Pentax Optio A40 Review

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Features & Controls



Pentax Optio A40

The Optio A40 features a smc Pentax 7.9mm - 23.7mm 3x optical zoom with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 37 - 111mm, 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, 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 A40

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. (0.35m - 3.5m) telephoto (ISO Auto).



Pentax Optio A40

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 self-timer 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 A40

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



Pentax Optio A40

The I/O ports: At the top is the DC IN jack for use with optional AC power adapter or an external battery pack. 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.



Pentax Optio A40

The Optio A40 is equipped with approx. 21MB of internal memory and has a card slot for using optional SD and SDHC (High Capacity) memory cards. Shown here with a spacious and speedy OCZ Class6 4GB SDHC card.


Approx Storage Capacity using 1GB SD card

Pentax Optio A40

Pentax Optio A40





Pentax Optio A40

The Optio A40 is powered by a rechargeable Lithium-ion D-LI8 3.7v 710mAh battery which Pentax claims with allow you to capture approximately 180 shots or 200 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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