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Pentax Optio A10 8MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom and Shake Reduction

by Pentax
46 customer reviews

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  • 8.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 16 x 22-inch prints
  • 2.5-inch LCD display; 3x optical zoom with Shake Reduction technology
  • Mode Palette on LCD lets you navigate and select from 15 shooting modes and 15 playback modes
  • Record movies with sound in Divx MPEG-4 movie format (movie playback is not supported on Macintosh operating systems)
  • Powered by D-LI8 lithium-ion battery; stores images on SD memory cards (includes 24 MB internal memory)
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The Pentax Optio A10 compact digital camera with an 8.0-effective-megapixel CCD, which combines a slim, lightweight, stylish design with a new proprietary Shake Reduction system for sharper quality images.

The Optio A10 represents a complete overhaul of the Optio compact digital camera series and will be the first model of our new high-end Optio A Series.

Major features:

High image quality--loaded with a large CCD
The Optio A10 is equipped with a new large 1/1.8-inch CCD boasting 8.32 total megapixels. With about 1.6 times the light receiving area of our conventional compact camera CCDs, this large CCD offers advantages in superior tone reproduction, texture delineation, and noise reduction.

High-performance smc Pentax zoom lens
Constructed from seven elements in five groups, including three double-sided aspherical lenses, the newly developed smc Pentax zoom lens produces clear, high-contrast images. This design corrects effectively for spherical and other aberrations and our original coating cuts out ghosting and flare.

A new ASIC supplies the Optio A10 with dramatically more image-processing power. Thanks to the ASIC's high-speed processing capability, the Optio A10 attains a higher level of tone reproduction and color correction based on enormous amounts of actual photo data.

Pentax's original SR (Shake Reduction) system
Pentax's newly designed Shake Reduction system really comes into its own in shooting conditions that are sensitive to camera shake, such as telephoto shots or indoor shots without a flash.

The SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism:

  • Two internal gyro sensors detect the amount of camera shake.
  • A dedicated CPU quickly calculates the necessary correction from the amount of camera shake and the lens's focusing data.
  • A special proprietary mechanism moves the CCD based on the calculated correction to compensate for the camera shake.

    Super-compact, lightweight body
    Pentax kept the Optio A10 as slim as possible despite completely redesigning the lens unit from the optical lens to the image sensor, enlarging the CCD, and adding an anti-vibration mechanism to absorb camera shake. Furthermore, by utilizing the Pentax Sliding Lens System and high-density mounting technology, we were able to squeeze the camera in a 88.5 x 54.5 x 23- millimeter (W x H x D), 125-gram body with an incredibly efficient layout that leaves almost no spaces between components.

    Elegant, stylish design
    The beautiful form of the Optio A10 is attained through numerous refinements such as the highly textured aluminum alloy exterior, the 12-faceted accent lens ring, and the connector cover designed to blend in with the camera. While exuding a sense of style and sophistication, the design has not overlooked the camera's grip or operability. The position of each control component has been optimized through operational tests and a Handing indentation has been added to the left side of the camera's topside surface.

    Intuitive Mode Palette
    The Mode Palette, which lists various modes on the LCD monitor, lets you quickly and expertly navigate through and select from the 15 shooting modes and 15 playback modes. And by using the translucent through display, which superimposes mode icons over the LCD monitor image, changing settings while framing the subject could not be easier.

    Auto Picture Mode
    The Auto Picture Mode makes taking photos even easier and even more fun. Selecting the Auto Picture Mode from the shooting Mode Palette has the camera automatically select the mode from Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, or Standard according to the shooting conditions.

    High-quality movie mode with long recording times
    The Optio A10 smoothly captures movies at 30 fps (frames per second) at sizes up to 640 x 480 pixels with image quality rivaling camcorders. Since it employs the Divx MPEG-4 movie format, the Optio A10 can record longer, high-quality movies. (Movie playback is not supported on Macintosh operating systems.) Camera shake can also be corrected automatically by switching on the Movie anti-Shake feature. (Using the Movie anti-Shake feature results in a narrower field of view than normal.)

    High-definition, easy-to-view LCD monitor
    Despite its slimness, the Optio A10 manages to fit in a large, 2.5-inch LCD monitor with the clarity of approximately 232,000 pixels. The monitor is easy to see even in bright locations because of its backlight and low-reflection type. All of this means it is easier to navigate menus, make settings, and compose shots as well as to display crisper, more beautiful images.

