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Pentax Optio VS20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 116 reviews of Pentax Optio VS20. The average rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the portability and zoom. The performance and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some negative reviews about the reliability and color.

price, usability, performance, zoom, portability

image quality, battery, screen, color, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio VS20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Pentax Optio VS20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of Pentax Optio VS20 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the performance and portability. The size and price also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the reliability and energy efficiency.

usability, price, size, portability, performance

battery, screen, design, energy, reliability

77% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Pentax Optio VS20 Digital Camera - White (16MP, 20x Wide Angle Optical Zoom and Dual Shutter) 3 inch LCD ScreenPentax Optio VS20 Digital Camera - White (16MP, 20x Wide Angle Optical Zoom and Dual Shutter) 3 inch LCD Screen

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Pentax Optio VS20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Pentax Optio VS20 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. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality. The durability also gets good feedback. Some have doubts about the reliability and portability. There are some mixed opinions about the performance.

price, durability, image quality

zoom, portability, reliability

75% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Pentax Optio VS20 16MP Digital Camera with 20X Optical Zoom and 3-Inch LCD Screen (Black)Pentax Optio VS20 16MP Digital Camera with 20X Optical Zoom and 3-Inch LCD Screen (Black)

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Pentax Optio VS20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Pentax Optio VS20 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca. Reviewers are impressed by the zoom. The lens is also mentioned favorably.

lens, zoom

50% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Pentax 14116 Optio VS20 16 MP Digital Camera with 20X Extra Wide Optical Zoom, Dual Shutter Release and Zoom Buttons and 3.0-Inch LCD (Black) (DiscontPentax 14116 Optio VS20 16 MP Digital Camera with 20X Extra Wide Optical Zoom, Dual Shutter Release and Zoom Buttons and 3.0-Inch LCD (Black) (Discont

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Michael Palmer (steves-digicams.com)

PENTAX Optio VS20 Preview

 

PENTAX has just announced its latest Optio point-and-shoot digital camera, the VS20, with a focus on its 20x optical zoom (a 35mm equivalent of 28-560mm) and flexibility in shooting. Meaning, the VS20 comes with a few special features to help shoot...

Jan, 2012

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (photographyblog.com)

Pentax Optio VS20 Review

 

The Pentax Optio VS20 is a travel-zoom camera with a difference - it has not one but two shutter release buttons for easier portrait oriented shooting. Featuring a 20x, 28-560mm lens with a sensor-shift Shake Reduction system, the VS20's focal range...

Viewed purely as a 20x optical travel zoom costing £199 the Pentax Optio VS20 would seem like an enticing prospect enough, so perhaps we can forgive it the slightly crazy and unnecessary addition of two sets of shutter release buttons and matching...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : Christen Costa (gadgetreview.com)

Pentax Optio VS20 Digital Camera Sports Two Shutter Buttons

 

Pentax Optio VS20 Digital Camera Sports Two Shutter Buttons

Jan, 2012

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (pocket-lint.com)

Pentax Optio VS20

 

Buy a battery grip for your professional or semi pro digital SLR and it will come with a second set of essential controls to one side near the base, including an additional shutter-release button. That's because grip and body make for a big and bulky...

Affordable, plenty of creative framing opportunities, simple to use, automatic in-camera panorama stitching, smattering of digital effects filters

Inconsistent performance from autofocus, exposure and white balance, some digital filter effects look more like camera mistakes, below average battery life, dual controls more gimmick than essential

The Pentax Optio VS20 is not quite the bargain it may initially seem. But set against a hit-and-miss performance is the fact that here we have a broad focal range that will in theory allow a wide variety of framing options without having to physically...

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (techradar.com)

Pentax Optio VS20 review

 

Inexpensive travel zoom with controls for horizontal and vertical shooting

Inexpensive ; Broad focal range ; Easy to use ; Automatic panorama stitching

Autofocus easily confused ; White balance varies ; Some 'effects' look like mistakes ; So-so battery life ; Twin controls are a gimmick

Most compact digital cameras are depressingly identikit, so our spirits lift when a manufacturer attempts a different approach. But is the 16 megapixel Pentax Optio VS20 trading on gimmicks?

May, 2012

Expert review by : Ben Pitt (expertreviews.co.uk)

Pentax Optio VS20 review

 

The portrait-orientation controls are interesting but not much practical use; image quality is below par

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : Nik Rawlinson (cnet.co.uk)

Pentax Optio VS20 review

 

Ignore their looks and the Pentax Optio VS20 appears to offer the same spec as the twice-the-price Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 . Both sport a 20x zoom, resolution in the middle teens and the now obligatory HD movie mode.

