Pentax Optio M30 Review

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Review posted 4/20/2007

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With 7.1 effective megapixels and high-performance PENTAX lens, the Optio M30 has the ability to capture clear, high-quality images. This lens features a 3x focal range covering angles of view equivalent to those of a 38-114mm lens in 35mm format, which is ideal for a broad spectrum of subjects from landscapes, through sightseeing photographs, to portraits.

The compact Optio M series exterior has been redesigned for 2007. Powered by an ultra-thin Lithium-Ion battery and featuring a miniaturized circuit board, the M30 body is a slim 0.7 inches (18mm). While the aluminum alloy body offers ruggedness as well as gives the camera a sophisticated design.

The Optio M30 features a Digital Shake Reduction mode to adjust the camera sensitivity to as high as ISO 3200 to match the brightness of the subject. Even in low-light conditions, this feature increases shutter speeds to help reduce blurring and improves flash range for capturing subjects at a distance in dark locations.

This new models is equipped with a new Auto-Macro Function that enables close-up photography up to 4.0 inches (10 cm). The Auto-Macro function allows the camera to determine the distance from the subject, even while in the normal focus mode, and automatically switches the focus range to macro mode.

The M30 also features "Face Recognition AF & AE" technology (Portrait mode only), that automatically detects and focuses on faces regardless of where the people appear in the photo frame. In addition, optimal exposure settings are automatically conducted so that the areas with faces are not darkened even if there is backlighting.

The Optio M30 captures smooth, high-quality movies at 30 fps (frames per second) at a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. This model is also equipped with a Movie Shake Reduction function, which automatically corrects camera shake, allowing for steady handheld movies to be taken more easily. Using the "Movie SR" function results in a narrower field of view than that during normal recording.


Optio M30 Features:

  • Ultra compact body 3.8 x 2.2 x 0.7 in., weighs just 4.2 ounces
  • 7.1 megapixel CCD imager
  • Large 2.5" color LCD with 115,000 pixels and 100% coverage
  • 3x Pentax zoom lens
  • 9-point AF system with Tracking and Face Recognition AF & AE technologies
  • Super macro focus coverage down to 1.9 inches
  • Digital SR (Shake Reduction) mode for blur-free stills and movies
  • High-quality movie mode captures QuickTime video (640 x 480) at 30fps, length limited to media capacity
  • Use as a voice recorder, you can record 24 hours of voice memos consecutively
  • Voice memos can be attached to still images
  • Multi-segment metering
  • ISO sensitivity: Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
  • Digital Filter - B&W, Sepia, Red, Pink, Purple, Blue, Green, Yellow, Soft, Brightness
  • Audio-Video output for TV display
  • Powered by Litium-Ion battery pack
  • Approx. 22 MB of internal memory plus SD card slot
  • PictBridge, Epson PRINT Image Matching III and Exif Print compatible
  • USB Mass Storage compliant
The Optio M30 is available now (April 2007) with an MSRP of US$199.95.

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The Optio M30 compared in size to a standard CD.





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The Optio M30 and its 10-megapixel Optio A30 sibling.






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Optio M30 Specifications

Type: Ultra-compact digital camera
Sensor: Type - 1/2.5" Interline Transfer CCD; Effective pixels - 7.1MP; Total pixels - 7.38MP; Recorded resolutions - Still: 7M (3072x2304), 5M (2592x1944), 4M (2304x1728), 3M (2048x1536), 2M (1600x1200), 1024 (1024x768), VGA (640x480); Movie: VGA (640x480), QVGA (320x240); Quality levels - *** (best), ** (better), * (good)
Lens: Type/construction - Pentax smc, zoom lens, 6 elements, 5 groups, 4 aspherical elements; Optical zoom - 3x (6.3-18.9mm); Focal length (equiv.) - 38-114mm; Digital zoom - 4x; Combined zoom - 12x; Aperture - F3.1-5.9
LCD/Viewfinder: LCD screen - 2.5" TFT Color LCD; LCD resolution - 115,000 pixels; Wide angle viewable - n/a; Optical viewfinder - n/a
Focus System: Type - TTL Contrast Detection Autofocus; Autofocus - 9 point autofocus, Spot Autofocus, Auto Tracking Autofocus, Pan Focus and Face Priority Autofocus available; Manual focus - 0.33' to infinity (at wide), 1.97' to infinity (other zoom levels) - Macro focus: YES, manual and automatic macro, super macro; Focus lock - Available by pressing the shutter release button half way; Focus range - Normal 1.31' to infinity (at wide) or 1.97' to infinity (other zoom levels), Macro 0.33-3.3' (at wide), Super Macro 0.16-1.31'
Flash: Type - Built-in, series-control, high power auto flash; Flash modes - Auto, on, off, redeye reduction, soft flash; Effective range - 18.0' (at wide), 9.2' (at telephoto), 50.9' (at wide with digital SR), 26.6' (at telephoto with digital SR), Auto ISO
Storage Media: Internal memory - 21.9MB; Removable memory - SD, SDHC
Interfaces: Ports - USB/AV, DC input; Video out - NTSC, PAL; Printer interfaces - PictBridge
Power Supply: Power source-D-LI63 rechargeable Li-Ion battery; Recordable images - approx. 230; Playback time - approx. 330 min.; AC adapter available - Optional
Physical Dimensions: Dimensions (W x H x D) - 3.8 x 2.2 x 0.7"; Weight without battery or removable memory - 4.2 oz; Loaded and ready - 4.8 oz; Construction material(s) - Aluminum alloy; Operating temperature - TBA
Timing: Startup - approx 2.0s; Release lag - approx 0.05s
Language Support: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Russian, Thai, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese
Image Stabilization: Still - Digital SR Mode ISO 3200; Movie - Movie SR Mode
Metering System: Type - TTL; Multi-segment - YES; Center weighted - n/a; Spot - n/a; Exposure compensation - +/- 2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
ISO Sensitivity: Auto - 64-1600 (3200 ISO available in Digital SR Mode); Manual - YES
White Balance: Auto preset modes - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent; Manual mode(s) - YES
Shutter: Type - Programmed AE electronic lens shutter w/ CCD electronic shutter; Shutter speed - 1/2000 to 4 sec
Capture Modes: Mode selection - Auto Picture, Program, Night Scene, Movie, Voice Recording, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Surf & Snow, Sport, Digital SR, Kids, Pet, Food, Frame Composite (3MP); Green simplified mode available - YES; P/A/S/M/B - P; Date/time stamp - n/a (software only); Digital filters (capture) - n/a
Drive Modes: Mode selection - one shot, self timer, continuous; Self-timer - 10s, 2s; Remote control - n/a
Playback Modes: Mode selection - one shot, index, magnification, movie playback, sound playback, histogram, bright/dark indication, folder display, select & delete, calendar, (mode palate: slideshow, resize, trimming, image & sound copy, image rotation, digital filter, brightness filter, frame composite, redeye reduction, voice memo, protect, DPOF; Magnification - up to 8x; Digital filters (playback) - b&w, sepia, color filter (6 colors), color extract (b&w with red, green, or blue) soft; Movie edit - n/a
File Formats: Still - JPG (EXIF 2.2), DCF, DPOF, Print Image Matching III; Movie - MOV (QuickTime Motion JPG), 30/15 FPS w/ sound, movie SR; Sound - WAV (PCM), monaural
Computer System Requirements: For device connectivity. Bundled software requirements may vary. Windows - TBA; Mac - TBA

(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)




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