Pentax Optio M20 Review

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Record Modes & Menu Options



Pentax Optio M20

Here you can see the fully automatic "Auto Picture" mode. The camera selects all of the exposure settings, you just simply point-n-shoot.



Pentax Optio M20

Program AE mode, is also an automatic exposure mode, but it still allows you to select from many menu or function options like ISO, White Balance, etc.



Pentax Optio M20

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



Pentax Optio M20

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



Pentax Optio M20

Press the 4-way controller "MODE" button to change the exposure mode. Choices are: Auto Picture, Program, Night scene, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Surf & Snow, Sport, Kids, Pet, Blur Reduction, Food, Frame.



Pentax Optio M20

Record Menu options:

    Recorded Pixels - 7M, 5M, 4M, 3M, 2M, 1024, 640
    Quality Level - Best (***), Better (**) or Good (*)
    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent or Manual
    AF Setting - Choose focusing area
    Sensitivity - Auto, or User select ISO 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 (ISO 1600 only during Blur Reduction Mode)
    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
    Green Button - Define function of the GREEN button
    Sharpness - Hard, Normal or Soft
    Saturation - Hard, Normal or Soft
    Contrast - Hard, Normal or Soft





Pentax Optio M20 Pentax Optio M20

The Optio M20 lets you get up close and personal with its Macro and Super Macro focus modes. Macro covers 4.0 in (0.1m) at 6.3mm to 2.62 ft (1.0m) at 18.9mm, while Super Macro covers 1.92 in (0.05m) at 6.3mm to 1.31 ft (0.4m) at 18.9mm



Pentax Optio M20

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 M20

You can record 640x480 or 320x320 motion video at 15 or 30 fps with audio. Movie clips are stored as QuickTime MOV format video files. Zoom and wide angle controls work while recording your movie, and the anti-shake setting helps to make a smooth recording. The length of these movies is limited only by available memory.



Pentax Optio M20

Movie options found under the Rec. Menu.

    Record Pixels - 640x480 or 320x320
    Quality Level - Best (***), Better (**) or Good (*)
    Frame Rate - 15fps - 30fps
    Color Mode - Full Color, B&W, Sepia
    Movie anti-shake - On or Off





Pentax Optio M20




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