Pentax Optio I-10

Last Updated (15 November’10):
– Review & Sample Photos @ ePhotozine

Pentax Optio I-10 is a 12.1 megapixel CCD digital camera features Wide-angle, 5x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 28-140mm in 35mm camera), ISO 80-6400 and 2.7″ LCD display. The camera measures (W x H x D): 4.0 x 2.6 x 1.1” and weighs 5.4 oz with battery.

Pentax Optio I-10
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Pentax Optio I-10 Reviews

ePhotozine reviews the Pentax Optio I-10 and writes;
“For this low price you are getting a camera capable of taking good images, although performance at ISO400 and above isn’t great. Users will enjoy using the wide range of scene modes and digital filters and an extra bonus is the HD movie mode. “
Rating: ★★★★½

PCAuthority reviews the Pentax Optio I-10 and writes;
“The I-10’s image quality is a mixed bag. Automatic exposures were rarely poor, but weren’t quite as balanced as other compact cameras managed. ISO 800 and 1600 shots displayed excessive noise, and the Auto ISO setting used ISO 800 for flash-lit shots when ISO 100 would have given better results.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆ reviews the Pentax Optio I-10 and writes;
“The Optio i-10 looks radically different to other digital cameras. It has a design based on vintage SLRs. In my tests I found more distant shots lacked sharpness. Aside from the design the features included in this camera are fairly standard. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

WDC reviews the Pentax Optio I-10 and writes;
“Performance is quite reasonable, albeit basic, and it’s only really when considering some other similarly-priced models on the market that the I-10 feels a little outshone…. Overall the I-10 is a fashionable looker – particularly in the white finish – that falls short of the mark based on the images it produces. “
Rating: ★★★★★

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Pentax Optio I-10 and writes;
“The Pentax I-10 is a nice ultra-compact camera that takes good quality images and video for a model in this category. The retro looks adds style to the mix as well. With a street price of $250 US, the Optio I-10 offers a competitive value…”
Rating: N/A reviews the Pentax Optio I-10 and writes;
“Good points: Great value; attractive styling and excellent construction; consistent good performance. Bad points: No zoom when recording video; some barrel distortion and pixel fringing; auto-everything approach may annoy more experienced snappers”
Rating: ★★★★★

DCR reviews the Pentax Optio I-10 and writes;
“I was pleased with the pictures I took outdoors. Images were sharp and clear. Colors are a bit saturated, but pleasantly so. When taking photos of flowers the bright colors did not overwhelm the details of the flowers.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

NeutralDay reviews the Pentax Optio I-10 and writes;
“Focusing is pretty fast in good lighting, but the I-10 can get tripped up in poor lighting conditions even with its AF assist light. Users can choose from multiple, spot, and tracking focus areas,”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Pentax Optio I-10 and writes;
“In terms of low light performance, the showing is pretty much what you’d expect it to be like for £199; which is to say unproblematic in terms of visible image noise and degradation of the picture up to and including ISO 800. “
Rating: ★★★★½

User Opinions

Pentax Optio I-10 User Reviews

Cool looking but incredibly noisy pictures. | Rating: ★★☆☆☆
“I bought this camera sight unseen. I liked the look and the fact that it had just hit the market, figuring it would have the ability to take a good picture was a given. I Do not consider megapixels much when considering cameras, so the fact that the I-10 had 12 megapixels does not mean much or figured into my decision to buy this camera. I just want a smooth looking picture from a camera that fits in my pocket. The I-10 is small so fitting into the pocket is easy.” – By Constance Moore

A Great Camera, | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is a wonderful camera with some creative features. I love it and it takes great pictures with ease. ” – By Bradley S. Anderson

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Pentax Optio I-10 Features

SLR-inspired design
The nostalgic, eye-catching design of the Optio I-10 resembles classic film SLR cameras. Pentax positioned the flash unit and speaker in the upper mid-section of the camera body to create this original SLR-shaped body, and the leatherette texture and classic 20th century Pentax logo add elegance to the camera design.

