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Pentax Optio E30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 130 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the image quality and screen. The portability and usability also get good comments. There are some mixed views about the battery. Many are less positive about the low light performance and shutter.

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

viewfinder, energy, shutter, low-light

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio E30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Pentax Optio E30

 

There's no shortage of digicams out there, both in the value and high-end ranges. See where your budget lies and decide of course. Pentax's E series seems to employ user friendliness in a relatively decent price range. Compared to the Optio M30 that...

The bottom line is, it's a good digicam for the price of approximately Rs. 7,500, but if you're regular traveler who's a real photo-buff, just remember to stock up on those batteries. Or you could opt for rechargeable cells. But you'll need a lot of...

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Pentax Optio E30

 

Simple controls make this beginner's digicam a contender.

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Pentax Optio E30 First Impressions Review

 

TThe Pentax Optio E30 is a 7.1-megapixel compact camera with a 3x zoom and an entry-level price: Pentax set the minimum advertised price at $149.95. We looked at a preproduction unit at the Consumer Electronics Show and ran through its features noting...

- Price: $149.95 isn't much - Controls are laid out well and easy to use - Manual white balance - a good feature to retain on a bare-bones camera

- It's ugly - Lack of manual controls - Poorly sealed against dirt and moisture - AA batteries fall out when changing memory card

The Pentax Optio E30 is a very inexpensive, very simple camera. The appropriate market for it is the price-conscious non-photographer - someone who wants the occasional snapshot, but wants to avoid the details of photography, and doesn't have ambitions...

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Pentax Optio E30 Digital Camera Full Review

 

The latest entry level model in Pentax's extensive line of point & shoot digital cameras is the Optio E30.

Ease of use ; 2.4 inch LCD ; 7.1 MP effective resolution ; 30 fps movie capturing ; Manual ISO selection and manual focusing

Uses AA batteries, making it larger and heavier ; Modest 3x zoom ; No traditional viewfinder ; Combined cable for computer and video connection

The E30 is a great choice for first time camera buyers, or simply someone wanting an easy to use camera that offers decent quality.  It offers sharp, high resolution photos that are true in color, and is intuitive in its design and operation.  The...

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Pentax Optio E30

 

The Optio E30 is the latest in Pentax's E-Series of inexpensive entry-level compact digital cameras. Those who have been following the Optio series may be a bit confused as this E-Series model seems to pick up where the Optio M20 left off. The M20's...

Inexpensive 7.1-megapixel camera, Good lens, good picture quality, Logically laid out and very simple to use, Uses standard AA batteries or rechargeables, VGA movie mode at almost 30 fps

Some menus and functions are buried or not marked, Choppy digital zoom in movie mode, No anti-blur, AF illuminator, or super-macro, Low 110k pixel resolution LCD

Every lineup has an entry-level camera, and among the Pentax Optios, the E30 is it. You pay less for it, and you get less. There are fewer features, fewer adjustments, and fewer amenities. And some features don't work as smoothly as they do on the...

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Pentax Optio E30

 

The Optio E30 is the latest in Pentax's E-Series of inexpensive entry-level compact digital cameras. Those who have been following the Optio series may be a bit confused as this E-Series model seems to pick up where the Optio M20 left off. The M20's...

Inexpensive 7.1-megapixel camera, Good lens, good picture quality, Logically laid out and very simple to use, Uses standard AA batteries or rechargeables, VGA movie mode at almost 30 fps

Some menus and functions are buried or not marked, Choppy digital zoom in movie mode, No anti-blur, AF illuminator, or super-macro, Low 110k pixel resolution LCD

Most of the backside is taken up by a 2.4-inch LCD. None of the new Optios has an optical viewfinder anymore, and that includes the E30. The LCD is large enough (only a few years ago it would have been considered enormous) but its marginal 110k pixel...

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Amazon review summary for Pentax Optio E30

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 user reviews of Pentax Optio E30 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com.

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

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93% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Pentax Optio E30 7.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical ZoomPentax Optio E30 7.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom

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First Digital Camera

 

Wish you could time stamp along with included date stamp.

First Digital Camera. I does everything I want in a point n shoot. Friend has 2 Canon EOS digital SLR's and he is amazed the quality this compact can do. Shooting video is a bonus

None so far

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PENTAX Optio E30 Silver 7.1 MP 2.4" 110K LCD 3X Optical Zoom Digital Camera

 

Good camera for the price.

Very nice camera for a novice photographer. An exceptional value when you consider you get the 1GB memory card included. So easy to use I haven't even looked at the manual yet

None really, when you consider the cost

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Nice entry level camera

 

This camera is perfect for people starting to use digital cameras. Uses SD cards and that helps if you already have SD cards for other devices. Has a LCD screen for previewing and taking photos. Good buy.

Price, good quality pictures, AA batteries, SD Card

None

Product Specifications

Featuring AA battery compatibility, the easy-to-use, 7.1 megapixel Optio E30 is a convenient travel companion that uses less power and captures up to approximately 200 photos on alkaline batteries. This friendly digital camera has a large 2.4-inch LCD monitor, a 3X optical zoom and a helpful Green mode that allows new digital camera users enjoy effortless picture taking.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

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/SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1.4in
Height:2.4in
Weight:4.9oz/6.5oz
Width:3.7in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.4in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Fireworks / Flower / Food / Frame composition / Landscape / Night scene / Pet / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Sports mode / Sunset / Surf & snow/Landscape / Night scene / Portrait mode / Sports mode

Header

Manufacturer:Pentax
Model:E30
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax Optio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.7-4.8
Max Focal Length:18mm
Min Focal Length:6mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:7.1Megapixel/7Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 160 / ISO 320 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO auto/ISO 160 / ISO 320 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO auto (80-320)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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