Timeline

Durante más de 90 años, nuestras cámaras, lentes y binoculares han sido considerados como algunos de los más buscados después de la óptica en el mundo. Examinar nuestra línea de tiempo para ver nuestros lanzamientos de productos más importantes y los hitos de la compañía.

 

2010s

2013

Q7

PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION announces the fun and highly capable Q7 compact system camera.

2013

K-500

PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION unveils the K-500, an entry-level DSLR that augments PENTAX’s DSLR lineup by including advanced features uncommon to the entry-level class.

2013

K-50

PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION introduces the PENTAX K-50 DSLR featuring advanced functionality beyond its mid-level classification.

2013

Company Name Change

PENTAX RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. (President: Noboru Akahane; hereinafter referred to as “Pentax Ricoh”) announces the company name.

2013

GR

RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORP. ha anunciado hoy la RICOH GR, una mezcla ideal de calidad de imagen, tamaño de la cámara y el precio, estableciendo un nuevo punto de referencia para la categoría de cámara compacta avanzada.

GR
2013

WG-3

Aprovechando su larga experiencia y amplia en la categoría impermeable, RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORP. (PENTAX) ha presentado la 15 ª generación en su adventureproof line-up de cámaras de apuntar y disparar, el GT-3.

WG-3
2013

HD PENTAX DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW

RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORP. announces the HD PENTAX DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW designed specifically for use with all K-mount camera bodies.

2013

K-5 II &
K-5 IIs

RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORP. announces the introduction of its PENTAX K-5 II and K-5 IIs flagship digital SLR cameras.

2012

K-30

RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORP. today announces the introduction of its new weather and dust resistant digital SLR camera – the PENTAX K-30.

K-30
2012

Optio WG-2

RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORP. just pushed the PENTAX WG adventure camera series to the edge for the 13th time with the introduction of the PENTAX Optio WG-2 and PENTAX Optio WG-2 GPS digital compact cameras.

Optio WG-2
2012

K-01

RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORP. introduces the Marc Newson designed PENTAX K-01 interchangeable lens camera (ILC). The new PENTAX K-01 is another bold effort from the manufacturer that is known for pushing camera size, color, durability, and now, design, to the limit.

K-01
2011

PENTAX and RICOH launch a new company.

Ricoh Company, Ltd. announces the establishment of PENTAX RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. on October 1, 2011.

PENTAX and RICOH launch a new company.
2011

645D Wins Camera of the Year

PENTAX 645D Medium-format Digital SLR Camera Wins "Camera of the Year" at Camera GP Japan 2011 Awards and is deemed Best DSLR Professional by TIPA 2011.

2011

Relocation

PENTAX Imaging Company announces plans to relocate its US headquarter from Golden, CO to Downtown Denver.

2011

PENTAX Imaging Systems transferred to RICOH

Hoya Corporation announces an agreement to transfer PENTAX Imaging Systems to RICOH

2011

Q

PENTAX introduces the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera (ILC), the PENTAX Q. The Q offers the versatility and precision of an advanced DSLR in a body that is significantly smaller than every other digital ILC body available on the market today.

Q
2011

WG-1

PENTAX unveils the 12th generation Optio adventure cameras. The Optio WG-1 and the Optio WG-1 GPS take adventure photography to new heights (and depths) with a 14 megapixel sensor, waterproof to 33 feet, shockproof to 5 feet and crushproof construction. The Digital Microscope mode offers five LEDs for excellent macro lighting and a detachable macro stand for steadier capture. Now available with GPS functionality, the WG-1 GPS proves you really were there.

WG-1
2010

645D

Long anticipated yet ahead of its time, PENTAX finishes out the year by delivering our first 645D digital medium format with 40 megapixels and all of the features pros could hope for at a price that was well worth the wait.

645D
2010

Optio W90

The Optio W90 wins OUTSIDE Magazine GEAR OF THE YEAR award.

