Pentax Optio A40

Last update (31 November’08):
– Review by DevHardware

The Pentax Optio A40 is a 12 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera features 3X optical zoom lens (equivalent to 37-111 mm lens in 35 mm format), Face Recognition AF & AE, Digital Shake Reduction, and a 2.5 Inch LCD Monitor With Wide Viewing Angle. The camera measures 3.6 x 2.2 x 0.9” and weighs approx 4.6 oz.

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Pentax Optio A40 Reviews

DevHardware reviews the Pentax Optio A40 and writes;
“Image quality is excellent up to ISO200, but beyond this the quality begins to deteriorate and is barely acceptable at 800 and above, especially for printing. However the A40 doesn’t compare unfavorably with other cameras in its class.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PCWorld reviews the Pentax Optio A40 and writes;
“Optio A40 feels sturdy and well constructed…. the Optio A40’s 2.5-inch LCD, which just about takes up the whole back of this compact camera, is bright enough to get you through most situations.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PCWorld reviews the Pentax Optio A40 and writes;
“… the Optio A40 is a good, no-nonsense camera that captures pictures with surprisingly good image quality.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ePhotozine reviews the Pentax Optio A40 and writes;
“I’m blown away by the feature set of this little compact and the build quality is excellent too. It’s unfortunate that something has to give and with the Pentax Optio A40 it’s noise control. Frankly, it’s rubbish at it.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PCWorld reviews the Pentax Optio A40 and writes;
“Overall, my pictures showed good color, sharpness, and exposure. If anything, the camera tended toward underexposure, yielding good-looking, balanced, and saturated landscapes. Highlights were generally under control regardless of whether I expanded the dynamic range.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Pentax Optio A40 and writes;
“The video quality from the A40 was good. The movies run smooth with very little noticeable compression artifacts. This is because the camera uses a DIVX (MPEG 4) compression. This also helps keep the file sizes much smaller than the standard .AVI files that you will find on most other digicams..”
Rating: N/A reviews the Pentax Optio A40 and writes;
“With a high-end price tag but middling specs, the Pentax Optio A40 doesn’t stand out. Picture quality is first-class, with optical image stabilisation and dynamic range adjustment looking interesting, but the toy-like styling isn’t for us”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Pocket-Lint reviews the Pentax Optio A40 and writes;
“The Optio A40 sits at the pinnacle of Pentax’s compact range and offers a set of features that would not embarrass a budget digital SLR. A CCD-shift anti-shake system graces a 12-megapixel sensor and Face AF, and by golly, it all seems to work too ”
Rating: ★★★½☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Pentax Optio A40 and writes;
“Build quality, design, performance and image quality are all very good, and the camera is easy and satisfying to use”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Pentax Optio A40 Samples

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Pentax Optio A40 User Manual (PDF)

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Pentax Optio A40 Press Release

GOLDEN, CO. (October 1, 2007)…PENTAX Imaging Company has announced the PENTAX Optio A40, the latest model in the Optio A series of advanced compact digital cameras with superior image quality and performance. Featuring 12 megapixels, this latest Optio features three types of Shake Reduction including mechanical, digital and movie. Each version helps deliver sharp, blur-free shots where camera shake is an issue such as action photography or in low light conditions at dawn, dusk or at night. The Optio A model also features the newest Face Recognition technology including a Natural Skin Tone mode and a Half-length Portrait mode, which automatically takes a head and shoulder photograph of subjects.

Key Features Include:

12.0 megapixel CCD 3x optical zoom lens Triple Shake Reduction technology SR, Digital SR, and Movie SR Enhanced Face Recognition AF/AE Dynamic Range Adjustment -Properly exposes highlights and shadow areas to show more detail 2.5″ Wide View LCD with Bright Mode High-quality DivX® Movies (640×480, 30fps) Auto and Manual exposure modes with shutter priority mode Intelligent zoom enhanced digital zoom Ultra compact and lightweight design

The Optio A40 will ship in October 2007 for US $299.95. Features 12.0 megapixels for higher image quality and enhanced performance The Optio A40 marks PENTAX’s first 12.0 megapixel digital camera for ultra high-definition images. Equipped with a high resolution 1/1.7 inch CCD for a wider light receiving area that is superior in tone reproduction and a new image engine that offer excellent color reproduction.

Three types of anti-shake functions to suit any photography situation

Mechanical Shake Reduction The Shake Reduction (SR) mechanism is unique to PENTAX, and corrects camera shake when photographing still images by shifting the image sensor (CCD) horizontally and vertically in relation to the amount of shake that the high-accuracy gyro sensor detects. Shake Reduction technology used in PENTAX’s digital SLR cameras is applied to the Optio A40 for highly corrective effects that are equivalent to shutter speeds of approximately 2.5 to 3.5 stops.

Digital Shake Reduction Digital SR (Shake Reduction) mode automatically adjusts sensitivity, to an ultra-high sensitivity of ISO 3200 according to the brightness of the subject, and effectively reduces camera shake and subject blurring when photographing still images. With fast shutter speeds, photography with reduced blurring is available. *Recording size is fixed at 5M (2592×1944 pixels) when “Digital SR” is selected.

Movie Shake Reduction The Movie SR function electronically reduces camera shake exclusively during the shooting of movies. This function uses software to effectively correct distortions in images caused by camera shake during the capturing of movies. *When using “Movie SR”, the field of view is narrower than during normal recording.

Face Recognition AF&AE function that improves portrait photography The Optio A40 is equipped with a Face Recognition AF&AE function* that automatically detects and focuses on faces. In addition, the Optio A40 also comes with new functions that apply face recognition technology, such as “Natural Skin Tone” mode, which smoothly captures skin texture based on the detected information, and “Half-length Portrait” mode,** which automatically takes a head and shoulders photograph of people recognized in photo frame. This camera’s “Face Recognition AF&AE” function uses the Face Tracker face recognition technology from FotoNation. *Recording size is fixed at 3M (2048×1536 pixels) when “Half-length Portrait” is selected.

New Dynamic Range Adjustment function captures a wider exposure range The Optio A40 is newly equipped with a Dynamic Range Adjustment by correct tones for highlight or shadowed areas of a subject with significant differences in contrast. Even when photographing people with sun in the background, the new function highlights subjects and maintains background tones.

Bright and easy-to view LCD monitor This LCD monitor is a high intensity type equipped with an LCD booster that adjusts the brightness of the screen even when viewed outdoors. The 2.5 inch size and high resolution of approximately 232,000 pixels makes it easy to confirm picture composition and focus quality. With a wide viewing angle, the screen may be viewed easily since there is little change in brightness and colors even when looking at the monitor diagonally.

3X optical zoom and 6X digital zoom for a maximum of 17.9X magnification The Optio A40 features a 3X optical zoom lens with a focal range covering angles of view equivalent to those of a 37-111mm lens in 35mm format, which is ideal for a broad spectrum of subjects from landscapes to portraits. The zooming power increases to 17.9X zoom capability when combined with 6X digital zoom.

Video recording function with high-quality recording for extended capture The Optio A40 smoothly captures movies at 30fps (frames per second) at sizes up to 640×480 pixels with image quality rivaling camcorders. Equipped with DivX® (MPEG-4) movie format,* the Optio A40 records long, high-quality movies. *The Optio A40 is DivX® certified. Movie playback is not supported on Macintosh operating systems.

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