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Pentax Optio A30 - Test Shots - Full Res Crops

By Cliff Smith



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Pentax Optio A30


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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.


Here's usual detail test shot. See below for a full res crop, or click to see the whole picture.


The level of detail produced by the lens 1/1.8-in sensor is exceptionally high, among the best of 10MP compacts.


The lens does produce noticeable barrel distortion at the wide-angle end of the zoom range, but overall sharpness and detail are excellent.


This corner crop from the above image shows the high level of edge and corner sharpness. It only falls off in the extreme corner of the frame.


Unlike a lot of 10MP sensors the A30 copes well with high contrast.


There is almost no fringing around this high contrast edge.


The wide-angle end of the zoom range is equivalent to 38mm.


Taken from the same spot at the telephoto end, equivalent to 114mm


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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