Pentax introduce their MZ-60
(ZX-60 in USA)
entry-level AF SLR
DENVER, Colorado (February 23,
2002) . . . PENTAX Corporation debuts the ZX-60 Quartz Date as the newest member of the
popular ZX series of 35mm autofocus SLR cameras. As with previous ZX-series models, the
ZX-60 boasts super-compact dimensions, an attractive black-and-silver body, a simple
operation system and a host of convenient and advanced features. It also offers
PENTAXs innovative "Picture Modes" for extra convenience. Combining the
Picture Mode, easy operations and an affordable price, the ZX-60 is the perfect starter
camera for SLR novices.
Made popular by its sister
models, the ZX-60s Picture Modes allow the user to select one of six picture
programs with the push of the mode button to create a distinctive visual effect. Other
conventional exposure modes are also available for greater freedom of visual expression.
The range of user-friendly features includes: a versatile wide-frame autofocus system; an
auto pop-up flash with "red-eye" reduction; a large, easy-to-read LCD panel; a
bright viewfinder with LED indication; a bulb timer; auto bracketing; and AE lock. In
addition, the ZX-60 accepts a wide selection of SMC PENTAX interchangeable lenses and
accessories for added convenience and greater creativity.
Major Features of the PENTAX
Super-compact dimensions and
Like other ZX-series models, the
ZX-60 is one of the most compact and lightweight 35mm autofocus SLR cameras available on
the market today. Its well-conceived design and ideal positioning of controls make it
extremely maneuverable and enjoyable to operate, even for beginners.
Modes" with Direct-Access Mode Selection
The ZX-60s Picture Modes
simplify complicated exposure control in many different situations. The Mode button
located on the cameras left shoulder allows for swift and effortless selection of
six exposure programs Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Close-Up, Action or Night
Scene Program. Once the desired program is set, the ZX-60 handles the rest, creating the
ideal visual effect for each subject and producing beautiful images frame after frame.
Multi-mode exposure system
In addition to the simple-to-use
"Picture Mode," the ZX-60 offers two conventional auto-exposure modes
(Aperture-Priority AE and Shutter-Priority AE) and the Metered Manual mode for greater
freedom of visual expression. These modes can be selected with a push of the mode button.
Pinpoint autofocus with focus
Thanks to the acclaimed SAFOX V
phase-matching autofocus system, the ZX-60 assures high-precision, quick autofocus
operations even under low-light conditions. Its wide focus frame makes capturing the
subject in sharp, crisp focus extremely easy, even when positioned off center. The
predictive autofocus function is automatically activated when the ZX-60 detects the
subjects motion and "predicts" its exact position at the moment of shutter
release for pinpoint focusing. This function even allows the photographer to take a few
exposures after the subject moves out of the AF frame. Under poor lighting conditions, the
built-in flash assists the AF system by making a brief flash discharge.
Versatile auto pop-up flash
Covering up to a wide 28mm angle
of view, the built-in auto flash automatically pops up and discharges when the camera
detects low-light and/or backlight situations. Thanks to the advanced TTL flash control
system, complicated flash techniques such as daylight sync, slow-shutter sync and bulb
sync are simple and effortless, even when used in combination with a dedicated flash unit.
The "red-eye" reduction function* effectively reduces the annoying red-eye
effect in the subjects eyes.
* This function does not
eliminate "red-eyes" in all instances.
User-friendly data display
The ZX-60 allows confirmation of
operational status in two easy ways. The large LCD panel on the top of the camera provides
a wide range of information using easy-to-understand icons and numbers, while the
simplified LED viewfinder display offers essential operational data. The viewfinder
display is automatically illuminated when the cameras metering system is activated.
The built-in bulb timer allows
the user to preset an extended exposure time (between 45 seconds and 32 minutes) for
trouble-free bulb shooting, eliminating the need to carry a cable switch.
