Pentax Optio E40

Last update: Review by RegHardware (21 February’08)

The Pentax Optio E40 is a point-and-shoot digital camera features 8.1 megapixel CCD, 3x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 37.5-112.5mm);, Auto Face Recognition, Sound recording, and 2.4″ TFT LCD Screen. The camera measures 3.7 x 2.4 x 0.9” and weighs around 6.2 oz with 2 AA batteries. (Full Specsifications)

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

Pentax Optio E40 Reviews

RegHardware reviews the Pentax Optio E40 and writes;
“The Optio E40 isn’t bad, but, as the old school report used to say: it could do better. It’s got a fair spec and a good range of features for its price, but it’s let down by its somewhat variable picture quality.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

PCAdvisor reviews the Pentax Optio E40 and writes;
“As for images, colours are naturally rendered and the white balance is accurately determined by the auto settings. A reasonable amount of detail is captured, with the Pentax Optio E40 erring on the side of underexposure when faced with bright conditions to preserve detail.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

DCR reviews the Pentax Optio E40 and writes;
” Image quality with the E40 was what you’ll find in a lot of cheaper cameras – they do ok with outdoor shots, but not great with indoor shots. Bottom line, however, I think that there are better options out there in this price range, like the Nikon Coolpix L series cameras.”
Rating: N/A

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Pentax Optio E40 and writes;
” For an 8-megapixel compact camera, the performance was a little slow and the image quality was average for a camera in this range. The focusing system is very slow, so this is definitely not a camera for any type of photography that involves motion.”
Rating: N/A

Pentax Optio E40 Samples

Pentax Optio E40 Sample Photos @ DCR
Pentax Optio E40 Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams

Pentax Optio E40 User Manual (PDF)

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Pentax Optio E40 Press Release

PENTAX Corporation is pleased to announce the PENTAX Optio E40 compact digital camera. This entry-level model accepts widely available AA batteries and is designed for simple and intuitive operation so that even beginners can enjoy photography effortlessly. With the Optio E40, we have created a model that makes it easier than ever to enjoy high-resolution pictures with such new features as Face Recognition, handy for taking shots of people, and Shake Reduction, which reduces the effects of camera shake and subject blurring.

Main Features:

Face Recognition AF&AE function that is convenient when photographing portrait

The Optio E40 newly features the Face Recognition AF & AE function, which allows you to take beautiful pictures of people easily by letting the camera determine the focus and exposure. This Face Recognition AF&AE function automatically detects and focuses on faces, regardless of where the people appear in the photo frame. In addition, optimal exposure settings are automatically conducted so that the areas with faces are not darkened even if there is backlighting.

Available when the photography mode is Auto Picture, Program, Portrait, and Kids and the camera is directed at people from the front

Digital SR (Shake Reduction)

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