2010

K-5

PENTAX speaks to advanced photo enthusiasts like never before with the compact, rugged K-5. This DSLR features an amazing 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, ISO from 80-51200, 7 FPS framerate and 1080p HD video at 25 FPS, all housed in a compact, weather-resistant body with shake reduction.

K-5
2010

K-r

This powerful DSLR with advanced features like 12.4 Megapixels, HD video, a 3-inch LCD display and a 6FPS framerate carries on the new tradition of DSLR color choices of basic black, classy white and PENTAX and competes with higher-end DSLRs but looks great doing it.

K-r
2010

ULTIMATE ZOOM

PENTAX Sport Optics enters the electronic age with the introduction of the world’s first electronic rifle scope – the PENTAX ULTIMATE ZOOM ™ Rifle Scope. This new member of the extensive line of PENTAX precision rifle scopes features a built-in battery-powered, low-noise zooming motor that is activated by the touch of a button.

ULTIMATE ZOOM
2010

OPTIO W90

PENTAX shakes up the waterproof digital category with the adventure proof Optio W90. Shockproof, coldproof, and dustproof to new extremes, this award winning compact features inventive LED lens lighting for macro photography and an eye-catching design and carabiner strap.

OPTIO W90

2000s

2009

K-x

PENTAX redefines the entry-level digital SLR category with the all-new K-x. The K-x offers high-end features like Live View, HD video and lightning-fast speed, and comes in black, white, and limited-edition red or navy.

K-x
2009

Optio W80 and Optio WS80

PENTAX introduces two new waterproof compacts, the Optio W80 and Optio WS80. Palm-sized and built for adventure, both cameras can withstand rain, snow, sand and spills, and take extraordinary underwater photos and video.

Optio W80 and Optio WS80
2009

K-7

PENTAX releases the amazing K-7, our first DSLR with HD Movie Capture. Fast, durable and lightweight, the 14.6 megapixel K-7 is one of the smallest DSLRs in its class, and the most powerful PENTAX ever built.

K-7
2009

X70

PENTAX releases the X70 Megazoom digital camera, featuring a high magnification 24X optical zoom lens with wide-angle to super-telephoto coverage in a portable, compact and lightweight body. With 12 megapixels, SLR-like styling and flexible exposure modes, the X70 is a true bridge between compact digital cameras and digital SLRs.

X70
2008

K2000

PENTAX rolls out the latest K series digital SLR—the PENTAX K2000. The ideal entry-level SLR, the K2000 features numerous technological advancements and ships in a special kit with lens and flash that will grow with the expanding ranks of budding digital SLR users. The limited-edition, white PENTAX K2000 DSLR system with a double zoom kit is also announced. The new camera body and both lenses* feature a brilliant white color with black trim.

K2000
2008

Optio W60

The Optio W60, an adventure-friendly, 10 megapixel, waterproof compact, is released just in time for summer.

Optio W60
2008

K200D and K20D

PENTAX unveils the K200D. With a dustproof and weather-resistant body, the K200D is an easy-to-operate, 10 megapixel DSLR with advanced features. PENTAX also introduces the K20D, a dustproof, weather-resistant, 14 megapixel DSLR with Shake Reduction.

K200D and K20D
2008

HOYA Corporation

On March 31, 2008, PENTAX Corporation is officially renamed HOYA Corporation. In a letter to customers, tucked in every shipped product, the following message is provided: "We will continue to market a fine line of products under the familiar PENTAX brand to satisfy your demands and requirements. We thank you for your continued support and patronage to HOYA CORPORATION and our PENTAX-brand products."

2008

The PENTAX Pro Program

With a substantive digital SLR line of bodies, lenses, and flash units, PENTAX introduces the PENTAX Pro Program with benefits including equipment loans and expedited repairs and the PENTAX Student Program with rebates on select products.

2008

PENTAXPhoto
Gallery.com

PENTAXPhotoGallery.com wins a PEOPLE'S VOICE WEBBY AWARD for Best Use of Photography in a Web site.

