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Pentax Optio T30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 62 reviews of Pentax Optio T30. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers really like the screen and design. The performance and portability also get good opinions, whereas there are some less positive reviews about the sensor and zoom. Reviews are divided on the price.

usability, portability, performance, design, screen

durability, battery, flash, zoom, sensor

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio T30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Pentax Optio T30

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Pentax Optio T30 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and screen. The design and portability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the battery.

usability, portability, design, screen, image quality

battery

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Pentax Optio T30 Digital Compact Camera [7MP, 3x optical zoom]Pentax Optio T30 Digital Compact Camera [7MP, 3x optical zoom]

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Pentax Optio T30

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Pentax Optio T30 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Pentax Optio T30 7.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical ZoomPentax Optio T30 7.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Mike Pasini (imaging-resource.com)

Pentax Optio T30 Digital Camera - Review - The Imaging Resource!

 

The Pentax Optio T30 features a seven megapixel CCD image sensor, coupled to an SMC Pentax-branded 3x optical zoom lens. Announced alongside the Optio M30, the Pentax T30 has the higher specification of the two models. Priced at $349.95, the Pentax...

Attractive design, easily portable ; Responsive touch screen ; Face detection autofocus and auto exposure ; Voice memo recording ; Memo pad mode with annotation possible on images ; Remembers many important settings ; Manual focus option ; Optional...

Crude touch screen icons ; Odd menu structure ; Battery can be inserted into charger several wrong ways ; Higher than average barrel distortion at wide angle ; High chromatic aberration ; Undersaturated color ; Warm indoor shots with Auto White Balance...

The Pentax T30 is an ultra compact, which is lighter than most, but it still has a substantial (and reassuring) heft. The front of the Pentax T30 is almost all lens and the back is almost all LCD. There are only two buttons on the back, in fact,...

Nov, 2007

Expert review by : digitalcameraroundup.com (digitalcameraroundup.com)

Now for something different: a touchscreen interface

 

The Optio T30 is a camera that requires some getting used to as almost everything is done via a touchscreen instead of conventional buttons and levers. Once you practice a bit and become familiar with the different interface, the camera becomes...

Huge 3-inch wide viewing-angle LCD, Touchscreen interface speeds up and simplifies, Sleek and elegant design, Digital shake reduction with ISO up to 3200

Touchscreen operation has a learning curve, No super-macro, No green button, No sensor shift shake reduction

Nov, 2011

Expert review by : nhatgnat (photographyreview.com)

Pentax Optio T30 Pro Review

 

The last time I touched a Pentax camera was in high school when I used a K1000 35mm SLR. Fast forward 15 years and I'm happy to report that Pentax has adapted quite well to the digital age. The Pentax Optio T30 digital camera pushes the limits of...

Cool factor of the 3-inch touch screen LCD, Elegant looks, Minimal buttons, Pocket-sized, Great price

Slow continuous capture mode, Poor flash performance, Slow image transfer via supplied USB cable (20 minutes for 1GB), Big LCD display may be easily scratched, Touch screen controls can be accidentally activated

Pentax should be marketing the hell out of their Optio T30 and bragging about the touch screen LCD. Everyone I've shown it to - mostly other photographers - think that it's super cool. None of us knew there were any touch screen cameras available until...

May, 2007

Expert review by : Conrad H. Blickenstorfer (digicamera.com)

Pentax Optio T30

 

The Pentax T30 is an ultra-compact digital camera that has a touchscreen for menu navigation and image manipulation instead of buttons. From the front it looks like any other modern, elegant camera, but turn it around and you quickly see that this is a...

Huge 3-inch wide viewing-angle LCD, Touchscreen interface speeds up and simplifies, Sleek and elegant design, Digital shake reduction with ISO up to 3200

Touchscreen operation has a learning curve, No super-macro, No green button, No sensor shift shake reduction

The Optio T30 is a camera that requires some getting used to as almost everything is done via a touchscreen instead of conventional buttons and levers. Once you practice a bit and become familiar with the different interface, the camera becomes...

