Pentax Optio E60 Review

Pentax Optio E60

Review posted 9/15/2008

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With 10.1 megapixels, the PENTAX Optio E60 offers new users beautiful high-resolution images and a variety of easy-to-use features at a budget price. This is the big brother to the E50 we reviewed earlier in the year, and is equipped with an optical 3X zoom lens featuring a wide angle of view (equivalent to 32mm to 96mm in 35mm format) that is perfect for group shots in narrow settings, landscapes and architecture. In addition, the Optio E60 features a variety of modes including Auto Picture, Face Recognition, High Sensitivity Digital Shake Reduction, and a popular Green mode that sets exposure, sensitivity and other parameters with just a touch of a button; perfect for those who are new to digital cameras.

The Face Recognition AF & AE function automatically detects up to 10 faces in the picture frame and automatically sets the optimal exposure and focus. In addition, the Optio E60 extends face detection technology with such features as Half-length Portrait mode that trims the area around the detected person and automatically captures a half-length portrait of the person based on the detected information, and blink detection that tells the user if anyone in the image has closed eyes during the exposure.

The Optio E60 is equipped with an Auto Picture mode that determines the conditions of the scene and automatically selects an optimal shooting mode for the camera. The camera also features several new scene modes including: Standard, Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Flower, and Sport modes.

Digital Shake Reduction reduces camera shake and blurring of the subject when photographing still images. The sensitivity is adjusted automatically (to as high as ISO 6400) to match the brightness of subjects. This feature allows photography with fast shutter speeds and images with less blur. The Optio E60 also features Movie SR to steady your video captures.

Optio E60 Features:

  • Compact body 3.9 x 2.3 x 0.98 in., weighs just 4.6 ounces (without batteries or card)
  • 10.1-megapixel CCD imager
  • 2.4" color LCD with anti-reflective coating and 112,000 pixels of resultion
  • 3x Pentax zoom lens
  • 3-point AF system with Face Recognition AF & AE technologies
  • Macro focus coverage down to 3.96 inches
  • Digital SR (Shake Reduction) mode for blur-free stills and movies
  • Movie mode captures video (640x480/320x240) at 30fps, length limited to media capacity (2GB max. clip size)
  • Voice memos can be attached to still images
  • Multi-segment metering
  • ISO sensitivity: Auto (100 - 6400) or Manual 100 - 6400 (3200/6400 @ 5M)
  • Audio-Video output for TV display
  • Powered by 2 standard AA type batteries
  • Approx. 6.3MB of internal memory plus SD/SDHC card slot
  • PictBridge compatible
  • USB 2.0 (High-speed) Mass Storage compliant
The Optio E60 is available now with a MSRP of US$140 and ships with: Two AA Alkaline batteries, USB and AV cables, Wrist strap, Software CD-ROM, and Manual.

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The Optio E60 compared in size to a standard CD.

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Optio E60 Specifications

Type: Ultra-compact digital camera
Sensor: Type: 1/2.33" interline transfer CCD w/ primary color filter; Effective pixels: 10.1; Total pixels: 10.7; Recorded resolutions - Still: 10M (3648x2736), 7M (3072x2304), 5M (2592x1944), 3M (2048x1536), 2.1M (1920x1080, 16:9), 1024 (1024x768), VGA (640x480); Movie: VGA (640x480), QVGA (320x240); Quality levels - *** (best), ** (better), * (good)
Lens: Type/construction - PENTAX zoom lens, 7 elements, 6 groups (3 aspherical elements); Optical zoom - 3X; Focal length (equiv.) - 5.7-17.1mm (32-96mm); Digital zoom - 5.7X; Combined zoom - 17.1; Intelligent zoom - Non-interpolated, approx 3.6X at 7M to 17.1X at VGA; Aperture - f/2.9-5.2
LCD/Viewfinder: LCD screen - 2.4" TFT color LCD; LCD resolution - 112,000 dots; Wide angle viewable - n/a; Optical viewfinder - n/a
Focus System: Type - 3 point TTL contrast detection autofocus; Focus modes - 3 point AF, Spot AF, Auto Tracking AF, Macro, Infinity Landscape , Pan Focus, Manual Focus; Manual focus - YES; Macro focus - YES; Focus lock - YES, by pressing the shutter release button half way; Focus range - Normal: 1.64' to infinity (over entire zoom range); Macro: 0.33-1.97' (at wide)
Flash: Type - Built-in series-control auto flash; Flash modes - Auto, flash on, flash off, redeye; Effective range - Approx 20' (wide, auto ISO), 10' (tele, auto ISO)
Storage Media: Internal memory - 6.3 MB; Removable memory - SD, SDHC
Interfaces: Ports - USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out; Video out - NTSC, PAL; Printer interfaces - PictBridge
Power Supply: Power source - 2 AA batteries (lithium, alkaline, nickel, NiMH rechargeable); Recordable images - Approx 250 (alkaline); Playback time - Approx 280 min (alkaline); Movie recording time - Approx 100 min (alkaline); Audio recording time - Approx 530 min (alkaline); AC adapter available - YES (optional)
Physical Specifications: Dimensions (W x H x D) - 3.9 x 2.3 x 0.98"; Weight - Without battery or removable memory - 4.6 oz, Loaded and ready - 6.2 oz; Construction material(s) - Polycarbonate; Operating temperature - 32-104 degrees F
Timing: Startup - Approx 2.6 seconds; Release lag - Approx 0.4 seconds
Language Support: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Thai, Korean, Simplified/Traditional Chinese
Image Stabilization: Still - Digital SR (auto up to ISO 6400, 5M); Movie - Movie SR
Metering System: Type - TTL; Multi-segment - YES; Center weighted - n/a; Spot - n/a; Exposure compensation - +/- 2 EV (1/3 steps)
ISO Sensitivity: Auto - 100-6400 (Digital SR fixed at 5M); Manual - 100-6400 (3200-6400 ISO fixed at 5M)
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 - 1/2000 to 1/4 sec (up to 4 sec in Night Scene mode)
Capture Modes: Mode selection - Auto Picture (Standard, Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Sport, Flower), Program, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Half Length Portrait (3M), Movie, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Surf & Snow, Sport, Digital SR (5M), Kids, Pet, Food, Digital Panorama (2M per frame), Frame Composite (3M), Voice Recording, Green; Green simplified mode available - YES; Face recognition available - YES, up to 10 faces; P/A/S/M/B - P; Date stamp - YES, date, date-time, time (not available in Green mode); Digital filters (capture) - n/a; Dynamic Range Adjustment - n/a
Drive Modes: Mode selection - One shot, self timer (10s, 2s), continuous, 16-frame composite; Continuous FPS - Approx 1.35 sec/frame; Self-timer - YES (10s, 2s); Remote control - n/a
Playback Modes: Mode selection - One shot, index (9 thumbnails), magnification, movie playback, sound playback, folder, select & delete, calendar; Mode pallet - Slideshow, resize, cropping, image & sound copy, image rotation, digital filter, brightness filter, frame composite (3M), redeye edit, protect, DPOF, image recovery, face zooming; Magnification - Up to 10X, scrollable; Digital filters (playback) - B&W, sepia, color filters (6); Movie edit - n/a
File Formats: Still - JPG (EXIF 2.2), DCF 2.0 (design rule for camera file system), DPOF, Print Image Matching III; Movie - AVI (Motion JPG) with sound; Sound - WAV (PCM), monaural
Computer System Requirements: *For device connectivity. Bundled software requirements may vary. Windows - Windows 2000/XP/Vista, USB port; Mac - MacOS-X 10.1.2 to 10.5, USB port

(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)

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