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Pentax is among most well-known camera brands in the world. Tens of millions of Pentax cameras and lenses have been sold since they first appeared on the scene in the 1950s. The Pentax brand has its origins in the Asahi Optical Joint Stock Company, which was founded outside Tokyo, Japan in 1919. In the decades that followed their introduction, Pentax film cameras and lenses became a staple of many an amateur and professional photographer's gear arsenal.

Pentax entered the digital age with the release of the EI-C90 in 1997. The EI-C90 was unique because it could be separated into two sections, one for the camera and one for the LCD. Four years later, Pentax introduced the Optio 430, which was the smallest compact digicam at the time, and the company continues to use the Optio name for their innovative line of point-and-shoot digital cameras.

Three series currently form the lineup of Pentax Optio cameras. P Series cameras are Pentax's popular line of slim, stylish, but powerful compacts. E Series cameras are entry-class, user-friendly models. W Series cameras feature rugged, waterproof shells designed to withstand the elements. Pentax also produces an affordable line of digital SLR cameras under the K Series name.

Below you will find our entire library of Pentax digital camera reviews organized by date.  Alternatively, you can browse the Pentax camera reviews by model number to the left. 
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Camera Pentax K-S2 DSLR Preview thumbnail
02-10-2015
20
Interchangeable
3.0" Vari-angle
Camera Pentax Q-S1 Preview thumbnail
12-12-2014
12.4
4/3 System
3.0"
Camera Pentax K-50 DSLR Preview thumbnail
12-12-2014
16.3
K mount
3.0"
Camera Pentax 645Z Medium Format DSLR Preview thumbnail
10-12-2014
51.4
Interchangeable
3.2" Tilting LCD
Camera Pentax K-S1 Preview thumbnail
08-28-2014
20
ILC
3.0"
Camera Pentax XG-1 Preview thumbnail
07-15-2014
16
52x
3.0"
Camera Pentax K-3 Review thumbnail
03-03-2014
24
Pentax K
3.2"
Camera Pentax K-50 DSLR Review thumbnail
10-09-2013
16.28
Pentax K
3.0"
Camera Pentax Q7 Review thumbnail
10-04-2013
12.4
Q-mount
3.0"
Camera Pentax K-500 DSLR Preview thumbnail
06-13-2013
16.28
Interchangeable
3.0"
Camera Pentax MX-1 Review thumbnail
05-15-2013
12
4x
3.0" Tilting
Camera Pentax K-5 II and K-5 IIs Review thumbnail
04-01-2013
16.28
Pentax K
3.0"
Camera Pentax Optio WG-10 Review thumbnail
01-30-2013
14
5x
2.7
Camera Pentax Q10 Preview thumbnail
01-07-2013
12.4
Interchangable
3.0"
Camera Pentax X-5 Preview thumbnail
08-22-2012
16
26x
3.0" Tilting Display
Camera Pentax K-30 dSLR Review thumbnail
08-06-2012
16
Pentax K
3.0
Camera Pentax K-01 Review thumbnail
06-18-2012
16
K-mount
3.0
Camera PENTAX Optio WG-2 GPS Review thumbnail
06-13-2012
16
5x
3.0
Camera PENTAX Optio VS20 Preview thumbnail
01-25-2012
16
20x
3.0"
Camera PENTAX Q Review thumbnail
01-16-2012
12.4
Q-mount
3.0
Camera PENTAX Optio RZ18 Preview thumbnail
09-13-2011
16
18x
3.0
Camera Pentax Optio S1 Review thumbnail
06-08-2011
14
5
2.7
Camera Pentax Optio RS1500 Review thumbnail
05-25-2011
14
4x
3.0
Camera Pentax Optio WG-1 Review thumbnail
05-23-2011
14
5x
2.7
Camera Pentax K-r dSLR Review thumbnail
03-04-2011
12.4
Pentax K
3.0
Camera Pentax Optio RZ10 Review thumbnail
01-10-2011
14
10x
2.7
Camera Pentax Optio RS1000 Preview thumbnail
09-09-2010
14
4x
3.0
Camera Pentax Optio I-10 Review thumbnail
07-19-2010
12.1
5x
2.7
Camera Pentax Optio X90 Review thumbnail
06-18-2010
12.1
26x
2.7
Camera Pentax Optio W90 Review thumbnail
06-14-2010
12.1
5x
2.7
Camera Pentax K-7 dSLR Review thumbnail
02-01-2010
14.6
Pentax K
3.0
Camera Pentax Optio W80 Review thumbnail
10-27-2009
