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Pentax Optio MX4 is a compact digital camera with a powerful 10X optical zoom and 4.0 effective megapixels. The Optio MX4 captures both high quality still images and movies with telephoto capability.

The Pentax OptioMX 4 Digital Camera meets consumer demand to capture distant subjects with 10X optical zoom through a focal range covering angles of view equivalent to those of a 37mm-370mm lens in 35mm format. The optional wide-angle conversion lens steps up the OptioMX4 angle of view to the equivalent of a 27.75mm lens in 35mm format.
Comprised of 8 groups of 12 elements, the lens of the OptioMX4 features aspherical lenses and extra-low dispersion glass elements to minimize aberration. With 4.0 effective megapixels, the OptioMX4 has the power to achieve high-precision, vivid images at all zoom ranges. Perfect for capturing family activity, the Optio MX4 captures movies in MPEG-4 format and employs a streaming recording system to record up to two hours* (*When used with an optional AC adapter) of continuous movies directly onto the recording media. OptioMX4 users further enjoy movie recording with 640x480 recording pixels at the rate of 30fps (frames per second) to achieve quality comparable to that of a television.

The camera also offers a choice of movie recording sizes, quality and frame rates for maximum shooting flexibility. A stylish, functional palm-grip helps minimize hand shake and reduces fatigue during long-duration shooting. The OptioMX4 Digital Camera incorporates a 5.8mm -58mm 10X optical zoom lens offering a focal range covering angles of view equivalent to those of a 37mm-370mm lens in 35mm format. This optical zooming power can also be combined with 10X digital zoom for a combined total zoom ratio of 100X. To make zoom control as smooth & easy as possible, the OptioMX4 also features two-way zoom speed control. With 4.0 effective megapixels, the OptioMX4 achieves high-precision, vivid images at all zoom ranges. The renowned smc PENTAX lens is comprised of 8 groups of 12 elements that makes use of two aspherical lenses & two extra-low dispersion glass lenses to ensure chromatic and other aberrations minimized. OptioMX4 users enjoy movie recording with 640 x 480 recording pixels at the smooth rate of 30fps (frames per second) to achieve quality comparable to that of a television. Because the OptioMX4 records in MPEG-4 format, it has the ability to record movies of extended duration. The OptioMX4 also employs a streaming recording system, which records directly onto the recording media, thereby allowing the user to record up to two hours* of continuous movies. As with still shooting, users also have a choice of movie recording sizes, quality and frame rates for maximum shooting flexibility. Enabling the user to take advantage of dynamic telephoto shooting & continuous, long-duration movie shooting, the OptioMX4 employs a unique palm-grip design that is highly effective in reducing hand shake & minimizing fatigue.

Specifications for Pentax Optio MX4 10x 4.23MP Digital Point & Shoot Camera:

