Pentax Optio A20 Review
As is the nature of this business the Option A20 replaced the A10 only seven months after that model had been announced (and is itself about to be replaced by the further upgraded A30). The |A10 was one of the disappointments of last year, offering typical Pentax high quality output and wealth of features but with serious performance issues that made using it frustrating to say the least. The A20 has a new ASIC (processor), two million more pixels (10.0 MP 1/1.8-inch sensor) and a handful of new features. We decided to find out if Pentax has solved the problems that stopped the A10 from being a really great camera, starting as ever with the headline features:
- 10.0 effective megapixels
- High-performance smc PENTAX 3x zoom lens
- New ASIC
- SR (Shake Reduction)
- Face Recognition AF & AE
- Auto-tracking AF continuously focuses on a moving subject
- High-quality movies with an anti-shake function
- Auto Picture mode automatically determines the best settings for the shooting conditions
- ISO 64-800
- Shutter Priority, Manual and numerous scene modes
- SDHC support
- Post-shot red-eye removal
Pentax Optio A20 Key specifications
• US: $270
1/1.8 " Type CCD
|Image sizes|| 3648 x 2736
3072 x 2304
2592 x 1944
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1024 x 768
640 x 480
|Movie clips|| 640 x 480 @ 30fps
320 x 240 @ 30fps
|File formats|| JPEG Exif v2.2
PRINT Image Matching III
|Lens|| 38-114mm (35mm equiv)
|Image stabilization|| SR (Shake Reduction)
|Digital zoom||up to 4x|
|Focus||TTL contrast detection AF|
|AF area modes|| 5-point multi AF
Tracking AF switchable
|AF assist lamp||Yes|
|Focus distance|| Normal: 0.35m - infinity
Macro: 0.12m - 0.4m (at full wide-angle setting to 11.5mm)
Supermacro: 0.06m - 0.15m (at full wide-angle setting)
|Metering|| TTL metering
|ISO sensitivity|| Auto
|Exposure compensation||+/- 2EV in 1/3 steps|
|Shutter speed||1/2000 sec to 4 sec|
|Modes|| One shot
|Scene modes|| Auto picture
Surf & snow
|White balance|| Auto
|Self timer||2 or 10 secs|
Flash On / Off
Range: Wide: approx 0.06m - 7.1m / Tele: approx 0.35m - 3.5m
|LCD monitor|| 2.5-inch TFT Low-reflective type
|Connectivity|| NTSC / PAL
USB 2.0 Hi-speed
|Storage|| 22MB built-in memory
SD / SDHC card compatible
|Power|| Rechargeable D-L18 Lithium-ion battery
Optional AC adapter
|Weight (no batt)||125 g (4.4 oz)|
|Dimensions||88.5 x 54.5 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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