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Pentax Optio VS20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 115 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the portability and zoom. The performance and usability also get good reviews, whereas some have doubts about the reliability and color.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio VS20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (

Pentax Optio VS20


Buy a battery grip for your professional or semi pro digital SLR and it will come with a second set of essential controls to one side near the base, including an additional shutter-release button. That's because grip and body make for a big and bulky...

Affordable, plenty of creative framing opportunities, simple to use, automatic in-camera panorama stitching, smattering of digital effects filters

Inconsistent performance from autofocus, exposure and white balance, some digital filter effects look more like camera mistakes, below average battery life, dual controls more gimmick than essential

The Pentax Optio VS20 is not quite the bargain it may initially seem. But set against a hit-and-miss performance is the fact that here we have a broad focal range that will in theory allow a wide variety of framing options without having to physically...

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (

Pentax Optio VS20 review


Inexpensive travel zoom with controls for horizontal and vertical shooting

Inexpensive ; Broad focal range ; Easy to use ; Automatic panorama stitching

Autofocus easily confused ; White balance varies ; Some 'effects' look like mistakes ; So-so battery life ; Twin controls are a gimmick

Most compact digital cameras are depressingly identikit, so our spirits lift when a manufacturer attempts a different approach. But is the 16 megapixel Pentax Optio VS20 trading on gimmicks?

May, 2012

Expert review by : Ben Pitt (

Pentax Optio VS20 review


The portrait-orientation controls are interesting but not much practical use; image quality is below par

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : Nik Rawlinson (

Pentax Optio VS20 review


Ignore their looks and the Pentax Optio VS20 appears to offer the same spec as the twice-the-price Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 . Both sport a 20x zoom, resolution in the middle teens and the now obligatory HD movie mode.

Inexpensive; Two shutter buttons; Long zoom.

Some colour interference; Disappointing movie performance.

You'll struggle to find a new camera with such impressive specs any cheaper. Sadly, the Pentax Optio VS20's performance didn't stand up to close scrutiny. The dual shutter buttons are a neat feature, but you may be better provided by a high-end camera...

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : paul_smart (

Pentax Optio VS20


This is another small digital camera from a name more associated with lenses rather than cameras. But they do make rather good cameras as well. This offering has a feature that I have never seen before on any camera I have reviewed.

The Pentax Optio VS20 compact digital camera measures 11x6x3.5cm the last figure increases by between 3 and 5.5cm dependant on the amount of zoom. It weights 234grams. The left side has a tripod screw fitment as indeed does the base which also has a...

Jun, 2012

Expert review by : Matt Tuffin (

Pentax Optio VS20 Review


Can the Pentax Optio VS20's innovative dual shutter release elevate it above a normal compact?

Clever dual shutter release, decent sharpness at wide angle

Unpredictable image quality, chunky body

In essence the VS20 commits a few crimes against photography, the worse of which being unpredictability. Neither the lens nor white balance can be depended on from one shot to the next, making the VS20 an unknown quantity in most situations.

May, 2012

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Pentax Optio VS20 Pocket Zoom Camera Review


The Pentax Optio VS20 is the latest pocket zoom from Pentax and not only features a 20x optical zoom lens, but a unique dual shutter and zoom control. Find out how it performs in our review.

Good value; 20x optical zoom; Dual shutter / zoom control; Vertical neck strap an option; Electronic level; Excellent macro mode

Quite large

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : Michael Palmer (

PENTAX Optio VS20 Preview


PENTAX has just announced its latest Optio point-and-shoot digital camera, the VS20, with a focus on its 20x optical zoom (a 35mm equivalent of 28-560mm) and flexibility in shooting. Meaning, the VS20 comes with a few special features to help shoot...

Jan, 2012

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (

Pentax Optio VS20 Review


The Pentax Optio VS20 is a travel-zoom camera with a difference - it has not one but two shutter release buttons for easier portrait oriented shooting. Featuring a 20x, 28-560mm lens with a sensor-shift Shake Reduction system, the VS20's focal range...

Viewed purely as a 20x optical travel zoom costing £199 the Pentax Optio VS20 would seem like an enticing prospect enough, so perhaps we can forgive it the slightly crazy and unnecessary addition of two sets of shutter release buttons and matching...

Jan, 2013

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good deal,fast shipping

Dec, 2013

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