Pentax Optio M30

Last update: Review by CNET.UK (added on 2 August’07)

The Optio M30 is a 7.1 effective megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera features 3x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 38 – 114mm), sensitivity to ISO 3200, and a 2.5-inch TFT LCD Display. The camera is measuring in at 97 x 57 x 18 mm, weighs 120 g and it’s running on Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery -L163.

Pentax Optio M30
Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Pentax Optio M30 Reviews

CNET.UK reviews the Pentax Optio M30 and writes;
“PROS: On-screen histogram; svelte metal frame. CONS: Struggles in low light; noisy pictures at higher ISOs. VERDICT: The Pentax Optio M30 is a slinky camera at a correspondingly slim price. Picture quality is passable, but low light conditions cause noisy photos. The interface is friendly, and extra features like an on-screen histogram make this an interesting camera for bigger kids as well as little ‘uns”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

RegHardware reviews the Pentax Optio M30 and writes;
“The auto-focus locks on quickly in good light but struggles in darkened conditions. To be fair, this is often the case with compact digital cameras, whoever makes them. When photographing in low light conditions, we found the default focus setting was more than adequate to take shots of plastered punters in a dimly lit drinking hole…the Optio M30 is well-designed, well-made and comfortable to use with good overall performance and battery life. The 3x optical zoom, 7.1-megapixel sensor and maximum ISO of 3200 (in Digital SR mode) means that the M30 will carry its weight in this class of compact digital for some time to come.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ePhotozine compares the Samsung L700 to Pentax Optio M30 and writes;
“So far, so M30, but this is all turned around when we get to actually shooting images. Despite the fact that the colour chart tests were virtually identical, how the processing engines work is markedly different. The L700 is sharper in most tests, it has better colour fringing control and the image quality is markedly better with less noise and bittiness throughout, all the way through the ISO range. So, the M30 is nicer looking, handles better, but the L700 makes up for the more industrial approach with image quality that whups the M30’s shiny metal ass. The winner of this head to head, is therefore, the Samsung L700.”
Rating: N/A

PopPhoto compares the Casio Exilim EX-Z75 to Pentax Optio M30 and writes;
“And the Winner Is…In using both cameras, I found the Pentax to be very likable and clearly the leader in this race. The only real area where the Casio prevailed was in its easy to use menu system. But the shortcomings of the Casio — including the button design, lower quality screen, lesser build quality and overall slow performance — is nagging. I kept asking myself what justifies a $55 price difference with a camera that in most ways is identical to the Pentax, yet had lesser apparent quality and features. I wasn’t able to find a good answer to this question. Add up the Pentax Optio M30’s solid construction, facial recognition, well-designed modes in both still and video, higher ISO settings and sharper LCD Viewfinder/Display screen, and it emerges as the better deal.”
Rating: N/A

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Pentax Optio M30 and writes;
“When shooting people photos, I found that the camera’s dedicated Portrait mode works very well. This is the only mode that utilizes the Face Recognition AF & AE capabilities of this model. Overall, I found it captured very nice close-up portraits. Outdoors, our subjects face is nice and sharp, and the flash did well in fill-in mode…. Bottom line – Pentax has created a nice compact digital package for 2007. With good image quality, class average performance, a durable all-metal body and various exposure modes, the Optio M30 is sure to make a great digicam for the family, tourist, or office user. With an MSRP of US$199 (April 2007) or less, I feel the M30 offers a great value for a camera in this class. ”
Rating: N/A

BusinessWeek reviews the Pentax Optio M30 and writes;
“I did like the “flower” macro-shooting mode, and actually used it to take pictures of some flowers around the office. I have always admired the kind of extreme close-up shots you often see of flowers and other natural features outdoors. Anecdotally, I’ve always been frustrated trying to take my own, but I was happy with the results afforded here…Overall, I would say this is a great camera for beginners, or a good secondary casual snapshot camera for a more advanced user who typically uses a bigger device.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Pentax Optio M30 and writes;
“Also causing major problems in many shots was our old friend the purple fringe, although this appeared inconsistently, sometimes present on one shot but not on another similar shot. There were also some strange red fringes on a few pictures, which didn’t look like chromatic aberration. Possibly this could be some filtering system to reduce purple fringing….The Pentax Optio M30 is the latest in a long line of low-cost, easy-to-use and extremely stylish pocket compacts. It is well made, well designed and has reasonably good performance, but it is let down by poor low-light capability and some worrying image quality issues, particularly very bad lens distortion under some circumstances. If you want an ultra-slim 7MP camera, save up a bit more and get the Casio EX-S770 instead.”
Rating: ★★½☆☆

Pocket-Lint reviews the Pentax Optio M30 and writes;
“This, the latest M-series Optio is a real slim line package that with the camera in an inside pocket will not plump the lines of your suit jacket and thanks to its keen pricing, it won’t affect the line of your back balance to badly either. It’s a great point’n’shoot model with neat features, but I can’t help feeling that 3200 ISO setting is a tad silly given the huge amount of noise it generates in the images. At lower ISO’s image quality is more than acceptable and excellent at ISO 64 so with the caveat on those higher sensitivity settings, the Optio M30 is certainly a compact worth closer inspection.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Pentax Optio M30 Samples

Pentax Optio M30 Sample Photos @ RegHardware
Samsung L700 vs Pentax Optio M30 Sample Photos @ ePhotozine
Pentax Optio M30 Sample Photos @ PopPhoto
Pentax Optio M30 Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
Pentax Optio M30 Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
Pentax Optio M30 Sample Photos @ Pocket-Lint

Pentax Optio M30 User Manuals (PDF)

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Pentax Optio M30 Press Release

PENTAX Corporation is pleased to announce the new PENTAX Optio M30, a standard-class, compact digital camera that has been redesigned in pursuit of an ultra-slim body and high texture. The Optio M30 is well-balanced with basic functions, and supports various photography scenes.

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