The Pentax Optio E90 looks to prove that you can buy a decent compact for under £100. The Pentax E90 review follows...

Product Overview

Overall rating:

87%
Overall score:87%
Value:90%
Performance:90%
Image Quality:85%
Design:85%
Features:85%

Pros:

  • Simple to use with clear interface, impressive images

Cons:

  • Some colour and white balance issues, very basic design,

Product:

Pentax Optio E90 review

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£79.00

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This is as basic a compact as you can get, with a 10.1MP sensor, 3x zoom lens and VGA movie mode.

The E90’s sensitivity can be adjusted between ISO 100-1600, though there’s no lens- or sensor-based image stabilisation, only a sensitivity-based mode. Face Detection is complemented by Smile Detection, while a useful Image Recovery mode for retrieving accidentally-deleted pictures also features, as does AF tracking.

The camera starts up in around 1.5 seconds while shot to shot times are similarly satisfactory. The quietness of the focusing system means subtlety when shooting is a plus, though this together with the low-resolution LCD screen can make it difficult to tell when focusing is taking place.

Image details are clear and sharp, and the metering system produces consistent exposures in a variety of conditions, but a wayward Auto White Balance system, purple fringing and distortion at wideangle all compromise image quality.

Verdict

A surprisingly effective budget compact camera

Full Specification

Connectivity:
USB
Sensor:
10.1MP

ISO Range:
100-1600
Power:
Li-ion

Weight:
122g
Lens:
32-96mm f/2.9-5.2

Dimensions:
60 x 92.5 x 28mm
Shutter Speeds:
1/2000 to 4 sec

File Formats:
JPEG, AVI
LCD:
2.7in TFT, 230k

Memory Card:
SD/SDHC