Pentax flashes digicam double

Clearly inspired by the success of its Optio S family, Pentax showcased two new compact digital cameras at CES today, the Optio A10 and the Optio E10.

Clearly inspired by the success of its Optio S family, Pentax showcased two new compact digital cameras at CES today, the Optio A10 and the Optio E10. The new models are lettered according to the level of sophistication – ‘A’ being high-end and ‘E’ easy peasy.

The Optio A10 (left) is Pentax’s high-class piece. Despite being on the slight side at 125g, the A10 boasts a range of features. It's the company's first 8MP model, and backs this up with a 1.8-inch CCD, zoom lens, shake reduction tech for the inebriated and some intuitive mode menus. On board noise reduction finally ensures the A10 is geared up to produce some large, impressively detailed images.

A little plumper at 180g, the 6MP Optio E10 (right) is an entry-level camera designed for beginners. The camera has a mode dial allowing the simple selection of one of eight modes – six still-image shooting modes, a movie mode and a set-up mode.

But despite all Pentax’s efforts to keep things simple, the E10 does have a few fancy touches. It's got a generous 2.4-inch LCD monitor and can attain up to 12x total zoom magnification through a pairing of optical and digital zooms.

They’re hitting the US in February but, like much of CES's sneak previews, there's no release date or price for the UK yet – check Pentax's website for updates.

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