Pentax Optio A10 Review
The new 'flagship' in Pentax's long-running Optio range was announced at the CES show in January. The basic specification is fairly standard for a camera in this class; 3x optical zoom, 8 megapixels, 15 scene modes (including a high sensitivity / ISO 800 'candlelight' option) and a large 2.5-inch screen, but the Optio A10 does have a couple of tricks up its sleeve, including a CCD-shift image stabilization system, in-camera effects and frames, and the ability to record movies in the highly efficient (and widely used) MPEG-4 DivX format.
- 8.0 million effective pixel 1/1.8" CCD
- New high speed ASIC
- CCD-shift Shake Reduction System
- Seven element 3x smc Pentax zoom lens
- Compact, lightweight body
- 15 shooting modes
- 640 x 480 pixel, 30 fps MPEG-4 movie mode (DivX® certified)
- Tracking AF
- Candlelight mode with ISO 800 sensitivity (4MP max image size)
- Frame composite function can add decorative frames to images
- In-camera corrections and effects for saved images
Pentax Optio A10 Specifications
|Street price|| US: 335
|Sensor|| 1/1.8" CCD
8.32 million pixels total
8.0 million effective pixels
3264 x 2448
|Movie clips|| 640 x 480
320 x 240
30 fps based on image signal at 20 fps
With sound and anti-shake
TTL contrast detection autofocus system with AF spotbeam
15 modes (Auto Picture, Program, Night Scene, Movie, Voice recording, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Sport, Surf & Snow, Candlelight, Food, Pet, Text, Frame composite)
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800 (in Candlelight mode)
|White Balance|| Auto
|Metering|| TTL Multi-segment
+/-2 in 1/3 EV steps
Sharpness (3 levels)
|Continuous||Up to 1.1 fps (dpreview testing), limited only by card capacity|
• Modes: Auto, Red-eye reduction, On/Off
• Range: (wide) 0.06 - 5 m (sensitivity Auto), (tele) 0.35 - 2.5 m (sensitivity Auto)
|Storage|| SD card
24MB internal memory
|LCD monitor|| 2.5" TFT LCD
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0 Hi-speed
|Power|| Rechargeable D-LI8 lithium-ion battery
Optional AC adapter
|In the box*||
Pentax Optio A10
|Weight (inc batt)||145 g (5.1 oz)|
|Dimensions||89 x 55 x 23 mm (3.5 x 2.1 x 0.9 in)|
* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area.
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