Pentax Optio E40 Review

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Pentax Optio E40

Review posted 11/5/2007

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The Pentax Optio E40 is an affordable, entry-level compact digital camera that features 8-megapixels of resolution, Face Recognition technology and Digital Shake Reduction functions. This model accepts widely available AA batteries and is designed for simple and intuitive operation, perfect for beginners.

The Optio E40 features Face Recognition AF & AE, which allows you to take beautiful pictures of people easily by letting the camera determine the focus and exposure. This "Face Recognition AF&AE" function 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.

Digital SR (Shake Reduction) mode helps reduce camera shakes and blurring from subject movement in your still images. The sensitivity is adjusted automatically, to as high as ISO 1000, to match the brightness of the subjects. This enables you use faster shutter speeds in marginal conditions, ultimately helping you produce blur free images.

Since the Optio E40 accepts AA batteries, you can shoot with confidence whether at home or away. Furthermore, the camera has been designed specifically to use less power so that you can take approximately 240 photos when running on alkaline batteries.

Optio E40 Features:

  • Compact body 3.7 x 2.4 x 0.9 in., weighs just 4.6 ounces
  • 8-megapixel CCD imager for images up to 3264x2448 pixels
  • Large 2.4" color LCD with 110,000 pixels and 100% coverage
  • 3x Pentax zoom lens
  • 3-point AF system with Face Recognition AF & AE technologies
  • Macro focus coverage down to 5.88 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
  • Voice memos can be attached to still images
  • Multi-segment metering
  • ISO sensitivity: Auto, 80, 160, 320, 400, 800, 1000 (in Digital SR)
  • Audio-Video output for TV display
  • Powered by 2 standard AA type batteries
  • Approx. 10MB of internal memory plus SD/SDHC card slot
  • PictBridge, Epson PRINT Image Matching III and Exif Print compatible
  • USB Mass Storage compliant
The Optio E40 is available now with an MSRP of US$199.95.

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The Optio E40 compared in size to a standard CD.

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Optio E40 Specifications

Type: Ultra-compact digital camera
Sensor: Type - 1/2.5" interline transfer CCD with primary color filter; Effective pixels - 8.1MP; Total pixels - 8.29MP; Recorded resolutions - Still: 8M (3264x2448), 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 zoom lens, 6 elements, 5 groups, 3 dual-sided aspherical elements; Optical zoom - 3x; Focal length (equiv.) - 6.2-18.6mm (equivalent to 37.5-112.5mm); Digital zoom - 4x; Combined zoom: 12x Aperture - f/2.8-5.2
LCD/Viewfinder: LCD screen - 2.4" TFT color LCD; LCD coverage - approx 100%; LCD resolution - 110,000 pixels; Wide angle viewable - n/a; Optical viewfinder - n/a
Focus System: Type: TTL contrast detection auto focus system w/ AF assist lamp Autofocus: 3 point autofocus, multi/spot/continuous focus available Manual focus: YES Macro focus: YES Focus lock: available by pressing shutter release button half way Focus range: 1.31' to infinity (macro: 0.49-1.64' at wide angle, manual: 0.49' to infinity at wide angle)
Flash: Type - built-in series-control auto flash; Flash modes: auto flash, flash on, flash off, redeye reduction; Effective range - approx 14.1' (wide), 7.5' (tele), in auto ISO
Storage Media: Internal memory - approx 10 MB; Removable memory - SD, SDHC
Interfaces: Ports: USB, AV, dock terminal connection Video out - NTSC, PAL; Printer interfaces - PictBridge and Kodak ImageLink print system supported
Power Supply: Power source-2 AA batteries (alkaline, lithium, nickel, NiMH rechargeable); Recordable images - approx 240 with alkaline batteries; Playback time - approx 400 min with alkaline batteries; Movie recording time - approx 90 min with alkaline batteries; Audio recording time - approx 290 min with alkaline batteries; AC adapter available - YES (optional)
Physical Specifications: Dimensions (W x H x D) - 3.7 x 2.4 x 0.9"; Weight - Without battery or removable memory: 4.6 oz; Loaded and ready: 6.2 oz; Construction material(s) - plastic polymer; Operating temperature - 32-104 degrees F
Timing: Startup - approx TBA sec; Release - approx TBA sec
Language Support: English, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Swedish, Dutch, Russian, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Danish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai
Image Stabilization: Still - Digital SR Mode (ISO 1000)
Metering System: Type - TTL multi-segment metering; Multi-segment - YES; Center weighted - n/a; Spot - n/a; Exposure compensation - +/- 2 EV in 1/3 steps
ISO Sensitivity: Auto - 80, 160, 320, 400; Manual - 80, 160, 320, 400, 800, 1000 (in Digital SR)
White Balance: Auto preset modes - auto, daylight, shade, tungsten, fluorescent; Manual mode(s) - YES
Shutter: Type - programmed AE electronic lens shutter with CCD electronic shutter; Shutter speed - approx 1/2000 to 4 sec
Capture Modes: Mode selection - (via mode palate) Auto Picture, Program, Night Scene, Movie, Voice Recording, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Surf & Snow, Sport, Digital SR, Kids, Pet, Panorama, Frame Composite, Green; Green simplified mode available - YES; Face recognition available - YES, recognize 5 faces in Auto Picture, Program, Portrait, and Kids modes; P/A/S/M/B - P; Date/time stamp - YES (on/off); Digital filters (capture) - n/a
Drive Modes: Mode selection - one shot, self-timer (10s, 2s), continuous, 16 frame composite (VGA); Self-timer - 10 sec, 2 sec; Remote control - n/a
Playback Modes: Mode Selection - One Shot, Index (9 thumbnails), Magnification, Movie Playback, Sound Playback, Histogram, Folder, Select & Delete, Calendar; Mode Palate - Slideshow, Resize, Trimming, Image & Sound Copy, Image Rotation, Digital Filter, Brightness Filter, Frame Composite, Redeye Edit, Voice Memo, Protect, DPOF, Startup Screen; Magnification - 8x, scrollable; Digital filters (playback) - B&W, Color Effects (7), Soft, Tile, Brightness Filter, Frame Composite; Movie edit - n/a
File Formats: Still - JPG (EXIF 2.2), DCF, DPOF, Print Image Matching III; Movie - AVI (Motion JPG) with sound, approx 30/15 FPS w/ sound; 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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