Pentax has this morning announced the Optio M90, a 12.1-million-pixel digital compact with a 28mm equivalent wideangle zoom.

Pentax has this morning announced the Optio M90, a 12.1-million-pixel digital compact with a 28mm equivalent wideangle zoom.

Due out in mid-May, priced around £120, the M90 sports a lens delivering the 35mm equivalent of a 28-140mm lens.

Features include an Auto-Panorama mode that allows images to be stitched together.

Also on board is a 2.7in (230,000 dot) LCD screen, face recognition, blink detection and smile capture functions.

The Optio M90 will be available in two colours: burgundy red and black.

Amateur Photographer understands that first samples of the new camera, due to be delivered to UK journalists, were delayed by the ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano that caused transport chaos earlier this month.

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