Pentax Optio A40 Review

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Playback Modes & Menu Options



Pentax Optio A40

When you press the Play button, the last image captured is displayed full screen. It shows the date and time the image was taken, folder name/file number and the battery level indicator. A musical note indicates a sound memo has been recorded, press UP on the 4-way controller to play. Pressing the OK button in the center of the 4-way controller toggles the amount of exposure information displayed with an image. Here you can see extended information for image size/quality, white balance, metering, ISO, shutter speed, aperture, and the histogram display.



Pentax Optio A40

You can quickly search through stored images using the Index playback function which is activated by pressing the wide angle zoom control. Nine thumbnail size images will be displayed and you can select one using the 4-way controller and then pressing the Ok button. Pressing the wide zoom again will take you to a calendar, which allows you to select groups of pictures based on the date they were taken.



Pentax Optio A40

You can magnify an image up to 8x in 6 steps by depressing the telephoto zoom control. Using the 4-way selector you can move around inside the enlarged image.



Pentax Optio A40

Playback menu options:

    Slide show - Set image play intervals (3,5,10,15,20,25 and 30 sec.)
    Resize - Create an image with Lower Resolution and or Quality Level
    Cropping - Crop image to different size
    Copy Image & Sound - From internal memory to SD or MMC card
    Image rotation - rotates image for proper orientation
    Color Filter - Apply a color effect to the image
    Digital Filter - Digitally alter you images
    Brightness Filter - Adjust the image brightness
    Movie Edit - Save a still image, Divide or Cut & Stitch a movie
    Red-eye Compensation - Remove red-eye from your portraits
    Voice Memo - Add up to a 30-second voice memo to an image
    Protect - Protect image from deletion; On or Off
    DPOF - Set DPOF printing information
    Start-up Screen - Manage the start-up image and sound
    Frame Composite - Add decorative frames around your images




Pentax Optio A40

You can resize the image.





Pentax Optio A40

You can trim or crop the image.




Pentax Optio A40

Movies are played back full screen with the audio played back on the built-in speaker. You can play a movie frame by frame, pause, fast forward, or rewind with the 4-Way Selector.



Pentax Optio A40

The camera allows you to edit your videos inside the camera. No need for a PC.



Pentax Optio A40

Setup options:


    Format - Format the SD card
    Sound - On/Off
    Date Adjust - Set Date/Time
    World Time - Set World Time
    Language - Set user Language
    Folder Name - Standard or Date
    USB Connection - PictBridge, PC
    Video Out - NTSC or PAL
    Brightness Level - Adjust LCD back light
    Power Saving - Off, 5sec, 15sec, 30sec, 1min, 2min
    Quick Zoom - On/Off
    Auto Power Off - Off, 3min. or 5min.
    Guide Display - Enable the brief popup labels when switching modes
    Reset - Restore settings to factory Default




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