With very simple operation, this
function captures the same subject at three different exposure levels in the order
of normal, under- and over-exposures to create different atmospheres for each
image. The photographer can select the desired exposure compensation value at either 1EV
or 1/2EV increments.
With a single push of the AE
lock button, this function memorizes the metered exposure value for approximately 20
seconds, enabling the photographer to re-frame the image at will.
A wide range of
interchangeable lenses and optional accessories
The ZX-60 is compatible with a
wide selection of PENTAX 35mm-system interchangeable lenses and most existing accessories,
including the AF500FTZ and AF360FGZ dedicated flash units.
The ZX-60 Quartz Date enables
the user to imprint the day, or day and time, of the shooting on the photos with simple
Type: TTL autofocus,
auto-exposure multi-mode 35mm SLR with built-in retractable. TTL auto pop-up flash (RTF).
Film: 35mm perforated cartridge film. Image Size: 24mm x 36mm.
Lens Mount: Pentax KAF bayonet mount. Usable Lenses: Pentax KAF2- and KAF-mount lenses.
Focusing System: TTL phase-matching autofocus system (SAFOX V).
Applicable illumination range : EV0-EV18 (at ISO 100 with 50mm F1.4 lens). Mode : (1) AF
(focus lock and predictive AF available), (2) Manual focus.
Metering system : TTL open-aperture 2-segment metering.
Metering range : EV4-EV21 (at ISO 100 with 50mm F1.4 lens).
Mode : (1) Picture Mode, (2) Shutter-Priority AE, (3) Aperture-Priority AE, (4) Metered
Manual, (5) Bulb-timer.
Shutter: controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter. Speed : (1)Auto : 1/2000¡«30 sec.
(stepless), (2) Manual : 1/2000¡«30 sec. and Bulb-timer,
Viewfinder: Fixed molded penta-mirror type. Focusing screen : Natural-Bright-Matte
focusing screen. Field of view : 90% vertically/horizontally.
Magnification : 0.77X (with 50mm F1.4 lens at infinity).
Viewfinder LED indication: Green: (1) External flash status, (2) AE lock signal (3)
In-focus, (4) Proper exposure indication in Metered Manual
Red: (1) Over- or underexposure indication in Metered Manual.
External LCD Indication: (1) Film loading, film advance (single-frame/consecutive), film
rewind, film loading error; (2) Exposure frame number; (3) Shutter speed and/or aperture
value; (4) Manual-set film speed; (5) Auto pop-up flash function; (6) Flash use
recommendation and recharge incomplete/complete; (7) Flash off; (8) Red-eye reduction
flash; (9) Self-timer (2 or 12 second delay); (10) Non-applicable lens warning; (11)
Battery exhaustion warning; (12) Auto bracketing (¡À1/2EV and ¡À1EV).
Loading : Quick auto loading (automatic film advance to first frame).
Advance/rewind : Automatic (Mid-roll rewind possible). Advance mode : (1) Single, (2)
Consecutive (approx. 1 frames/sec.).
Film Speed Setting:
(1) Automatic with DX-coded film (ISO25¡«5000), (2) Manual (ISO6¡«6400).
Type : Series-control retractable TTL auto pop-up flash (RTF).
Guide number : 11 (ISO100/m).
Angle-of-view coverage : 28mm wide-angle lens.
With RTF and via hot shoe.
Sync speed:1/100 sec. set automatically with RTF or Pentax dedicated flash unit at
Self-Timer: Electronically controlled type with 2 or 12-second delay (Cancellation
Drive Mode Switch:
(1) Single advance, (2) Consecutive advance, (3) Self-timer (12-second delay), (4)
Self-timer (2-second delay), (5) Auto bracketing (¡À1/2EV),
(6) Auto bracketing (¡À1EV).
Power Source: Two 3V lithium batteries (CR2 type).
Dimensions: 136.0 (W) X 94.5 (H) X 63.0 (D)mm (5.4¡± X 3.7¡± X 2.5¡±).
Weight: 325g (11.5oz.) without batteries.