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Pentax Optio I10 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Pearl White)

by Pentax
4 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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  • 12.1 megapixel CCD
  • Wide-angle, 5x optical zoom lens (28-140mm equivalent)
  • 2.7" LCD display
  • Classic styling in an ultra-slim design
  • Triple shake reduction technology includes a mechanical sensor-shift mechanism, digital Pixel Track SR & Movie SR
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Technical Details

Product Description

Color: Pearl White

Product Description

PENTAX 16456 12.1 Megapixel Optio I10 Digital Camera (Pearl White)

From the Manufacturer

The slim and stylish Pentax Optio I-10 with a design inspired by the classic look of film SLR cameras. This head-turning first model in the new Optio I line features a flash unit and speaker in the upper mid-section of the SLR-shaped body while the camera's front panel is embellished with high quality leatherette texture and the classic Pentax logo placed front and center. The Optio I-10 features a wide angle, 5x optical zoom lens (28mm-140mm equivalent), a 12.1 megapixel high resolution CCD sensor, a 2.7 inch widescreen LCD, and HD video capture at 720p and 30 FPS. For optimal image capture, the camera features a mechanical sensor shift Shake Reduction system and improved Pixel Track Shake Reduction technology for blur-free images as well as Smile Capture, Blink Detection and improved Face Detection that spots up to 32 faces including dogs and cats.

Optio I-10 Highlights

SLR-inspired design
The nostalgic, eye-catching design of the Optio I-10 resembles classic film SLR cameras. Pentax positioned the flash unit and speaker in the upper mid-section of the camera body to create this original SLR-shaped body, and the leatherette texture and classic 20th century Pentax logo add elegance to the camera design.

Optical 5x wide angle to telephoto zoom lens
The Optio I-10 features an optical 5x zoom lens that covers focal lengths from 5.1mm to 25.5mm (equivalent in the 35mm format to approximately 28mm wide angle to 140mm telephoto). This wide zoom range allows the Optio I-10 to capture a wide variety of subjects and scenes from breathtaking landscapes, majestic architecture and group shots in a confined space, to tightly cropped photos shot from a distance. An Intelligent Zoom function allows even tighter zoom on subjects and extends the digital zoom range to approximately 31.3x.

12.1 effective megapixels for exceptional image quality
With 12.1 effective megapixels, a high-performance imaging engine, and the camera's high performance Pentax zoom lens, the Optio I-10 delivers brilliant, high quality images with well-defined details. Even when enlarged, the images deliver sharp, high-resolution prints with edge-to-edge sharpness.

Improved Face Detection recognizes dogs and cats
The Optio I-10 features an improved Face Detection AF & AE function that detects up to 32 faces in the image field and captures them all in sharp focus with optimal exposure in just 0.03 seconds. This upgraded Face Detection technology now allows users to adjust the camera to detect dogs and cats. Users may program the camera to automatically release the shutter the moment the subject faces the camera, which is especially helpful for pet photography.

Triple anti-shake protection

CCD-shift-type SR mechanism
The Optio I-10 incorporates an advanced CCD-shift-type Shake Reduction (SR) mechanism that compensates for camera shake by shifting the camera's image sensor (CCD) horizontally and vertically in relation to the amount of shake detected by the high-accuracy gyro sensor. This offers outstanding camera-shake compensation equivalent to up to 2.5 shutter steps even when shooting telephoto or in lowlight settings such as sunsets or indoors.

High-Sensitivity anti-shake mode*
The Optio I-10 automatically raises the sensitivity to as high as ISO 6400 in low-lighting conditions in still-image shooting making it possible to use a higher shutter speed. This effectively minimizes the adverse effects of camera shake and subject shake under poor lighting conditions.
* When the High-Sensitivity anti-shake mode is selected, the recorded size is fixed to 5M (2592 x 1944 pixels).

Movie SR mode**
Pentax Movie SR mode allows the Optio I-10 to digitally minimize camera shake to prevent blurry footage in movie recording mode. ** When the Movie SR mode is selected, the angle of view becomes narrower than normal shooting.

HD movie recording
The Optio I-10 captures flawless movie clips at 16:9 high-definition TV proportions (1280 x 720 pixels)* at 30 frames per second. This mode also offers a variety of editing functions that allows users to extract still images, divide longer clips, and add title images to video clips.
*When the Optio I-10's AV output terminal is used, movie clips are output as normal image-size data. If the user wishes to play back movie clips at high-definition-TV proportions (1280 x 720 pixels), the data must be transferred to a personal computer for playback.

Picture In Picture function for constant display of a favorite image on the screen
The Optio I-10 offers new Picture In Picture function, which allows users to display a thumbnail of a recorded image in the upper left corner of the LCD panel. This function is handy when photographers want to reference a recorded image to shoot subjects from the same angle and at the same image size every time (as in food or macro photography) or when users simply want to maintain a favorite image on the screen.

Creative digital filters to process recorded images
The Optio I-10 features 11 digital filters to add various visual effects to recorded images without touching a computer. Filters include Monochrome, Sepia, Toy Camera, Soft filters, and Starburst to create cross, heart or star-shaped highlights from nighttime illuminations or water reflections. Users may apply multiple filters to a single image.

