Pentax trio comes bearing gifts

Pentax has come up with a digital camera trio to join its Optio range: the T10, W10 and the M10. They’re all 6MP, 3x zoom numbers, but each comes bear

Pentax has come up with a digital camera trio to join its Optio range: the T10, W10 and the M10. They’re all 6MP, 3x zoom numbers, but each comes bearing its own special gift.

We were particularly impressed by the T10 (pictured above) and its magnificent three-inch touch screen interface. Touch the icons on the LCD monitor and you can navigate the camera’s functions and customise and edit images sans problem.

The touch screen makes using modes such as My Drawing a cinch. Through the might of your little finger you can crop, trim and resize images, remove red eye and draw on or add text to your snaps without pushing a button.

The touch screen also makes the T10’s design exceptionally minimal. The lack of buttons makes its sleeker-than-thou 19.5mm aluminium alloy body look smugly simple.

The aforementioned three-inch, 262k-colour LCD is good for moving images too. The T10 can shoot  640 x 480 pixel movies at 30 fps, and can save a frame from a recorded movie as a still image.

Jostling for attention is the W10. Its screen, at 2.5-inches, is smaller than the T10’s, and it isn’t a touch screen either. The W10’s claim to fame, however, is that it’s the latest incarnation of Pentax’s ‘ruggedised’ waterproof cameras; it can withstand up to 30 minutes up to a depth of 1.5 metres.

Any deeper than that and it’ll implode, taking with it enough sea water to halt the effects of global warming for millennia.

The W10 also rivals the T10’s movie making talents with 30 fps at sizes up to 640 x 480 pixels and a movie anti-shake function.

Lastly we come to the M10, which appears to be more of an entry-level piece of kit. Saying that, it’s likely to come at a price point that will bring tears to the eyes of other 6MP, 3x optical zoom cameras. And that’s with Pentax’s new energy saving battery.

Talking of prices, there’s no news on prices and availability yet, but we should find out in March. We’ll keep you posted.