Pentax Optio 60 review

Started Nov 21, 2005 | User reviews
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Graeme Mac New Member • Posts: 4
Pentax Optio 60 review

I have had the Optio 60 for around 6 weeks, it is the sixth digital that I have used
enough to be reasonably familiar with. I use it for family photos and work -
documenting prototypes, tests procedures, assemblies, web photos etc.

I need to be able to get sharp focus and close macro shots - it does this well
enough. I looked at Ricoh and Panasonic first but bought the Pentax purely
because it had the most pixels for the lowest price. I took it on trust that the lens
would be OK.

I particularly like the fact that it uses standard AA cells - it runs plenty long enough
on 2 x 2500 mAhr Nickel Metal Hydrides.

I like the way it looks (no decorative scultping) and the good solid weight it has.
Overall pretty happy with it.


There seems to be quite a lot of compression noise - but probably no worse than
other low cost digitals. I set it on ISO 64 in the hope that this will cut down the
noise - I have not done test shots to see if this makes a difference.

High and Medium quality settings look different but it's hard to tell which is actaully

The rangefinder viewer is tiny and hard to use - there are always times when
ambient light washes out the LCD so that you have to look throught the viewer.

Sepia is set at very brown copmared to what I would prefer - easily corrected in

I would like a manual focus overide and RAW output - but you don't get that for
this price.

Pentax Optio 60
6 megapixels • 2 screen • 36 – 108 mm (3×)
Announced: Jul 22, 2005
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