Image sensor:   2/7" interline transfer CCD with a primary color filter,
 4.23 total megapixel CCD
 Color depth: 12 bit x 3 colors
 Effective megapixels: 4.0
Lens:   SMC Pentax power zoom 5.8mm-58mm
 aperature range f2.9 to f3.5
 Construction 12 elements in 8 groups
 (1 dual-sided aspherical element, 1 aspherical element)
 10x optical Zoom
 equivalent to 38-380mm in 35mm film format
 Filter Size: 37mm
Digital Zoom:   10 X (Combined - 100 X)
Optical viewfinder:   Yes
LCD monitor:   1.8 inch CG Silicon TFT color LCD with Histogram Display and brightness adjustment.
 Swivels 210 degrees vertically, 180 degrees horizontally
 LCD Coverage 100%
 LCD resolution: appx 134,000 pixels
Focus method:   TTL Contrast Detection Autofocus - 5-point AF, Spot AF & Infinity Landscape Mode, plus Manual Focus from 0 inches to infinity
Focusing range:   Normal: 1.31 ft.(0.4m) to infinity at 58mm
 Macro: 3.9 inches (0.1m) to 1.64ft.(0.5m) at 5.8mm
 1.97 ft (0.06m) to 4.92ft.(1.5m) at 58mm
 Super Macro : 0 inches (Om) to 5.9" (0.15m) at 5.8mm
 Normal (Movie) 3.9" (0.1m) to Infinity at 5.8mm,
 3.9 feet (1.2m) to Infinity at 58mm
Shutter speeds:   Approx. 1/2000 - 4 seconds (programmed AE electronic lens shutter with CCD electronic shutter)
Exposure control method:   Metering System: TTL metering with choice of: Multi-segment, Center-weighted & Spot meter.
 Exposure Control Method: Program AE.
 Exposure Modes: Manual, Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority, Program, Picture Mode, Movie Capture
 Exposure Compensation - +/-2 EV (1/4 steps)
Continuous shooting:   Drive Modes: Single-shot, Continuous (normal/high speed) , Auto Bracketing (exposure, White Balance, Saturation, Sharpness, Contrast) Interval shooting, Self-timer (2sec, 10sec), Remote control (0sec, 3sec)
Self-timer:   Up to 10 seconds.
Sensitivity (equivalent film speed):   Auto, or user select ISO 100, 200, 400
White balance:   TTL Auto, Pre-set, Custom White Balance
 Available Settings - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten Light, Fluorescent Light, Manual
 Auto bracketing : exposure , white balance, saturation, sharpness, contrast
 Picture modes: Landscape, flower, portrait, self portrait surf & snow, sunset, night scene, soft, illustration & panorama assist
Built-in flash operating modes:   Series Control retactable, with AUTO discharge in low light when in Auto mode
 Auto, Flash-Off, Flash-On, Auto + red-eye reduction, Flash-On + red-eye reduction
Flash range:   Appx 0.33' (0.1m), Up to 16.73' (5.1m) 5.8mm at ISO 200
 Appx 1.97' (0.6m), Up to 12.46' (3.8m) 5.8mm at ISO 200
Terminals for external flash:   None
Storage media:   Removable: Secure Digital (SD)
Image recording format:   Still - JPEG (Exif 2.2), DCF, DPOF - Print Image Matchhing II, Movie - MOV (MPEG-4) 30/15 fps with sound (PCM Monaural)
Image-quality modes:   TIFF: JPEG "Best","Better","Good".
Resloution Modes:   Still: 2304 x 1728 Pixels, 1600 x 1200 pixels, 1024 x 768 pixels, 640 x 480 pixels.
 Movie: 640 x 480 (VGA), 320 x 240, 160 x 120 pixels.
Movie Recording:   Continuous appx 120 min (related to memory card capacity)
Audio:   Sound: Voice WAV (ADPCM) monuaral, recordable time depends on remaining capacity of memory card
Interface:   AV output terminal, USB (2.0) terminal, DC input terminal
Power Source:   Rechargeable D-Li7 Battery (allows approx. 200 shots with one charge, Movie Capture appx 100 min, playback appx 200 min)
 AC Adopter Kit , (optional)
Video Output:   Compatible with NTSC and PAL formats (monaural sound)
Dimensions:   W: 2.9" x H: 2.3" x D: 4.1" (73 x 59 x 103.5mm)
Weight:   11.6 oz (330g) without battery and SD memory card - 13.1 oz (370g) loaded and ready
System requirements:   Windows 98,98 second edition, 2000, Me, XP Home edition / Professional, Quicktime 6.0 or later to view movies)
  CPU: Pentium or later recommended, 64 mb memory or more , hard disk space 15mb or more,standard equipped usb port
 Mac Requirements - OS: Mac OS 9.2 or later, (Quicktime 4.0 or later to view movies, CPU Power PC 266MHz or higher, memory 8mb or more , hard disk space 6mb or more, standard equipped usb port
Special features:   Digital Filter - Black & White, Sepia, Red, Pink, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, ( in playback mode only)

Features of Pentax Optio MX4 10x 4.23MP Digital Point & Shoot Camera:

  • The power of a 10X optical zoom lens
  • High-precision, sharp and vivid still images
  • High-quality, long-duration movie recording
  • Compact Digital Camera with 4.0 effective megapixels
  • Unique styling to minimize hand shake and fatigue from extended shooting
  • Compact body dimensions of just 2.9" x 2.3" x 4.1"
  • High-visibility, low-reflection LCD with maximum flexibility
  • High versatility LCD rotates 180 degrees horizontally & 210 degrees vertically for easy low-& high-angle shooting
  • Equipped with Shutter-priority auto, Aperture-priority auto, Metered manual, & other settings.
  • Upon selection of PICT (picture mode) on the mode dial, the OptioMX4 displays Landscape, Portrait, & other shooting modes on the LCD
  • Choice of eight filters comprising B&W, sepia, red, pink, purple, blue, green & yellow
  • the user can turn full-color images into black and white or sepia images, or emphasize certain colors of the images to create a different tone.
  • Built-in flash that pops up high
  • Wide-angle conversion lens (optional)
  • USB2.0 (HI-SPEED)/connectivity to a TV via AV cable
  • Standard image viewer, ACDSee for PENTAX and ACD Showtime! for PENTAX* movie editing software
  • Super macro mode allows the user to shoot subjects from so close that the surface of the filter screw is actually touching the subject!
  • Resizing/trimming of recorded images
  • DPOF, Exif Print and PRINT Image Matching III compatibility
  • PictBridge compatibility
  • Voice recording function
  • (*ACD Showtime! for PENTAX is compatible with Windows only)

Package Contents:

  • Pentax Optio MX4 10x 4.23MP Digital Point & Shoot Camera #18037
  • USB Cable I-USB17 #39233
  • AV Cable I-AVC7 #39552
  • Lens Cap O-LC37 #39198
  • Strap O-ST17 #39196
  • Rechargeable Battery D-LI7 #39117
  • 16MB SD Card
  • Software (CD-ROM) S-SW17
  • Operating Manual
  • Serial Number Card
  • Service Network Directory

For more information on the 3.2MP version of this digital camera - Pentax Optio MX Digital Still/Movie Camera Camcorder - Pentax Optio MX Digital Camera Camcorder please make sure to check out the Pentax Optio MX Digital Camera Camcorder FAQ in PDF format (~ 160 Kb).