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Pentax Optio MX4

alaTest has collected and analyzed 75 reviews of Pentax Optio MX4. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the usability and zoom. The design and portability also get good views. Some have doubts about the image stabilizer and storage, and reviews are divided on the screen.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio MX4 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 user reviews of Pentax Optio MX4 from The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on People are impressed by the image quality and usability. The design and portability also get good reviews, whereas there are some critical comments about the performance.

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

Dec, 2019

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Pentax Optio MX4


The compact Pentax Optio MX4 takes MPEG4 video and four Megapixel still images. It also boasts a 10x optical zoom. Is this the ultimate all-in-one imaging device?

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Stuart Miles (

Pentax Optio MX4


With the megapixel rush subsiding, camera manufacturers have to come up with more ingenious ways of getting us to upgrade our cameras. Pentax seems to think that one such way is to produce a digital camera whose form factor is more like an 8mm...

Styling makes it easy to use for making movies

Focusing is sometimes slow to catch up, SD Card included is too small

Pentax has taken a standard feature on digital cameras and through the styling of this model made it the main feature. It's a brave attempt and one that works quite well especially as unlike most digital cameras there isn't a restriction on the amount...

Nov, 2004

Expert review by : What Digital Camera Magazine (

Review of the Pentax Optio MX 4 - Digital SLR Reviews


Not many cameras boast a 10x zoom with a minimum focusing distance of 0cm...

Expert review by : David English (

Pentax Optio MX4 review


Intro With blind dates, you don't usually get a second chance to make a first impression. Fortunately, camera manufacturers live by a different set of rules. They're free to refine a camera until it hits a sweet spot with price, features, and...

Well-integrated photo/video functionality; 4-megapixel photo capture; MPEG-4 video recording; 10X optical zoom works in both photo and video mode.

Sluggish autofocus and wake-up times; LCD image freezes during prefocus; zoom and aperture changes create audible noise on video recordings; awkwardly placed zoom control.

Pentax's second-generation hybrid camera offers decent-quality photos but only acceptable-quality video recordings.

Mar, 2005

Expert review by : Sean Carroll (

Pentax Optio MX4


The Pentax Optio MX4's 10X zoom and hybrid video/still abilities make it worth considering for those who want to shoot a lot of video with their camera.

Very affordable for a superzoom or a hybrid still/video camera. Unique look. Versatile, fun-to-use shooter. Rich feature set. Impressive video and 10X optical zoom.

No image stabilization. Slow to recycle. Still image quality at the low end of average for a 4MP camera. Some controls awkwardly placed. Uninformative menus. No optical viewfinder.

< back to Superzoom Cameras: Get a Lot Closer, for Less

Feb, 2005

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (

Pentax Optio MX4


Continue on to Features & Controls Optio MX4 Specifications Effective Pixels: 4.0 megapixels Imager: 1/2.7 inch interline transfer CCD with a primary color filter Total Pixels: 4.23 megapixels Color Depth: 12 bit x 3 colors Recorded Pixels: Movie...

Nov, 2004

Expert review by : Ilse Jurrien (

Pentax Optio MX4


Pentax introduces the new Optio MX4. A compact digital camera with a powerful 10X optical zoom and 4.0 effective megapixels, the OptioMX4 is designed not only for the shooting of high-quality still images but also to offer refined movie performance....

Sep, 2004

Expert review by : Darren (digital photography blog)

Pentax Optio MX4


The Pentax Optio MX4 is a 4.0 megapixel digital camera with a 10x Optical Zoom lens that seeks to capture both quality still digital images as well as movies with telephoto capabilities. It uses a palm grip design to help reduce camera shake in using...

In movie mode the Optio MX4 records at 640x480 pixels at 30fps - recording is in MPEG-4 format. It also has a low reflection 1.8 inch LCD monitor, built in flash, a range of shooting modes and filters and a super macro mode

Sep, 2004

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Great all around camera


I bought this around christmas time and just love the camera. My wife and i wanted a nice digital camera for still pics, but also the option for video. This camera does both nicely. The still pics area amazing. 4.0 Megapixel shots get the job done ...

Great camera combo. Amazing still pictures!!! Good video. Lots of compliments from everyone

Had to buy additional software to burn movies onto DVD (Roxio 7.0 photo suite)

Apr, 2005

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Mar, 2005

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