments
which do not support USB connection.
ACD Showtime! for PENTAX is compatible with Windows only.
Q: What are the accessories for Pentax Optio MX cameras?
The Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder comes complete with an exclusive broad and rigid strap, a
rechargeable lithium-ion battery and
software as standard. A wide conversion lens is available as optional accessory.
Q: In which languages can the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder display messages?
The Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder can display menus and messages in 9 languages comprising English,
French, German, Spanish, Italian,
Russian, Chinese (both traditional and simplified), Korean and Japanese.
Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder Product concept
What's so unique about the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder?
With just a glance, you'll recognize the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder
from OpticsPlanet.com as a camera that flies in the
face of convention. Born of the
concept of true user friendliness and ultimate shooting comfort, each and every
element has been reappraised to
produce the most effective results possible.
In order to make digital photography as comfortable and enjoyable as possible in
myriad shooting situations, the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder has three key features - 10X optical zooming, refined movie capability
in MPEG-4 format and USB2.0
10X optical zooming can even be combined with 10X digital zoom for a total zoom
capacity of an impressive
100X. The Pentax Optio MX Digital Camera / Camcorder additionally has the ability to record up to 120 minutes of
smooth, refined movies in MPEG-4
format. And for high-speed data transfer to a PC, the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder offers USB2.0
Another noteworthy feature is its innovative grip, which can be rotated back
through 180 degrees and used at
absolutely any angle within that entire range. In addition, the handy LCD
monitor can be swiveled both through 180
degrees horizontally and 210 degrees vertically. With use of the grip and the
LCD, low-angle and high-angle
shooting situations can be tackled in a much more user-friendly manner.
When looking at the digital camera reviews about Pentax Optio MX Digital
Video Camera / Camcorder, please keep the following points in mind.
Major features Pentax Optio MX Digital Video Camera / Camcorder:
1. 10X optical zoom (can be combined with 10X digital zoom for a total zoom
capacity of 100X)
The Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder incorporates a renowned smc PENTAX 5.8mm-58mm power zoom lens, which
offers 10X optical
zoom capability, thereby offering a focal range covering angles of view
equivalent to those of a 38-380mm lens in
35mm format. What's more, this lens operates throughout its entire range without
extending from the body of the
camera, allowing the camera to remain surprisingly compact and ensuring the lens
mechanism is protected at all
times by the camera body. Such 10X optical zooming can also be combined with 10X
digital zooming to achieve a
total zoom capacity of 100X. Just take a moment to imagine how much freedom of
composition this gives the
photographer and how the customer can benefit from the ability to take all kinds
of shots ranging from wide-angle
compositions to telephoto ones.
The Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder offers two-step zooming speeds of approx. 3 sec. in a high-speed
mode and approx. 10 sec. in
low-speed mode. With the low-speed mode, you will probably feel zooming is
easier to control. With the high speed
zoom mode, you can achieve stress-free fast zooming when using the 10X optical
and 10X digital zooming
2. The advantage of MPEG-4 movie recording
Whenever there are subjects or occasions that could be better expressed with a
movie than a still, the customer
will be free to enjoy the benefits of MPEG-4 compatibility - recording up to an
incredible 120 minutes of movies
in a satisfyingly smooth, refined manner.
The user can also react to potential "movie moments" with speed and ease. In
fact regardless of whether the
user is in a still shooting or playback mode, movie recording can be instantly
activated with the press of an
independent movie button. Located at the top of the versatile grip, this can be
easily, intuitively pressed with the
thumb without delay. The movie function also provides the user with control over
recording quality too, with a
choice of 640 x 480, 320 x 240, and 160 x 120 recording pixels. Image quality
and frame rate are also selectable, with the user having the ability to choose
from Best, Better and Good, and 30fps and 15fps.
A unique single package offering the utmost in cost performance,
the Pentax Optio MX Digital Camera / Camcorder has big enough
potential in worldwide markets to pioneer an entirely new market segment.
3. Pentax OptioMX camera USB2.0 connectivity for high-speed data transfer to PCs
To simplify and speed the transfer of large volumes of recorded images to a wide
range of common PC applications,
the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder features an exclusive USB2.0 port.
4. Vertical- & horizontal-swiveling, 1.8-inch, CG silicon TFT color LCD monitor
low-reflection glare control.
The Pentax LCD monitor can be swiveled through 180 degrees horizontally and 210 degrees
vertically. This makes it easy
for the user to compose satisfying shots or record movies even when shooting
from high or low angles.
Furthermore, it also employs a new low-reflection system too, which has been
specially designed to maximize
visibility even when used in bright sunlight.
5. Flexible, backward rotating grip of Pentax OptioMX camera for easy shooting at any angle
The unique "gun grip" of the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder gives the user the freedom of a new style
of shooting and also reduces
fatigue when the camera is used over an extended period of time. From the
resting position it can be rotated
backward through 180 degrees. What's more this is done in a smooth, stepless
manner, allowing users to set the
grip exactly where they want it. And to make it easier to hold for people with
large hands, the grip can be pulled
out when rotating it backwards. This ergonomic grip also features an independent
movie button, which can be
comfortably pressed with the thumb, and the grip also acts as the housing for
the battery too, thereby making the
most efficient use of space. Furthermore, the rotating comfort of the grip is
compounded by the ability to
manipulate the LCD panel too, enabling the user to shoot from above the head, or
from the hip with ease.
