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Pentax Optio M20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 229 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the battery and screen. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the lens and energy efficiency.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio M20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Pentax Optio M20


It seems like budget cameras these days really put a very literal meaning to the word 'Budget'. Even though the Pentax Optio M20 falls in that range, it performs exceptionally well. I have to

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Pentax Optio M20


The Pentax Optio M20 is a well-balanced compact digital camera with a wide range of basic features. In addition offering extended battery life from only two AA batteries, this model features a new Blur Reduction mode, which allows you take sharper...

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Optio M20


The Pentax Optio M20 is a compact point-and-shoot camera with a sizable 1/2.5-inch 7-megapixel CCD, selling for under $200 online. This digital camera offers a 2.5-inch, 115,000-pixel LCD screen, a Pentax 3x optical zoom lens, connectivity options to...

Minimal external controls ; Worry-free green mode ; Clean menu interface with live view ; Green button shortcut ; Long battery life

Rubber cover over batteries doesn't seal out moisture ; Significant barrel distortion through most of range ; Soft edges ; Momentary oscillation of the zoom at 38mm ; Long shutter lag (over ½ second) ; Slow start-up and operation ; No metering mode ;...

The Pentax Optio M20 is a compact digital camera currently priced for under $200 online. It is designed to appeal to budget-minded point-and-shoots. The camera does have an impressive 7 MP CCD. The M20 has a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.5-inch LCD and a...


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Pentax Optio M20


Selling below $200, the Optio M20 aims to be an affordably priced digital camera that still provides a little more than the basics. The Pentax Optio M20 has 7 megapixels, a 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2.5-inch LCD screen. It also has a compelling movie...

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Pentax Optio M20


A review of the Pentax Optio M20


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Pentax Optio M20


Pentax launches the Pentax Optio M20, a compact digital camera boasting extended battery life. The Pentax M20 is a well-balanced compact digital camera family with a wide range of basic features. In addition offering extended battery life from only 2...

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Pentax Optio M20


Very bad image quality for pictures taken indor

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio M20 (bl0203, 14 Jul 07)


This is a great camera for the price! TONS of features..uses AA batteries and cheap SD memory (even SDHC)..and even has a histogram!! I've heard of people complaining about the battery life but I use name-brand nimh batteries and I find the battery...

Slow start up/shutdown ; Any pictures taken with high ISO (800-1600)are pretty grainy. You need the flash for indoor/low-light shots ; Another thing that could make this budget camera better is a metal body but then again it's a budget camera

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio M20 (Pentax Fan, 12 Jun 07)


I've been using the Pentax since I was pre adolescent - the famous Spotmatics of the 70's, to the PC 505, WR105, Espio 160 and now the Optio M20. As a serious photo hobbyist, I love compacts and the features of the Option M20 proved to be very...

My kids gifted me with the Option M20 December 2006, it worked fine. My mistake was that I place it in a soft camera case slung over across my chest and once when I put on my car seat belt, the case got sandwiched. Well, the LCD broke. I still got to...

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio M20 (Diego Oliveira, 25 Apr 07)


This camera is great. Is very simple of use, good for amateurs photographers. Quality image is good and her have a basic features for a good picture.

Product Specifications

Meet the PENTAX Optio M20 with so more than you might expect from a digital camera with such an affordable price. Loaded with outstanding image quality thanks to a 7.0 Megapixel CCD, 3x optical PENTAX lens, and an ultra-efficient power management system for up to 700 shots with lithium AA batteries, this is a perfect camera for photographers on-the-go! Offering easy capture and easy review with 115.000 pixel 2.5-inch LCD monitor with 100% field of view, the Optio M20 offers high-quality extended movie captures QuickTime motion JPEG (640 x 480) at 30fps. Add 9-point multi auto focus with Spot-focus, Infinity landscape and Auto tracking focus modes or use the Mode palette to choose from a wide selection of Capture modes.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono


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

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card/SD Memory Card / SDHC 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:Anti-blur / Flower / Food / Kids / Landscape / Night scene / Pet / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Surf & snow


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax Optio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.1-5.9
Max Focal Length:18.9mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
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:7Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 64 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Blue / Frames / Green / Pink / Purple / Red / Sepia / Soft / Yellow
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None