Pentax Optio A30

Review Date : Mon, 5 Nov 2007

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Pentax Optio A30
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The 10-megapixel Pentax Optio A30 is equipped with anti-shake technology and offers full manual control in a chic and compact body

Pros: Quality build, Full manual mode, Design and feel
Cons: Lack of wider zoom range

The compact market is forever evolving with growing pixel counts and a multitude of features. The Pentax Optio A30 possesses several of the latter yet offers full manual control in a chic and compact body.


Image capture takes place on a 10MP 1/1.8in CCD. The 3x optical zoom (38-114mm equivalent) is modest, as is the maximum ISO 1600, with the result of all of the above displayed on a striking 2.5in LCD screen.

Design and Performance

It is in use that the A30 really impresses, both in shooting and its general look and feel. The matt black finish and steel highlights of the body give the A30 a real feel of quality. The weight, while not heavy, continues the overall impression of a refined compact. And whereas a lot of compacts impress in design yet frustrate in use, the A30 continues the advanced feel throughout.

Image Quality

Images are consistently, but not overly, sharp while noise is minimal right up to ISO 800.


A beautifully designed compact with full manual mode and impressive functionality

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Design 18/20
Image Quality 17/20
Performance 18/20
Value 18/20
Features 18/20
Overall Score 89%