RAPID advances in technology now mean that small cameras can be as versatile as their larger brothers. The Pentax ESPI0 115 is a good example of the development of small cameras. A mere 125 mm x 70 mm x 50 mm and weighing only 290 grams, it is a fully automatic leaf shutter camera with an auto-focus zoom lens. A thumb control allows the operator to range between a wide-angle 38 mm to a 115 mm telephoto. Full macro lets the user move closer to the subject, only 65 cm away at wide angle, while super macro lets him move to 45 cm away from his subject. And whatever the distance, the auto focus produces consistent clear images. A focus lock feature enables the user to concentrate on the subject, allowing him to change the composition of his shot, without losing focus of the subject. An ''infinity'' landscape mode allows the user to photograph distant scenery without worrying about correct focusing. The ESPI0 115 uses a six-segment multi-pattern metering system. This guarantees accurate readings even in in strong light and shade contrasts. There is an auto exposure which selects the right reading whatever the conditions, and activates the flash when extra light is needed. The built-in auto zoom flash adjusts to match the selected lens focal length. When the flash is switched off, slow shutter speeds allow natural light to play a role when taking early morning or late afternoon photographs. The ESPI0 115 allows the option of panoramic pictures and at any focal length. The camera was launched in Hong Kong last month, and is priced at $3,370, including optional remote control. The ESPI0 115 has won the European Technical Information Association Award and the European Compact Camera Award.