Pentax Optio A30 Review

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Pentax Optio A30

The Optio A30 features a smc Pentax 7.9mm - 23.7mm 3x optical zoom with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 38 - 114mm, the maximum aperture is f2.8 - f5.4. The lens is all glass and consists of 7 elements in 5 groups with 2 dual-sided aspheric lenses, and 1 single aspheric lens. When the camera is powered down the lens is retracted inside of the body and a built in cover closes to protect the glass portion of the lens.

It has a 5-point auto focus system with focus-assist illuminator and user-selectable Tracking, Face Recognition, Spot AF, Infinity Landscape, Pan and Manual focus modes. The focusing range in Normal mode is 1.15 ft (0.35m) to Infinity; Macro - 4.7 inches (0.12 m) to 1.31 ft (0.4m); Super Macro - 2.4 inches (0.06m) to 5.8 inches (0.15m).



Pentax Optio A30

The built in flash offers Auto, Flash-Off, Flash-On, Auto + red-eye reduction, Flash-On + red-eye reduction; Effective Range is 2.4 in. - 23 ft. (0.06m - 7.1m) wide, 1.15 ft. - 11.5 ft. telephoto (ISO Auto).



Pentax Optio A30

On the back is a large 2.5 inch LCD monitor with the clarity of approximately 232,000 pixels. The monitor is easy to see even in bright locations because of its backlight and low-reflection type. All of this means it is easier to navigate menus, make settings, compose shots and share your images.

Controls on the back: On top is the zoom control, functions as the index/magnify control in playback. Below it is the Playback button. The 4-way controller lets you navigate menus and select images during playback. In record you press "Up" to enable selftimer mode, press left to change flash mode, press right to change focus mode and press "Down" to change recording Mode. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the menus. The GREEN button quickly puts the camera into Simple Auto (point-n-shoot) mode, in playback it is the Delete button.



Pentax Optio A30

On the top is the On/Off power button, the shutter release, and on the left is the Shake Reduction preview button.



Pentax Optio A30

The I/O ports: The PC/AV port handles both the USB 2.0 (high-speed) connection for downloading or direct printing as well as the audio-video output for TV display. The DC IN jack is for the optional AC power adapter or an external battery pack.



Pentax Optio A30

The Optio A30 is equipped with approx. 22MB of internal memory and has a Secure Digital (SD) card slot on the right side for optional memory cards. It's compatible with up to any size SD card up to 2 GB or the new high-capacity SDHC cards up to 4GB. Data recorded on the internal memory may be copied to an SD card.


Pentax Optio A30





Pentax Optio A30

The Optio A30 is powered by a rechargeable Lithium-ion D-LI8 battery which allows for capturing approximately 150 shots or 110 minutes of continuous playback time (according to CIPA testing, with LCD monitor on and flash used for 50% of the shots).




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