Conclusion: Here's my rating of the Pentax Optio 430: (4 megapixel ultra-compact) The Optio 430 is simply a four megapixel verison of the Optio 330. In the upgrade from three to four megapixels you would expect notably more resolution, and while images are larger and measured resolution is slightly higher the...
Pros: Good colour, good white balance presets, Lens exhibited hardly any chromatic aberrations, Live view histogram, Ultra-compact size, light weight, Fast performer, good startup, shot-to-shot and write times, Metal body, solid feel, although average build quality, Controls are easy to understand, Ver...
Cons: Lens / CCD combination does not perform like a 4 megapixel, Visible noise artifacts around detail beside smooth areas, Noisy lens extension and zoom motor, Produces 'overly contrasty' images, Unsophisticated bayer interpolation / sharpening algorithms, Sometimes underexposes image, Flash underexp...
in the "old days", Canon was the only game in town when
it came to tiny digital cameras. Soon came Casio, and then Kyocera,
and now Pentax. These micro-cameras are very popular, since they're
easy to pocket, and can do about anywhere.
Pros: Very small, good looking, easy to carry camera, Many manual controls, unusual for a micro-camera, Histograms and exposure info in record and playback mode, Can use zoom in movie mode, Good photo quality
Cons: Proprietary battery, No sound in movie mode, Focusing troubles in lower light, "Zoom and scroll", manual focus features could better, Shutter speeds limited to 2 secs; Optio 330 could do 15 sec.
Summary: Just a month ago we reviewed the which is the world's smallest 3-megapixel, 3X optical zoom digital camera (as of June 2001) and this month it's the Optio 430 - "the world's smallest and lightest 4 megapixel, 3X optical zoom digital camera (compared to all other 4-megapixel as of Oct. 2001).