Optical 5x wide angle to telephoto zoom lens
The Optio I-10 features an optical 5x zoom lens that covers focal lengths from 5.1mm to 25.5mm (equivalent in the 35mm format to approximately 28mm wide angle to 140mm telephoto). This wide zoom range allows the Optio I-10 to capture a wide variety of subjects and scenes from breathtaking landscapes, majestic architecture and group shots in a confined space, to tightly cropped photos shot from a distance. An Intelligent Zoom function allows even tighter zoom on subjects and extends the digital zoom range to approximately 31.3x.

12.1 effective megapixels for exceptional image quality
With 12.1 effective megapixels, a high-performance imaging engine, and the camera’s high performance Pentax zoom lens, the Optio I-10 delivers brilliant, high quality images with well-defined details. Even when enlarged, the images deliver sharp, high-resolution prints with edge-to-edge sharpness.

Improved Face Detection recognizes dogs and cats
The Optio I-10 features an improved Face Detection AF & AE function that detects up to 32 faces in the image field and captures them all in sharp focus with optimal exposure in just 0.03 seconds. This upgraded Face Detection technology now allows users to adjust the camera to detect dogs and cats. Users may program the camera to automatically release the shutter the moment the subject faces the camera, which is especially helpful for pet photography.

Triple anti-shake protection

CCD-shift-type SR mechanism
The Optio I-10 incorporates an advanced CCD-shift-type Shake Reduction (SR) mechanism that compensates for camera shake by shifting the camera’s image sensor (CCD) horizontally and vertically in relation to the amount of shake detected by the high-accuracy gyro sensor. This offers outstanding camera-shake compensation equivalent to up to 2.5 shutter steps even when shooting telephoto or in lowlight settings such as sunsets or indoors.

High-Sensitivity anti-shake mode*
The Optio I-10 automatically raises the sensitivity to as high as ISO 6400 in low-lighting conditions in still-image shooting making it possible to use a higher shutter speed. This effectively minimizes the adverse effects of camera shake and subject shake under poor lighting conditions.
* When the High-Sensitivity anti-shake mode is selected, the recorded size is fixed to 5M (2592 x 1944 pixels).

Movie SR mode**
Pentax Movie SR mode allows the Optio I-10 to digitally minimize camera shake to prevent blurry footage in movie recording mode. ** When the Movie SR mode is selected, the angle of view becomes narrower than normal shooting.

HD movie recording
The Optio I-10 captures flawless movie clips at 16:9 high-definition TV proportions (1280 x 720 pixels)* at 30 frames per second. This mode also offers a variety of editing functions that allows users to extract still images, divide longer clips, and add title images to video clips.
*When the Optio I-10’s AV output terminal is used, movie clips are output as normal image-size data. If the user wishes to play back movie clips at high-definition-TV proportions (1280 x 720 pixels), the data must be transferred to a personal computer for playback.

Picture In Picture function for constant display of a favorite image on the screen
The Optio I-10 offers new Picture In Picture function, which allows users to display a thumbnail of a recorded image in the upper left corner of the LCD panel. This function is handy when photographers want to reference a recorded image to shoot subjects from the same angle and at the same image size every time (as in food or macro photography) or when users simply want to maintain a favorite image on the screen.

Creative digital filters to process recorded images
The Optio I-10 features 11 digital filters to add various visual effects to recorded images without touching a computer. Filters include Monochrome, Sepia, Toy Camera, Soft filters, and Starburst to create cross, heart or star-shaped highlights from nighttime illuminations or water reflections. Users may apply multiple filters to a single image.

Additional features

* Eye-Fi connected: optimized for use with Eye-Fi wireless memory cards
* Wireless remote shooting using optional Pentax remote controllers
* Auto Picture mode to automatically select one of the eight shooting modes for best results
* D-Range setting to prevent whitewashed (overexposed) and blacked-out (underexposed) areas in images
* Original Frame function to add a decorative frame and/or letters/characters to a recorded image
* Digital Panorama mode to create a single panoramic picture from as many as three images
* Digital Wide function to compose an ultra-wide-angle picture (roughly equivalent to an image taken with approximately 21mm lens in the 35mm format) from two images
* Menu Magnification function to enlarge menu items for easier viewing
* MediaImpression 2.0 for Pentax image viewing, editing and filing software included (compatible with latest operation systems, such as Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6)

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