New Pentax shooter offers mega capacity

If you’re setting off on a gap year, love continuous shooting modes or just have photography-diarrohea, you should get to know Pentax’s new camera.A 7

If you’re setting off on a gap year, love continuous shooting modes or just have photography-diarrohea, you should get to know Pentax’s new camera.

A 7MP shooter, the Optio S7’s a conventional beastie on first glance, packing in a distinctly bog-standard 3x optical zoom, 2.5in LCD and – ohh, excuse the yawn – MP4 movie mode.

However, there is reason to raise an eyebrow. It’s the first real world camera we’ve seen to pack support for that upcoming new memory card format, SDHC – yep, the one with the faster write speeds and capacities higher than 4GB.

Elsewhere, this Pentax takes a stab at rivals with auto face focussing – something Nikon’s been doing for a while – and a fairly high ISO (1600), an area that the Fuji F20 recently raised the metaphorical bar on. The higher your cam’s ISO, the easier it is to shoot in low light.

Why anyone genuinely needs more than four gigs for a seven megapixel camera is mystifying, but if you want to store nearly two thousand photos while out roaming, who are we to stop you?

Essentials

Pentax Optio S7

Price: £TBA

On sale: TBA (July in Asia)

Contact: Pentax UK

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