Inexpensive; Two shutter buttons; Long zoom.

Some colour interference; Disappointing movie performance.

You'll struggle to find a new camera with such impressive specs any cheaper. Sadly, the Pentax Optio VS20's performance didn't stand up to close scrutiny. The dual shutter buttons are a neat feature, but you may be better provided by a high-end camera...

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : paul_smart (gadgetspeak.com)

Pentax Optio VS20

 

This is another small digital camera from a name more associated with lenses rather than cameras. But they do make rather good cameras as well. This offering has a feature that I have never seen before on any camera I have reviewed.

The Pentax Optio VS20 compact digital camera measures 11x6x3.5cm the last figure increases by between 3 and 5.5cm dependant on the amount of zoom. It weights 234grams. The left side has a tripod screw fitment as indeed does the base which also has a...

Jun, 2012

Expert review by : Matt Tuffin (whatdigitalcamera.com)

Pentax Optio VS20 Review

 

Can the Pentax Optio VS20's innovative dual shutter release elevate it above a normal compact?

Clever dual shutter release, decent sharpness at wide angle

Unpredictable image quality, chunky body

In essence the VS20 commits a few crimes against photography, the worse of which being unpredictability. Neither the lens nor white balance can be depended on from one shot to the next, making the VS20 an unknown quantity in most situations.

May, 2012

Expert review by (ephotozine.com)

Pentax Optio VS20 Pocket Zoom Camera Review

 

The Pentax Optio VS20 is the latest pocket zoom from Pentax and not only features a 20x optical zoom lens, but a unique dual shutter and zoom control. Find out how it performs in our review.

Good value; 20x optical zoom; Dual shutter / zoom control; Vertical neck strap an option; Electronic level; Excellent macro mode

Quite large

Apr, 2012

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone: Yes
Voice recording: Yes

Battery

Battery life (CIPA standard):200
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:D-LI122
Power source type:Battery

Camera

Camera file system:DCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.21, Exif 2.3 / DCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.3
Camera playback:Movie
Image editing:Rotating
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, POL, POR, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR
Photo effects:Black&White, Sepia
Scene modes:Night, Night landscape, Night portrait, Snow, Sunset
Tripod mountable: Yes
Tripod mounting supported:Y
White Balance:Auto, Daylight, Fluorescent, Manual, Shade, Tungsten

Design

Color of product:Black / White
Energy Star certified:N

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:3

Flash

Flash modes:Flash off, Flash on, Red-eye reduction
Flash range (tele):63 - 129.9
Flash range (wide):7.87 - 200.8
Pre-flash: Yes

Focusing

Auto focusing (AF) modes:Spot Auto Focus
Focus:TTL
Focus adjustment:Manual
Macro focusing range (wide):0.1 - 0.5
Super Macro focusing range:0.01 - 0.2

Lens System

Digital Zoom:7.2
Extra/Smart zoom:30
Focal length range (f-f):0.197 - 3.94
Lens structure:11/8
Lens structure (elements/groups):11/8
Maximum aperture number:4.8
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):22
Minimum aperture number:3.1
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):1.1
Optical Zoom:20

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:80, 6400
ISO sensitivity (max):6400
ISO sensitivity (min):80
Light exposure correction:± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Auto

Memory

Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Internal memory:16
Memory slots:1

Other Features

Built-in flash: Yes
Camera shutter speed:1/2500 - 1/4
Frame: Yes
Interface:USB
On/Off switch: Yes
Panorama: Yes
Rotating: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability:No / Yes

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Cables included:AV, USB
Hand strap: Yes
Handheld remote control: No

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera
Image sensor size:1/2.33
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Maximum image resolution:4608 x 3456
Megapixel:16
Sensor Type:CCD
Still image resolution(s):640 x 480,1920 x 1080,3072 x 2304,4608 x 2592
Supported aspect ratios:16:9
Total megapixels:16.56

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
USB version:2.0

Shutter

Camera shutter type:Electronic
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/2500
Slowest camera shutter speed:4

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion / Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
Windows operating systems supported:8.7 x 18.5 x 0.945 / Coert Visser

Video

HD type:HD
Maximum video resolution:1280 x 720
Video compression format:AVI
Video formats supported:AVI
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:640 x 480,1280 x 720

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.34
Height:2.36
Weight:6
Weight (including battery):6.74
Width:4.25