The Optio 230 from Pentax - The
simple, stylish way to take pleasing pictures
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(pictures courtesy FOTO-KURIER
September 23, 2002
The Asahi Optical Co., Ltd. is
proud to present the Optio230 a compact digital camera that delivers sharp,
satisfying images with operational ease. It realizes the utmost in clarity with 2.0
effective megapixels and provides superb freedom of composition with its powerful 3X zoom
lens. It also offers a wide range of handy shooting modes, including the innovative 3D
image mode for stereoscopic shooting. For greater versatility, the Optio230 even has a
handy swing-out screen, which folds out through 180°to assist in a variety of situations.
And for convenient connectivity to PC, the Optio230 is USB compatible. With a plethora of
capabilities such as this, you might expect the Optio230 to be something of a handful.
Thanks to Pentax advanced technology and the newly designed lens, however, the Optio230
fits big photographic potential into remarkably compact dimensions and even has a sleek,
1. Sleek, stylish, and
comfortable in the hand
Like other models in the Optio
series, the Optio230 is amazingly compact and so easy to carry, with the following
dimensions 103.5mm (4.0") width, 63.5mm (2.5") height, and 42mm
(1.5") depth. It also weighs only 180g (6.3oz). As for its appearance, it boasts a
simple, yet stylish design, with a complementary color. The "Optio" logo is also
embossed on the grip as an additional design feature.
2. A high performance 3X zoom
The newly designed 3X zoom lens
of the Optio230 is equivalent to a 38-114mm lens in 35mm format and provides high-quality,
high resolution images while achieving an impressively low level of image distortion for a
camera of such small proportions. Framing different scales of subject is easy via simple
lever operation and the Optio230 is also equipped with an efficient 2.11 total megapixel
primary color filter CCD.
3. Smooth operation
The image processing circuit of
the Optio230 allows simple, stress-free operation. With a simple turn of the
well-proportioned dial, the user can easily choose from a range of shooting modes, such as
Auto, Full selectable, Night Scene, and Movie, as well as playback modes. The Optio230
also offers the familiar Easy View function available on other models in the Optio range,
which allows easy image deletion. The new, improved version of this handy function on the
Optio230 also allows you to zoom in on recorded images. For added convenience, the
Optio230 also sports individual buttons for frequently used functions for the composition
and playback of images. Theres even a handy four-way controller and a central
"OK" button for the ultimate in easy operation.
4. 180°swing-out screen for
simpler self portraits
There are times when you also
want to take pleasing shots of yourself. On such occasions, the Optio230 makes composition
so much easier with a high-resolution, 1.6 inch LCD monitor that swings out through 180?,
so that you can see exactly how you appear in the frame while still holding the camera.
Self portraits can now be composed with the same ease as shots of other people, and you
can easily join someone else in the same shot. The handy screen also allows you to check
the image as soon as you have taken it.
5. Stereoscopic photography
with 3D image mode
Enjoy a new perspective with
stereoscopic shooting. The Optio230 makes it easy to take 3D shots that have real depth
and perspective when seen through the special 3D viewer provided.
6. World time function
For convenience that extends
beyond use in your own country, the Optio230 offers a world time function. Capable of
displaying the time in 62 cities around the world, it can also record the time of each
shot taken without the need for resetting. It is simply ideal for sorting out your travel
shots on your return.
7. Simple connection to PC*
with USB Mass Storage Class compatibility
The Optio230 is compatible with
the USB Mass Storage Class. This makes it easy for you to transfer photographic data
direct to PCs via the USB cable provided, allowing swift importing into a variety of
*System requirements: PC
running Windows 98/98 SE, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows XP Home edition/Professional
or Mac OS 8.6 or higher (installation of included driver software required).
8. Built-in auto flash
The Optio230 offers a wide
selection of flash functions. Auto flash discharges flash when light is low or backlight
conditions are excessive. Flash-on and flash-off modes give greater control. The Optio230
also offers a convenient red-eye reduction mode* and slow-shutter sync.
* This feature does not
eliminate "red eyes" in all instances.
9. Optical viewfinder
The viewfinder of the Optio230
offers actual image zoom. This allows you to compose with accuracy and save power by
switching off the LCD monitor.
10. Digital zoom
Not only is the Optio230 capable
of 3X optical zooming, it also provides 2.5X digital zoom for a combined capacity of 7.5X
11. Nine-image display / zoom
The LCD screen is capable of
displaying nine recorded images simultaneously in playback mode. This makes the search for
images faster and simpler. The screen can also play back images with 4X magnification,
allowing you to check more closely for focus and subtle details.
12. A variety of shooting
The Optio230 offers a selection
of shooting modes, consisting of Auto, Full Selectable, Night Scene, Movie, 3D image, and
Provides excellent results with minimal effort. Simply compose the shot as you like
and let the Optio230 take care of exposure and focusing.
2) Full selectable
Combine the desired functions of the Optio230 to achieve exactly the kind of shots
3) Night Scene
This convenient mode allows you to capture evening or night scenes and add detail
to the foreground wherever necessary. The Optio230 also has a noise reduction function,
which is activated during long exposures.
The Optio230 can also record movies up to 30 seconds in length at 15 frames per
second, with a resolution of 320 X 240 pixels. As an additional benefit, clips are
recorded in AVI format for easy playback on PCs.
