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Pentax Optio H90

alaTest has collected and analyzed 243 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the image quality and design. The usability and value for money are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the features and sensor, and comments are divided on the viewfinder.

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

shutter, sensor, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio H90 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Pentax Optio H90 Review


Pentax Optio H90 reviewed by ConsumerSearch, which notes pros and cons, along with reviews and ratings for the Pentax Optio H90 and comparisons to other Cheap Digital Cameras

Simple design; Versatile shooting features; Fast performer

Fussy panorama mode; Weak image stabilization

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Optio H90


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Attractive design, good capabilities, mid performance.


hpH90's design attracts me while I am comparing with Canon powershot A3300 and A1200 as well as some Nikon fundamental level digital cameras. Performance wise Canon's powershot offers better photo and video qualities but I think it makes their cameras...

Light weight and classic design within good pricing ; Strong performances for photos taken in handshakes condition ; Offers variety of modes selection (such as portrait, snowing, food, digital wide and panorama ; Offers good optons for photo editing

The zoom in button for editing photos is too sensitive ; Only offers average photo and video quality ; Auto mode is not good for dark conditions (have to switch to night scene mode)


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Great value! Paid only AUD 125.00!


Fantastic feature set. Pix are sharp and clear to print. Accurate color rendition. Compact size - easy to carry - great backup for my K-x

Menu is sometimes cryptic. Buttons on camera back difficult to see in dim light

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Amazon review summary for Pentax Optio H90


alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of Pentax Optio H90 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

portability, value for money, usability, design, performance

sensor, shutter

82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Pentax Optio H90 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Optical Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Ceramic White)Pentax Optio H90 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Optical Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Matte Black)Pentax Optio H90 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Optical Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Silver)

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great lens in a great package


I was drawn first to the bold contrasting polished white and black casing. After reviewing reviews on its picture quality, I was convinced that this will be a nice addition to my casual picture taking. The photos turned out much better than I had...

Good Image Stabilization","Nice Body Color

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I still use only pentax


if you are just used to buying cameras that you see on the shelves on stores in the major retailers then you you are just simply "dealing" with the cams they have. look to Pentax for your next purchase.. ha. that sounded like a commercial.

i love this camera.. i have been using my Pentax optio mx4 for many years now and since it was recently stolen i decided to get a new camera.. Pentax was is my only choice ; the pictures i have taken with this little camera are amazing to say the...

none what so ever

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Pentax Optio H90 compact digital camera


The Pentax Optio H90 has a 2.7in display and weighs a scant 128g – comparable to a mobile phone. Unlike most compact cameras we've reviewed, its prese...

12.1MP with wide angle lens and 5x optical zoom

Auto settings in low light produce fuzzy unimpressive results

Pentax has come up with a really compelling compact camera with its Optio H90 that is far better than the price tag and plain styling suggest. With responsive controls and a pared down list of manual and auto functions, this is perhaps the best value...

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Pentax Optio H90 compact camera review


Pentax's Optio H90 combines minimalist "functional beauty" with a 12.1-megapixel sensor, 5x wide-zoom lens, HD Movies and advanced auto tracking AF and a Face AF system able to "see" up to 32 faces.

Good image quality at low sensitivities, compact design, simple to use, Price, AF system, lens

High ISO image noise, limited manual control, no optical viewfinder, underpowered flash

Designed with minimalism in mind but with a range of suitably functional features, the H90 certainly fits the part: smart, small, stylish and easy to use. The H90 lacks optical image stabilisation and an optical viewfinder, however a superb set of...

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Pentax Optio H90


This retro-styled ultra-compact stands out from the crowd.

The H90 is currently selling for as little as £80 from a number of online retailers, which means that its main competitors are a motley array of non-brand Chinese imports and the very bottom of the range models from Samsung and Fujifilm. Against this...

Product Specifications

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Pentax D-LI88

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

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

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Natural skin tone / Kids / Frame composition / Night scene with portrait / Candle / Sports mode / Flower / Panorama assist / Fireworks / Food / Pet / Surf & snow / Party/indoor / Text / Portrait mode / Landscape

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.9
Max Focal Length:25.5mm
Min Focal Length:5.1mm
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Orange / Silver

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MJPEG / AVI
Digital Zoom:6.25
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 80-1600
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Color Accent / Sepia / Black & White / Soft
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None