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PENTAX Optio T20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 110 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the battery and image quality. The usability and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas opinions are divided on the performance. Many are critical about the flash and reliability.

screen, portability, usability, image quality, battery

responsiveness, focus, lens, reliability, flash

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the PENTAX Optio T20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Pentax Optio T20


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Pentax Optio T20


Pentax Corporation introduces the new Pentax Optio T20 compact digital camera which features an extremely slim body. The Optio T20 is distinguished by its extra-large 3.0-inch, high-definition LCD monitor that allows easy viewing and a touch-display...

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio T20 (James_P83, 17 Oct 07)


I have been using this camera on my travels for 10 months now and am very happy with the results. The interface is very intuative making the camera quick and easy to use. The program mode gives a good number of options for those shots that the...

The focusing is slow and not reliable. For most shots I set the focus to infinity and leave it there - this greatly speeds the operation up. Shame you have to reset the focus to infiinty after every startup ; After 10months of use the lens mechanism is...


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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio T20 (intialsck, 18 Sep 07)


Having owned a few compact pentax cameras in the past I didn't expect to be disappointed on this occassion. However this must be the worst compact I have ever taken a picture with. The battery cover keeps sliding open when holding the camera. It...

Focus was very bad even after making adjustments to the settings ; Chews through batteries... about 200 shots on a 700mha ; battery and SD card cover keep popping open ; Freezes up between pictures regularly

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio T20 (Wowarning, 30 Aug 07)


What a HUGE disappointment. My company recently supplied me with this camera to use on a daily basis for my job. I'm a rabid fan of my Pentax istDS, and have been using Pentax point and shoots for my job for the past five years. Unfortunately, this is...

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Amazon review summary for PENTAX Optio T20


alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 user reviews of PENTAX Optio T20 from The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

screen, usability, design, battery, value for money

58% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Pentax Optio T20 7MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical ZoomPentax Optio T20 7MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom

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Pentax Optio T20


You need to go over instructions and get use to using the touch screen buttons. Once you get them figured out it's a pretty awesome little camera!

Large screen, lightweight, small size. Great picture quality! Fun camera, has lots of effects you can add to a picture. Very happy with purchase of T20. Also, Newegg has fast shipping and great service! I'd highly recommend Newegg and this camera

Takes a bit for flash to recharge,faster than some, slower than other camera's

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Could be best in ease of use


I'm going to go look at Sony DSC-N1 and N2 (again) to see if those are easier to use in the areas this one was short on. I definitely think these point and shoot touch screen cameras with less buttons are the thing for technically challenged people....

First off, I bought this for my Mom, to replace a more complicated to use camera. So I'll judge based on that criteria, mostly ; Ease of use, large screen, large obvious icons and text for controling. Uses SD cards

It's very small and thin, that would probably be a plus for most people. I think for my elderly Mom a larger camera would be easier in her hands. Switching between snapshot and movie mode takes 4 touches, that's way too much. Should be 1 or 2 max....

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PENTAX Optio T20 Silver 7.0 MP 3.0" 230K LCD 3X Optical Zoom Digital Camera with Touch Screen


takes excellent pics, touch screen makes fast access to menus instead of scrolling through like other cameras, has lots of really good features, better red eye than most canon


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The LCD screen is excellent with great resolution!

Rubberized pad would make it easier to hold.

Product Specifications

Experience "fun photography" with the impressive 3.0 inch touch-panel LCD of the PENTAX Optio T20. This is a camera that offers a Creative Drawing Function, Stamp Modes and built-in picture frames to enhance your images. All this and a 7.0 megapixel CCD, 3X optical SMC PENTAX lens with an ultra-slim and stylish aluminum alloy exterior with the intuitive touch-panel operation with included stylus makes the Optio T20 a camera you won't want to put down.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Pentax D-Li8

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Flower / Food / Frame composition / Landscape / Night scene / Pet / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Surf & snow


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax Optio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.7-5.2
Max Focal Length:18.6mm
Min Focal Length:6.2mm
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:AVI
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):800
Light Sensitivity:ISO 160 / ISO 320 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None