PENTAXPhoto<br>Gallery.com
2008

EDITOR’S CHOICE

OUTDOOR LIFE magazine awards the amazing PENTAX DCF LV 9x28 binoculars with both the 2008 EDITOR'S CHOICE and a 2008 GREAT BUY award.

2007

K100D Super

Innovative technology from the K10D, such as Shake Reduction, dust removal, and lens compatibility, is incorporated into the affordable PENTAX K100D Super.

2006

K100D

The entry-level K100D digital SLR is introduced, followed by the K10D with 10 megapixels, body-based Shake Reduction image stabilization, a PRIME engine processor, and a weather-resistant body.

K100D
2006

K10D

The PENTAX K10D wins several prestigious international awards, including TIPA, American Photo Magazine Editor's Choice, Camera Grand Prix, Consumer Electronics Association Innovations, MacLife Editors' Choice and EISA Best Product (camera).

K10D
2005

OptioWP

The OptioWP receives a DIGITAL MAN award from Esquire Magazine, while the *ist DS is acknowledged by PC Magazine as a LAST GADGET STANDING finalist.

2004

HOT1 Award

PENTAX receives a HOT1 Award from Professional Photographer Magazine for two DA digital lenses—the DA 16-45mm and the DA 14mm.

2004

Optio43WR

PENTAX upgrades the popular Class 7 water-resistant digital camera with a 4 megapixel version, the PENTAX Optio43WR.

2003

Optio S

PENTAX introduces the Optio S, one of the world's smallest 3.2 megapixel digital cameras at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The camera is recognized as a BEST OF CES finalist for innovation and design. The Optio S goes on to win a host of prestigious awards, including a DigIt Magazine DigIt Award, an American Photo Magazine Editor's Choice, Shutterbug Best of Show, Stuff Magazine Top Ten Greatest, Presentation Magazine’s 2003 Standing Ovation, and LAPTOP Magazine 2003 Award.

2003

*ist 35mm Auto Focus

The *ist 35mm Auto Focus camera, one of the world's smallest in the Auto Focus SLR category, is introduced, and promptly wins a Professional Photographer Magazine Hot1 Award.

*ist 35mm Auto Focus
2003

*ist D

PENTAX introduces the long-anticipated, lens interchangeable, digital SLR—the *ist D digital SLR camera. With the clarity of 6.1 effective megapixels, a pentaprism viewfinder, and a 1.8 inch LCD monitor, the *ist D features one of the world's smallest, lightest camera bodies in the digital SLR category.

*ist D
2003

Optio33WR

The Optio33WR, a Class 7 water-resistant digital camera, is the first dunkable digital from PENTAX.

2003

PENTAX relocates to Golden, CO

PENTAX U.S.A., Inc. located in Englewood, Colorado and PENTAX Technologies located in Broomfield, Colorado merge and relocate to Golden, Colorado. The company is renamed PENTAX Imaging Company, a division of PENTAX of America, Inc.

2002

DigiBino DB

PENTAX introduces the world's first digital camera binocular, the DigiBino DB. Ideal for birdwatchers, outdoorsman and sports fans, the DigiBino DB is equipped with an LCD monitor, allowing users to view distant /images/about-us/timeline clearly with 7X magnification and high-level digital precision.

2001

MZ-S professional 35mm

PENTAX introduces the long-awaited MZ-S professional 35mm autofocus SLR camera. Heralded as the new flagship model of the popular ZX/MZ SLR series lineup, the MZ-S features a wide range of innovative features for advanced photography, including a user-friendly "Hyper Operation" system, a six-point AF system and a top shutter speed of 1/6000 second.

2001

Optio 430

PENTAX introduces the Optio 430 digital camera which, at the time, is the world's smallest, lightest compact digital camera in its class. The innovative and stylish Optio 330 also makes its debut, as the smallest and lightest digital camera on the market in the 3 megapixel CCD, 3X optical zoom lens category.

