Pentax Optio V20

Last update (18 December’08):
– Review & Sample Photos @ DCI

The Pentax Optio V20 is an 8 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera features 5X optical zoom lens (equivalent to 36-180 mm lens in 35 mm format), Face Recognition AF & AE, Digital Shake Reduction, and a 3.0 Inch LCD Monitor With Wide Viewing Angle. The camera measures 3.8 x 2.2 x 0.9” and weighs approx 4.6 oz.

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

Pentax Optio V20 Reviews

DCI reviews the Pentax Optio V20 and writes;
“Overall, though, the V20 is easy to use, provides a variety of fun features such as in-camera editing and a variety of useful scene modes, and lets you get close to the action from a respectable distance.”
Rating: N/A

TrustedReviews reviews the Pentax Optio V20 and writes;
“The Optio V20 is an attractively designed and well made ultra-compact camera, and the 5x zoom, large wide-view monitor screen and simple control interface make it versatile and pleasant to use…”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DCR reviews the Pentax Optio V20 and writes;
“The Pentax Option V20 consistently and dependably produces first-rate images for snapshot use, all controls and access to features are imminently logical, and operation is intuitive and remarkably easy.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Pentax Optio V20 and writes;
“While image quality is acceptable overall, aggressive noise reduction robs even bright daylight shots at the lowest ISO 80 setting of depth and sharpness.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

RegHardware reviews the Pentax Optio V20 and writes;
“It’s not brash and it won’t confuse you with overly complex menus and countless bells and whistles, and that’s not a bad thing. We’re not convinced that the enhancements to standard Face Detection technology deliver the goods, but you at this price point, it’s still well worth a close look.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Pentax Optio V20 Samples

Pentax Optio V20 Sample Photos @ DCI
Pentax Optio V20 Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
Pentax Optio V20 Sample Photos @ DCR
Pentax Optio V20 Sample Photos @ RegHardware

Pentax Optio V20 User Manual (PDF)

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Pentax Optio V20 Press Release

GOLDEN, CO (March 17, 2008) – PENTAX Imaging Company has announced the PENTAX Optio V20 compact digital camera with a 5X zoom lens, 8.0 megapixels, and a generous 3.0 inch LCD monitor. Ultra-slim and stylish in design, this latest PENTAX compact digital camera makes it easy to capture and to view images. Three innovative features on the Optio V20 help users optimize portrait photographs. A Face Recognition function automatically detects and focuses on faces, then sets the optimum exposure. Smile Capture detects the key facial expression of happy people and releases the shutter automatically. Blink Detection reports to the user whether any subjects closed their eyes in an image, so that the shot may be recaptured if necessary. Additional features include Auto-tracking AF for continuously focusing on a moving subject, 52MB of built-in memory, and an Auto-Macro mode that allows close-up photography as near as 4 inches (10 cm) without changing the normal focusing mode. The PENTAX Optio V20 will ship in May 2008 for US $279.95.

PENTAX Imaging Company is an innovative leader in the production of digital SLR and compact cameras, lenses, flash units, binoculars, scopes, eyepieces and mobile printers and scanners. For more than 80 years, PENTAX technology has developed durable, reliable products that meet the needs of consumers and businesses. With headquarters in Golden, Colorado, PENTAX Imaging Company is a division of PENTAX of America, Inc.

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