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Pentax Optio VS20

New, Innovative 20x Zoom Compact · Posted on 01-25-2012 in Pentax Rumors
Pentax Optio VS20

It looks like the first new Pentax compact of 2012 is here- the Optio VS20!  New of this new compact, posted via Norwegian press channel, suggests that the camera has some very exciting highlights and is a truly-modern compact camera.

Key Specifications

  • 16 megapixel CCD Sensor
  • 3-inch LCD
  • 20x zoom lens (28-560mm equiv.)
  • Minimum focusing distance of 10mm in macro mode
  • Sensor-shift Shake Reduction
  • ISO 6400
  • HD video recording (720p)

Though it hasn't yet officially been announced in the US, sources say that the camera is expected to launch next month at an MSRP of around $249.

Although the camera is still running Pentax's beginner-friendly point-and-shoot firmware with automatic shooting mode selection, three new filters have been added to this camera, namely:

  • Fish-eye mode
  • Hand-held night snap mode
  • Sketch mode

The VS20 also has an innovative shutter release button on the side in order to make verticals a snap, and for group or family shots, it will fully support Pentax's IR remote control.  The makers also state that the new night snap mode will greatly reduce image noise.

Pentax VS20

As you can see from the photos, it features an elegant yet simple design and a very compact body.

Optio VS20

Once this camera is officially announced in the US, we will post its complete specifications and add it to our camera database.

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Liz_in_Calgary [Delete] Jan 27th, 2012 9:32PM

I am excited about this camera! The zoom, the cool looking design! The price looks good, there may be less expensive P&S but if the picture quality is up there this would be a terrific camera for work or play, when a DSLR is just too much.

aurele [Delete] Jan 26th, 2012 2:18PM

guys, it just a basic P&S, for average consumer. Every brand renew it's P&S line every year, Pentax do exactly the same as Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji, Kodak, etc ...

So stop complaining like spoiled children ...

timh [Delete] Jan 26th, 2012 1:26PM

This is their innovation? A button on the side? A button? On the side?
The writing is on the wall for compact P&S, Pentax needs to get serious and fast.

Philippos [Delete] Jan 26th, 2012 2:42AM

Does anyone have any info if the sensor in this is the same as in the Sony DSC-HX9V?

Smeggypants [Delete] Jan 25th, 2012 10:57PM

Should have been 10MP and better Dynamic range

ElrondElensar [Delete] Jan 25th, 2012 10:05PM

16 MP on a compact is a last year news

Alizarine [Delete] Jan 25th, 2012 5:25PM

This... is the new camera we were all waiting for? A compact? Sure is mirrorless...

but follows somewhat the Linhof 220. Question is, will the ILC models be patterned after this too?

s4int [Delete] Jan 25th, 2012 5:10PM

@internetpilot: If it has an orientation sensor it would be easy to disable the appropriate shutter release button. Now, if such a function were to be implemented is another question.

glanglois [Delete] Jan 25th, 2012 5:04PM

Good, clean design. We'll see how well it performs but I like what I see.

I'm looking forward to learning more about the hand-helf night snap mode. I've only used auto-helf. Adam ??

LaurenOE [Delete] Jan 25th, 2012 4:18PM


mrmentera [Delete] Jan 25th, 2012 3:51PM

Buhuu! 16 degapixels..

Mallee Boy [Delete] Jan 25th, 2012 3:33PM

If it takes a half decent photo it will be the perfect travel companion.

Internetpilot [Delete] Jan 25th, 2012 2:54PM

That second shutter button looks like it would be annoying more than useful.

mrmentera [Delete] Jan 25th, 2012 2:50PM

Wow! 16 megapixels!!!