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Compared to... Casio EX-Z850

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Pentax Optio A10 and the Casio EX-Z850. We have included samples for the lowest and highest standard ISO settings for each camera (ISO 50 and 400).

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 50)

  • Pentax Optio A10: Program mode, ISO 50, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
     
  • Casio EX-Z850 : Aperture priority mode, ISO 50, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Pentax Optio A10
Casio EX-Z850
ISO 50, 1/60 sec, F3.8
ISO 50, 1/100 sec, F4.0
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These results are a perfect illustration of what a frustrating camera the Optio A10 is; they are - for a camera in this class - excellent; clean, sharp (from corner to corner), not hugely over-processed, and with color that is just rich enough to produce punchy prints without being over the top. There is a slight tendency to overdo the blues (great for skies) and undercook reds (which are often a problem due to the lack of sensitivity in that channel), but the results are simply some of the best you'll get from an ultra-compact 8MP camera today. Which is why it's so sad that some aspects of the camera's operation (including focus and exposure accuracy) are less than satisfactory.

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