6. Optional wide conversion lens
In addition to its excellent zooming capabilities, the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder can also be
combined with an easily mounted
optional wide conversion lens available from OpticsPlanet.com as a special order
item. This effectively modifies the focal range to
cover angles of view equivalent to those
of a 28.5mm lens in 35mm format. The camera also features a built-in auto flash
too, which has been specially
designed to pop up high enough to provide optimal lighting assistance despite
the diameter of the wide conversion lens.
7.Exclusive power sources: rechargeable lithium-ion battery and AC adapter kit
Operating with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery housed within its versatile
grip, the Pentax OptioMX Digital Cameras / Camcorders offer the user a
choice of power source. What's more, there's also an international AC adapter
kit available as an option too, which
is ideal for conserving battery power when making full use of the camera's
long-duration shooting capacity. As its
name suggests, it can be used with different types of power sockets around the
8. ACD Showtime! software for easy movie editing
The Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder comes complete with a CD-ROM containing an application called ACD
Showtime! for PENTAX,
which allows the user to edit video files with extreme ease.
9. Streaming recording for movies
Unlike systems which pool all image data on a buffer prior to storing it in the
memory in one go, the Pentax Optio MX Digital Cameras / Camcorders employ a streaming system. As a result, the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder directly processes image
data while shooting a movie,
writing it simultaneously to an SD memory card. Due to the use of this
technology, the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder is able to shoot
movies with significantly extended durations.
10. PictBridge compatibility
The Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder supports PictBridge - a new direct-print standard released by the
CIPA (Camera and Imaging
Products Association). PictBridge compatibility means the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder can be easily
connected to a compatible
printer via USB cable to make printouts of recorded images without the need for
a PC. The Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder handles
Single Image Print, All Image Print and DPOF Auto Print. PictBridge also offers
a range of other handy direct
functions too, enabling even more freedom of control with functions such as
resizing, trimming, and digital filters.
1.8-inch, CG silicon TFT color LCD monitor featuring low-reflection glare
CG silicon TFT
Whereas the LCDs of competitors use low-temperature silicon TFTs and TFDs or
amorphous silicon TFTs, the
Thin-Film Transistor of the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder's LCD is made of a material known as CG
(Continuous Grain) silicon. This
enables the LCD of the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder to feature a higher dot density. It also allows
the circuit to be positioned directly
on the LCD glass panel.
Low-reflection glare control maximizes visibility in bright light
With conventional TFT LCDs, no particular additional treatments are applied to
the transmissive area. In the case
of the TFT LCD employed by the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder, however, the LCD is specially treated so
that only the area not used
for transmissive display is reflective. As a result, it provides a level of
transmissive quality on a par with conventional
TFT LCDs, yet also provides improved visibility when used in circumstances with
high levels of ambient light, such
as when shooting outdoors in fine weather.
The smc PENTAX 5.8mm-58mm power zoom lens
An excellent example of the renowned smc PENTAX series, the lens of the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder
is composed of 8 groups of
12 elements and enables impressive 10X optical zooming.
Enabling the capture of expansive scenes, the lens of the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder offers an angle of view equivalent to that of a
38mm lens in 35mm format.
The Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder also allows the user to benefit from the
versatility of telephoto shooting too, zooming in to an
angle of view equivalent to a 380mm lens in 35mm
Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder Specifications
Wide conversion lens
The attachment of a wide conversion lens provides the photographer with a wider
angle of view for shooting. And
because it reduces the focal length, depth of field is extended at each aperture
compared to that offered by a lens
of greater focal length. Such qualities make it an ideal choice for capturing
landscapes or making the most of
relatively close subjects with a limited sense of depth.
Standing for Moving Picture Experts Group phase 4, MPEG-4 is a type of image
data compression complying with
the MPEG format. In terms of playback, MPEG-1 offers quality akin to that of a
VTR, while MPEG-2 offers quality
comparable to that of a high-definition TV. Because the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder employs MPEG-4,
it offers smooth VGA 30/15fps
movies for extended periods of time.
Streaming refers to the ability to simultaneously handle a series of tasks, such
as data processing and writing to an
SD card while recording a movie at the same time. In the case of models
featuring no streaming capability, image
data is piled into a buffer until shooting is completed. This results in limited
shooting time due to limited buffer
capacity. With the streaming function the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder does away with the need for a
buffer and thus offers a
maximum of 120 min. of movie shooting.
Low-reflection LCD monitor -
Low-reflection LCD monitors actually use external light to an extent in order to
enhance LCD visibility. When
compared to conventional LCD monitors, they offer improved visibility in bright
Standing for Universal Serial Bus 2.0, this is the latest advance in the USB
format. It features 3 data transfer modes
of LS (Low Speed: 1.5Mbps), FS (Full Speed: 12Mbps) and HS (High Speed:
480Mbps). FS mode is comparable to the
speed of USB1.1. The Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder supports HS to achieve the fastest data transfer
rate possible when it is connected
to a PC.