    Other features:

  • Precise autofocus with a tracking AF function feature
  • Candlelight mode allows high-sensitivity shooting at a Standard Output Sensitivity of 800
  • Approximately 24 MB of built-in memory; supports external SD memory cards
  • Built-in AF-assist light (can be switched on or off)
  • Frame composite function can add decorative frames to images
  • Pan-focus function for effortless snapshots
  • Convenient image-rotation display for confirmation of vertical shots
  • ACDSee for Pentax image viewer/image management software
  • FotoNation's red-eye compensation function for flash photography
  • USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) compatible
  • DPOF functions, Exif Print, and PRINT Image Matching III compatible
  • PictBridge compatible

  • Product Details

    • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 0.9 x 2.2 inches ; 5.1 ounces
    • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
    • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
    • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
    • ASIN: B000CSEL4Q
    • California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.
    • Item model number: 18903
    • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
    • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,063 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
    • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
    • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 4, 2006

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    52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Anaguma on July 27, 2006
    My Pentax Optio S died in Sapporo and I didn't have time or inclination for a travel repair, so I went in to Yodobashi Camera to see what they had. I looked at some Cannon but settled on Pentax again figuring I wouldn't have a steep learning curve. I was right. It runs very similarly to all the Optio family. It's slightly larger than the Optio S line but is still as small as it gets.

    Yodobashi had 3 Pentaxes for me to choose from: 1 had a touch screen (useless IMHO), and the other was waterproof to 1.5 meters. At least at Yodobashi, viewfinders on digital cameras were things of the past. The A10 had 8 megapixels and a "Shake Reduction" which both looked appealing. I purchased it, swapped my SD card from the old to the new and headed for the old government building and a ramen shop.


    The shake reduction is an option in both still and movie modes. However, I didn't notice an improvement unless I was using a small tripod. It really sharpened up a slightly shaky tripod but if you were moving, there wasn't much improvement.

    The zoom sucked until I understood it. It is not a continuous feed but a step feed in 6 steps. You push the zoom button for just an instant and the zoom will move by a 1/6 increment. Not really a big deal, but it was annoying when I was expecting an infinite choice.

    Also with the lens, the wide angle isn't quite as wide and the zoom is a bit more telephoto than on the old Pentax. I would prefer having the wider as on the Optio S but taking 2 steps back doesn't make that big a difference.

    Green button - Great button. You can assign 4 function settings, shake reduction, re-initialize, or movie mode to this button.
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    42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Lesley R. Goodwin on August 29, 2006
    Just picked up my Pentax A10 at Costco a couple of day ago and here's my thoughts.

    The shipping box was small, but heavy, so I felt good about the weight (must be well built - right). I unpacked the box, and notice the small size of the camera. I was quite happy about this since I wanted the smallest camera I could find. I noticed that the weight of the box was mostly due to the manuals inside, and while shopping around, I notice that the Pentax was just about the smallest mega pixel around.

    About the size, I like to carry my camera in my pocket, or put it in my computer bag. The Pentax A10 fits the bill. The camera will not only fit in you pocket, but it won't fell like your caring a small brick. While at Costco, I sized up all the camera's on display, and was quite happy that the smallest (Pentax A10), was also a 8 MP camera, not just a 6 MP camera as several other units were.

    In the box was every thing I needed, but I found out that you do not have to install the software to get going, unless you want to. I simply unwrapped the small battery that came with the unit, and plugged my power cradle into the wall, and snapped the battery in. I was pleasantly surprised that the battery took less than 1 1/2 hours to charge, enough time for me to scan the major details of the user manual, before putting the battery in the camera, and clicking away. The battery charger can fit both a camera and battery at the same time, and a little red light will tell you which one is being charged, and when it has fully charged (light will go out).
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    52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By S. Ligon on March 10, 2006
    The camera has a "pre-flash" before the real flash. which adds a full second between the instant you press the button and the time the picture is actually taken.

    That might not sound like much, but it's enough for you to miss that cute pose your kid HAD, a second ago... when you actually wanted the picture. You can get a kid to look at the camera for a split second, then the first flash pops, one full second later, the picture actually takes. Meanwhile your kid is a blur in the lens.

    It's not a "red-eye reduction" flash, altought the camera has that feature (even longer pause between 2 flashes). And it can't be turned off, short of turning off the flash altogether.

    Either I need a camera that takes the picture closer to when the button is pressed, or I need more patient kids.
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    24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By E. Ivarsson on March 29, 2006
    Photos are wonderful! Color, sharpness, you name it. Love the new shake-reduction feature which makes all pictures crisp. There's a double flash, but I can't say that it bothers me. It's just for a split of a second. The movie mode is another great feature. Films comes out great, and as they are encoded inte divX, you can acctually room abit on your memory card (20+ minutes on a 512mb card) compared to canon models (3+ minutes on a 512 card) With the same quality.

    It also looks great, and even my hard-core-gadget-freak friends were all really impressed by the design and the stunning 2,5" screen.

    I've had, and been using quite a few digital cameras before (Canon, Konica-Minolta, Samsung etc) and this is by far the best one.

    The only downside is the battery life. Today many cameras can take up to 400+ photos without recharge, this one can do between 120-150. Luckily I had an extra battery from an old Pentax camera that I could use. I would recommend getting an extra battery. That's also the reason why I give it 4 stars and not 5.
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