Pentax Optio A30

Announced Feb 21, 2007 •
10 megapixels | 2.5 screen | 38 – 114 mm (3×)
supernikita
 
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It has good characteristics by the documentation and attractive cost. But I don't satisfied with the buying. It does not very good, blurred shots at weak light. I got better shots with my previous Pentax Optio S. But I suppose it is common problem of most cameras with the small pixel size. Eventually the main problem with my camera is that it turned out broken after 3-4 monthes of using. Now most shots are strongly blurred, especially at the right side. I tried getting the warranty service, ...

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SEM user
 
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Excellent images recorded by my A30, under all types of lighting conditions, whether the camera is left to make auto-decisions or is under manual control. The only reductions in quality result from deliberately experimenting with inappropriate exposure settings. I bought the A30 to supplement my much appreciated Pentax digital SLR; needing something lighter when on foot all day. I have not been disappointed. It did require some practice and careful study of the manual before I was able to ...

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snapdragon
 
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I got this as a take everywhere camera when I don't have my SLR.. I wanted something really pocket sized, but still capable..with full manual exposure and white balance settings. The A30 is tiny yet it has very pleasing image quality and the noise is fairly low for such a small camera. The default color processing is just right, not overdone. Photos in regular indoor lighting with no flash.. no problem. In manual mode, candle lit photos look nice.. noise is there but not too terrible. ...

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RODNEY tAYLOR
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mangelica1968
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I always was a supporter of Pentax cameras and i started to take photos more then 20 years ago with the reflex Pentax 30T. I was looking for a compat easy to care digital camera. I bought Optio A30 expecting stellar performances both for the price and the 10 Megapixel frame. I was surprised for the different behaviour with natural light and flash indoor. Outdoor photos are sharp with good details and warm colours. Indoor pictures are dark and grainy because camera automatically chooses high ...

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Used camera for 7 days, after which had to return in to the shop. In comparison with Canon IXUS 800 IS this camera makes great night-time photos even if hold at hands (thanks to optical stabilizator and high-ISO mode). It also makes satistactory (although far from perfect) photos on sunny days. But if you make photos indoor or even outdoor on cloudy day, then you have to use flash. Without flash you have very noisy and unfocused images. I tried to set ISO to maximum 200, it wouldn't help, on ...

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Marcus1979
 
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This is a great camera, especially given the price it's sold for these days (got mine for 230 euros). The Pentax menu system is so intuitive, after a short while you browse through it and find the best settings for your shot in no time. Image quality is way above average. The SR does actually work, unlike for example in a Sony DSC-T10 I used to have. The camera also comes with an interesting after-shot Red eye reduction which actually works very well. There are tons of more editing tools ...

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jp_math54
 
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My opinion on this PENTAX is quite related to my needs: - macro photography of bugs for entomology purpose - social pictures with low lights - family pictures with "turbulent" kids. For all these purpose the PENTAX performs quite well to my opinion. I'm not a big specialist, but I found the image stabilization to be quite effective, the iso 800 mode not too noisy (although not really usefull for me, low light at 400 are OK for me...). My wife had pleasure to find the same set up for functions ...

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Solution
 
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I am an owner of Sony F828 and Panasonic FZ30. I bring the 828 for oversea travelling and FZ30 for local candy shots. I bought the A30 because it can be carried comfortably in my pocket without carrying any bag. I am surprisingly happy that the image quality this small camera produced is same or higher than the two prosumers at low ISO value and apparently defeats them at higher settings. At higher ISO, the noise remained are tiny black and white dots. They can be easily removed using the ...

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swede76
 
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Extremely small and compact, solid build. Outdoor pictures extremely sharp with nice colour. The camera is super fast. Indoor pictures are good due to anti shake, even without flash. Some noice but not too bad. A perfect "party camera". Its a keeper. Problems: The quality of the movies are really bad. Battery life could be better but ok for such a small model.

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