Pentax M30 Review

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3.00x zoom 1/2.5 inch
size sensor
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Front side of Pentax M30 digital camera        
Basic Specifications
Full model name: Pentax Optio M30
Resolution: 7.10 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1/2.5 inch
(5.8mm x 4.3mm)
Lens: 3.00x zoom
(38-114mm eq.)
Viewfinder: LCD
Extended ISO: 64 - 3200
Shutter: 1/2000 - 4 seconds
Max Aperture: 3.1
Dimensions: 3.8 x 2.2 x 0.7 in.
(97 x 56 x 18 mm)
Weight: 4.8 oz (136 g)
includes batteries
Availability: 03/2007
Manufacturer: Pentax
Full specs: Pentax M30 specifications

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The Pentax Optio M30 features a seven megapixel CCD image sensor, coupled to an smc Pentax-branded 3x optical zoom lens. Announced alongside the Optio T30, the Pentax M30 is the more affordable of the two models. Priced at $199.95, the Pentax M30 uses a 2.5" LCD display with a resolution of 115,000 pixels - a bit smaller than (and half the resolution of) the display used in the T30, and lacking that camera's touch-screen interface. The M30 is restricted to multi-segment metering only. It also has a rather less bright maximum aperture (f/3.1 to f/5.9 across the zoom range, as compared to f/2.7 to f/5.2 on the T30).

ISO ranges from 64 to 400 under automatic control, with the ability to extend this to a maximum of ISO 1600 in manual mode (and ISO 3200 in what Pentax dubs "Digital SR" mode). Images are stores in 21.9MB of built-in memory, or on Secure Digital cards (including the newer SDHC types). The Pentax Optio M30 ships in the USA from March 2007.

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