Pentax Optio 230 review

Started Feb 7, 2004 | User reviews
TimV New Member • Posts: 2
Pentax Optio 230 review

I bought this camera something over a year ago. Its self-portrait mode is really fun; every point'n'shoot camera should have a similar mode. The 3D mode is pure gimick; it was fun playing with it for a while but I never got it to work anywhere near as well as the example in the manual. Don't buy the camera for the 3D mode, but do have a little fun trying to use it if you already have the camera. The auto white balance is completely unable to handle incandescent light; if you're taking pictures in incadescent light, you must either do a manual white balance (easy to do) or manually set the camera to "incandescent". The macro mode is as good or better than advertised, although the camera will have a little bit of trouble really focussing when you get up really really close. The red colours on the camera saturate very quickly. Other than that, I've been quite happy with the camera. My next digital will be an upgrade to a faster more prosumer-level (and significantly more expensive!!) camera, however. The optio 230 does as well I expect it to, but it leaves me hungry for a faster camera with a more powerful lens system.


- autowhite balance in incadescent light
- reds saturate quickly

Pentax Optio 230
2 megapixels • 1.6 screen • 38 – 114 mm (3×)
Announced: Feb 23, 2002
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