Excerpt: As an archaeologist, I have certainly burned up my share of film on excavations, in site surveys, and in the lab. But, all that was before the advent of digital photography. I remember well the day I donated my aluminum suitcase full lenses, filters, and camera bodies to Goodwill and never looked back as I tucked my first sleek digital camera into my shirt pocket.
Excerpt: Not to be confused with the way secret agent 007 James Bond likes his martinis, the Optio A10 from Pentax sports an impressive shake reduction system that really helps stabilize your shooting.
Conclusion: The Optio A10 is a deeply frustrating camera for a reviewer; on the one hand it is capable of producing some of the best results in its class, the lens is obviously excellent, image processing is fairly subtle, and unlike so many similar cameras the default contrast, saturation and sharpening are spot-on.
Pros: Excellent resolution, natural accurate color, subtle processing, Low noise at low ISO settings, Better than average detail retention at higher ISOs, Usable (at a pinch) ISO 800 Candlelight mode, Excellent all-metal construction, Good white balance, Good flash performance, Very compact, Shake Reduction, Useful 'green button' offers good degree of interface customization, Decent macro mode, DivX movie mode very space-efficient, Lots of 'fun' features, Image corrections ...
Cons: Slow focus, shutter lag, Slow flash recycling, Shake Reduction not as reliable as some competitors, Annoying unresponsive, jerky zoom mechanism, Screen impossible to see in bright light, no optical viewfinder, No manual controls over apertures and shutter speeds, Program mode tends to choose small apertures over high shutter speeds, Slightly higher than average number of exposure and focus errors, Mediocre battery life, No preview or review in burst mode, Movie mode a...
Excerpt: Pentax make a whole range of point and- click cameras, but the stylish Optio A10 is the current flagship model in the compact line-up, and is a more than worthy holder of that lofty position. It's tiny, but it still manages to squeeze in a top-of the range 8-megapixels of resolution and a 3x optical zoom lens into its solid little body.
Excerpt: The Optio A10 ($350) is an ultra-compact 8 Megapixel camera with Pentax's new Shake Reduction system. While some image stabilization systems shift an element in the lens, the SR system actually moves the CCD sensor around for the same effect. A similar system was used in cameras developed by Konica Minolta.
Pros: Very good photo quality (though see issues below), Image stabilization, Compact, stylish metal body, Large, sharp 2.5" LCD display (but see issues below), AF-assist lamp, good low light focusing, Good movie mode with long record times (though see issue below), Lots of unique playback mode features, including redeye reduction, Handy battery charging cradle, USB 2.0 High Speed support
Cons: Poor performance: slow startup, shot-to-shot times; noticeable shutter lag, Details in photos can be muddy; some corner blurring, Redeye a problem (though removal tool helps), Below average battery life, Poor continuous shooting mode, Poor LCD visibility in dim light as well as bright outdoor light, No optical viewfinder, Movie mode seemed choppy; no sound on Macs (despite downloading codec), More manual controls would be nice, Plastic tripod mount; flimsy door over m...
Conclusion: The Pentax Optio A10 is an ultra-compact camera with a high resolution of 8 megapixels, CCD-based image stabilization and a nice movie mode. The A10 also packs a big 2.5 inch LCD though it's not that useful outdoors. Although the Optio A10 features manual focus and custom white balance, it still lacks any sort of manual exposure control. In addition, ISO is limited to 400 and the macro mode is not that superb.
Pros: Ultra-compact camera with 8 megapixels, Large high-resolution 2.5 inch LCD, visible in low-light, CCD image stabilization, Manual focus and custom white balance, Powerful flash with good control, Unlimited VGA 30 FPS movie mode in MPEG4, Shortcut "green" button, Fairly advanced playback post-processing, Good image quality, Acceptable ISO 400 shots
Cons: LCD visibility not good outdoors, Terrible battery life, No manual exposure (Aperture and shutter speed), Unlimited but very slow continuous shooting, 6 cm "super-macro" mode not super, ISO 800 only available at 4 MP or lower, Sluggish performance in all areas, Redeye, No movie zoom, focus or exposure control
Excerpt: Continue on to Page Two Optio A10 Specifications Camera Type: Compact-type digital still camera with built-in zoom lens, autofocus, auto exposure and auto flash Effective Pixels: 8.0 megapixels Image Capture Device: Type - 1/1.8 inch interline transfer CCD with a primary color filter Total Pixels - 8.32 megapixels Color Depth - 12 bit x 3 colors Recorded Pixels - Still: 8M (3264x2448 pixels), 5M (2592x1944 pixels), 4M(2304x1728 pixels), 3M (2048x1536 pixels), 2M...
Excerpt: The Pentax Optio A10 is the leader of the Optio pack. The very compact 8 megapixel camera is packed with features, including a CCD-shift image stabilization mechanism. A 2.5 inch LCD and 3x optical zoom round out the top specs of this camera. So, is the A10 is as "Advanced" as the A in its name implies?
Conclusion: Of all the cameras in this review, this is the smallest with a great screen quality. The number of functions won’t suit the power user, but point-and-shoot fans will appreciate the A10’s effortlessness. The camera’s Shake Resistance is a major benefit that I’m sure will become a mainstay on other Pentax models. It works exceptionally well and you quickly come to accept that it is doing a fine job of countering any movement you are making. Would I own one?