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Pentax Optio A30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 182 reviews of Pentax Optio A30. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Views about the screen and performance are generally positive. The image quality and portability are also appreciated. Opinions about the glare and low light performance are different, and the optics and memory get less positive opinions.

usability, portability, image quality, performance, screen

viewfinder, reliability, flash, memory, optics

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio A30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Pentax Optio A30

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 user reviews of Pentax Optio A30 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the shutter and price are overall positive. The performance and portability are also appreciated, whereas many are less positive about the viewfinder and screen. Opinions are divided on the durability.

usability, portability, performance, price, shutter

screen, viewfinder

70% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2020

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Pentax Optio A30

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 user reviews of Pentax Optio A30 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the design and usability. The image quality and size are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some less positive views about the flash and optics. There are some mixed views about the price.

portability, size, image quality, usability, design

reliability, optics, flash

83% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2020

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (steves-digicams.com)

Pentax Optio A30

 

Continue on to Features & Controls Optio A30 Specifications Type: Ultra-Compact Digital Camera Sensor: Type - 1/1.8" Interline Transfer CCD w/ primary color filter; Effective pixels - 10MP; Total pixels - 10.37MP; Recorded resolutions - Still: 10M...

Apr, 2007

Expert review by : digitalcameraroundup.com (digitalcameraroundup.com)

Elegant 10 megapixel ultra-compact impresses with useful technology improvements

 

Only a short while ago, the mere thought of an affordable 10 megapixel camera was inconceivable, and certainly not one as compact, sleek, and easy-to-use as the Pentax Optio A30. Sure, there are a few quirks in the menus, but regular users of this...

Elegant, handy 10-megapixel camera, High quality "Intelligent" zoom, Logically laid out and very simple to use, Bright, high-res, wide viewing angle 2.5-inch LCD, Manual modes available, Effective shake reduction modes, Helpful "Green Mode" button

Some menus and functions are buried or not marked, No optical zoom in movie mode, Mediocre battery life, Confusing use of shake reduction modes, Confusing implementation of "Green Mode" button

Nov, 2011

Expert review by : Emily Raymond (reviewed.com)

Pentax Optio A30 Digital Camera Review

 

The 10-megapixel Pentax Optio A30 is one of the latest slim digital cameras to offer poster-print-worthy resolution. The A30 offers manual and automatic controls in a 0.9-inch thick flat body and retails for $349, but can now be found for about $100 less

The problem is that despite the neat features and decent components, the pictures just don't turn out the way they should. Inaccurate colors, limited dynamic range, and horrible videos make the $349 price tag much too high. There are better cameras out...

Sep, 2007

Expert review by : Emily Raymond (washingtonpost.com)

Pentax Optio A30

 

The 10-megapixel Pentax Optio A30 is one of the latest slim digital cameras to offer poster-print-worthy resolution. The A30 offers manual and automatic controls in a 0.9-inch thick flat body and retails for $349, but can now be found for about $100 less

We scientifically test each camera we review for performance and image quality. After testing the A30's resolution in our imaging lab, we found it's an average performer for a 10-megapixel camera. The Canon PowerShot A640 markets the same resolution...

Sep, 2007

Expert review by : Digital Camera Review (digitalcamerareview.com)

Pentax Optio A30 Digital Camera Full Review

 

When Pentax introduced the Optio A20 in August 2006, they called it the “flagship of the Optio digital camera line”. Don't look now, mates, but the admiral has just transferred his flag.

Apr, 2007

Expert review by : Conrad H. Blickenstorfer (digicamera.com)

Digital Camera Magazine: Camera review: Pentax Optio A30

 

The Optio A30 is the latest model in Pentax's A-Series of high resolution ultra-compact digital cameras. You now get 10.0 effective megapixel in a camera that also boasts a number of technological improvements. Pentax highlights the wide dynamic range...

Some menus and functions are buried or not marked, No optical zoom in movie mode, Mediocre battery life, Confusing use of shake reduction modes, Confusing implementation of "Green Mode" button

Only a short while ago, the mere thought of an affordable 10 megapixel camera was inconceivable, and certainly not one as compact, sleek, and easy-to-use as the Pentax Optio A30. Sure, there are a few quirks in the menus, but regular users of this...

Recommended!

Expert review by : Cliff Smith (trustedreviews.com)

Pentax Optio A30

 

Is this the camera that can put Pentax back at the top?

The Optio A30 is Pentax's best ultra-compact camera to date, combining stylish design, excellent build quality, easy handling and much improved performance, with outstanding picture quality and a comprehensive set of features including many unusual and...

Jun, 2007

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Pentax A30 review

 

This Pentax packs the lot: compact design, 10MP resolution, and the dynamic double act of Shake Reduction and Face Priority. But can it live up to the competition?

Another compact crams in too many megapixels. But if you never look at pictures at pixel-level you’ll be dead pleased with this Pentax

Jul, 2007

Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

Pentax Optio A30 review

 

The A30 is one of the cheaper cameras in this group, but you wouldn't guess it.

Excellent all-rounder at a remarkable price.

Nov, 2007

Expert review by : Rich Trenholm (cnet.com.au)

Pentax Optio A30

 

The 10-megapixel Pentax Optio A30 offers decent picture quality, optical image stabilisation and manual options in a deceptively modest package.

Optical image stabilisation ; Decent picture quality ; Lots of manual options for a compact camera

Plasticky buttons ; Weak video

The A30 may have an average-sized screen and zoom, but it trumps the comparable models on image quality and is substantially cheaper than 10-megapixel cameras with extra features, such as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3, which offers 10x zoom and a 76mm...

Sep, 2007

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