The Pentax Optio A30 is an attractive ten megapixel camera with an SMC Pentax-branded 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2.5" LCD display. Offering a higher than average resolution of 232,000 pixels, this LCD is the only method of framing images since the A30 forgoes any form of optical viewfinder.
The Pentax A30 has a fairly typical 35mm-equivalent focal range of 38 - 114mm, with a maximum aperture that varies from f/2.8 to f/5.4 across the zoom range. ISO sensitivity is from 64 to 1600 (3200 in blur reduction mode), and the A30 offers both Shutter-priority and Manual exposure modes, plus a generous twelve scene modes. The A30 offers shutter speeds ranging from 1/2000 to 4 seconds, Multi-segment, Center-weighted and Spot metering modes, and +/- 2.0EV of exposure compensation.
Optio A30 connectivity includes both high-speed USB 2.0 and NTSC / PAL video, and images are stored on Secure Digital / MultiMediaCards, including newer SDHC types, plus 22MB of built-in memory. Power is derived from a proprietary Lithium Ion battery pack.
The Pentax Optio A30 ships from late March 2007, priced at US$350.