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Pentax Optio T30

 

With touch-screen technology and some fun features, this is a big improvement on the T20

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Stuart Miles (pocket-lint.com)

Pentax Optio T30 digital camera

 

No sooner as Pentax released the Optio T20, the company has upgraded the camera to the Optio T30. We loved the T20, however we didn't love the fact that it took so long to take pictures that you miss the action.

That 3-inch touchscreen, picture quality

Still some delay in taking pictures, software still gets confused from time to time

We loved the T20, however we didn't love the fact that it took so long to take pictures that you miss the action.

Apr, 2007

Expert review by : tech.co.uk staff (techradar.com)

Pentax Optio T30 review

 

Are touchscreens just a gimmick?

Touchscreen is fun and easy to use

Short on features ; Flimsy build ; Jerky zoom ; Pricey

The T30 is certainly fun to use and could be popular with those who find small switches and dials difficult to operate. Image quality is average and there's little else that leaps out from this compact. Try one out to see if you like the concept. Fun,...

Sep, 2007

Expert review by (macformat.co.uk)

Pentax Optio T30

 

The standout feature of this basic point-and-shoot digital camera is the touchscreen display, which transforms the way you take and edit pictures. So what's so great about touchscreen? Mainly the way it gets rid of all those fiddly buttons

Good quality touchscreen, Fun onboard editing tools, Little noise, except at high ISO rates, Decent battery life, Surprisingly good picture/video quality

Plastic not metal tripod screw

We love the touchscreen and the great picture quality, but the interface can be awkward

Sep, 2007

Expert review by : PC Advisor staff (techadvisor.co.uk)

Pentax Optio T30

 

The Pentax Optio T30 doesn't forge any new ground over its predecessor the T20. In fact, we wonder whether Pentax found the 7.1Mp sensor, 2.9x optical zoom and beautiful 3in touchscreen in the T20's spare parts bin.

A solidly built, decent value camera, the Pentax Optio T30 suffers by comparison to similarly priced cameras such as the Panasonic DMC-FX12 and the Nikon Coolpix S10, particularly in terms of its feature set and picture quality.

Apr, 2007

Expert review by (megapixel.net (en))

Pentax Optio T30

 

Good image quality outdoors ; Excellent metering ; High resolution 3-inch touch screen ; Easy to master interface ; Solid and compact

Compression too strong, even at the highest image quality ; Sensitive to noise as of 200 ISO ; Underpowered flash

Oct, 2007
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Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:D-LI63

Camera

Scene modes:beach, Children, Documents, Landscape, Night, Portrait, Sports
Self-timer:2,10
Self-timer delay:2,10
White Balance:Auto, Daylight, Fluorescent, Manual, Shade, Tungsten

Design

Color of product:Silver

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):230000

Flash

Flash modes:auto, Flash off, Red-eye reduction
Flash range (tele):15.7 - 118.1
Flash range (wide):5.91 - 236.2

Focusing

Focus adjustment:Manual
Macro focusing range (wide):0.15-0.5
Normal focusing range:0.4- ∞

Lens System

Digital Zoom:4
Focal length range (f-f):0.244 - 0.732

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, Auto

Memory

Compatible memory cards:SD
Internal memory:20

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.48 - 4.43
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera effective resolution:7410000
Camera shutter speed:1/2000 - 4
Digital SLR: No
Effective sensor resolution:7410000
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.48 - 4.43
Lens system:6@5
Light exposure type:TTL
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes

Picture Quality

Image Sensor Size:1/2.5
Megapixel:7.1
Sensor Type:CCD
Still image resolution(s):640 x 480,1600 x 1200,2048 x 1536,2304 x 1728,2592 x 1944,3072 x 2304

Shutter

Camera shutter type:Electronic

Video

Maximum video resolution:640 x 480
Motion JPEG frame rate:30
Video compression format:MOV
Video formats supported:MOV
Video Frame Rate:30
Video recording: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.748
Height:2.24
Weight:4.23
Width:3.74