Pentax Optio S12 Brief Review


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  • 12 Megapixels
  • 3x Optical Zoom / 6x Digital Zoom
  • 5 point Auto Focus, spot/tracking with Face Recognition
  • Digital "Shake Reduction" image stabilization
  • AVI (DivX with MPG-4), 30 FPS w/ sound
  • Multi-segment/Center weighted /Spot Exposure modes with Exposure compensation
  • 64-3200 (3200 in Digital SR mode)
  • JPEG File Format
  • 2.5-inch LCD 21MB Internal memory, SD/SDHC memory card capacity
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
  • Release Date: 2008-01-28
  • Final Grade: 0 0.0 Star Rating: Recommended

Pentax Optio S12
12 Megapixels; 3x Optical Zoom / 6x Digital Zoom ; 5 point Auto Focus, spot/tracking with Face Recognition; Digital "Shake Reduction" image stabilization; AVI (DivX with MPG-4), 30 FPS w/ sound; Multi-segment/Center weighted /Spot Exposure modes with Exposure compensation; 64-3200 (3200 in Digital SR mode); JPEG File Format; 2.5-inch LCD 21MB Internal memory, SD/SDHC memory card capacity; Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

With 12-megapixels and a 3x optical zoom, the Pentax Optio S12 packs SLR level image quality into a point and shoot camera. Digital Shake Reduction also ensures a clear, sharp image every time. A 2.5-inch LCD screen allows for quick and easy review of pictures, while Face Recognition ensures that each shot is in focus.

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