Pentax has unveiled three new digital compact cameras, including a 10-million-pixel ‘waterproof’ model called the Optio WS80.

Due out in the next few weeks, the WS80 is a £209.99 camera aimed at ‘families on days out’, according to Stephen Sanderson, product coordinator at Pentax UK’s Imaging Systems Division.

The WS80 sports a 5x optical zoom (35-175mm equivalent), a 2.7in monitor and is claimed to be waterproof down to 1.5m. It is also designed to be dustproof.

The camera features Pentax’s Pixel Track Shake Reduction which, said Sanderson, aims to reduce blur without the camera having to increase the ISO setting.

Also unveiled are the 12.1MP Optio P80, priced £179.99, and the 10MP E80, a £99.99 camera powered by AA batteries.

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