Pentax A30 Review

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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Pentax Optio A30
Resolution: 10.00 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1/1.8 inch
(7.2mm x 5.3mm)
Kit Lens: 3.00x zoom
(38-114mm eq.)
Viewfinder: LCD
Extended ISO: 64 - 3200
Shutter: 1/2000 - 4 seconds
Max Aperture: 2.8
Dimensions: 3.5 x 2.3 x 0.9 in.
(89 x 58 x 23 mm)
Weight: 5.3 oz (150 g)
includes batteries
MSRP: $350
Availability: 03/2007
Manufacturer: Pentax
Full specs: Pentax A30 specifications

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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.


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