2001

2001 Good Design Award

Seven PENTAX products receive the "2001 Good Design Award" sponsored by Japan Industrial Design Foundation: Optio330 (Digital Still Camera), MZ-S (35mm SLR Camera), IQZoom 120SW (35mm Zoom Compact Camera), IQZoom 170SL (35mm Zoom Compact Camera), SMCP-FA 31mm F1.8 AL Limited (35mm SLR Lens), FB-7 Lite and FB-9 Lite (Binocular).

2001

Australian Compact Camera of the Year

The IQZoom 170SL is named the "Australian Compact Camera of the Year 2001-2002" by Australian Camera.

2001

2001 IQZoom 120SW

The IQZoom 120SW is selected as the "Best 35mm Compact Camera in Europe 2001-2002" by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA).

2000

IQZoom 928M

The IQZoom 928M compact zoom is introduced as one of the few compact zoom cameras on the market offering a 28mm wide angle.

2000

Compact Camera of the Year

The PENTAX IQZoom 120Mi is named the "Compact Camera of the Year 00-01" by Australian Camera, Australia's most prestigious photographic magazine. The IQZoom 120Mi is the seventh PENTAX camera to receive the magazine's Camera of the Year award, and the fourth to win it in the compact camera category.

1990s

1999

80th Anniversary

Asahi Optical Co., Ltd., PENTAX Corporation's parent company, celebrates its 80th Anniversary.

1999

efina T

PENTAX Corporation introduces the fashionable efina T for the new millennium. The efina T is one of the smallest APS cameras equipped with a 3x zoom lens on the market.

1999

Steve Irwin

Steve Irwin, host of the Animal Planet series “The Crocodile Hunter,” becomes the spokesperson for PENTAX's IQZoom line of point-and-shoot cameras.

1999

645N Honored

The PENTAX 645N wins German Magazine's Marketing and Innovation Award, one of the oldest and best-known awards in Germany’s photo industry.

1998

IQZoom 200

The PENTAX IQZoom 200 is named by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) as "Best 35mm Compact Camera in Europe 1998-99."

1998

67II

The PENTAX 67II, the proud successor of the legendary PENTAX 67 medium format SLR debuts. The design changes facilitate speed of operation and ease of handling and offer greatly improved performance, maneuverability, reliability and exposure automation, while retaining maximum compatibility with the current 67 system lenses and accessories.

1998

SLR Camera of the Year

The ZX-5N is selected as "1998 SLR Camera of the Year" and "1998 Camera of the Year" at the Amateur Photographer Awards for Amateur Photographer, a leading British photography magazine.

1998

Best Professional Product in Europe

The PENTAX 645N is named "Best Professional Product in Europe 1998-99" by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) and "European Professional Camera of the Year 1998-99" by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA). It also wins the Camera Press Club of Japan's "Camera Grand Prix 1998," the first time a medium format camera has won this award.

1998

IQZoom 200

The PENTAX IQZoom 200 is named by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) as "Best 35mm Compact Camera in Europe 1998-99."

1997

efina

PENTAX launches its first Advanced Photo System (APS) zoom compact camera, the PENTAX efina.

1997

645N

PENTAX introduces the world's first autofocus medium format SLR camera, the PENTAX 645N. This camera (with interchangeable lenses) combines the proud tradition and technological excellence of the 645 with a host of new features, including a high-precision autofocus system, to make it even more maneuverable and responsive in the field.

1997

Best Compact Camera of the Year

The IQZoom 115M is named the "Best Compact Camera of the Year 1996-97" by Technical Image Press Association (TIPA).

1997

ZX-5 Wins Multiple Awards

The ZX-5 becomes a quadruple award winner: "European Camera of the Year 1996-97" from European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA); "Best SLR Camera of the Year 1996-97" from Technical Image Press Association (TIPA); "Australian SLR Camera of the Year 1996-97" from Australian Camera, one of Australia's most prestigious photographic and video magazines; and "South African Photo Camera of the Year 1996".

1996

IQZoom 160

With an amazing 38mm-160mm zoom lens, the IQZoom 160 camera is introduced, offering an unparalleled 4.2x zoom ratio, making it the world's longest zoom lens on a compact camera.

