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Pentax Optio A10

alaTest has collected and analyzed 303 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the image quality and design. The usability and screen are also mentioned favorably, but comments about the contrast and memory are different. The focus and viewfinder get negative comments.

portability, screen, usability, design, image quality

responsiveness, flash, shutter, viewfinder, focus

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio A10 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Pentax Optio A10


The Pentax Optio A10 is pure eye-candy wrapped in its ultra-compact body with curved-out edges. It's jsut so cute that you would wat to get one of these just so you can carry it around with you, and pop it out whenever you feel the need. This is the...

When shelving out Rs. 23,490 for a digital camera, you can normally expect more than an ultra-compact camera. But the Optio A10 offers some great features like 8 megapixel image size, excellent scene modes and friendly usability, which makes the camera...

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Pentax Optio A10


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Pentax Optio A10


Slow but steady.


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Pentax Optio A10


The 5.5-ounce, 3.5-by-2.1-by-0.9-inch camera operates most smoothly when gripped with two hands, and there's even an indentation for your finger on the left side of the camera top. Thankfully, this Optio has plenty of hard-button controls, which...

Ultracompact, excellent macro capabilities, easy-access controls.

LCD washes out in bright light, noisy images when shooting at more than ISO 200.

Its LCD has issues outdoors and in burst mode, but this ultracompact 8-megapixel Pentax Optio A10 for the snapshooting set is easy to operate and versatile.

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Pentax Optio A10


The A10 is the first model of Pentax's new high-end Optio series and incorporates an 8.0 megapixel CCD with an innovative Shake Reduction system to help ensure sharper images. The newly developed smc PENTAX 3x optical zoom lens produces clear,...

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Pentax Optio A10


The new 'flagship' in Pentax's long-running Optio range was announced at the CES show in January. The basic specification is fairly standard for a camera in this class; 3x optical zoom, 8 megapixels, 15 scene modes (including a high sensitivity / ISO...

Excellent resolution, natural accurate color, subtle processing ; Low noise at low ISO settings ; Better than average detail retention at higher ISOs ; Usable (at a pinch) ISO 800 Candlelight mode ; Excellent all-metal construction ; Good white balance...

Slow focus, shutter lag ; Slow flash recycling ; Shake Reduction not as reliable as some competitors ; Annoying unresponsive, jerky zoom mechanism ; Screen impossible to see in bright light, no optical viewfinder ; No manual controls over apertures and...

The Optio A10 is a deeply frustrating camera for a reviewer; on the one hand it is capable of producing some of the best results in its class, the lens is obviously excellent, image processing is fairly subtle, and unlike so many similar cameras the...

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Pentax Optio A10 8 megapixel shooter reviewed


Digital Camera Review is doing what doing what they do, and have a review up of Pentax's headline Optio, the 8 megapixel A10. Including a 3x optical zoom, 2.5-inch LCD, and optical image stabilisation, the camera looks to be a decent deal for it's...

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Pentax Optio A10 First Impressions Review


The first in a new line of cameras for Pentax, the Optio A10 is an 8 megapixel higher-end compact camera aimed at advanced users: the company has also launched a new line for point-and-shoot users (see our preview of the E10 elsewhere on the site). The...

- Compact, stylish design- Includes shake-reduction - Solid construction - Menu system is logically designed and easy to use

- Max ISO of 400 - Appeared to be significant shadow noise at higher ISOs - Very limited manual controls - No way to save and switch between custom setting sets - Battery life is on the short side

The A10 is a small, well-built compact camera, designed to be Pentax's new flagship of their Optio line with the addition of a shake reductrion system. But there are some serious omissions: the lack of access to commonly-used manual controls is a big...

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Pentax Optio A10 Digital Camera - Review


Compact cameras keep getting more and more compact and few do "compact-ness" better than Pentax. With the Optio A10, Pentax has packed plenty of imaging potential into a solid, sleek, well-designed camera that's small enough to toss into a bag or slide...

Sleek and solid form factor is great for travel, Discreetly integrated connector covers, Large 2.5-inch LCD with plenty of resolution (232,000 pixels), Produced accurate skin tones, Shake Reduction System helped reduce blur in standard shooting...

Soft images at 8x10 size regardless of ISO ; camera really only useful for 5x7 prints or smaller., Images noisy above ISO 200 ; ISO 800 (only available in Candlelight mode) is almost unusable, Overall image quality not up to 8MP image sensor...

In keeping with its compact form factor -- less than an inch thick -- the Pentax A10 uses Pentax's Sliding Lens System technology which removes elements from the lens' optical path as it retracts to allow a slimmer profile when the camera is powered...

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Pentax Optio A10


The Optio A10 ($350) is an ultra-compact 8 Megapixel camera with Pentax's new Shake Reduction system. While some image stabilization systems shift an element in the lens, the SR system actually moves the CCD sensor around for the same effect. A similar...

Very good photo quality (though see issues below) ; Image stabilization ; Compact, stylish metal body ; Large, sharp 2.5" LCD display (but see issues below) ; AF-assist lamp, good low light focusing ; Good movie mode with long record times (though see...

Poor performance: slow startup, shot-to-shot times; noticeable shutter lag ; Details in photos can be muddy; some corner blurring ; Redeye a problem (though removal tool helps) ; Below average battery life ; Poor continuous shooting mode ; Poor LCD...

While the Optio A10 has a lot to offer (with good image quality and image stabilization), it's lacking in too many areas (performance and LCD visibility) to earn my recommendation. I think that most people would be better served by looking at other...

Product Specifications

Destined to be the flagship of the Optio digital camera line, the high-end Optio A10 offers the pinnacle of PENTAX compact digital photography. With 8.0 megapixels, a 3X zoom lens, the Optio A10 is the first PENTAX compact digital with an innovative Shake Reduction system to help ensure sharper images. PENTAX developed Shake Reduction to eliminate situations where camera shake typically causes blurred images such as telephoto or indoor shots without a flash. The Shake Reduction mechanism is made possible by two internal gyro sensors that detect camera shake while a dedicated CPU calculates the required correction to compensate for the level of camera shake while focusing. In turn, a proprietary mechanism adjusts the CCD automatically based on the calculation and compensates for the camera shake to help deliver sharper images.

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Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Pentax D-L18

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Candle / Flower / Food / Frame composition / Landscape / Night scene / Pet / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Surf & snow / Text


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax Optio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.4
Max Focal Length:23.7mm
Min Focal Length:7.9mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:8Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI/MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):800
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO 800 / ISO auto/ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Black & White Blue filter / Black & White Green filter / Black & White Red filter / Illustration / Sepia / Slim / Soft
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None