I'm not totally convinced anyone who is only willing to spend $140 on a digital camera really needs 10 megapixel resolution, but I'm sure there are folks out there who will want it, so let's take a look at what else the newly announced Pentax Optio E60 delivers for its budget price.
The Optio E60--which uses a 10.1-megapixel CCD--features a relatively wide 32- to 96mm (equivalent) f/2.9 to 5.2 lens in a relatively compact form factor (3.9x2.3x1.0 inches, 6.2 ounces). It offers some nice features like the super-easy-to-use Green mode that's perfect for digital camera novices, a face recognition mode that detects up to 10 faces, and an Auto Picture mode automatically picks from 7 shooting modes depending on your shooting environment. Other nice touches for newbies are the Image Recovery function, which retrieves accidentally deleted images, and the camera's ability to use standard alkaline or Lithium disposable AA batteries (as well as NiMH rechargeables). Where the camera scrimps a bit is in its smallish 2.4-inch LCD and its lack of optical image stabilization. Instead there's a Digital Shake Reduction mode, which automatically selects a high ISO setting (up to 6400) to help reduce blur. Pentax plans to ship the camera in October.