MOV format -
Developed by Apple, this movie file format makes use of a software called
QuickTime, which has the ability to
handle a variety of multimedia information on a computer. The Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder produces
files in the MOV format and
compresses the data in line with MPEG-4. MOV format files can be easily
recognized as they feature ".mov" at the
end of the file name.
PCM stands for Pulse Code Modulation - a non-compression conversion format used
to convert voice into digital
ADPCM - ADPCM stands for Adaptive Differential Pulse Code Modulation. It is also a
conversion format used to convert
voice into digital data. ADPCM format has the ability to compress 16-bit data
existing in simple PCM format into
12-bit data - without causing any deterioration in quality. The Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder employs
ADPCM when recording, which
allows 16-bit data to be compressed to 4-bit data.
CG silicon -
CG stands for Continuous Grain. CG silicon is therefore a kind of silicon in
which each crystallized grain is adhered
to another, thereby adding resilience by eradicating all gaps.
TFT stands for Thin Film Transistor.
Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder
Q: Once the power is switched off, are the settings automatically lost?
It depends on the setting. However, if the user wants to preserve settings even
when the power is turned off, they
can easily do so by setting them in the Mode Memory.
Q: Is it possible to record movies without sound?
No, it isn't.
Q: Is it possible to shoot a still shot while recording a movie?
No, it isn't. You would need to stop recording a movie momentarily in order to
shoot a still image.
Q: Is it possible to edit a movie using only the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder?
No it isn't.
Q: While shooting a movie, is it possible to use the optical zooming feature?
Yes, it is. The digital zoom can also be used.
Q: Can sound be edited also?
No, it can't.
Q: Does the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder have a sound recording function?
There is a voice recording function (enabling recording up to available memory
capacity) and a voice memo function
(enabling recording up to 30sec. for attachment to a recorded still image).
Q: Is it easy to tell when optical zoom is switched to digital zoom?
Yes, a magnifying glass mark will appear.
Q: Is the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder equipped with a super macro function?
Yes, it is. In comparison to other models, the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder has much fewer mechanical
restrictions, which results in its
capability to shoot from a position of actually touching the subject*.
*When shooting at such proximity, light must be allowed to permeate.
Q: Can the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder shoot using a self-timer?
Yes, it can. There is a choice of a 2- or 10-second self-timer. The LCD panel
displays the countdown. The self-timer
can not, however, be controlled by using the remote control unit.
Q: Can images be inverted or manipulated in a similar manner during playback?
Yes, they can.
Q: Can a date be imprinted on recorded images?
The Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder does not have a date imprinting function, however date imprinting
can be done easily with the
Q: How long does the date setting remain accurate when battery power runs out?
When a new battery is inserted into the camera and then removed after at least
one day, the date setting will
remain accurate for up to one day. During this day, the built-in clock will also
continue to function accurately.
Q: Does the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder have a built-in memory?
No, it doesn't.
Q: Does the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder have a camera image stabilizer function?
No, it doesn't. However, the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder design does maximize holding stability in
order to minimize shaking caused
by the hands.
Q: Does the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder have a noise reduction function?
Yes, it does.
Q: Where does the name "MX" come from?
The M stands for Movie, while the X stands for 10X zooming capacity.
Q: Does the grip have to be pulled out when it is rotated backward?
No it doesn't. Pulling it out when holding the grip simply allows people with
large hands to achieve a more
comfortable grip. People with regular or smaller hands should find that the grip
can be rotated backward easily
without it being pulled out first.
Q: What is the range of the grip's movement? How rigid is it?
The grip rotates through a range of 180 degrees. It has passed a rigidity test
that verified it as withstanding torque
of up to 30kgfcm. Technically speaking, this figure means that the grip can
support a weight equivalent to a 30kg
Q: How fast is the zooming speed?
Depending on the angle to which the zoom lever is turned, the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder offers
two-step zooming speeds (approx.
3 sec. in high-speed mode and approx. 10 sec. in low-speed mode) enabling
excellent maneuverability between
wide-angle and telephoto extremes. This feature is not offered by any competitor
models. With the handy high speed
mode, you can achieve stress-free fast zooming even when using the 10X optical
and 10X digital zooming
Q: What types of batteries are compatible with the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder?
The Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder is compatible with the exclusive, rechargeable battery D-LI7. It is
not compatible with AA batteries.
Q: It looks like the grip should be able to house AA batteries. Why isn't it
compatible with them?
From the perspective of optical design, the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder needs to be able to control
two groups of lenses
simultaneously when zooming and focusing. This means that two pulse motors need
be driven simultaneously when
zooming. And though we did want to make the Pentax OptioMX Digital Camera / Camcorder compatible with two AA
batteries (alkaline, nickel
manganese, nickel hydride), unfortunately such a specification of battery is not
capable of supplying sufficient power
for these purposes.