Pentax has announced the newest edition to its S-series, the Optio S10.

Featuring 10 effective megapixels, the Optio S10 offers a slimmer, lighter and more compact body then previous models.

It still manages to boasts Shake Reduction Technology and 3x optical zoom and what Pentax are describing as "enhanced usability".

One of the enhanced usability functions on the Optio S10 includes PENTAX's improved Face Recognition technology that automatically detects the position of the subject's face and adjusts the focus and exposure accordingly.

The Face Recognition technology also includes new features, such as "Natural Skin Tone" mode, which "smoothly presents skin texture based on the detected information" and a "Half-length Portrait" mode that automatically takes close-ups of people recognised in the frame.

The Optio S10 has 2.5-inch monitor, equipped with a LCD booster that adjusts the brightness of the screen for easy viewing whilst outside.

The Optio S10 will be available from mid-September, no pricing confirmed, read on for the full spec from Pentax...

Main Features:

Ultra Compact body with a stylish design
The Optio S10's compact design makes the camera more comfortable and convenient to carry around not only for travel and leisure photography, but also for daily business snapshots. The outer cover, finished in an aluminium alloy and the front face featuring a glossy spindle, gives a sophisticated texture and elegant appearance to the camera. Despite 10.0 megapixels, a 3X optical zoom lens and a large 2.5 inch LCD monitor, the Optio S10 is still remains one of the smallest and lightest compact camera bodies. This has been achieved by miniaturising the circuit board and applying high-density compact mounting technology.

10.0 effective megapixels with high resolution
With an upgraded 10.0 effective megapixels, the Optio S10 ensures much higher resolution and delivers clear and crisp photo, even when images are enlarged to A3 (11.7 x 16.5 inch) size. A large 1/1.8 inch CCD with a large sensing area provides excellent performance for tone reproduction, texture delineation and noise reduction.

Digital SR (Shake Reduction)
Digital SR (Shake Reduction)2 mode reduces camera shake and blurring of the subject when photographing still images. The sensitivity is adjusted automatically, to as high as ISO 3200 (the highest sensitivity of the camera) to match the brightness of the subjects. This enables users to obtain photography with fast shutter speeds and images with less blur. 2 Recording image is fixed at 5M (2592 x 1944 pixels) when "Digital SR" mode is selected

"Face Recognition AF&AE" function
The Optio S10 is equipped with a "Face Recognition AF&AE" function3 that automatically detects and focuses on faces. In addition, the Optio S10 also comes with new functions that apply face recognition technology, such as "Natural Skin Tone" mode, which smoothly presents skin texture based on the detected information, and "Half-length Portrait" mode4, which automatically takes close-ups of the upper body by trimming the people recognised in photo frame. Available when the picture mode is "Portrait", "Natural Skin Tone","Kids", or "Half-length Portrait" and the camera is directed at people from the front Recording size is fixed at 3M (2048 x 1536 pixels) when "Half -length Portrait" mode is selected. This camera's Face Recognition AF & AE function use the Face Tracker face-recognition technology from FotoNation.

Auto Picture mode automatically determines the best settings for the shooting conditions
The Auto Picture mode lets the camera automatically determine the shooting conditions for Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, and Normal mode and choose the optimum settings for each subject. This function makes photography a lot easier for users, as it eliminates the necessity of making a number of individual settings.

Bright and easy-to view LCD monitor
Featuring a high intensity LCD monitor, equipped with an LCD booster that adjusts the brightness of screen, so users can easily check the screen, even outdoors. With 2.5-inch and high resolution of 232,000 pixels, it is easy to confirm picture compositions and focus. Due to its wide viewing angle, the screen can also be easily viewed, since there is little change in brightness and colours even when looking at the monitor diagonally.

Video recording function enabling high-quality recording for long period of time
The Optio S10 smoothly captures movies at 30 fps (frames per second) at sizes up to 640 x 480 pixels with image quality rivaling camcorders. Since it employs the DivX (MPEG4) movie format, the Optio S10 can record long, high-quality movies. In addition, Movie SR (Shake reduction) effectively corrects blurring in images through software, so it enables users to easily enjoy movie recording. The Optio S10 is DivX certified. Movie playback is not supported on Macintosh operating systems.

Other features
(1) A "Green button" enables users to assign functions that are frequently used and recall them in just one touch
(2) An "Intelligent zoom" function enables images to be magnified even larger and stored, while maintaining the image quality of optical zoom
(3) Mode palette provides quick access to 18 shooting modes and 15 playback modes
(4) Data imprint function for easier image categorising
(5) Approximately 22.0MB of built-in-memory
(6) Compatible with SD memory cards and SDHC memory cards
(7) FotoNation's red-eye compensation function for flash shots
(8) Includes the ACDsee for PENTAX image viewer/image management software
(9) Support PictBridge, DPOF functions, Eixf Print, and PRINT Image Matching