Pentax Optio MX Review

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Record Modes & Menu Options



Pentax OptioMX

Program recording mode is an automatic mode but has many menu and function options available. Shown here with the full info display enabled with live histogram in the lower right corner. Onscreen icons indicate space for another 232 still images or 18:17 of video capture. 2048 x 1536 image size, Fine quality, Auto white balance, spot metering, ISO 100 and -0.25 exposure compensation. The battery level is full. The white brackets in the center denote the auto focus area which is set to Narrow.



Pentax OptioMX

When the shutter is half-pressed and the auto focus is locked, the AF brackets turn green and the selected shutter speed and aperture value is also displayed.



Pentax OptioMX

The Tv (Shutter-speed priority) mode allows you to set a desired shutter speed and the camera will select the appropriate aperture value. If the shutter speed is too low or high then the aperture value is displayed in red which indicates that you need to select a different shutter speed. Shutter speed range is from 1/2,000 to 4 seconds.



Pentax OptioMX

The Av (Aperture priority) mode is like the Tv mode, here you select the desired aperture value and the camera selects the appropriate shutter speed. In wideangle the available settings are F2.9, 3.1, 3.4, 3.7, 4.0, 4.4, 4.7, 5.2, 5.6, 6.2, 6.7, 7.3 and 8.0. In telephoto the range is F3.5 to F8.0.



Pentax OptioMX

The Manual exposure mode gives you complete control over both the shutter speed and the aperture value. Adjust one or the other until the +/- indicator disappears.



Pentax OptioMX

Press the MENU button to access these options:

    Recorded Pixels - 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1024x768 or 640x480
    Quality Level - Best, Better or Good
    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent or Manual
    Focusing Area - Wide or Narrow
    AE Metering - Multi segment, Center-weighted or Spot
    Sensitivity - Auto, 100, 200, 400
    Flash Exposure Compensation - Adjust flash output +1.0 to -2.0
    Digital Filter - Color filter (B&W, Sepia, Red, Pink, Purple, Blue, Green, Yellow)
    Digital Zoom - Off, x4, x10
    Instant Review - 0.5, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 secs. and Off
    Memory - Saving shooting function settings when camera is turned off
    Sharpness - Hard, Normal or Soft
    Saturation - Hard, Normal or Soft
    Contrast - Hard, Normal or Soft





Pentax OptioMX

The PICTure (Scene) modes are: Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Self-Portrait, Surf & Snow, Sunset, Night-Scene, Soft, Illustration, Panorama Assist



Pentax OptioMX

In Super Macro Mode (shown) you can close focus from 0 inches (0cm) to 5.9 inches (0.15m) the lens is fixed at full wide angle. The regular Macro mode covers from 3.9 inches (0.1 m) to 1.64 ft (0.5m) Wide and 1.97 ft (0.6m) to 4.92 ft (1.5m) Tele.



Pentax OptioMX

Pressing the movie mode shutter release allows you to capture VGA resolution MPEG-4 encoded full motion video with audio, the length of these movies is limited only by available memory (see page 2 for the Storage Capacity chart.)



Pentax OptioMX

Movie mode capture options include:

    Recorded Pixels - 640x480, 320x240, 160x120
    Quality Level - Best, Better or Good
    Frame Rate - 30fps or 15fps
    Color Mode - Color, B&W, Sepia
    Fast Fwd Movie - Time-lapse movie mode (x20, x10, x5, x2, off)





Pentax OptioMX

The OptioMX can be used as a voice-only recorder too. Our camera has a 512MB SD card in it and as you can see, we could record 32 hours, 5 minutes and 10 seconds of audio.







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