Pentax Optio 430RS review

Started Jun 10, 2003 | User reviews
timo Veteran Member • Posts: 5,196
Pentax Optio 430RS review

Bought it as first digicam September without doing much research.
Took a long time to realise that the default settings are not the best
way to get the best out of it. Some of the very critical user reviews
may be understandable, but I don't think they reflect the potential of
the camera. That said, other available cameras (e.g. the 4mp Canon
Ixus/Elph) are clearly more foolproof, although the manual options and
general user interface on the Pentax are excellent.


Sharpening process is very crude and introduces nasty artefacts -
better to leave sharpening setting on minimum and sharpen in
Photoshop Elements or similar

Similarly contrast and colour saturation at minimum give a better result.
All these three settings are too harsh at default.

Generally images are more 'noisy' than the competition.

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Pentax K-5 Pentax K-30 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
Pentax Optio 430RS
4 megapixels • 1.6 screen • 37 – 111 mm (3×)
Announced: Jun 3, 2002
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