Pentax relaunches 'vintage-look' compact
Optio I-10 looks like your dad's camera
Pentax has taken its Optio I-10 compact camera and given it a tasty retro makeover.
With that leather-esque body, case and strap, it certainly looks like my dad's old camera.
The internals are modern, though: 12.1Mp sensor; 5x optical zoom; 28mm wide angle lens; CCD-shift shake-reduction rig; 720p video shooting capability; face, smile, and blink detection; and a 2.7in, 230,000-dot LCD on the back.
Available now, the I-10 retails for around £200, and is available in cream, silver and black colours. The vintage case is a further 30 quid. ®
Round-up Ten Essential Compact Cameras
Crying out for an EVF
Optical viewfinders got dropped from compacts for a combination of reducing body size, increasing screen size (no matter how misguided) and difficulty of keeping pace with ever-extending zooms. But now there's a lump that looks like it should have a viewfinder; an EVF would be great and avoid the zoom problem, but no. Just looks silly, like a netbook with ugly bezels round a 7" screen.
Monumentally ugly overall still, anyway.
I'll stick with my ancient Hasselblad. Anything from B&W film to my 39Mp back ... Works for me, anyway :-)