Digital cameras these days are about as interesting as watching paint dry.  So as you can imagine we skip over a fair bit of the new models announced that fall into the point and shoot category.  The Pentax’s Optio VS20, while far from a ground breaking product, does offer a few features we haven’t seen in this category of camera before.

Unlike most point and fire cameras of this ilk, the VS20 sports two shutter release buttons; one on the top for landscape shots and one on the side for those portrait snaps.  That said, don’t mistake the VS20 as a one trick pony.  It boasts a massive 20x optical zoom, which is very unorthodox for a camera of this size, along with a 3-inch LCD, triple shake reduction and the ability to capture 720p HD video.  Last but not least, Pentax has also included two tripod mounts, mimicking the extra shutter trigger placement.

The Pentax Optio VS20 will be available in black and white for $249.95 this February.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."