Pentax Optio E40 Review

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Pentax Optio E40



Record Modes & Menu Options



Pentax Optio E40

Here you can the camera in "Green" mode. It selects all of the exposure settings, you just simply point-n-shoot, perfect for beginners.



Pentax Optio E40

Auto Picture mode is very close to "Green" mode, it is automatic but it does allow you to choose Image size and quality, ISO, EV Compensation, and movie controls.


Pentax Optio E40

Program AE mode is geared more toward the novice user, and offers a wealth of camera settings, like ISO, White Balance, Sharpness, Saturation, Contrast, Exposure Compensation, etc.



Pentax Optio E40

When the shutter is half-pressed and the autofocus locks, the active AF point bracket will shrink and turn green.



Pentax Optio E40

Pressing the OK button toggles the amount of overlay information displayed on the LCD. Here you can see extended exposure information.



Pentax Optio E40

Press the 4-way controller "MODE" button to change the exposure mode. Choices are: Auto Picture, Program, Night Scene, Movie, Voice Recording, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Surf & Snow, Sport, Digital SR, Kids, Pet, Digital Panorama, and Frame Composite.



Pentax Optio E40

Record Menu options:

    Recorded Pixels - 8M, 5M, 4M, 3M, 2M, 1024, 640
    Quality Level - Best (***), Better (**) or Good (*)
    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent or Manual
    Focusing Area - Choose Multi, Spot, or Tracking AF modes
    Sensitivity - Auto, or User select ISO 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
    EV Compensation - ±2.0 in 1/3EV steps
    Movie - Adjust movie mode settings (shown below)
    Digital Zoom - On/Off
    Instant Review - 0.5, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 secs. and Off
    Memory - Saves shooting function settings when camera is turned off
    Sharpness - Hard, Normal or Soft
    Saturation - Hard, Normal or Soft
    Contrast - Hard, Normal or Soft
    Date Imprint - On or Off





Pentax Optio E40

The Optio E40 lets you get up close and personal with its Macro mode. Macro covers macro: 0.49-1.64 ft. at wide angle, manual: 0.49 ft. to infinity at wide angle.



Pentax Optio E40

To focus manually -- Press the Focus mode button and select "MF". Then press the OK button and adjust the focus distance by using the Up and Down positions of the 4-way controller. While you are actively changing the focus, the center portion of the LCD display is magnified and a distance scale is shown on the left.



Pentax Optio E40

You can record 640x480 or 320x320 motion video at 15 or 30 fps with audio. Movie clips are stored as .AVI (Motion JPEG) format video files. While the optical zoom may Not be used during recording, you can preset the desired focal length. The E40 also features Shake Reduction in movie mode, which helps steady the camera as you record movies. The length of these movies is limited only by available memory.



Pentax Optio E40

Movie options found under the Rec. Menu:

    Record Pixels - 640x480 or 320x320
    Frame Rate - 15fps - 30fps
    Color Mode - Full Color, B&W, Sepia






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