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Pentax Optio P70 - Test Shots - Detail and Lens Performance

By Cliff Smith


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A range of general test shots are shown over the next two pages. In some cases, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it to show the overall image quality. Some other pictures may be clicked to view the original full-size image.


Here's the usual detail test shot of the West Window of Exeter Cathedral, for you to compare with other cameras. See below for a full res crop, or click to see the whole picture. Please note that all these test shots were unforunately shot at full resolution but at the second-highest quality setting. I will update them later this week.


Even at the lower quality setting, the level of recorded detail is very good.


The lens (or is it the processing?) produces almost no barrel distortion.


Unfortunately AF system seems to have focused on the background...


Corner sharpness is good though, with minimal chromatic aberration.


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March 17, 2009, 12:29 pm

A good review as always Cliff. I was wondering if you had any plans to review the Samsung WB500 in the next couple of months? I ask as I'm currently set to buy the Cannon Powershot SX110 for my honeymoon around the Med but the Samsung may be a contender if it gets a 'recommended' from you.


April 11, 2009, 4:23 am

OOPS, you've missed out the 2nd most important thing after Picture Quality... two pictures of the user interface. A good optical performance can be rendered useless by features that are buried deep or are not available in 2 seconds when the photo opp occurs. For example, I trust Canon lens quality totally and love their adjustable screen but the interface is terrible, it's impossible to read and hopelessly complex.

Aside from that omission TR remains the very best review site on the planet.

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