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Pentax Optio P80

alaTest has collected and analyzed 97 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and performance. The usability and portability also get good comments, whereas there are some critical comments about the features and build quality.

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

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio P80 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Pentax Optio P80


DSLRs are nice, but sometimes--okay, a lot of the time--we just can'tbe bothered to schlep around a giant camera. Enter the compact camera.At 4.2 ounces and 3.8 x 2.1 x 0.8 inches, the Pentax Optio P80 is asolid choice for nights on the town or other...

Light and compact. Optical zoom. Large LCD. Facial recognition automatically prioritizes people. Tons of built-in scene modes

Average image quality. No image stabilization

It's sleek, shoots at 720p, and takes decent-looking stills, but without image stabilization, video quality can suffer.

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Pentax Optio P80


If you're on a budget and in the market for a good all-around point-and-shoot camera, the Pentax Optio P80 makes an excellent choice. Pentax has managed to incorporate an excellent feature set at a very reasonable price. Performance is perhaps not...

12.1 megapixel resolution4X zoom (27.5-110mm)2.7 inch LCDAdvanced face recognition technology

HD movie mode, but lacks HDMI port

The Pentax Optio P80 is a new 12.1 megapixel, 4X zoom digital point-and...

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Pentax Optio P80


Few month ago I start search for new compact camera to upgrade from my great last Olympus Stylus 800. I buy the P80. Low prise, chip quality, specialy of the picture. The sensor is crap. Sorry pentax, the quality of the picture is like in my Cellphone...



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Pentax Optio P80


Small snagless pocket camera thats noticeably better in every respect than my previous Pentax touch screen compact. Full auto mode uses flash intelligently but low flash power limits its usefulness to about eight feet. Sensitivity noise is...

None after one month

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Amazon review summary for Pentax Optio P80


alaTest has collected and analyzed 55 user reviews of Pentax Optio P80 from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

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69% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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very nice affordable camera


very nice sleek and slim and sexy

Bright LCD,Comfortable Controls,Easy Setup,Easy to Keep Clean,Easy To Use,Great Picture Quality,Strong Construction

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Pentax Optio P80


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Expert review by:

Pentax Optio P80


Now even budget-priced compacts can have HD video

All of the camera's other features remain unchanged, including the 12.1-megapixel CCD sensor, the 4x zoom wide-angle lens (equivalent to 27.5 - 110mm) and the 2.7-inch 230k monitor. The body is also identical to that of the P70. The P80 is a very slim...

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Pentax Optio P80 review


The P80 is incredibly small and light, and its curved metal body has a sophisticated elegance that few camera manufacturers manage to pull off. It's well specified, too, with 720p video recording and a wide-angle lens with an f/2.6 maximum aperture...

We love the slinky design, but there’s little else to make this camera stand out.

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Pentax Optio P80


Find out how far Pentax has pushed its next Optio compact

The P80 is a well-rounded compact with great features, and a decent price-tag to complement. Though doesn't come without its faults, its processing speed should be quicker


Product Specifications

The Optio P80 features a compact, lightweight body. It provides a host of advanced features for the capture of brilliant, sharply focused portraits. These include: the Face Recognition AF & AE function, which lets the photographer capture the subject's face in optimum focus and exposure, even from diagonal angles and in different poses; a Small Face filter, which helps produce a more attractive, better-proportioned subject image by making the face appear slightly smaller in relation to the body; and a more responsive version of the Auto-Tracking AF function, which helps keep an active subject in constant focus.

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:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Portrait mode / Text / Party/indoor / Surf & snow / Pet / Natural green / Food / Fireworks / Flower / Night scene / Sports mode / Candle / Night scene with portrait / Frame composition / Kids / Natural skin tone / Half-length portrait / Digital wide / Blog


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax Optio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.6-5.8
Max Focal Length:19.6mm
Min Focal Length:4.9mm
Optical Zoom:4
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.3 / 1/2.3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):11 mm ( 1/2.3 ) / 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:12.1Megapixel

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI / MJPEG
Digital Zoom:6.3
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO auto / ISO 64-6400
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None