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Pentax Optio VS20 features two shutter buttons for easier portraits

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Pentax's Optio VS20 is a compact digital camera with a second shutter button for taking photos in portrait orientation. It will be released in February for $249.95.

pentax optio vs20
pentax optio vs20

Ever wish your point-and-shoot camera had a second shutter button for portrait orientation, like a battery grip on a DSLR? If not, we're right there with you — nonetheless, that appears to be the target market for Pentax's Optio VS20. Learning when to tastefully use portrait orientation is one of the first lessons of Photo 101, so we hope that the people who end up buying this camera will use it with the appropriate level of responsibility. Otherwise, it looks to be a perfectly competent little compact, with an attractive monochromatic case housing a 20x zoom lens (28-560mm equivalent), sensor-shift image stabilization, and a 3-inch LCD with anti-glare coating. It's out in the US and Japan next month for $249.95 and 26,800 yen (about $345) respectively — just don't get too second-trigger-happy.