1996

EI-C90

PENTAX debuts the PENTAX EI-C90—a compact, lightweight digital still camera for the multimedia age. Designed primarily as an image input device for personal computers, it offers high-quality /images/about-us/timeline, a highly portable body and compatibility with standard PC cards.

1996

IQZoom 115M Gold

PENTAX announces that it will release the PENTAX IQZoom 115M Gold to celebrate the original IQZoom 115M's winning "The Best Compact Camera of the Year 1996-97" from the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). The attractive champagne-colored version of the popular IQZoom 115M retains all the attractive features and outstanding optical performance of the original IQZoom 115M, while offering a new, distinctive look.

1996

SLR Camera of the Year

The PENTAX PZ-1P is selected "SLR Camera of the Year 1995-96" by Camera Weekly, a leading photographic magazine in the United Kingdom.

1995

IQZoom EZY

The small and stylish PENTAX IQZoom EZY is released, featuring a 38mm-70mm power zoom lens that produces clear, sharp photographs.

1994

10,000,000 cameras

PENTAX ships its 10 millionth compact zoom camera.

1994

Happy 75th Anniversary

PENTAX celebrates the 75th anniversary of its parent company, Asahi Optical Co., Ltd., by introducing two special edition cameras, the IQZoom 115SE and the PZ-1SE.

1994

European Compact Camera of the Year

The IQZoom 115 is named the "European Compact Camera of the Year 1993-94" by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA), and "Best Compact Camera in Europe 1993-94" by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA).

1994

PENTAX UC-1

PENTAX releases its smallest camera ever produced, the PENTAX UC-1. Featuring an extremely sharp lens with high precision autofocus, this palm-sized compact delivers true high-precision performance.

1994

Australian Camera of the Year

The PZ-20 is awarded the "Australian Camera of the Year 1993-94" by Australian Camera Magazine.

1993

IQZoom 115

PENTAX introduces the world's smallest and lightest 3x zoom compact camera, the IQZoom 115. It features a 38mm-115mm telephoto lens in a compact design.

1993

European Compact Camera of the Year

The IQZoom 90WR is named the "European Compact Camera of the Year 1992-93" by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA).

1993

Camera
Grand Prix

The IQZoom 115 is the sole photographic product to win the prestigious Camera Press Club of Japan's "Camera Grand Prix 1993." It is also named one of the five Nikkei Industrial Newspaper Award Winners.

1992

Espio

PENTAX introduces the world's smallest and lightest camera, the PENTAX Espio, with a 35mm-70mm 2x zoom lens.

1992

PZ-20

The user-friendly PENTAX PZ-20 is released, featuring five picture modes and unique "learning functions."

1992

Camera
Grand Prix

The PENTAX PZ-1 is selected the winner of the Camera Press Club of Japan's prestigious "Camera Grand Prix 1992" award.

1991

IQZoom 90WR

The IQZoom 90WR is the world’s first weather-resistant (JIS Class 5) zoom compact camera.

1991

PZ-10

The smaller and lighter PZ-10 with Intelligent Power Zoom is introduced.

1991

PZ-1

In addition to its Intelligent Power Zoom, the PZ-1 employs epoch-making Hyper-Program and Hyper-Manual exposure controls. This is the top-of-the-line AF SLR in the PZ series with the most advanced mechanism: 1/8000 and 1/250 flash synch shutter speeds.

1991

PZ-10

The PENTAX PZ-10 becomes a favorite of newcomers to SLR photography and is named a "1991 Good Design Product" by the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

1991

European Compact Camera of the Year

The IQZoom 105 Super is named the "European Compact Camera of the Year 1990-91" by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) and "Best Compact Camera in Europe 1990-91" by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA).

European Compact Camera of the Year
1990

IQZoom 105 Super

Experienced amateurs rave about the new IQZoom 105 Super, a multi-functional camera with an LCD guide panel and high magnification zoom lens which provides about three times the magnification with a 38mm-105mm lens.

