Last Update: Review & Sample Photos @ CamerasUK (added on 15 April’07)
Pentax Optio A20 is a point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 22.08.06) with 7.1 effective megapixels, 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 38 mm – 114 mm) and blur reduction functions. The camera is measuring 94 x 61 x 23 mm (3.7 x 2.4 x 0.9 in), weighing around 180 g (6.3 oz) and is running only on two AA batteries.
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>> REVIEWS (last updated: 15.04.07)
CamerasUK reviews the Pentax Optio M20 (rating:73/100) and writes;
“My biggest gripe is the lack of sharpness shown in the outdoor photos. This type of scenic shot should be a bread and butter shot for any digital camera. Lighting conditions are excellent and this should help to show the camera at its very best. In all three of my scenic shots focusing is very soft. Even when compared against other similar cameras this is disappointing..As far as I am aware the Pentax Optio M20 is the cheapest seven megapixel digital camera made by a leading brand. It is easy to use and very straightforward. I also like the simple design and style that make it small enough to slip into a pocket.”
DigitalCameraInfo reviews the Pentax Optio M20 and writes;
“While there are a few problems to consider with this camera – questionable flash positioning and a rubber flap that exposes the batteries and memory card – the camera is competitively priced for the market. With significant resolution, average image quality, in-camera editing options, and a general design that promotes ease of use, the M20 is a reasonable candidate for point-and-shooters looking to stay below the $200 mark. “
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PENTAX Optio M20 — A compact, lightweight digital camera with impressive battery life
August 22, 2006: PENTAX Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of the new PENTAX Optio M20, a compact digital camera boasting extended battery life.
The Optio M20 is the latest of our Optio M series, a well-balanced compact digital camera family with a wide range of basic features. In addition offering extended battery life from only two AA batteries, this model features a new Blur Reduction mode, which allows you take sharper photos without camera shake or subject blurring, as well as an upgrade to 7.0 effective megapixels. Using easily-available. As it uses only AA batteries, the Optio M20 lets you can take photos with high quality photos with the Optio M20 anytime anywhere, while on trips and for everyday snapshots.
Outstanding battery life Thanks to its comprehensive energy-saving design, the Optio M20 provides exceptional battery life (approximately 220 images with AA-size alkaline batteries,1 or approximately 700 images with AA-size lithium batteries1) Since it accepts the globally available AA-size batteries, the user will have no worries about obtaining fresh batteries on the road. *1 Measured under testing conditions prescribed by CIPA standards.
New Blur Reduction mode reduces camera shake and subject blurring The Optio M20 is equipped with a Blur Reduction mode, a new feature that lets you take photos at faster shutter speeds for sharper images even in dim lighting conditions such as night scenes and indoor sporting events. In this mode, the camera automatically adjusts the sensitivity to as high as ISO 1600 to match the brightness of the subject. The higher sensitivity permits faster shutter speeds that effectively reduce not just camera shake but also blurring caused by moving subjects.
Auto Picture mode automatically determines the best settings for the shooting conditions The Auto Picture mode lets the camera automatically determine the shooting conditions for Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, and Program modes and choose the optimum settings for each subject. This PENTAX original function simplifies shooting for users since it eliminates the necessity of making a number of individual settings.
High-Quality Movies with Anti-Shake Function The Optio M20 captures movies at 30 fps (frames per second) at resolutions up to 640 x 480 pixels and with an image quality rivaling that of camcorders. Camera shake while filming can be corrected automatically using the movie anti-shake function.*2 *2 Using the movie anti-shake function results in a narrower field of view than that during normal recording.
Face Recognition AF & AE for beautiful one-step portraits The camera includes Face Recognition AF & AE, which allows you to take bright, beautiful photos of people with perfectly focused faces free of shadows caused by backlighting. This useful function automatically detects the position of the subject’s face anywhere in the photo frame and then adjusts the focus and optimizes the exposure for the detected position.
The image quality of 7.0 effective megapixels permits beautiful, crisp prints even at large-format sizes The Optio M20 produces clear images with impressive quality thanks to the high resolution afforded by its 7.0 effective megapixels and to its high-performance smc PENTAX lens. This superlative resolution makes it possible to attain prints with crisp details even when the photo is greatly enlarged.
Auto-tracking AF continuously focuses on a moving subject The Optio M20’s auto-tracking AF feature continuously focuses on subjects such as kids and pets that move around unpredictably. Since the focus frame automatically follows the movement of the subject inside the photo frame, you can capture those instantaneous photo opportunities.
Easy to View LCD Monitor The Optio M20 comes with a 2.5-inch LCD monitor, which displays subjects’ movement with very little time delay (60 fps). Its easy to view, large monitor and menu display make operation, setting, monitoring, and playback comfortable and easy. The camera also has an auto LCD dimmer function that automatically dims the backlight to optimize the checking of the screen, both indoors and outdoors.
Easy to use 3X optical zoom The Optio M20 includes a 3X optical zoom lens with a focal length from 38 to 114 mm for 35-mm film, which is ideal for a broad spectrum of subjects from landscapes, through sightseeing photographs, to portraits.
Supports the SDHC memory card for greater storage of high-quality images and longer movies The Optio M20 supports two removable storage media: the conventional SD memory cards and the new SDHC memory cards.*3 *3 SD High Capacity; these memory cards have capacities in excess of 2 GB.
Compatibility with the ImageLink printing system The Optio M20 is compatible with the ImageLink printing system, which allows wireless connection of a digital camera to ImageLink-compatible printers. By simply placing the Optio M20 on the printer’s dock, the user can take advantage of simple, push-button printing of recorded images, without requiring a personal computer.
World time function for 71 cities (28 time zones) worldwide
Calendar display lets you choose photos by date
Mode Palette provides quick access to 15 shooting modes and 13 playback modes
Soft flash function avoids overexposure during close-up flash photography
Macro mode allows close-up photography as near as 5 cm
Digital zooming provides up to 4X magnification
Approximately 21.9 MB of built-in memory
Includes the ACDSee for PENTAX image viewer/image management software
Supports PictBridge, DPOF functions, Exif Print, and PRINT Image Matching III
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