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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Pentax Optio A40 taking pre-orders (Amazon)

The Pentax Optio A40 was a 12mp digital camera that was announced last year by Pentax, but they had to postpone its release because of a fire at a Matsushita factory. That factory was making the LiIon batteries used by the A40, so they had to delay it until the factory was able to recover and make them some batteries. Yet another reason perhaps to go for cameras that use AA batteries, such as the Sanyo Eneloops.

Regardless, the Pentax Optio A40 pre-order price is $300 and Amazon modestly estimates February 15, 2008 to be the release date.

As a refresher, this camera uses a 12 megapixel sensor, sensor shift image stabilization, a mundane 3x optical zoom range, 2.5" LCD, face detection, manual exposure, LiIon battery (as mentioned eariler), and 30fps VGA divx mpeg4 video.

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