Summary: The Pentax Optio A40 is a very good compact indeed. It’s just that when it’s in its fully automatic mode, it’s fussy and takes a lot of getting used to being very slow in certain situations, particularly in low light (that is that six second delay again). This takes a little of the shine off the very good manual options on offer but the cool photo editing functions are a real bonus.
Pros: Image quality, Comprehensive auto focus settings, Good portrait mode, Clever photo/movie editing options, Face and Tracking AF.
Cons: Poor performance in low light, High ISO image noise.
Excerpt: The Pentax Optio A40 is the latest result of Pentax's tradition of producing simple, usable, ultracompact cameras that have high-quality optics. This 12Mp black-and-silver model has a serious look.
Summary: The Pentax Optio A40 offers first-class picture quality, with optical image stabilisation and dynamic range adjustment looking interesting, but the middling specs are uninspiring and the toy-like styling isn't for us.