12.1
5x
2.5
Camera Pentax Optio X70 Review thumbnail
05-25-2009
12
24X Stabilized
2.7
Camera Pentax Optio P70 Review thumbnail
04-02-2009
12
4
2.7
Camera Pentax Optio E70 Review thumbnail
03-27-2009
10
3x
2.4
Camera Pentax K2000 SLR Review thumbnail
02-11-2009
10
Pentax K
2.7
Camera Pentax Optio E60 Review thumbnail
09-15-2008
10
3x
3.4
Camera Pentax Optio W60 Review thumbnail
07-28-2008
10
5x
2.5
Camera Pentax Optio M50 Review thumbnail
06-27-2008
8
5x
2.5
Camera Pentax K200D SLR Review thumbnail
05-20-2008
10.2
Pentax K
2.7
Camera Pentax K20D SLR Review thumbnail
05-19-2008
14.6
Pentax K
2.7
Camera Pentax Optio E50 Review thumbnail
05-19-2008
8
3x
2.4
Camera Pentax Optio A40 Review thumbnail
05-17-2008
12
3x
2.5
Camera Pentax Optio Z10 Review thumbnail
01-03-2008
8
7x
2.5
Camera Pentax Optio E40 Review thumbnail
11-05-2007
8
3x
2.4
Camera Pentax Optio S10 Review thumbnail
11-05-2007
10
3x
2.5
Camera Pentax Optio M40 Review thumbnail
09-18-2007
8
3x
2.5
Camera Pentax K100D Super SLR Review thumbnail
09-17-2007
6
Pentax K
2.5
nopic image
04-23-2007
7
3x
2.5
Camera Pentax Optio W30 Review thumbnail
04-23-2007
6
3x
2.5
Camera Pentax Optio A30 Review thumbnail
04-13-2007
10
3x
2.5
Camera Pentax K10D SLR Review thumbnail
03-16-2007
10
Pentax K
2.5
nopic image
02-09-2007
7
3x
2.5
Camera Pentax Optio W20 Review thumbnail
01-30-2007
6
3x
2.5
Camera Pentax Optio S7 Review thumbnail
01-08-2007
7
3x
2.5
Camera Pentax K100D SLR Review thumbnail
09-12-2006
6
Pentax Kx1.5
2.5
Camera Pentax Optio A10 Review thumbnail
05-12-2006
8.0
3x
2.5
Camera Pentax Optio W10 Review thumbnail
05-12-2006
6.0
3x
2.5
Camera Pentax *ist DL SLR Review thumbnail
03-08-2006
6
Pentax Kx1.5
2.5
Camera Pentax Optio WPi Review thumbnail
01-22-2006
6.0
3x
2.0
Camera Pentax Optio S6 Review thumbnail
12-28-2005
6.0
3x
2.5
Camera Pentax *ist DS2 SLR Review thumbnail
12-07-2005
6
Pentax Kx1.5
2.5
Camera Pentax Optio S5z Review thumbnail
07-08-2005
5
3x
2.5
Camera Pentax Optio X Review thumbnail
12-06-2004
5
3x
2.0
Camera Pentax *ist DS SLR Review thumbnail
11-29-2004
6
Pentax Kx1.5
2
Camera Pentax Optio MX4 Review thumbnail
11-29-2004
4
10x
1.8
Camera Pentax Optio SV Review thumbnail
11-29-2004
5
5x
1.8
Camera Pentax Optio 750z Review thumbnail
11-09-2004
7.0
5x
1.8
Camera Pentax Optio S50 Review thumbnail
11-05-2004
5.0
3x
1.8
Camera Pentax Optio S5i Review thumbnail
10-25-2004
5.0
3x
1.8
Camera Pentax Optio MX Review thumbnail
07-26-2004
3.2
10x
1.8
Camera Pentax Optio 43WR Review thumbnail
06-17-2004
4.0
2.8x
1.6
Camera Pentax Optio 30 Review thumbnail
05-06-2004
3.2
3x
1.6
Camera Pentax Optio S4i Review thumbnail
05-06-2004
4.0
3x
1.8
Camera Pentax Optio S40 Review thumbnail
05-06-2004
4.0
3x
1.6
Camera Pentax Optio 555 Review thumbnail
10-23-2003
5
5x
1.5
Camera Pentax *ist D SLR Review thumbnail
10-18-2003
6
Pentax Kx1.5
1.8
Camera Pentax Optio S4 Review thumbnail
10-17-2003
4.0
3x
1.6
Camera Pentax Optio 33WR Review thumbnail
10-13-2003
3.2
2.8x
1.6
Camera Pentax Optio 450 Review thumbnail
07-15-2003
4
5x
1.5
Camera Pentax Optio 550 Review thumbnail
05-26-2003
5
5x
1.5
Camera Pentax Optio 33L Review thumbnail
05-13-2003
3.2
3x
1.5
Camera Pentax Optio S Review thumbnail
04-19-2003
3.2
3x
1.6
Camera Pentax Optio 330gs Review thumbnail
10-25-2002
4.0
3x
1.6
Camera Pentax Optio 330rs Review thumbnail
09-13-2002
3
3x
1.6
Camera Pentax Optio 430rs Review thumbnail
09-13-2002
4
3x
1.6
Camera Pentax DigiBino DB100 Review thumbnail
08-06-2002
1/3 progressive CCD with 800,00 pixels
7x
1.6
Camera Pentax Optio 230 Review thumbnail
06-06-2002
4.0
3x
1.6
Camera Pentax Optio 430 Review thumbnail
10-24-2001
4
3x
1.6
Camera Pentax Optio 330 Review thumbnail
09-22-2001
3
3x
1.6