Summary: I absolutely hate this camera. I never know when it is going to decide to take a good picture and you have almost no control of anything. On the plus side, at least I am learning lots about photography trying to figure out why my shots don't work. A few more bucks and I coulda had a Canon.
Summary: It is too technical for me I guess. I tried several times to take photos & very few of them came out like I wanted. There may be a way to adjust it but I can't figure it out. The battery seems to go down really quick.
Summary: I have been using Pentax cameras for years and have always been happy with the performance - until I bought the Optio VS20. Initially I was attracted by the high MP and zoom, as well as by the second shutter release and electronic spirit level (I am disabled so don't stand straight and end up with sloping horizons in photographs).
Summary: I woud not recommend this camera. I have had it for less than 4 months and the shutter is broken and there appears to be no way to return the item as the 30 day since purchase has passed. I brought this specifically for my holiday and it broke on day 2. oes anyone knbow how to get it repair or exchanged???? Update 19/10/2012 Upon my return from Holiday I sent my camera back to the authorised Pentax distributer on 16/10/2012 and I have received a replacement Camera today.
Excerpt: Meine billige Digitalkamera mit weniger Pixel und weniger Zoom, macht bessere Bilder in der Nähe und auch in der Ferne, als die Pentax Optio VS20. Sogar meine alte Digitalkamera Lumix mit nur 10- fachen Zoom holt die Berge näher ran und macht dazu noch tolle Bilder. Der 20-fache optische Zoom ließ zu wünschen übrig. Auch die Zuschaltung des digitalen Zoom brachte nicht viel. Sogar im Automodus musste man ziemlich lange mit dem Zoom arbeiten um gute Bilder zubekommen.