Additional features

  • Eye-Fi connected: optimized for use with Eye-Fi wireless memory cards
  • Wireless remote shooting using optional Pentax remote controllers
  • Auto Picture mode to automatically select one of the eight shooting modes for best results
  • D-Range setting to prevent whitewashed (overexposed) and blacked-out (underexposed) areas in images
  • Original Frame function to add a decorative frame and/or letters/characters to a recorded image
  • Digital Panorama mode to create a single panoramic picture from as many as three images
  • Digital Wide function to compose an ultra-wide-angle picture (roughly equivalent to an image taken with approximately 21mm lens in the 35mm format) from two images
  • Menu Magnification function to enlarge menu items for easier viewing
  • MediaImpression 2.0 for Pentax image viewing, editing and filing software included (compatible with latest operation systems, such as Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6)

Product Details

Color: Pearl White
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 1.1 x 2.6 inches ; 5.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • ASIN: B0035LBMAS
  • Item model number: I10 Pearl White
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,065 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 25, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Color: Classic Black
I bought this camera on an impulse because it was cute and THEN I started reading the reviews (usually I obsess over reviews for weeks before I buy something). I have to say, after reading some of the reviews, I started regretting my purchase before I ever got it but then, it arrived. Since I have only had the camera for a day, I'm sure I'll have more to say about the it after a few weeks of use but I have to say, so far, I am pleased. If you tweak the settings a bit(ISO, flash and program modes), you get a pretty decent picture and it seems like its pretty fast too(which could be in part because I have a higher class memory card and am using a lower mega-pixel setting than the default 12). I think I'm going to enjoy my purchase, far more than other reviewers say I am supposed to. Which is a shame for them, but great for me and my cute little "impulse buy" camera. I'm excited about my I-10
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Wow, I wanted to love this camera ... the aesthetics/design got me as soon as I saw the first images released back in January. I have enough old Pentaxes (including an Auto 110 Super) to really appreciate the retro look, styling and old-style logo. The form factor was actually quite nice, with a good balance, small but really nice right-hand grip, and a pleasant grippy texture. It was a bit light (plasticky) for its size.
But the picture-taking experience -- slow, slow, slow, at least by 2010 standards. I think the 2004 PowerShot I have is faster. Flash photos were terribly slow because of the preflash, which seemed to add an extra second and a half to the process. And images were soft overall, but softer as you zoom anywhere near the telephoto end. Noise and speckling was apparent at nearly all ISO speeds. As far as positives about image quality, in bright daylight, at 80 ISO (the sensor's base speed), images weren't bad and the lens did show good flare resistance.
Videos were technically HD, but at quality poor enough that it didn't seem to be worth the higher spec. Zoom in video mode is only available as digital zoom, which degrades image quality immediately.
Sliding battery cover was very fragile and seemed prone to become misaligned and I was very, very careful with it; I would always worry about its durability.
I didn't get to check out any of the really fancy features like pet face recognition. Human face recognition seemed to work reasonably well, though the photos weren't necessarily better exposed because of it. In fact, basic flash photos/snapshots seemed washed out, with very muted colors.
All in all, a very big disappointment. I knew it had fairly average camera specs (fairly run-of-the mill point-and-shoot specs for a 2010 p&s) with a cool design, but the photo quality was such a step backward from anything else I'm using today that I had to return it.
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Color: Pearl White Verified Purchase
ok, I love this camera. I was debating for quite a while whether I should get it or not based on the mixed reviews it had. Personaly I love it. First off, I love the way it looks, more importantly I love the pictures it takes. The pictures are great. Never blurry, no red eye, crisp and clear. I own a canon slr so I wanted something of good quality but small and light. I love the interface of the camera, the menu setup etc. Very easy to navagate. The camera itself and the software it came with have some very cool features that I love. The quality of pictures zoomed in are not so great but never are with a point and shoot. The video is good. Basically this camera is a great value for the price on amazon. I dont think it would be worth the original 300 something dollar price tag but for the hundred dollar range it has now it is well worth the price. I recomend this camera to anyone looking for a simple point and shoot that takes good pictures.
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Color: Pearl White Verified Purchase
I bought this camera sight unseen. I liked the look and the fact that it had just hit the market, figuring it would have the ability to take a good picture was a given. I Do not consider megapixels much when considering cameras, so the fact that the I-10 had 12 megapixels does not mean much or figured into my decision to buy this camera. I just want a smooth looking picture from a camera that fits in my pocket. The I-10 is small so fitting into the pocket is easy. So one star for size. I like the style- the retro camera shape, the white paint, off white textured "vinyl", another star. Where it does not get any stars-Build quality is one one word cheap, but mostly the I-10 does not get stars for the reason it exists to take a nice picture. The imager is noisy and the lens lacks any sense of sharpness. The price of this camera is around $299.00 if it were $99.00 the picture quality would not be so surprising, but at $299.00 I expected better. Very Disappointed.
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Color: Classic Black Verified Purchase
I bought this camera to photograph my family events and my art work. All aspects of this camera are terrific. It is a camera that offers more features and specs than many cameras at twice the price. Its best feature, however, is its portability! No more lugging large SLR bodies, or larger point-and-shoots. I can carry this around in my pocket! Another remarkable features is the battery life. I can go weeks without a charge.

If you are looking for SLR quality photos, then buy SLR cameras. If you are looking for a portable point-and-shoot with great features and very high quality photos, then buy this camera. You won't regret it.
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