Pentax Optio A40 reviews and prices: Compact camera

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This digital camera is a good all rounder.

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9.0 out of 10 based on 65 reviews.
Pentax Optio A40: 12.43 MP (Megapixels), 6x optical zoom, SDHC Card storage, Yes image stabiliser digital Compact camera. See full product description

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Barry , OLdham

Score 3.0/10
Good points:
none
Bad points:
picture quality
Overall rating 3.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 1.0
Features 6.0
Build Quality 6.0
Value for money 1.0
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Confirmed purchase: 31 Jul 2009

John, Conwy

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Good battery life & quick charging. Photos seem very good quality. Automatic functions very easy and others like macro quite intuitive.
Bad points:
Does not come with protective case and memory stick also extra cost.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 29 Jul 2009

sheryl, london

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
It has a re-chargable battery which has a long life. It's light and compact easy to fit in your pocket.
Bad points:
it takes a couple of seconds to take the photo.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 25 Jul 2009

John, London

Score 2.0/10
Good points:

Noting that redeems the poor quality pictures. My 4 year old 6 megapixel camera took far better pictures. But was a larger camera
Bad points:

Not bad in very good light but overall pictures are not great
Overall rating 2.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 2.0
Features 7.0
Build Quality 7.0
Value for money 2.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Jun 2009

Confirmed purchaser Point & shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use takes great pictures
Bad points:
Pictures on the camera can only be viewed when the lens is open i.e. camera ready to take pictures :-)
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 13 Apr 2009

Confirmed purchaser Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
so easy to use set up straight away and take pictures instantly really happy with this purchase and thought it was a bargain aswell
Bad points:
for me there is no bad points yet!!!!
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 08 Aug 2009

Karen, Beverley

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Bought this for informal pictures of my daughters graduation...excellent value for money and ease of use. You can just point and shoot, or for the more adventurous, there are the usual 'special' features!! A great camera at a fab price!!
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 06 Jun 2009

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Product Features

Camera Type Compact
Resolution (Pixels) 3000x4000
Optical zoom ratio 6
Screen size (Inches) 2.5
Digital zoom ratio 6
Type of image stabiliser Yes
Type of image stabiliser Electronic
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Multi
Media format SDHC Card
Memory card slot Yes
PictBridge Yes
Macro Mode Yes
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus No
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 130
Flash Yes
Body Only No
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/2000
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/4
Waterproof No
Viewfinder LCD Monitor
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 57x89x23.5
RAW Format No
GPS Receiver No
Max. Aperture Lens 1 f2.8-5.4
In-built memory (Megabytes) 22
Release date 2008-02-19
Height in mm 56.5
Width in mm 89
Depth in mm 23.5
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Autofocus Yes
Range Finder Type LCD Monitor
Changeable Lens No
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 111
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 37

Also known as: Optio A40

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Manufacturer's Description

The latest model in the “optio A” series. Pentax’s top class compact digital cameras that purse high image quality and high performance. The optio A40 has an increased 12.0 effective megapixels and high image quality rivaling that of SLR cameras.

  • 12.0 Effective Megapixels For Higher Image quality and Enhanced Performance
  • Three types Of Anti-Shake Functions To Suit Any Photography Situation
  • Face Recognition AF&AE Function That Photographs Portrait More Beautifully With Simple Operation
  • New “Dynamic Range Adjustment” Function To Prevent White Outs and Black Outs
  • Bright and easy To View LCD Monitor
  • 3X optical Zoom and 6X Digital Zoom For A Maximum Of 17.9X Magnification
  • Video Recording Function Enabling High Qualilty recording For Long Periods Of time

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