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PENTAX Optio T30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 82 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the portability and value for money. The image quality and usability are also appreciated, but many are less positive about the color and shutter. There are some mixed opinions about the build quality.

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

performance, battery, flash, shutter, color

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the PENTAX Optio T30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Pentax Optio T30 Digital Camera - Review - The Imaging Resource!

 

The Pentax Optio T30 features a seven megapixel CCD image sensor, coupled to an SMC Pentax-branded 3x optical zoom lens. Announced alongside the Optio M30, the Pentax T30 has the higher specification of the two models. Priced at $349.95, the Pentax...

Attractive design, easily portable ; Responsive touch screen ; Face detection autofocus and auto exposure ; Voice memo recording ; Memo pad mode with annotation possible on images ; Remembers many important settings ; Manual focus option ; Optional...

Crude touch screen icons ; Odd menu structure ; Battery can be inserted into charger several wrong ways ; Higher than average barrel distortion at wide angle ; High chromatic aberration ; Undersaturated color ; Warm indoor shots with Auto White Balance...

The Pentax T30 is an ultra compact, which is lighter than most, but it still has a substantial (and reassuring) heft. The front of the Pentax T30 is almost all lens and the back is almost all LCD. There are only two buttons on the back, in fact,...

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Pentax Optio T30 Pro Review

 

The last time I touched a Pentax camera was in high school when I used a K1000 35mm SLR. Fast forward 15 years and I'm happy to report that Pentax has adapted quite well to the digital age. The Pentax Optio T30 digital camera pushes the limits of...

Cool factor of the 3-inch touch screen LCD, Elegant looks, Minimal buttons, Pocket-sized, Great price

Slow continuous capture mode, Poor flash performance, Slow image transfer via supplied USB cable (20 minutes for 1GB), Big LCD display may be easily scratched, Touch screen controls can be accidentally activated

Pentax should be marketing the hell out of their Optio T30 and bragging about the touch screen LCD. Everyone I've shown it to - mostly other photographers - think that it's super cool. None of us knew there were any touch screen cameras available until...

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Pentax Optio T30

 

The Pentax T30 is an ultra-compact digital camera that has a touchscreen for menu navigation and image manipulation instead of buttons. From the front it looks like any other modern, elegant camera, but turn it around and you quickly see that this is a...

Huge 3-inch wide viewing-angle LCD, Touchscreen interface speeds up and simplifies, Sleek and elegant design, Digital shake reduction with ISO up to 3200

Touchscreen operation has a learning curve, No super-macro, No green button, No sensor shift shake reduction

The T30 has an autofocus illuminator lamp that makes for more precise metering and focusing in low light conditions. That is always welcome

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Pentax Optio T30

 

The Pentax T30 is an ultra-compact digital camera that has a touchscreen for menu navigation and image manipulation instead of buttons. From the front it looks like any other modern, elegant camera, but turn it around and you quickly see that this is a...

Huge 3-inch wide viewing-angle LCD, Touchscreen interface speeds up and simplifies, Sleek and elegant design, Digital shake reduction with ISO up to 3200

Touchscreen operation has a learning curve, No super-macro, No green button, No sensor shift shake reduction

The Optio T30 is a camera that requires some getting used to as almost everything is done via a touchscreen instead of conventional buttons and levers. Once you practice a bit and become familiar with the different interface, the camera becomes...

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Do not buy

 

Easy to use touch screen

Terrible photos

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio T30 (Girlygti, 21 Jul 07)

 

I got this camera for christmas. And was very disapointed. the 7.1 megapixal camera takes worst pictures then my old 3.2megapixal vivitar camera. I returned it ASAP somefeatures make no sense, who needs a setting for food?

The lens is cheap , so you will get just that, cheap not completly focus pictures ; my brother in laws girl friend kept hers, it broke this past week and has to be sent out for repair

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio T30 (iaka, 9 Mar 07)

 

We just bought the new Optio T30. Faster than previous Pentax Optio (but can be better ?!). Excellent construction. The tactile screen is very good and usefull (icone size is perfect and powerfull). Video mode is very good, but we loving to can use...

My T30 is dead after 6 months of use ; Focus stay open and can't be close ; We loving this little camera, but we can't find a new one, so we replaced it with a ; Panasonic Lumix FX30. Better image quality, better construction, but a little bit more ;...

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Amazon review summary for PENTAX Optio T30

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of PENTAX Optio T30 from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com.

responsiveness, image quality, usability, screen, size

performance, shutter

65% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Pentax Optio T30 7.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical ZoomPentax Optio T30 7.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom

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Awesome Camera

 

I'm glad I Bought this camera!

This camera is great, it has awesome motion stability. for instance, I took a picture of moving traffic (50-60 mph traffic) from about 150-200 yards away at full zoom, and it seemed as if the cars were parked. And the greatest feature of all, TOUCH SCREEN

Could accidentally bump a button while taking a picture, but other than that its great

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Fantastic

 

Very good ISO inside (3200) 7 mpx it' right for you. Nice view, and big tuchscreen

You have couple languages, and very easy instructions

Product Specifications

This slim digital camera makes photography more fun and creative! Offering a touch display with a wide field of view for fun image capture and editing, Pentax Optio T30 also offers new functions such as Face Recognition Auto Focus and Auto Exposure to assure properly exposed portraits and a high ISO digital shake reduction mode. Touch the innovative 3 inch LCD panel to allow image customization with the drawing functions while a unique Mode Pallete includes Auto Picture mode to access camera settings. All this and a 7.1 megapixel CCD, 3X optical zoom PENTAX lens with an ultra-slim and stylish aluminum alloy exterior, make the Optio T30 a camera you won't want to be without.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Pentax D-Li63

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

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.7in
Height:2.2in
Weight:4.2oz
Width:3.7in

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:Anti shake / Flower / Food / Frame composition / Kids / Landscape / Night scene / Pet / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Surf & snow / Text

Header

Manufacturer:Pentax
Model:T30
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:7.1Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 3200 / ISO 64-1600 / ISO auto (64-400)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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