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Pentax Optio M40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 157 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the performance and size. The price and usability are also appreciated, but many are less positive about the focus and shutter. Reviews about the glare and image quality are different.

portability, usability, price, size, performance

low-light, lens, shutter, focus

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio M40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Pentax Optio M40

 

Pentax has upgraded its slimmest pocket compact, but has it improved it?

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Doug Harman (pocket-lint.com)

Pentax Optio M40 digital camera

 

The Pentax Optio M40 updates the Optio M30 with a few key tweaks that include a bump in pixels from seven to eight million pixels on a slightly larger sensor, a better resolution wide-view monitor and there's improved flash output with a much improved...

Easy to use, good wide-view screen, nice design and build, good colour and metering performance, ISO and exposure compensation in most settings

Noise at all ISOs, pixel fringing, lens soft at edges, poor low light focus performance

The M40 is a nice camera, and that’s the problem, it is nice not brilliant. It looks nice, it handles nicely, and it’s nicely made.

Oct, 2007

Expert review by : James Nolan (techadvisor.co.uk)

Pentax Optio M40 compact camera

 

The sales blurb that comes with Pentax's Optio M40 states that its new camera is "a standard-class compact digital camera that is easy to carry". Talk about under-selling a brilliant product.

The Pentax Optio M40 has all the basic functions of an entry-level camera… and then some. But with its ultra-slim lightweight body and seriously good looks, a more than ample resolution of 8Mp and the ability to let you take complete manual control of...

Nov, 2007

Expert review by : Claire Gillo (digicambuyer.co.uk)

Pentax Optio M40

 

No frills, point and shoot from Pentax

Wont win any prizes, but its a great little point and shoot with good enough performance to be a popular family camera.

Jan, 2008

Expert review by : James Nolan (techworld.com)

Pentax Optio M40 compact camera

 

The sales blurb that comes with Pentax's Optio M40 states that its new camera is "a standard-class compact digital camera that is easy to carry". Talk about under-selling a brilliant product.

The Pentax Optio M40 has all the basic functions of an entry-level camera… and then some. But with its ultra-slim lightweight body and seriously good looks, a more than ample resolution of 8Mp and the ability to let you take complete manual control of...

Nov, 2007

Expert review by (thinkcamera.com)

Pentax Optio S10 and M40: Review

 

A tale of two Pentaxes: Both alike in manufacture, in fair London where we set our scene

Oct, 2007

Expert review by (goodgearguide.com.au)

Pentax Optio M40

 
Jun, 2008

Expert review by : Paul Jasper (pcworld.com)

Pentax Optio M40

 

The Pentax Optio M40 comes with an affordable price of $200; it has little, though, to distinguish itself from other 3X-zoom, 8-megapixel point-and-shoot cameras (but perhaps we're getting a bit jaded). Its compact metal body feels solid and reliable....

Solid metal body ; Programmable shortcut button on the back

Poor image results with flash ; A bit dated looking compared to others

Not the jazziest-looking camera, the M40 earned its chart spot with a sturdy body and a low price. Flash shots looked drab.

Nov, 2007

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

Pentax Optio M40

 

Continue on to Features & Controls Optio M40 Specifications Type: Ultra-compact digital camera Sensor: Type - 1/2.35" Interline Transfer CCD; Effective pixels - 8.0MP; Total pixels - 8.5MP; Recorded resolutions - Still: 8M (3264x2448), 5M (2592x1944),...

Sep, 2007

Expert review by : Stephanie Boozer (imaging-resource.com)

Pentax Optio M40 Digital Camera - Express Review - The Imaging Resource!

 

Can a digital camera be cute and sophisticated at the same time? The Pentax Optio M40 certainly feels that way. Thin and sleek, with only a few controls, the Optio M40 isn't much larger than a Blackberry. It's the perfect companion for busy consumers...

Tiny size, very pocketable ; Large selection of preset shooting modes ; Good overall color ; Large 2.5-inch LCD monitor ; Face Recognition AF mode useful ; Digital Shake Reduction mode helps reduce blur in low lighting ; Excellent prefocus shutter lag...

High chromatic aberration lens distortion in the corners ; Strong blurring in the corners from lens ; Higher than average image noise, even at the lower ISO settings ; Anti-noise processing trades away subtle subject detail at all ISO levels ;...

Exposure remains under automatic control, though there are still a fair amount of creative options available to the user, such as white balance, ISO, exposure compensation, etc. Though the camera offers the standard 3x optical zoom, Pentax extended the...

Nov, 2007

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