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Pentax Optio A40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 231 reviews of Pentax Optio A40. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People are impressed by the price and performance. The image quality and portability are also appreciated. The low light performance and memory get critical opinions, while comments are divided on the battery.

usability, portability, image quality, performance, price

viewfinder, flash, focus, memory, low-light

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio A40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Pentax Optio A40

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Pentax Optio A40 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and price. The portability and usability are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the durability.

usability, portability, price, image quality

durability

75% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Pentax Optio A40

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 69 user reviews of Pentax Optio A40 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. People really like the size and price. The portability and performance also get good feedback. There are some less positive views about the focus and image quality, and there are some mixed opinions about the flash.

usability, performance, portability, price, size

image quality, focus

84% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Expert review by (pcworld.com)

Review: Pentax Optio A40

 

This 12-megapixel compact point and shoot digicam has a number of interesting features that are supposed to make easy work of difficult shots.

If you consider just the camera itself, Pentax's Optio A40 is a good all-around performer. It's small and sturdy enough to take anywhere, and it has Very Good image quality and shooting modes that make taking pictures a breeze. Viewing the DivX-encoded...

Nov, 2008

Expert review by (pcworld.com)

Pentax Optio A40 Digital Camera

 

The 12-megapixel Optio A40 assembles some great features in an easy-to-use camera.

Attractive design ; Great features and 12-megapixel sensor

Battery door seems a little flimsy ; Can't get very close with macro mode

A few minor complaints: I wish that Pentax had included a RAW image option (at 12 megapixels, why not?). I'd also love to have seen a 5X (rather than 3X) optical zoom and a wider-angle lens. Despite those minor shortcomings, the Optio A40 is a good,...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by : Kathleen Cullen (pcworld.com)

Pentax Optio A40

 

The Pentax Optio A40 is the latest result of Pentax's tradition of producing simple, usable, ultracompact cameras that have high-quality optics. Retailing for about $250 (as of September 1, 2008), this 12-megapixel black-and-silver model has a serious...

Attractive design ; Great features and 12-megapixel sensor

Battery door seems a little flimsy ; Can't get very close with macro mode

The 12-megapixel Optio A40 offers a great feature package in an easy-to-use camera.

Sep, 2008

Expert review by : PCMag Staff (pcmag.com)

Pentax Optio A40

 

Preview of the Pentax Optio A40.

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Jun, 2008

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

Pentax Optio A40

 

Physical Views The Optio A40 compared in size to a standard CD. Continue on to Features & Controls Optio A40 Specifications Type: Ultra-compact digital camera Sensor: Type: 1/1.7" Interline Transfer CCD w/ primary color filter; Effective pixels: 12MP;...

May, 2008

Expert review by (imaging-resource.com)

Pentax Optio A40 Digital Camera - First Shots - The Imaging Resource!

 

The Pentax Optio A40 is an attractive twelve megapixel camera with an SMC Pentax-branded 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2.5" LCD display. Offering a higher than average resolution of 232,000 pixels, this LCD is the only method of framing images since the...

Optio A40 connectivity includes both high-speed USB 2.0 and NTSC / PAL video, and images are stored on Secure Digital / MultiMediaCards, including newer SDHC types, plus 21MB of built-in memory. The Pentax A40 derives its power from a proprietary...

Expert review by : Bruce Coker (devhardware.com)

Pentax Optio A40

 

Face detection, shake reduction and 12 mega pixels can?t quite make up for the limitations of Pentax?s Optio A40. Keep reading for the full report.

The interface is also more than adequate, Pentax having taken the very welcome step of providing on-screen pop-up help for various settings. This is a great way of helping owners to familiarize themselves with the camera, and we wish more manufacturers...

Apr, 2009

Expert review by : James Galbraith (macworld.com)

Review: Pentax Optio A40 point-and-shoot camera

 

If you consider just the camera itself, Pentax's Optio A40 is a good all-around performer. It's small and sturdy enough to take anywhere, and it has very good image quality and shooting modes that make taking pictures a breeze.

Fitting easily into a shirt pocket, the diminutive black and silver Optio A40 feels sturdy and well constructed. It lacks an optical viewfinder, which is handy for shooting in bright conditions, but the Optio A40’s 2.5-inch LCD, which just about takes...

Nov, 2008

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

Pentax Optio A40 Review

 

In the last year, photography has really gained importance among my hobbies and interests. I absolutely love taking pictures. There's just one problem: it can be really difficult to carry a camera, especially if it's a DSLR, at all times. I found,...

Excellently sized compact camera, Good lens, Great image quality

Focusing difficulties (many photos completely out of focus), Sluggish flash performance, Menus can be a bit confusing

Apr, 2008

Expert review by (goodgearguide.com.au)

Pentax Optio A40

 
Jun, 2008

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