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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. People are impressed by the screen and performance. The image quality and portability also get good feedback. Opinions about the glare and low light performance are mixed. Many are less positive about the optics and memory.

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 on the whole positive. The performance and portability are also appreciated, but there are some mixed reviews about the durability. The viewfinder and screen get critical opinions.

usability, portability, performance, price, shutter

screen, viewfinder

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

Nov, 2019

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 really like the design and usability. The image quality and size are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed reviews about the price. Many are less positive about the flash and optics.

portability, size, image quality, usability, design

reliability, optics, flash

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

Nov, 2019

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 (megapixel.net (en))

Pentax Optio A30

 

Good image quality ; High resolution ; Good optical qualities past the wide angle ; Effective Shake Reduction system ; Good metering ; Good colour rendition ; Excellent build quality

Barrel distortion, vignetting and softness at the wide angle end ; Wide angle chromatic aberration ; Only two apertures ; Underpowered flash

May, 2007

Expert review by : What Digital Camera (whatdigitalcamera.com)

Pentax Optio A30

 

The 10-megapixel Pentax Optio A30 is equipped with anti-shake technology and offers full manual control in a chic and compact body

Mar, 2008

Expert review by (itreviews.co.uk)

Pentax - Optio A30

 

If you're already a fan of Pentax's Optio range, you'll be pleased to learn that its third prodigy has now seen the light of day, and predictably it incorporates a lot of the latest technological improvements ...

Pentax has wasted no time in bringing the Optio range bang up to date with a vastly improved and highly effective Shake Reduction system, plus Face Recognition and an extra Macro setting.

Jun, 2007

Expert review by : Doug Harman (productsifter.com)

Pentax Optio A30

 

If you want a pocketable, high-resolution snapper for almost any occasion, the Pentax Optio A30 fits the bill. Its 10-megapixel sensor bags heaps of detail via a great 3x optical zoom lens while a superb feature set includes three types of anti-shake...

A large, 2.5-inch, colour screen is both clear and great to use; menus and playback functions are displayed well with simple to use and understand options. Snapping features include a neat green mode, which is simply an all-auto setting. Better than...

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 : 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

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

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