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Pentax Optio V20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 93 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the value for money and responsiveness are overall positive. The portability and usability also get good feedback. Many are critical about the manual image adjustments and image stabilizer. Reviews are divided on the color.

screen, usability, portability, responsiveness, value for money

features, sensor, stabilizer , manual adjust.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio V20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Optio V20


Our search for inexpensive point-and-shoot cameras offering good performance for not much money leads us to the 8-megapixel Pentax Optio V20, a compact model with a big 3-inch LCD screen and a 5x optical zoom that provides far more flexibility when...

5x zoom lens ; 3-inch LCD ; Good video recording performance ; Easy to use

Lack of image stabilization ; No manual controls ; Poor white balance test results ; Slow continuous shooting

For the point-and-shooter who will never bother with manual controls, the Pentax Optio V20 deserves a look for its 5x zoom lens and handsome 3-inch screen in a pocket-friendly size and weight, especially if you can find it selling at a significant...

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Pentax Optio V20


If you're looking for an inexpensive point-and-shoot that offers a nice value proposition, consider the Pentax Optio V20. This little camera shoots 8-megapixel images, offers an impressive 5x zoom and a large 3-inch LCD screen, and sells for a...

The big selling point of this camera is the size of its zoom, given the fact that it's quite a small camera. The 5x lens has a 6.3mm-31.5mm range (equivalent to 36mm-180mm in 35mm photography). You can also boost the zoom range by reducing megapixel...

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Pentax Optio V20


The glossy 3-inch LCD screen, flush with the camera body and surrounded by a thin black bezel, dominates the back of the camera. If visible fingerprints drive you crazy, this camera may not be good for your mental well-being, since the glossy screen,...



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Pentax Optio V20 Review


Pentax's Optio compacts have tended to fly under the radar, but if the snappy little Pentax Optio V20 is an indication of a new design philosophy, that could change.

Whether shooting outdoors in bright light or indoors in lower light the V20 delivers very good to excellent quality (essentially noise free images) at ISO 80 and ISO 100. Noise levels begin to rise after ISO 200. ISO 400 images are pretty good, but...

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Pentax Optio V20 Review at Trusted Reviews


The Optio V20 is an attractively designed and well made ultra-compact camera, and the 5x zoom, large wide-view monitor screen and simple control interface make it versatile and pleasant to use, although it lacks a number of useful features, including...

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Pentax Optio V20 tackles blinking subjects


PENTAX's new US$300 Optio V20 is designed to help overcome one of happysnapping's greatest problems - blinking subjects. The 'Digital Shake Reduction' reaches new levels too, and compensates not just for the snappers shaking hands, but moving subjects...

The V20 weighs in at 145 grams, delivers an 8-megapixel compact digital camera with 5x optical lens - those words spin off the tongue very easily, but it isn't that long ago that a lens of this range and quality on a 35mm camera would have cost you a...

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Pentax Optio V20


The Pentax Optio V20 (announced 17 March, 2008) is an 8.0 megapixel ultra slim point and shoot camera with a 5x zoom lens (36mm - 180mm equivalent) and a 3.0 inch LCD monitor. The Optio V20 has innovative features such … Continue reading →

It also features, 52 megabytes of internal memory, auto tracking AF and Auto Macro mode and digital shake reduction.

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Pentax Optio V20


In March of 2008, Pentax Imaging Company announced the Optio V20 compact digital camera with a 5X zoom lens, 8.0 megapixels, and a large 3.0 inch LCD monitor. The camera is slim and stylish, and designed to make it easy to capture images in a wide...

No optical zoom during movies, No super-macro, No sensor shift shake reduction

The Optio V20 is an 8-megapixel point & shoot camera that offers a number of useful extras. Having a 5X optical zoom lets you get significantly closer to the action. And a high resolution 3-inch LCD display means you can see if a picture is really...

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Amazon review summary for Pentax Optio V20


alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 user reviews of Pentax Optio V20 from The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

usability, portability, screen, performance, image quality


100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Pentax Optio V20 8MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom

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this camera fits all my needs and as a teenager its pretty hard to do that. okayy im 14 and i am pretty clumbsy, and...


Product Specifications

With a 5X zoom lens, 8.0 megapixels, and a generous 3.0-inch LCD monitor, the ultra-slim and stylish Pentax Optio V20 makes it easy to capture and to view images. Three innovative features on the Optio V20 help users optimize portrait photographs. Face Recognition automatically detects and focuses on faces, then sets the optimum exposure. Smile Capture detects smiles and releases the shutter automatically, while Blink Detection reports whether any subjects closed their eyes in an image, so that the shot may be recaptured if necessary. Additional features include auto-tracking AF, built-in memory, and an Auto-Macro mode that allows close-up photography.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Pentax D-Li78

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD 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:Digital wide / Flower / Food / Frame composition / Kids / Landscape / Natural skin tone / Night scene / Panorama assist / Pet / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Surf & snow / Text


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax Optio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6
Max Focal Length:31.5mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:5
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Works with Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Works with Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.35"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.8 mm ( 1/2.35 ) / 10.8 mm ( 1/2.35" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:8Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI / MJPEG
Digital Zoom:5.1
ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 80-6400 / ISO auto (80-6400)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Color Extract / Color Filter / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None