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6.4 out of 10

Pentax Optio VS20

20X OPTICAL ZOOM 16 MEGAPIXEL SR STABILIZED SENSOR 3 INCH Read more

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Overall 5
5.0

Pentax Optio VS20

CNET
19 May 2012
  • Summary: You'll struggle to find a new camera with such impressive specs any cheaper. Sadly, the Pentax Optio VS20's performance didn't stand up to close scrutiny. The dual shutter buttons are a neat feature, but you may be better provided by a high-end camera from last year, which will come close to matching the specs at a similar price.
  • Cons: Some colour interference; Disappointing movie performance.
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Expert Review

PhotoRadar
10 May 2012
  • Conclusion: The Pentax Optio VS20's unique selling point of the twin sets of controls and tripod thread also for us fell rather flat. A pity, since on the face of it and in return for that extended zoom reach the Pentax Optio VS20 suggests very good value indeed.
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Overall 8
7.7
Design 8
7.5
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 8
8.0
Performance 8
7.5
Picture quality 8
7.5

Pentax Optio VS20 Review

What Digital Camera
7 May 2012
  • Excerpt: Can the Pentax Optio VS20's innovative dual shutter release elevate it above a normal compact?
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Pentax Optio VS20

PhotographyBLOG
19 April 2013
  • Excerpt: While ideally each new camera should have a special, unique feature that sells it on its own terms and distinguishes it from the pack, depressingly most don’t. But, in the case of the Optio VS20 from Pentax we don’t quite know whether to rejoice in or ridicule its points of difference.
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Overall 8
8.0
Features 8
8.0
Ease of use 8
8.0
Performance 8
8.0
Appearance 8
8.0

Pentax Optio VS20

GadgetSpeak
13 June 2012
  • Summary: This is another small digital camera from a name more associated with lenses rather than cameras. But they do make rather good cameras as well. This offering has a feature that I have never seen before on any camera I have reviewed.
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Pentax Optio VS20

TechRadar UK
10 May 2012
  • Conclusion: With this sort of model, you really do just want to point and shoot and come away with usable results most (if not all) of the time. And in that respect the Olympus SZ-14 - costing £199/$305 - is a better bet, if not perfect. The Pentax Optio VS20's unique selling point of the twin sets of controls and tripod thread also for us fell rather flat.
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Overall 7
7.0

Pentax Optio VS20 Pocket Zoom Camera Review

ePHOTOzine
18 April 2012
  • Excerpt: The Pentax Optio VS20 is the latest compact camera from Pentax and features a 20x optical zoom lens, a 16 megapixel sensor, a 3 inch screen and interestingly a vertical shutter button with zoom control, as well as a second tripod socket on the side of the camera.
  • Pros: Good value, 20x optical zoom, Dual shutter / zoom control, Vertical neck strap an option, Electronic level, Excellent macro mode
  • Cons: Optical zoom not available during video recording, Poor screen, low contrast, washed out, difficult to use outdoors, Chromatic abberations (green/pink), Purple fringing, Focus issues, Quite large
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Overall 4
4.0

Pentax Optio VS20 review

expertreviews.co.uk
3 April 2012
  • Conclusion: The portrait-orientation controls are interesting but not much practical use; image quality is below par
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Overall 6
6.0

Pentax Optio VS20 review

Pocket Lint
30 March 2012
  • Excerpt: Buy a battery grip for your professional or semi pro digital SLR and it will come with a second set of essential controls to one side near the base, including an additional shutter-release button. That’s because grip and body make for a big and bulky bit of kit, so dual controls ease what would otherwise be an awkward stretch for the fingers if turning the pro DSLR on its side to shoot vertically, or "portrait fashion".
  • Pros: Affordable, plenty of creative framing opportunities, simple to use, automatic in-camera panorama stitching, smattering of digital effects filters
  • Cons: Inconsistent performance from autofocus, exposure and white balance, some digital filter effects look more like camera mistakes, below average battery life, dual controls more gimmick than essential
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Overall 5
5.0

Pentax Optio VS20

CNET
14 March 2012
  • Summary: You'll struggle to find a new camera with such impressive specs any cheaper. Sadly, the Pentax Optio VS20's performance didn't stand up to close scrutiny. The dual shutter buttons are a neat feature, but you may be better provided by a high-end camera from last year, which will come close to matching the specs at a similar price.
  • Pros: Inexpensive; Two shutter buttons; Long zoom.
  • Cons: Some colour interference; Disappointing movie performance.
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