1980s

1989

P3N

The PENTAX P3N, an AE model for general consumers, hits the shelves with a manual exposure control function, lever winding mechanism, and aperture-priority.

1987

SF-1

PENTAX markets its second Autofocus 35mm SLR, the PENTAX SF-1. It not only offers top-class AF accuracy and speed, but also it is the world's first AF SLR with built-in auto flash.

1987

SF-10

The PENTAX SF-10, an easy to use Autofocus 35mm SLR with retractable TTL auto, is introduced.

1987

IQZoom Wins Two Awards

The IQZoom is named "Best Compact Camera in Europe 1987-88" by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) and "European Compact Camera of the Year 1987-88" by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA).

1987

SF-10 Honored

The SF-10 wins the "Design Selection 1989" award in West Germany.

1985

A3000

PENTAX introduces the A3000, a fully automatic SLR, the world's first 35mm SLR camera to utilize the DX film sensing system.

1985

Compact Camera of the Year

The Super Sport 35 is named "Compact Camera of the Year 1985" by Camera Weekly, a leading photographic magazine in the United Kingdom.

1985

PENTAX 67 Honored

The PENTAX 67 wins "Special Prize in '85 Long-life Design Selection" in Japan.

1984

Program Plus

PENTAX introduces the Program Plus, the second camera in the PENTAX Program series. The Program Plus uses the same system of lenses and accessories as the Super Program. Four exposure modes are available: programmed automatic, aperture priority automatic, coupled metered manual and programmed automatic flash.

1984

Super Sport 35 (PC35AF-M)

PENTAX introduces its second leaf-shutter sport model, the Super Sport 35 (PC35AF-M). It’s the world's first non–SLR camera to incorporate the DX film sensing system. The Super Sport 35 receives the "1984 'G' Mark Award for Good Design" from the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

1984

645

PENTAX produces the world's first multi-mode medium format camera, the PENTAX 645. Incorporating the most up-to-date SLR technology and with a compact design, the PENTAX 645 with its 6x4.5cm of image area offers seven exposure modes.

1984

European Compact Camera of the Year

The innovative PENTAX Super Program wins the "European Compact Camera of the Year 1983-84" by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) for its technological perfection.

1984

645

The 645 receives the "1984 'G' Mark Award for Good Design" from the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry and is named "Professional Camera of the Year 1985" by Camera Weekly, a leading photographic magazine in the United Kingdom.

1983

Auto 110 Super

PENTAX introduces the Auto 110 Super, which makes focusing quick and easy with any of six accessory lenses.

Auto 110 Super
1983

Super Program

PENTAX introduces the PENTAX Super Program, the first in a series of programmed cameras with six modes or six ways to shoot: programmed, aperture priority, shutter priority, metered manual, programmed auto flash and TTL auto flash. The Super Program serves as a bridge between conventional mechanical cameras and today's high-tech models. Later in the year, PENTAX designs a new motor drive system for the Super Program called Motor Drive A. It features dual shutter releases for horizontal and vertical camera positions and single frame or continuous operation.

Super Program
1982

MG

The PENTAX MG is released. Its lightweight design makes it particularly attractive for photographers who demand fast handling, easy carrying and high quality results without a costly price tag.

1982

Sport 35 (PC35AF)

PENTAX introduces its first 35mm non-SLR camera, the Sport 35 (PC35AF). Featuring Autofocus, automatic exposure, and a stylish design, the Sport 35 quickly becomes a top-selling model in this fast-growing category.

1981

10 million SLRs!

PENTAX is the first camera manufacturer to produce 10 million SLR cameras.

1980

Happy 60th Anniversary

PENTAX releases the LX (the Roman numeral for 60) in commemoration of Asahi Optical's 60th anniversary. The 35mm professional camera attracts a great deal of attention for its interchangeable viewfinder, weather-resistance, direct metering automatic exposure control, and titanium horizontal-run shutter.

