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Pentax Optio 30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 124 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the screen and battery. The usability and portability are also mentioned favorably. The low light performance and viewfinder get less positive views, while the contrast and responsiveness get mixed comments.

value for money, portability, usability, battery, screen

shutter, viewfinder, low-light

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio 30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Pentax Optio 30


The latest Optio from Pentax is designed for newcomers with little or no digital photography experience. In addition to 3.2 megapixels and a 3X optical zoom, the Optio 30 sports a simple menu prompt that provides helpful tutorial messages about frequently

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Pentax Optio 30 the small great camera


quality of the lenses and modo macro superb

duration of the stacks

Consumer review by:

Pentax Optio 30 the small great camera


quality of the lenses and modo macro superb

duration of the stacks


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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio 30 (Pedro Ernesto Guerra Azevedo, 23 Sep 05)


Small great camera Optio 30 is excellent camera in the category of it of 3 megapixels, small, has led, good empunhadura, good viewfinder, very very well done, excellent ótico set, also excellent way macro of 2,0 cm It is a genuina Pentax! They see some...

Negative point that I find of it is the duration of the batteries, but nothing that a game of reloadable stacks does not decide

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It works for me!!!


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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio 30 (walter23, 10 Jan 05)


The best buy in compact digital cameras. Forget about $900 stylish "manually controllable" digital cameras unless you're going to buy a proper digital SLR with interchangable lenses. I'm coming from the perspective of a keen amateur with a modern film...

None, except the usual image noise at high ISO, which you can't avoid unless you buy an SLR. It would benefit from an autofocus-assist lamp in extremely low light situations

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An excellent little camera


Compact,easy to use, full function,

Display hard to read in bright daylight

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio 30 (Angel Nalbantov, 17 Oct 04)


I should say that this camera is worth much more than it costs. The quality of the images is really high, taking into consideration that it is only 3.2 Mpixels. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a combination of a good and cheap...

Indoor pictures with different contrast are sometimes a little dark but this is easily repaired by any photo editor software

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio 30 (Colin Gibbs, 21 Sep 04)


This camera was purchased as an easy-to-carry backup to my full-size digital SLR. Upon reading the user manual I started to realise this was likely to be a valuable primary camera. Once I got it into the field my initial thoughts were quickly...

The viewfinder only represents 80% of the captured image making it unreliable in situations requiring accurate framing

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio 30 (Stewart Midwinter, 8 Sep 04)


I bought this camera as a take-everywhere pocket camera. The previous review by Roland Mabo pretty much says it all. I'd add that the battery life seems good - I shot 100 pics over a 3 day period, with the LCD on while framing shots, and also used...

If you use the optical viewfinder with LCD turned off (press OK 3 times), there is NO quick review of your shot. So if you want to see the image, you have to switch to playback mode. When you switch back to camera mode, the LCD is turned on again. So...

Product Specifications

Feeling a little daunted by digital? Help is on the way inside Pentax Optio 30 digital camera. This Pentax camera is designed for newcomers with little or no digital photography experience making it a perfect answer for a growing demand for quality, easy-to-use digital. In addition to 3.2 megapixels, 3X optical zoom, and the signature, compact dimensions of the Pentax digital brand, the Optio 30 sports a simple, but revolutionary, menu prompt that provides helpful, tutorial messages about frequently used digital camera functions. With a simple touch, this feature will guide new, and old, hands through the camera's array of digital features. Expertise is the last thing you need to go digital with Pentax - just turn on the Optio 30 and shoot! The Pentax Optio 30 makes digital easy and fun! Equipped with PictBridge, a direct-print standard released by the Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA), the Optio 30 connects directly to your printer so you may print images without a personal computer! You also may record a favorite shot on the start-up screen and select customized wallpaper choices for the menu screen on the ample 1.6 inch LCD monitor. In addition to a variety of conventional picture modes (Landscape, Nightscene, Nightscene Portrait, Portrait, Surf and Snow, Flower), the innovative Optio 30 virtual mode dial features new lifestyle-oriented modes including Pet, Party, and Food. But, help doesn't stop there. The Optio 30 sports a round-edge design that offers an easy-to-hold, steady grip, and the camera permits you to customize a wide range of camera settings so you may select how you use the camera features as your digital confidence grows. With 16MB of built-in memory, the Optio 30 is always ready for a shot even if you leave your larger memory media behind!

Audio Input

Type: None


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.6in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Flower / Food / Landscape / Night portrait / Night scene / Panorama assist / Party/indoor / Pet / Portrait mode / Surf & snow


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax Optio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.9-5.0
Max Focal Length:17.4mm
Min Focal Length:5.8mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):9.4 mm ( 1/2.7 ) / 9.4 mm ( 1/2.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:3.2Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Blue / Green / Pink / Purple / Red / Sepia / Yellow
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical