Pentax Optio 430RS

Announced Jun 3, 2002 •
4 megapixels | 1.6 screen | 37 – 111 mm (3×)
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it is a camera amused, until with his 3D photographs stroboscopic. I do not know another camera that has this amused option. in general for my it is 9-10. single a little slow in the takings of little light

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timo
 
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Bought it as first digicam September without doing much research. Took a long time to realise that the default settings are not the best way to get the best out of it. Some of the very critical user reviews may be understandable, but I don't think they reflect the potential of the camera. That said, other available cameras (e.g. the 4mp Canon Ixus/Elph) are clearly more foolproof, although the manual options and general user interface on the Pentax are excellent. Problems: Sharpening process ...

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Doug Hogg
 
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An excellent choice for the climber/skier who needs a quality camera that is durable and compact. I have used the camera for 800+ images in the past 3 months and have found the image quality in outdoor settings to be exceptionally good for a camera this compact. It's battery survived a 5 day ski traverse and allowed for 178 images at the best setting. Like other comments, it helps to read the manual! Very easy interface and a reliable point and shoot camera. It handles difficult outdoor ...

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I have to agree with a couple of other reviewers who pointed out that if one reads the manual, you will be blessed with better than average results. After about 25 hours of use, I recommend that the white balance be set to the appropriate mode for the lighting conditions rather than AWB and that you set the ISO to 100, these two adjustments can make a big difference. Personally, I haven't found the startup or zoom to be particularly slow. The steel construction is superior to any of its ...

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John A Clark
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Very solid and comfotable compact. Probably a little heavy due to the stainless steel construction, but it has bounced on concrete a few times without problem. I tend to be a little hard on cameras, but it has been fine, and delivered solid shots that give excellent A4 size prints. Problems: I had difficulties getting a clean focus until I realised that focus indicator in the middle of the view finder was showing red almost all the time. I changed the focus to be more centre weighted, and ...

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Solid well built and easy to use P&S camera. Image quality is top rate and you can use this with out reference to the manual. Cons are that I have problems autofocusing in dim interiors and the optical viewfinder shows only about 70% of the image at the wide end but quite accurate at the long end. But then, I am used to a top of the line SLR which has a much more accurate viewfinder and is able to focus at very low EV's. Problems: No problems ...everything works as it should except for ...

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Sqonk
 
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Fantastic camera! I've been using the 430rs for around 3 weeks now. I have to say I'm amazed at how many posters here have had problems with this camera. It is easy to use, picture quality is excellent and the amount of options/settings you can tweak can not be ignored. The image quality IS excellent. I have taken photos in good light, poor light, and night shots (including some fantastic lightning shots). The camera particulary excels in taking shots of objects. I can only guess that the ...

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KiwiD70
 
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Super small, excellent images IF you set sharpness to none and ISO to 200. The added noise at ISO 200 is more than made up for on the whole by the sharper shots from smaller aperture /higher shutter speed at ISO 200. Pentax's noise reduction is too severe and reduces image quality if set at sharpness normal, at none the images are much smoother AND sharper. Excellent flash range, good exposure at 7 metres. 3D is more than a gimmick, quite impresive even just on monitor with viewer placed on ...

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Excellent value for money. I used the Optio 330 for nearly 7 months already. The 430RS beats it by image quality, new features and serious improvements such as battery life. Focus problems are nearly solved. Manual options are huge. You can really go semi-pro with this cam and do serious photographing. The limit is your talent. Very solid body. Perfect underwater case available for just 200$ down to 30 feet. What does one want more. Cannot agree to the first review written here. Bear in mind ...

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