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Pentax Optio A30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 223 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the value for money and screen. The image quality and usability also get good feedback, whereas there are some less positive opinions about the glare and optics.

portability, usability, image quality, screen, value for money

battery, flash, exposure, optics, glare

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio A30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Optio A30

 

The 10-megapixel Pentax Optio A30's blend of manual control options and automatic modes give digital photography beginners room to experiment and grow into the medium. Announced earlier this year, the A30 contains a telescoping 3x optical zoom lens,...

Clean external design with minimal controls ; Nice LCD screen ; Decent resolution (although lots of sharpening applied) ; Green Shooting mode for the novice ; Lots of manual controls

Terrible placement of tripod ; Poor video quality ; Inaccurate color reproduction ; Slow operation speeds ; Sluggish focusing time ; LCD solarizes in bright light ; Icon-based menu system not intuitive

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Pentax Optio A30

 

The PENTAX Optio A30 features 10.0 effective megapixels, a 1/1.8 inch CCD with a wide dynamic range for superior tones, an smc PENTAX zoom lens and an image processing engine that gives a rich color reproduction. The PENTAX original Shake Reduction...

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Pentax Optio A30

 

The 10-megapixel Pentax Optio A30 is one of the latest slim digital cameras to offer poster-print-worthy resolution. The A30 offers manual and automatic controls in a 0.9-inch thick flat body and retails for $349, but can now be found for about $100 less

We scientifically test each camera we review for performance and image quality. After testing the A30's resolution in our imaging lab, we found it's an average performer for a 10-megapixel camera. The Canon PowerShot A640 markets the same resolution...

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Pentax Optio A30 Digital Camera Review

 

The 10-megapixel Pentax Optio A30 is one of the latest slim digital cameras to offer poster-print-worthy resolution. The A30 offers manual and automatic controls in a 0.9-inch thick flat body and retails for $349, but can now be found for about $100 less

The problem is that despite the neat features and decent components, the pictures just don't turn out the way they should. Inaccurate colors, limited dynamic range, and horrible videos make the $349 price tag much too high. There are better cameras out...

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Pentax Optio A30 Digital Camera Full Review

 

When Pentax introduced the Optio A20 in August 2006, they called it the “flagship of the Optio digital camera line”.

Color/image quality ; Image stabilization ; Some manual control options

Battery life ; No RAW format for images

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Pentax Optio A30

 

The Optio A30 is the latest model in Pentax's A-Series of high resolution ultra-compact digital cameras. You now get 10.0 effective megapixel in a camera that also boasts a number of technological improvements. Pentax highlights the wide dynamic range...

Elegant, handy 10-megapixel camera, High quality "Intelligent" zoom, Logically laid out and very simple to use, Bright, high-res, wide viewing angle 2.5-inch LCD, Manual modes available, Effective shake reduction modes, Helpful "Green Mode" button

Some menus and functions are buried or not marked, No optical zoom in movie mode, Mediocre battery life, Confusing use of shake reduction modes, Confusing implementation of "Green Mode" button

Fortunately, unlike many cameras today, the Optio A30 comes with a very good 200-page manual. And the 200 pages do not mean it's 33 pages for each of six languages, it's all English. This means you don't have to load a CD or DVD somewhere to read a PDF...

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Digital Camera Magazine: Camera review: Pentax Optio A30

 

The Optio A30 is the latest model in Pentax's A-Series of high resolution ultra-compact digital cameras. You now get 10.0 effective megapixel in a camera that also boasts a number of technological improvements. Pentax highlights the wide dynamic range...

Some menus and functions are buried or not marked, No optical zoom in movie mode, Mediocre battery life, Confusing use of shake reduction modes, Confusing implementation of "Green Mode" button

Only a short while ago, the mere thought of an affordable 10 megapixel camera was inconceivable, and certainly not one as compact, sleek, and easy-to-use as the Pentax Optio A30. Sure, there are a few quirks in the menus, but regular users of this...

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Pentax Optio A30

 

This is the shoddiest worst camera I've ever owned. I've had it 6 months and the back screen has broken twice. Pentax service is rubbish and nothing is included in the guarantee even after breaking down in the first week of use. Plan on paying 70$...

back screen keeps failling. Terrible after-sales service from Pentax

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Pentax Optio A30

 

It has good characteristics by the documentation and attractive cost. But I don't satisfied with the buying. It does not very good, blurred shots at weak light. I got better shots with my previous Pentax Optio S. But I suppose it is common problem of...

So my conclusion is: The camera has not safe construction enough and it is vulnerable to dust and maybe other influences.

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Pentax Optio A30

 

In compact range ,this is very powerfull camera and have very good image quality and natural color. This is my best choice.

Product Specifications

The PENTAX Optio A30 features 10.0 effective megapixels, a 1/1.8 inch CCD with a wide dynamic range for superior tones, an SMC PENTAX zoom lens and an image processing engine that gives a rich color reproduction. The PENTAX original Shake Reduction (SR) technology in the A30 has been improved by adding both Digital and Movie SR for improved image capture in low-light settings and telephoto capture. A unique Face Recognition AF & AE function offers better results in photographs by automatically detecting faces, and then adjusting exposure and focus to properly capture portraits. As a DivX Certified digital camera, the Optio A30 makes it easy for users to create their own media for both business and social purposes. With the push of a button, users can instantly record high-quality DivX video and discover simple playback on any of the DivX Certified consumer electronics devices available today.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Pentax D-Li8

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.9in
Height:2.3in
Weight:4.6oz
Width:3.5in

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

Header

Manufacturer:Pentax
Model:A30
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:10Megapixel

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 / DivX / MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:5.4
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 (5Mpix) / ISO 400 / ISO 64 / ISO 800 / ISO auto (64-1600)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Black & White Blue filter / Black & White Green filter / Black & White Red filter / Color Filter / Illustration / Sepia / Slim / Soft
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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