Summary: Both experts give the H90 a thumbs-up as a solid choice for a budget compact, but Stoker gives the nod to the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS (*Est. $300) as the "ultimate travel compact." User reviews are scarce, but an Amazon customer points out that the lens does not retract when you're reviewing photos, making it susceptible to damage. PhotographyBlog.com and Pocket-Lint.com are the sole professional review sources to test and evaluate the Pentax Optio H90.
Pros: Simple design, Versatile shooting features, Fast performer
Summary: This is a name that has been huge in lenses for longer than even I can remember. Here a small unobtrusive matt box that would not attract a second look. Will the images it takes move it up from the mundane to the yes please?
Excerpt: The Pentax Optio H90 has a 2.7in display and weighs a scant 128g – comparable to a mobile phone . Unlike most compact cameras we’ve reviewed, its presence is barely felt when you’ve got it stashed in a handbag or backpack. In fact, the main giveaway is its slightly angular edges which are a bit like sharp elbows when knocked against.
If you’re after a straightforward point-and-shoot camera that takes up as little space as possible, the Pentax Optio H90 is a great choice.
Good Gear Guide.au
2 July 2010
Summary: Pentax has come up with a really compelling compact camera with its Optio H90 that is far better than the price tag and plain styling suggest. With responsive controls and a pared down list of manual and auto functions, this is perhaps the best value compact we’ve tried.
Pros: 12.1MP with wide angle lens and 5x optical zoom
Cons: Auto settings in low light produce fuzzy unimpressive results
Excerpt: When Pentax's own press release begins with a description of the £130 H90 as 'no frills', the reviewer's emotions are mixed. Should we feel despondent at the thought of seemingly another bland, run-of-the-mill 'landfill' compact being forced upon us? Or applaud its manufacturer for some refreshing straight talk in an industry usually hailing the humblest point and shoot as somehow 'revolutionary'?
Summary: The Pentax Optio H90 takes things right back to basics, not least when it comes to its looks. This compact camera is a minimalist’s dream, all clean lines and block colours – inspired, says Pentax, by ‘Japanese lifestyle trends’. We’re not quite sure what that means, but we are sure that we like the look and feel of this camera. It’s elegant and understated, with a design that doesn’t try too hard that it comes off as forced. Not too poncey, in other words.
Excerpt: Pentax's Optio H90 combines minimalist "functional beauty" with a 12.1-megapixel sensor, 5x wide-zoom lens, HD Movies and advanced auto tracking AF and a Face AF system able to "see" up to 32 faces.
Pros: Good image quality at low sensitivities, compact design, simple to use, Price, AF system, lens
Cons: High ISO image noise, limited manual control, no optical viewfinder, underpowered flash