1980

ME-F

PENTAX introduces the ME-F, the world's first TTL SLR Autofocus camera. It will be a full decade before Autofocus becomes a widely accepted feature in the marketplace.

ME-F

1970s

1979

ME Super

PENTAX releases the ME Super, the world's first camera to feature push-button shutter speed control.

1979

Hello Colorado

PENTAX Corporation moves to a 90,000-square-foot facility in Englewood, Colorado.

1978

System 10

PENTAX introduces the System 10 camera, the world's first and only 110 pocket SLR with interchangeable lenses and a complete choice of accessories.

1977

Distribution Begins

PENTAX Corporation begins distributing its own cameras, surveying instruments and specialized optics in the U.S. (Previously, PENTAX products had been distributed through Honeywell Corporation.)

1976

5 million SLRs!

Asahi Optical, PENTAX’s parent manufacturing firm in Japan, produces its five millionth single-lens reflex (SLR) camera.

1976

MX

PENTAX introduces the MX SLR camera, the world's smallest and lightest SLR camera.

1976

K1000

PENTAX releases the K1000 overseas. The camera features a horizontal-run cloth shutter and "center-the-needle" exposure control and goes on to become one of the most popular cameras for student photographers.

1976

ME

PENTAX unveils the ME, the first camera to eliminate manual shutter speed control which, at the time, is a revolutionary concept.

ME
1975

K series

The PENTAX K series is introduced, featuring bayonet-lens mounts. The series includes the K2 with fully automatic exposure, the KX with a needle-matching indicator for the TTL light measuring system, and the KM, with a TTL light measuring system.

K series
1974

Spotmatic II

PENTAX releases the Spotmatic II, featuring the Spotmatic body with a hot shoe on top of the pentaprism.

1974

SP1000

PENTAX debuts an economy version of the Spotmatic, the PENTAX SP1000.

1973

Spotmatic F

PENTAX introduces the Spotmatic F SLR camera, featuring a new open aperture TTL light measuring system developed from the Spotmatic.

1973

ES II

The PENTAX ES II, an advanced model of the ES, is released. The ES II sports improved performance by using integrated circuits, extending the slowest shutter speed range to eight seconds, and adding an eyepiece shutter and exposure compensation.

1971

3 million SLRs!

Asahi Optical produces its three millionth SLR camera.

1971

ES

PENTAX introduces the ES single-lens reflex camera (SLR), the world's first SLR camera with a through-the-lens (TTL) aperture-priority (AE) control. Using aperture priority, the stepless electronically controlled shutter responds to the amount of light and chooses the appropriate shutter speed.

1971

Super-Multi Coating (SMC) system

PENTAX unveils its Super-Multi Coating (SMC) system for the Asahi Optical Takumar lens series, an important breakthrough in 35mm SLR camera optics. Other manufacturers follow suit, but Asahi Optical's unique SMC system plays an innovative role in reducing lens flare and ghost /images/about-us/timeline and producing bright, crisp photographs.

1971

Spotmatic SP500

PENTAX releases the Spotmatic SP500.

1960s

1969

2 million SLRs!

Asahi's two millionth SLR camera rolls off the line.

1969

6x7 Medium-Format Camera

The PENTAX 6x7 medium-format professional camera is introduced. A medium format camera offering high quality results, it incorporates many of the conveniences and handling qualities of a 35mm SLR. It can take ten or twenty 6 x 7 cm format pictures.

1969

Happy 50th Anniversary

PENTAX's parent company, Asahi Optical Co., Ltd. celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Happy 50th Anniversary
1968

Spotmatic SL

PENTAX releases the Spotmatic SL. It improves on the original Spotmatic design by featuring a clip-on SL meter in place of the TTL exposure meter.

1966

1 million SLRs!

After only 14 years of manufacturing, PENTAX produces its one millionth 35mm SLR camera.

1966

Nocta

PENTAX releases the Nocta, which features an innovative infrared SLR system enabling focusing, identification and photography in total darkness.

