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Pentax parachutes in to 10MP club

Two Pentax pearls from opposite ends of the camera spectrum today: the A20 (above left) and the M20 (above right).The A is the peach of the pair, with

Two Pentax pearls from opposite ends of the camera spectrum today: the A20 (above left) and the M20 (above right).

The A is the peach of the pair, with a 10 megapixel sensor that brings Pentax into the 10MP compact camera club currently frequented by HP, Polaroid, Casio, Panasonic and Samsung. It should also mean it’ll happily produce A2-sized prints.

Other features of note include three varieties of anti-shake, one that works using gyros – a hardware fix, and likely the most effective of the trio – a high sensitivity mode for fast shutter speeds and a software adjustment designed to make movies less juddery. The VGA movies, incidentally, are recorded as DivX, so you should be able to get around an hour’s footage on a 512MB card.

By comparison, Pentax’s M20 is a Stuff contender for the ugliest camera ever. We’ll forgive it, though, on the grounds that it’s strictly aimed at beginners, can shoot 7MP pics and boasts a Bunny-beating 700 shot battery life. It takes the new, higher capacity SDHC cards too.

Pentax A20, M20

Price: £280, TBC

On sale: TBC

Contact: Pentax

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