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Pentax Optio A30 - Test Shots - Exposure Evaluation

By Cliff Smith



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Pentax Optio A30


Our Score:


A range of test shots are shown over the next two pages. Here, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and in some case a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it in order for you to gain an appreciation of the overall quality.


Colour rendition is perfect despite the cloudy weather.


Exposure metering is also spot on. Spot. Metering. Geddit?


Flash range is an impressive 7.1 metres at wide angle, and frame coverage is superb.


If you thought I was kidding about the frame composite mode, hopefully these beautiful flowers will convince you otherwise.


Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Value 7
  • Image Quality 9

John McLaren

May 9, 2009, 12:28 pm

brilliant site which I discovered only yesterday. I was ready to buy this camera on the basis of your otherwise excellent review until I saw the trees in the background of the wide angle photo of the brick building on page 6. What on earth happened there? Almost no resolution of fine detail and no tester comments either. That's one sale lost to Pentax I'm afraid.

Brian 10

May 26, 2009, 3:48 pm

I've had this camera for 9 month and the screen has broken twice. The first time was after just two days. The after-sales services from Pentax is terrible. Nothing is included in the guarantee. If you want a camera where you have to pay £70 in repairs every 6 months, this is for you. I'm throwing mine in the bin. Its just not worth repairing. I'll never buy Pentax again

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