Pentax Optio A10

Last update: Review and Sample Photos @ ImagingResource (added on 28.10.06)

Pentax Optio A10 is a point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 03.01.06), featuring a 8.2 megapixels (CCD sensor), 3x optical zoom lens (38-114mm equiv) with built-in Anti-camera shake, and a 2.5″LCD screen. The camera is measuring 89 x 55 x 23 mm (3.5 x 2.1 x 0.9 in), weighing 145 g (5.1 oz) and it’s running on Rechargeable D-LI8 lithium-ion battery.

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Pentax Optio A10 Latest Price

>> REVIEWS (last update: 28.10.06)

ImagingResource reviewed the Pentax Optio A10 and wrote;
“On the positive side, skin tones appeared very natural in images captured with the Pentax A10 and, like most of Pentax’s compact models, it was very easy to use with a clearly marked and enjoyable menu interface. The Pentax A10′s Cons, however, greatly outnumber its Pros which is why I cannot make this camera a Dave’s Pick.”

ThinkCamera reviewed the Pentax Optio A10 and wrote;
“Despite a few flaws in the camera’s responsiveness when taking photos, the A10 definitely lives up to its role as the flagship Pentax compact. It’s a very satisfying camera to use, especially with the multi-function Green menu. Images may be a bit noisy at higher ISO levels but it isn’t a fatal problem, images are more than fine for screen use and A4 printing and very sharp. “

CamerasUK reviewed the Pentax Optio A10 and wrote;
“My favourite photos are the two portrait pictures. The outdoor shot has a natural feel to it. The indoor shot is very sharply focused considering the conditions. The Optio A10 also makes a very good fist of controlling red eye. Another success is the other indoor shot. This is taken in almost complete darkness and the Optio A10 produces a well focused shot with a good level of brightness. As long as you keep your expectations to a reasonable level this camera should work well in lowlight situations. “

DCRP reviewed the Pentax Optio A10 and wrote;
“Photo quality was generally very good. The camera took well-exposed photos with pleasing color and sharpness, minimal purple fringing, and low noise (considering the camera resolution). Noise levels don’t get too bad through ISO 200, and at ISO 400 you still should be able to make a 4 x 6 inch print. My only real complaint is that the A10 suffers from a case of “muddy details” at times. The camera also has a redeye problem, though the in-camera redeye removal tool worked fairly well.”

DPInterface reviewed the Pentax Optio A10 and wrote;
“Sadly, I cannot recommend the Pentax Optio A10 because I don’t know how many photo opportunities you’ll miss with this camera: Sluggish performance plus below average battery life is already a bad combination. If you’re looking for an ultra-compact with good battery life, a big LCD, image stabilization and high ISO sensitivity, take a look at the Sony T30 or if you’re looking for manual controls, scene modes, fancy movie mode and 8 megapixels, consider the Casio Z850. Ultimately, the Pentax Optio A10 is not a good buy.”

CNET reviewed the Pentax Optio A10 and wrote;
“Shooting performance was sluggish for a camera in this class. Power up to first image captured measured approx. 3.6 seconds. Shutter lag when pre-focused was approx. 1/10 of a second, slowing to a staggering 1.1 seconds including autofocus time. …..Bottom line – While the Pentax Optio A10 offers some appealing features (8-megapixels, Shake Reduction, etc.), the overall performance of this camera in all areas was disappointing. It does have the ability to capture pleasing photos that have enough resolution to create poster size prints. However, its poor movie mode results and extremely slow shooting performance really bring the model down.”

Steve’sDigicams reviewed the Pentax Optio A10 and wrote;
“At about the size of a deck of playing cards, the A10 can be tucked away in almost any size pocket, and the durable metal body ensures it will stand the test of time. Although it is very small, I found that it sat quite comfortably in my hands, with controls being well placed and easy to access…..Bottom line – While the Pentax Optio A10 offers some appealing features (8-megapixels, Shake Reduction, etc.), the overall performance of this camera in all areas was disappointing. It does have the ability to capture pleasing photos that have enough resolution to create poster size prints. However, its poor movie mode results and extremely slow shooting performance really bring the model down.”

>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last update: 28.10.06)

- Pentax Optio A10 sample photos posted at ImagingResource
- Pentax Optio A10 sample photos: 1,2,3 posted at ThinkCamera
- Pentax Optio A10 sample photos posted at CamerasUK
- Pentax Optio A10 sample photos posted at DCRP
- Pentax Optio A10 sample photos posted at DPInterface
- Pentax Optio A10 sample photos posted at Steve’sDigicams

>> USER MANUALS

- Download Pentax Optio A10 User Manual (PDF – 4.57 MB)
- Download Pentax Optio A10 PC Application Manual (PDF – 1.35 MB)

>> PRESS RELEASE

January 4, 2006 – PENTAX Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of the new PENTAX Optio A10 compact digital camera with an 8.0 effective megapixel CCD, which combines a slim, lightweight, stylish design with a new proprietary Shake Reduction system for sharper quality images.

The Optio A10 represents a complete overhaul of our Optio compact digital camera series and will be the first model of our new high-end Optio A Series.

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Comment by carol Subscribed to comments via email
2008-09-04 14:52:34

just purchased the pentax optio A10, my only fault with the camera is that it does not hold the charge, iv brought 2 new batteries, but if left in the camera fully charged, after a week or two goes flat, and needs charging again, other than that pleased with the photos.

 

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