5) 3D image
By simply taking a shot, adjusting the position of the camera, and shooting again,
the innovative 3D image mode creates images that have a true sense of perspective when
viewed through the special 3D viewer provided.
6) Auto bracketing
Auto bracketing is available in three steps for exposure, white balance, sharpness,
saturation, and contrast.
The Optio230 has a convenient
self-timer function, just like a regular film camera.
14. Macro shooting mode and
Macro shooting mode allows you
to compose shots at a distance of just 0.1m (0.33ft) from your subject and zoom in or out
as you please. Whats more, the Optio230 also features Infinity-landscape mode, which
is ideal for capturing landscapes and scenery, even when you are shooting through a
15. Manual focus
The handy manual focus function
gives you the freedom to achieve exactly the kind of focus you want, while viewing the
subject on the LCD monitor. The Optio230 can even zoom in on one part of the shot for more
16. Autofocus areas
The Optio230 offers Spot AF. It
also has 5-point autofocus, which lets you place greater focal emphasis on your subject
and make a subtle reduction in the sharpness of the background.
17. White Balance Mode
The Optio230 offers White
Balance Mode selection for Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten Light, and Fluorescent Light.
It also offers Manual selection, which allows you to maintain the appropriate balance of
color when working with different kinds of light.
18. Metering options
Metering can be selected
according to your subject. Choose from multi-segment metering, center-weighted metering,
and spot metering.
19. Light sensitivity
Sensitivity to light can be set
to auto, or manually set to ISO100 or ISO200.
20. Exposure control
Exposure compensation has a
range of +2EV in 1/3EV steps.
21. Three color modes
A choice of color, black &
white, and sepia modes allow further creative freedom.
22. Settings for sharpness,
saturation and contrast
Sharpness, saturation and
contrast can be set in 3 different grades to produce the desired results.
23. DPOF function
When used in combination with
DPOF-compatible printers, this handy function lets you take control over the number of
printouts and the date function.
*Some printers may not
support the above functions. Please consult the supplier of your printer for more
24. Image protection setting
Image protection prevents the
accidental deletion of your favorite images.
25. Mode memory function
A combination of settings can be
saved with the useful mode memory function. Simply select a group of settings that
produces a pleasing effect and return to them automatically when the power is next
26. Video output terminal
The Optio230 can be easily
connected to a TV via video cable for even easier viewing of recorded images. It is also
compatible with both NTSC and PAL systems.
27. Power sources
The Optio230 can be powered by
two AA (lithium, Ni-MH, or alkaline) batteries. It is also compatible with lithium CR-V3
batteries and an optional AC adapter is available.
28. Multilingual operation
The Optio230 offers convenient
multilingual operation, which allows all menus and messages to be displayed in English,
French, German, Spanish, Italian, or Japanese. This convenient function is also very easy
||Compact-type digital still camera with
built-in zoom lens, autofocus, auto exposure and auto flash
||2.11 megapixels (total pixels) 1/2.7 inch
interline transfer CCD with a primary color filter
||10 bit x 3 colors
||Still - 1600 x 1210 pixels (TIFF), 1600 x
1200 pixels, 1024 x 768 pixels, 640 x 480 pixels
Movie - 320 x 240 pixels
||Auto, fixed (equivalent to ISO 100, 200)
||Still - JPEG, TIFF, DCF, DPOF
Movie - AVI (Motion JPEG Format) 15fps
||CompactFlash (CF) card Type I
||Pentax power zoom 5.8mm-17.4mm (Equivalent
to 38mm-114mm in 35mm format) f/2.6-f/5.0, 6 elements in 5 groups (1 aspherical elements)
||TTL contrast detection autofocus system.
Manual focus/Infinity-landscape mode available
||5-point autofocus, Spot Autofocus
||Autofocus: Normal - 1.31 ft. (0.4m) to
infinity. Macro - 0.33 ft. (0.1m) to 1.64 ft. (0.5m)
Manual focus: 0.33 ft. (0.1m) to infinity
||TTL metering: Choice of Multi-segment
metering, Center-weighted metering, Spot metering
||Auto, Full selectable, Night Scene, Movie,
3D image, Auto bracket
||+/-2 EV (1/3 steps)
||Shooting time: approx. 1 sec.-30 sec.
||Programmed AE electronic lens shutter with
CCD electronic shutter. Shutter speed: approx. 1/1500 sec. to 4 sec.
||One shot, Continuous, Self-timer
||Built-in series-control auto flash.
Automatic discharge under low lighting and backlight condition in auto modes. Flash-on and
flash-off modes. "Red-eye" reduction function employs a single discharge
||Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten Light,
Fluorescent Light, Manual setting
||Color, black & white, sepia.
||Actual-image zoom viewfinder
||1.6 inch, TFD color LCD with swing out
||Nine-image and 1X-4X magnification
available in playback mode
||TV output terminal, USB terminal, DC input
||Compatible with NTSC and PAL formats
||Lithium battery CR-V3, two AA (lithium,
Ni-MH, alkaline) battery. Optional AC adapter also available.
||4.0 (W) x 2.5 (H) x 1.5 (D) inches
(103.5mm x 63.5mm x 42mm)
||8.1 oz. (230g) loaded and ready
6.3 oz. (180g) without battery and CF card