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PENTAX Optio A40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 169 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the design and image quality are on the whole positive. The value for money and portability also get good reviews. There are mixed opinions on the reliability and low light performance, and some have doubts about the memory and shutter.

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

battery, responsiveness, focus, shutter, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the PENTAX Optio A40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Review: Pentax Optio A40

 

This 12-megapixel compact point and shoot digicam has a number of interesting features that are supposed to make easy work of difficult shots.

If you consider just the camera itself, Pentax's Optio A40 is a good all-around performer. It's small and sturdy enough to take anywhere, and it has Very Good image quality and shooting modes that make taking pictures a breeze. Viewing the DivX-encoded...

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Pentax Optio A40 Digital Camera

 

The 12-megapixel Optio A40 assembles some great features in an easy-to-use camera.

Attractive design ; Great features and 12-megapixel sensor

Battery door seems a little flimsy ; Can't get very close with macro mode

A few minor complaints: I wish that Pentax had included a RAW image option (at 12 megapixels, why not?). I'd also love to have seen a 5X (rather than 3X) optical zoom and a wider-angle lens. Despite those minor shortcomings, the Optio A40 is a good,...

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Pentax Optio A40

 

The Pentax Optio A40 is the latest result of Pentax's tradition of producing simple, usable, ultracompact cameras that have high-quality optics. Retailing for about $250 (as of September 1, 2008), this 12-megapixel black-and-silver model has a serious...

Attractive design ; Great features and 12-megapixel sensor

Battery door seems a little flimsy ; Can't get very close with macro mode

The 12-megapixel Optio A40 offers a great feature package in an easy-to-use camera.

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Pentax Optio A40

 

Featuring 12 megapixels, the compact and stylish Optio A40 offers three types of Shake Reduction including mechanical, digital and movie. Each version helps deliver sharp, blur-free shots where camera shake is an issue such as action photography or in...

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Pentax Optio A40

 

With 12.0 megapixels for higher image quality and enhanced performance, the Optio A40 marks PENTAX's first 12.0 megapixel digital camera. Equipped with a high resolution 1/1.7 inch CCD for a wider light receiving area that is superior in tone...

The Shake Reduction (SR) mechanism is unique to PENTAX, and corrects camera shake when photographing still images by shifting the image sensor (CCD) horizontally and vertically in relation to the amount of shake that the high-accuracy gyro sensor...

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Pentax Optio A40 Digital Camera - First Shots - The Imaging Resource!

 

The Pentax Optio A40 is an attractive twelve megapixel camera with an SMC Pentax-branded 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2.5" LCD display. Offering a higher than average resolution of 232,000 pixels, this LCD is the only method of framing images since the...

Optio A40 connectivity includes both high-speed USB 2.0 and NTSC / PAL video, and images are stored on Secure Digital / MultiMediaCards, including newer SDHC types, plus 21MB of built-in memory. The Pentax A40 derives its power from a proprietary...

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Pentax Optio A40

 

Face detection, shake reduction and 12 mega pixels can?t quite make up for the limitations of Pentax?s Optio A40. Keep reading for the full report.

The interface is also more than adequate, Pentax having taken the very welcome step of providing on-screen pop-up help for various settings. This is a great way of helping owners to familiarize themselves with the camera, and we wish more manufacturers...

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Review: Pentax Optio A40 point-and-shoot camera

 

If you consider just the camera itself, Pentax's Optio A40 is a good all-around performer. It's small and sturdy enough to take anywhere, and it has very good image quality and shooting modes that make taking pictures a breeze.

Fitting easily into a shirt pocket, the diminutive black and silver Optio A40 feels sturdy and well constructed. It lacks an optical viewfinder, which is handy for shooting in bright conditions, but the Optio A40’s 2.5-inch LCD, which just about takes...

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Pentax Optio A40 Review

 

In the last year, photography has really gained importance among my hobbies and interests.

Excellently sized compact camera ; Good lens ; Great image quality

Focusing difficulties (many photos completely out of focus) ; Sluggish flash performance ; Menus can be a bit confusing

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Pentax Optio A40

 

Product Specifications

Featuring 12 megapixels, the compact and stylish Optio A40 offers three types of Shake Reduction including mechanical, digital and movie. Each version helps deliver sharp, blur-free shots where camera shake is an issue such as action photography or in low light conditions at dawn, dusk or at night. This Optio also features the newest Face Recognition technology including a Natural Skin Tone mode and a Half-length Portrait mode, which automatically takes a head and shoulder photograph of subjects.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Pentax D-LI68

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:2.2in
Weight:4.6oz
Width:3.6in

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 / Half-length portrait / Kids / Landscape / Natural skin tone / Night scene / Pet / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Surf & snow / Text

Header

Manufacturer:Pentax
Model:A40
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

Miscellaneous

Microsoft Certification:Works with Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Works with Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.9 mm ( 1/1.7 ) / 14.9 mm ( 1/1.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:12Megapixel

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:6
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 (5Mpix) / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO 800 / ISO auto (50-800)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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