1966

1966 Good Design Award

The PENTAX Spotmatic Motor Drive wins the "German Good Design of the Year Award," the first such award ever given to a Japanese product. The mechanism enables 250 continuous frames with automatic timer and wireless remote control operation and has greater body durability.

1966

1966 Good Design Product

The PENTAX Spotmatic is awarded the "1966 Good Design Product" from the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

1964

Spot Eye (Spotmatic)

PENTAX introduces its PENTAX Spot Eye (Spotmatic) camera, featuring the first through-the-lens (TTL) metering system in a PENTAX camera. A version of the PENTAX TTL system is now found in virtually all 35mm SLR cameras.

Spot Eye (Spotmatic)
1962

H3V

The PENTAX H3V camera, featuring a clip-on exposure meter (the first on a Japanese camera) and a self-timer, is released. PENTAX also unveils its sister camera, the H1A, which includes an auto diaphragm and automatic resetting film counter.

1961

H3

Asahi launches the PENTAX H3, featuring a fully automatic aperture mechanism and shutter speeds between 1/1000 and 1 second.

1960

III

The PENTAX III is released. It sports a non-rotating shutter dial, micro-prism focusing, and a fully automatic diaphragm.

1950s

1959

H2

PENTAX introduces its first mass-produced, assembly line camera—the PENTAX H2.

1958

Hello U.S.

Products sold under the PENTAX trade name become available in the United States. The trade name PENTAX is derived from the words "Pentaprism" and "Reflex."

1958

K

The PENTAX K, with semi-automatic diaphragm and micro-prism viewfinder is introduced. The model name uses the letter "K" for "King" as in "King of the SLRs."

1957

PENTAX

The Asahi PENTAX model stuns the world with its incredible advances in design. This camera marks the first time a pentaprism has been utilized in the viewfinder of a PENTAX single-lens reflex (SLR) camera, which in effect introduces the concept of eye-level viewing. It’s the first camera to be marketed under the name PENTAX, and is enthusiastically received for its upright and laterally correct viewfinder image.

PENTAX
1956

Photokina
trade show

Asahi participates in the European Photokina trade show for the first time.

1954

Asahiflex II

PENTAX introduces the Asahiflex II, featuring the world's first instant return mirror system. This exclusive PENTAX innovation solves the problem of mirror blackout—at the time, the principal drawback of SLR cameras, and thus paving the way for major progress in SLR development.

Asahiflex II
1952

Asahiflex I

Asahi pioneers single-lens reflex (SLR) camera development with the Asahiflex I camera, the first Japanese 35mm SLR camera. This camera features a cloth curtain focal plane shutter, shutter speeds of 1/20 to 1/500 sec. and bulb setting.

Asahiflex I
1950

Japanese Photography

The Japanese photography industry begins its return to the vigorous level of the early 1940s and emerges as a major exporter.

1940s

1948

Jupiter binoculars

Asahi introduces Jupiter, micron-type binoculars, featuring an impressive lens coating technique.

1945

SLR Research Begins

Asahi begins research on the SLR camera.

1930s

1939

Asahi Optical Co., Ltd.

Asahi Optical Co., Ltd. (previously known as Asahi Optical Trading Co.) is established by Mr. Saburo Matsumoto. From this point until the end of World War II, the company produces aerial cameras.

1932

Asahi Optical Trading Co.

Asahi Optical Trading Co. begins making various wartime optical instruments, such as binoculars and range finders for the continuing Manchuria campaign.

1931

Japan’s First Camera Boom

1931 marks the start of Japan's first camera boom, encouraged by government-sponsored programs. Asahi concentrates its efforts on manufacturing camera lenses.

1920s

1923

AOCO lenses

Asahi begins to manufacture AOCO lenses—the first lenses of their kind in Japan—for the movie industry.

1910s

1919

Asahi Optical Joint Stock Co.

Asahi Optical Joint Stock Co. is founded at a shop in the Toshima suburb of Tokyo, Japan. It quickly becomes one of the leading lens suppliers to Japanese camera and optical instrument manufacturers, thanks to its superb lens- polishing skills.