Pentax has unveiled a replacement for its Optio S10 digi compact delivering a higher resolution at 12 megapixels, a 6x digital zoom and a sensitivity range of ISO 50 to ISO 3200.
The Optio S12 is claimed to pack in the highest technology in the smallest possible body.
It is built around a 3x optical zoom delivering f/2.8-5.4 7.9-23.7mm (which is 38–114mm in 35mm film format).
Tools include digital shake reduction and Face Recognition AF & AE in all modes of operation as well as 18 different Picture modes.
The Face Selector offers fully automatic focusing and exposure using automatic object recognition within the autofocus frames.
Pentax adds: "The autofocus and exposure set according to the object position so that exact focus and proper skin tones are assured, even in backlighting conditions".
The camera also has a 2.5 inch TFT Colour LCD Monitor with 232,000 pixels and an anti-reflection coating.
For film shooting, the camera has a movie mode delivering 30fps.
The camera, which is 87(W) x 54(H) x 21(D)mm and weighs 130g, will be available in silver, black, pink and metallic blue.
It will arrive in the UK in March priced £199.99.