Pentax launches the DigiBino
a binocular + digicam combo
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February 19, 2002
DIGIBINO DB100 A new horizon in digital imaging
More than a pair of binoculars.
More than just a digital camera. More, in fact, than the combination of both. The DIGIBINO
DB100 from Pentax is the world's first digital camera binocular*. It allows you to view
distant images clearly with binocular-like 7X magnification, and gives you the
revolutionary ability to capture what you see with high-level digital precision.
In focusing, the DIGIBINO DB100
surpasses the abilities of cameras. It achieves fast focus, even when using super
telephoto settings, and it achieves a level of precision on a par with conventional
binoculars. The DIGIBINO DB100 even provides more options after images have been captured,
with the convenience of AV output and versatile USB compatibility.
*The DIGIBINO DB100 is the
worlds first pair of CCD digital binoculars equipped with an LCD monitor.
Major features of the DIGIBINO
1. The power of 800,000 pixels
and 7X magnification
With a 1/3 inch progressive CCD
and 800,000 pixels, the DIGIBINO DB100 captures distant objects with precision. Such
imaging excellence also means that images can later be enlarged while still retaining
impressive clarity. Pentax advanced digital technology also allows the DIGIBINO DB100 to
achieve impressive 7X magnification equivalent to a 280mm lens in 35mm format.
2. Progressive CCD
The DIGIBINO DB100 is equipped
with a progressive CCD, which allows high-speed shutter release that can be advantageous
when capturing fast-moving subjects.
3. Convenient Flash memory
With 16MB of built-in Flash
memory, the DIGIBINO DB100 is capable of recording and storing up to 100 pictures in Fine
mode. Capacity of this kind has done away with the need for external memory.
4. Space-efficient JPEG format
All images can be easily stored
as JPEG files a space-efficient format that retains a high level of image quality
and is compatible with a wide range of PC applications.
5. Precision 1.6 inch LCD panel
For standard binocular-style
viewing, the DIGIBINO DB100 offers twin lenses. It also incorporates a handy 1.6 inch LCD
panel, which allows one clear view of your subject and assists when composing shots for
6. An impressive range of
shutter speeds from 1/8000 - 1/30 Sec.
The DIGIBINO DB100 is
exceptionally useful in myriad situations. For those wishing to view and record distant
scenery or low-light subjects, exposure speeds as slow as 1/30 sec. offer high-level
versatility. For those wishing to capture wildlife and other moving subjects, the DIGIBINO
DB100 also has shutter speeds up to 1/8000 sec.
7. The simplicity and
versatility of USB connectivity
USB compatibility gives the
DIGIBINO DB100 maximum versatility. It allows you to import recorded images with ease into
a range of popular PC applications, or even send shots attached to e-mail.
8. AV output adds more options
Recorded images can be easily
viewed at any time on the 1.6 inch LCD screen. For additional versatility, however, the
DB100 can also be connected to a TV.
9. Manual focus for greater
Manual focus allows greater
control and makes it easy to place greater emphasis on any subject within the field of
view. For further convenience, focal adjustment on the binoculars is interlinked with that
of the camera.
10. Compatible with AA and CR-V3
The DIGIBINO DB100 can be
powered by two AA size lithium, or AA size nickel batteries. It is also compatible with
lithium CR-V3 batteries for further convenience. Such battery sizes can be found on sale
virtually anywhere, making the DIGIBINO DB100 ideal for use when traveling.
11. Program auto exposure
For additional ease of use, the
DIGIBINO DB100 offers auto exposure. Not only does this achieve combinations of aperture
and shutter that fit the subject, it also gives the user the freedom to concentrate on
viewing and composition.
12. Fully automatic TTL white
through-the-lens white balance means that the DIGIBINO DB100 is not confined to use
outdoors. In fact, this additional advantage means that a natural range of colors can be
preserved when shooting in various different kinds of light.
13. Capture the action with five
frames per second shooting up to a maximum of 10 frames
The DIGIBINO DB100 is invaluable
for the wildlife enthusiast, the sports spectator, or indeed anyone wishing to capture
distant action. It even offers continuous shooting of up to ten frames at five frames per
second, allowing you to capture instances of action, frame by frame.
14. A minimum focusing distance
of just 2 meters
The DIGIBINO DB100 is excellent
for viewing and recording distant scenes and action. Its capabilities, however, begin way
before the horizon as it allows the viewing and capture of subjects just two meters away.