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Pentax Optio VS20 16MP Digital Camera with 20X Optical Zoom and 3-Inch LCD Screen (Black)

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  • 3-inch LCD display
  • Superb 20X optical zoom (28-560mm equivalent); 16 megapixel sensor with sensor shift shake reduction image stabilization
  • Dual shutter release, zoom button and tripod mounts for ease of use in either horizontal or vertical shooting modes.
  • HD video in 720p @ 30 FPS
  • Digital level function ensures shots are properly level to the horizon
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Product Description

Color: Black

Product Description

Outsanding 20X optical zoom (28-560mm equivalent) in a slim design. High resolution 16 megopixel sensor with sensor shift image stabilization. Dual shutter release and zoom buttons for horizontal or vertical shooting ease. Large 3" LCD. Advanced 3-point autofocus with 1 cm super macro mode. Widescreen HD video in 720p @ 30FPS. Digital level function ensures that shots are properly level to the horizon.

From the Manufacturer

Pentax K-0

ZOOM IN STYLE.

Out with bulk, and in with the slim, stylish Optio VS 20 megazoom.  Featuring an incredible 20X optical zoom lens with dual shutter/zoom buttons, this compact captures vertical shots in a snap.  The Optio VS20 is designed to be the perfect compact digital camera for any shooting situation.

16 megapixel sensor
High resolution 16 megapixel sensor features sensor-shift PENTAX Shake Reduction image stabilization.

20X optical zoom
Outstanding 20X optical zoom lens (equivalent to 28-560mm) can capture a very wide array of subjects.

Slim design
Slim design is based upon a traditional compact digital camera footprint.

Dual shutter release and zoom buttons
Dual shutter release and zoom buttons help to steady the camera and prevent awkward handling for sharp images and shooting convenience.

Powerful automatic shooting modes
Features powerful automatic shooting modes such as Auto Picture, flexible scene modes, and creative special effects filters.

3 inch LCD
Large 3 inch LCD with HVGA resolution (460,000 dots).

720p HD video
Widescreen HD video in 720p at 30 FPS.

3-point autofocus
Advanced 3-point autofocus with 1 cm super macro.

Digital Level function
A Digital Level function ensures that shots are properly level to the horizon.

Remote compatible
Compatible with any optional PENTAX infrared remote control (sold separately).

What's in the box?
  • USB Cable I-USB122 (compatible with USB7)
  • Battery Charger D-BC122 (all-in-1 charger)
  • Software CD-ROM S-SW122
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery D-LI122
  • Strap O-ST122


Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.5 x 2.4 inches ; 8.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B00715OTZY
  • Item model number: Optio VS20
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,257 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, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Judy H. Gruver on June 2, 2013
Color: White Verified Purchase
Nice little compact camera. Easy to use, similar controls to other Pentax Optio cameras.

Positives: Compact size. Simple to use controls. Uses high capacity SD cards (cheap!) 20X Optical zoom. Outstanding macro.

Negatives: No view finder, just the LCD screen. Proprietary battery that requires a special charger. The 20X optical zoom is more than you can hand hold. Unlike most Optio's, it is not water resistant. It takes a few seconds to turn on and off, because the lens has to extend/retract (no biggie, but something you have to learn to deal with.)
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35 of 45 people found the following review helpful By islander on May 6, 2012
Color: White Verified Purchase
A BIG disappointment. The price was right for this Pentax Optio VS20 16MP Digital Camera with 20X Optical Zoom and 3-Inch LCD Screen and now I think that's because the functioning is so inadequate. Especially for the shake stabilization which is either malfunctioning or absent. I thought it might be a defective item until I read an online review citing the stabilization as a major issue for this model.

I wanted to upgrade my capabilities for taking bird photos. The very best I got of birds (sitting in a tree) needed a lot of enhancement on the computer to compete with unenhanced shots with my old camera. Improved zoom shots was my goal for a new camera but this doesn't give it to me.

I also took many outdoor daytime and night-time pics at a local outdoor event with both this and my older camera for comparison. The older camera did as good a job on most shots. I mostly shoot outdoors and didn't take indoor shots.

Also I realize now I should have checked things I didn't think of before purchasing. Having not bought a camera for years I guess I thought they all had eyepiece view finders even if they have screens - wrong! I now know that is called an EVF but this camera doesn't have one. Plus the batteries - I'm used to double AA which are easy to get about anywhere and rechargables have a loooong life. I am not familiar with the little battery in this camera which seems to have a VERY short life even after an overnight charge.

Another turn off is the type and placement of some of the buttons making it all too easy to hit the wrong one by accident especially on playback.

On the plus side it is light-weight, attractive and is slim-line so easily slips into a pocket purse or small camera case.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jules on September 16, 2012
Color: Black Verified Purchase
I do like this camera for off the hip shooting. I can keep it in my pocket to take on everyday trips. For serious shooting tho I still use my Pentax DLSR.
The VS20 zooms in nice and close and takes good clear shots. Video at high zoom is quite shaky tho. Needs to have a tripod.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Howard G. Berg on December 19, 2013
Color: Black Verified Purchase
I bought this camera to replace a Pentax Optio RX18 I had replaced (and loved dearly) (I've since found it, Hurray!) So far I like this camera a lot. I have a nice Digital Camera that I can do nice things (yes, I now have 3) with, but it is not a quick point and shoot camera, which is what I wanted. This camera gives a lot of zoom! Regardless of what others say, the 'anti-shake' feature works pretty well. But when one is holding a 500mm lens by hand, it's going to shake, even when you have your hands steadied. Plus, it also takes videos. I've tried this out, too, and I'm positively impressed.

It's a bit bigger than the RX18 and it does NOT take the same batteries. I did purchase 2 (two) D-Li122 batteries, which are the proper size for the VS20. The RX18 takes an LI-50B.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Franki Emerson on December 22, 2013
Color: Black Verified Purchase
I bought this camera for my mom as a Christmas present. She had another Pentax Optio that broke when she dropped it. So, I stuck with the same type of camera. She raves about this camera and says it's way better than her first on. Quality in photos and video are excellent. Definitely a good camera for a amateur photographer that wants to look like she took professional shots.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James D. Chalupnik on October 25, 2013
Color: Black Verified Purchase
Perhaps I misread the material on this item. I didn't realize that a battery charger was included. So I purchased a 'Wasabi Power Battery (2-Pack) and charger. All I really needed was an extra battery.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ed Olson on November 13, 2013
Color: Black Verified Purchase
Decent Camera for the money. Should have spent a few more dollars and bought the panasonic. Overall I am happy with the purchase, and value for the money has always been Amazons strong point.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jaime A Smith on October 10, 2013
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This is our second one of these cameras. We like them and they take decent pictures. But with this one the batter door latch broke after only a month. Now we get to see what kind of warranty support there is.
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