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Pentax Optio E30 7.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom

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  • 7.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 15 x 20-inch prints
  • 2.4-inch LCD display; 3x optical zoom
  • Automatic adjustment of LCD brightness in sunlight
  • VGA-quality movies at 640 x 480 resolution with sound
  • Stores images on SD memory cards (includes 11MB internal memory); powered by 2 AA-size batteries (2 alkaline batteries included)
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Product Description

Product Description

Pentax Optio E30 offers one of the highest resolution CCD's in its class with 7.1 megapixels offers high quality images. The 3x optical zoom lens covers a wide range of shooting conditions, from wide angle landscape shots to sharp portraits. With its large, 2.4" LCD monitor, the E30 offers easy composition and framing of shots, and offers a bright image during playback for review. Using easy-to-find AA batteries, you can be assured of finding power virtually anywhere in the world. We recommend considering rechargeable batteries for more enduring performance and economy. The Optio E30 offers lots of features while sticking to simple operation. If you're just starting out, please set the E30 to the Green Mode for simple operation with the minimum amount of adjustments. The Mode Pallet lets you select from a wide range of shooting options to perfectly optimize the camera to a wide range of shooting conditions. ImageLink compatibility means the E30 can be docked with compatible printers and pictures can be printed without using a PC. Scene Modes program, night scene, movie, voice recording, landscape, flower, portrait, surf & snow, sport, pet, food, frame composite, self-portrait, fireworks, sunset / Movie modes - AVI (MotionJPEG) with audio; 640x480 and 320x240; Max. frame-rate - 28 frames per second Slot accepts SD or MMC memory card for image storage / 11MB memory is built-in Electronic-Flash mode Unit Dimensions 3.7 x 2.4 x 1.4 (94.0 x 61.0 x 36.0mm); 6.4 ounce

From the Manufacturer

Named for the easy-to-use line of Pentax compact digital cameras, the Optio E30 offers 7.1 effective megapixels for exceptional high-resolution photography. Featuring AA battery compatibility, the Optio E30 is a convenient travel companion that uses less power and captures up to approximately 200 photos with alkaline batteries or 760 shots with lithium AA batteries. A helpful Green mode allows new digital camera users to enjoy effortless picture-taking, while additional features include a large 2.4-inch LCD monitor, a 3x optical zoom, and 11 MB of built-in memory.

Compatibility with widely available AA batteries
Powered by AA batteries, the Pentax Optio E30 is great for travel and is designed to use less power and allow up 200 photos from one set of alkaline batteries or 760 shots on a set of lithium AA batteries.

Green mode for automated setup
The Optio E30 Green mode automates camera setup when shooting still images. With a single touch, the camera sets the exposure, sensitivity, white balance, and other parameters according to the shooting conditions.

Mode Palette displays intuitive icons
The Mode Pallette selection of shooting and playback modes displays all 15 mode icons on the LCD monitor (including Landscape, Pet, Food, and more) to expedite mode selection with straightforward display and guide function.

3x optical zoom
The Optio E30 features a 3x optical zoom lens with a focal range covering angles of view equivalent to those of a 36-108mm lens in 35mm format, which is ideal for a broad spectrum of subjects from landscapes to portraits. This zooming power may be combined with 4x digital zoom to achieve a total of 12x zoom capability.

Large 2.4-inch LCD monitor
The Optio E30 features a large 2.4-inch LCD monitor despite its compact body dimensions. The monitor size make it easier to compose and play back images and permits easy operation.

Compatibility with the ImageLink printing system
The Optio E30 is compatible with the ImageLink printing system. By simply placing the Optio E30 on the printer's dock of ImageLink-compatible printers, users may print images without a PC.

Additional features:

  • Supports the new SDHC memory cards in addition to conventional SD memory cards
  • Approximately 11 MB of built-in memory
  • Built-in auto flash with red-eye reduction function
  • Records movie at sizes up to 640 x 480 pixels with image quality rivaling camcorders
  • Frame composite function allows you to add a decorative frame around the image when shooting
  • Compatible with PictBridge, DPOF functions, Exif Print, and Print Image Matching III
What's in the box
Optio E30 digital camera, USB/AV cable I-UAV62, strap O-ST62, dock insert O-DI62, software S-SW62, 2 AA alkaline batteries

Product Information

Product Dimensions 3.7 x 1.4 x 2.4 inches
Item Weight 6.7 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds
ASIN B000LY1UKO
Item model number 18836
Customer Reviews
3.5 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #48,102 in Camera & Photo
#4,724 in Camera & Photo > Point & Shoot Digital Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com January 3, 2007

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I purchased this camera to take with me on a trip to Arizona. It was very easy to use and I was able to take some really great pictures. The only drawback (and it's a minor one), was that I missed the view finder. I only missed it when there was too much sun to see the LCD screen. Otherwise, great little camera!
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Nice little camera. Rarely takes a bad photo. Nice resolution, color. Fairly fast. Good video with sound too.
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This is a pretty good camera for the money. I don't care too much about mega pixels; I wanted a name brand that had a 3x zoom at a low cost, this E30 fit the bill. This camera comes with some of the best software available in my opinion. The E30 is also durable. I accidentally slung it across the sidewalk about 15feet (it slipped from my hand). Just a minor scratch is all that happened. For $115.00 this camera is a bargain
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I bought rechargeables (AA-2500mh) with the camera and they last a very long time--through video (quite good, sound too), flash, and a variety of settings and uses. I'm pleased.

Contols are super-easy to learn. I previously had a Pentax that died after about 4 years, and can tell you it was a hard-sell to get me to buy another. I liked how it felt after a trial run; this camera improved virtually all the weak areas of the old Optio 430-shutter lag (better, not instant), controls, tactile button feel, etc.

Screen is good-automatically dims slightly to save energy after a few seconds but brightens up instantly when you touch a button.

Only two very minor demerits:
1) no viewfinder (bright sun makes it a little difficult to see the screen, but camera orientation still makes it easy to get the shot), and

2) flash strength - the flash has fairly limited distance; fine for indoor shots, a bit of a challenge for shots past 10 feet or so.

Really great camera and value for the price.
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I bought this camera for a trip I will be taking based on the reviews & the price. The pictures I have taken so far are good, except at beach. Without a viewfinder the screen is a mirror in the bright sun. Also, the description of the camera said that the batteries would last for 200 pictures. Not true at all. I only got 24 pictures out of the batteries, perhaps because it was so difficult to see in the sun and it took so long to take pictures. Guess I will take a bag of batteries on my upcoming trip to Italy!

Post Script to above review: used the camera on my trip to Italy and it was excellent!!! Took almost 200 pictures & only had to change batteries once. The battery seems to recharge itself..battery indicator sometimes reads yellow then next time you use camera it's green -- so you get lots of pictures. Pictures came out great..still miss viewfinder, but this is a great camera for the money.

Post-post-script: On May 18, 2008, less than one year after purchase of this camera, the lcd monitor inexplicably broke - did not drop it, no undue handling - camera was in my jacket pocket. Pentax claims the damage was my fault & it's not covered under warranty. $97 to fix a $99 camera!!! Absurd!! Was great camera until it broke. Went to Italy & back with no problems & took great pictures. Never thought I had to handle camera like it was a raw egg, if you get my drift - so still don't know how monitor broke. DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA!!
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I checked out a few cameras and found this was the best buy. It is a top brand, Easy to use, Outstanding features, And the price I could not pass up. Picture quality is excellent
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