Pentax has the new Optio RZ18 compact digital camera, featuring an 18x optical zoom, a 16-megapixel CCD sensor and 3-inch display. The 18x focal range gives a 35mm equivalent zoom from 25mm wide angle to 450mm at the telephoto end.
For storage, the Optio RZ18 has SDHC, SDXC, and Eye-Fi compatibility, with 96MB of built-in memory. The new camera supports an optional IR remote, and draws power from a proprietary lithium ion battery pack. The RZ18 can also record 720p high-def video.
Pentax says the Optio RZ18 features the latest version of the Pet mode, which comes in handy when taking pictures of dogs and cats. This unique mode not only detects the faces of dogs and cats with great accuracy, but it also gives priority to three pre-registered pet faces over unregistered ones, so that users can effortlessly focus on and expose for their own pets when in a group of pets. Available October 2011 for about $300.