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Pentax Optio A10
4.9 out of 10

Pentax Optio A10

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Simple, yet powerful 8-megapixel compact

30 November 2011
  • 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...
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DP Review
27 November 2007
  • 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...
  • 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 Redu...
  • 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 smal...
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Pentax Optio A10

PC Magazine
26 November 2007

Camera Review: Pentax Optio A10

Pop Photo
24 November 2007
  • 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.
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Dc Resource
3 July 2006
  • 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.
  • 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 feature...
  • 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 lig...
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Pentax Optio A10

Digital Photography Interface
26 May 2006
  • 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.
  • 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-proc...
  • 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 exp...
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Steve's Digicams
12 May 2006
  • Summary: The A10 is the first model of Pentax's new high-end Optio series and incorporates an 8.0 megapixel CCD with an innovative Shake Reduction system to help ensure sharper images. The newly developed smc PENTAX 3x optical zoom lens produces clear, high-contrast images.
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Digital Camera Review
14 April 2006
  • Summary: 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.
  • Pros: Nice Shake Reduction, Nice compact size and good build quality, Customizability of camera functions and buttons
  • Cons: Settings require tweaking out of the box for best results, Battery life not up to par with other cameras in its class
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Overall 8
Value for money 7
Features 8
Ease of use 9
Photo quality 7
Build quality 8
Color and saturation 8

Pentax Optio A10

8 August 2014
  • Conclusion: I am struggling to come up with any really solid reasons for buying the Pentax Optio A10 over other digital cameras with a similar specification. It is not a bad camera or anything like that it is just in a competitive market a digital camera needs something to stand out and say buy me.
  • Pros: Easy to use, No red eye in test shot, Good build quality
  • Cons: Shutter lag, Little room on the back of the camera
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Pentax Optio A10 Review – 012

D-Photo and The Photographer's Mail
26 April 2009
  • 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.
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