Pentax Optio M50 Brief Review


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  • 8.0 Megapixels
  • 5x Optical Zoom / 5.1x Digital Zoom
  • multi/spot/auto-tracking autofocus
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • AVI (Motion JPG), 30/15 FPS w/sound
  • Multi/Spot and center weighted exposure modes.
  • ISO 64-6400 (ISO 6400 only available in Digital SR mode)
  • JPEG file format
  • 2.5-inch LCD
  • 51.1 MB Internal memory/ SD, SDHC memory card capability
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion battery
  • Release Date: 2008-01-28
  • Final Grade: 0 0.0 Star Rating: Recommended

Pentax Optio M50
8.0 Megapixels; 5x Optical Zoom / 5.1x Digital Zoom; multi/spot/auto-tracking autofocus; Digital Image Stabilization; AVI (Motion JPG), 30/15 FPS w/sound; Multi/Spot and center weighted exposure modes.; ISO 64-6400 (ISO 6400 only available in Digital SR mode); JPEG file format; 2.5-inch LCD ; 51.1 MB Internal memory/ SD, SDHC memory card capability; Rechargeable Li-Ion battery
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The Pentax M50 features an 8.0-megapixel resolution which allows for clear and sharp photo prints up to 16 x 22 inches. A 5x optical zoom ensures allows users to get up and close to the action. Digital Shake Reduction and Face Recognition software make sure that no shot is ever out of focus. A 2.5-inch LCD monitor with wide viewing angle allows for quick and easy review of photos.

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