Elegant 10 megapixel ultra-compact impresses with useful technology improvements
30 November 2011
Summary: Only a short while ago, the mere thought of an affordable 10 megapixel camera was inconceivable, and certainly not one as compact, sleek, and easy-to-use as the Pentax Optio A30. Sure, there are a few quirks in the menus, but regular users of this camera will quickly get the hang of it, and then enjoy the resolution, the high-res LCD, autofocus illumination, the many modes, the intelligent zoom, the superb LCD, and the very effective shake reduction modes.
Pros: Elegant, handy 10-megapixel camera, High quality "Intelligent" zoom, Logically laid out and very simple to use, Bright, high-res, wide viewing angle 2.5-inch LCD, Manual modes available, Effective shake reduction modes, Helpful "Green Mode" button
Cons: Some menus and functions are buried or not marked, No optical zoom in movie mode, Mediocre battery life, Confusing use of shake reduction modes, Confusing implementation of "Green Mode" button
Summary: The Pentax Optio A30 is somewhat modest in hiding respectable picture quality, optical image stabilisation and flexible manual options behind cartoony controls in an understated frame -- all for a very reasonable price, too
Pros: Optical image stabilisation, Decent picture quality, Lots of manual options for a compact