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Pentax Optio 230

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  • No Sound on video capture, Noisy start up
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      09.03.2006 11:53
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      great camera easy to use fun and not to heavy

      This great starter camera with a 2.0 mega pixel photo has orto focus and you can do video on it but there is no sound you can chose weather to use the flash there is a few ways to take pictors a timer and you can view the pick after you took it
      I got this camera three years ago and it has been used none stop there is a nice large view window so you can look at what you taking you can also delete the pic if you do not like it I have a san disk
      Memory card in mine that takes
      JPEG image - 73 images
      Video is a 30 second and I have as many as 6 at once on mine the battery live is ok lasts to about 80 hours I recommend you bye rechargeable one theses

      Basic Features
      • 2.0-megapixel CCD.
      • 1.6-inch colour LCD monitor with 180-degree swing function.
      • Real-image optical viewfinder.
      • Glass, 3x 38-114mm zoom lens.
      • Automatic and manual focus options, with Landscape Infinity fixed focus mode.
      • Maximum 2.5x digital zoom.
      • Automatic exposure control.
      • Maximum aperture of f/2.8 to f/5.0, depending on lens zoom position.
      • Shutter speed range from 1/1,500 to four seconds.
      • Built-in flash with five operating modes.
      • Compact Flash memory storage.
      • Power supplied by two AA batteries, one CRV3 battery, or optional AC adapter.
      Special Features
      • Continuous Shooting, Auto Exposure Bracketing, and 10-second Self-Timer modes.
      • 3D image mode.
      • Night Scene mode.
      • Movie recording mode (without sound).
      • Sharpness, Saturation, Contrast, and Colour adjustments. (Unusual in entry-level cameras.)
      • White balance (colour) adjustment with six modes, including a manual adjustment.
      • ISO adjustment with ISO equivalents of 100 and 200, as well as an Auto setting.
      • Multi-Pattern, Centre-Weighted, and Spot metering options.
      • DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) compatibility.
      • World Time setting with 62 cities (28 time zones).
      • USB cable for connection to a computer (driver software included).
      • NTSC video cable for connecting to a television set (PAL for European models).
      • Software CD-ROM loaded with USB drivers and ACDSee imaging application, for Windows and Macintosh.

      In the Box
      the Optio 230 ships with the following complement of accessories and software:
      • Wrist strap.
      • CRV3 lithium battery.
      • 16MB Compact Flash memory card.
      • USB cable.
      • NTSC video cable (US models).
      • 3D Image Viewer.
      • Software CD.
      • Instruction manual, software guide, and registration kit.
      Cost of camera
      I got mine aver 4 years ago now from tesco on line for £230 but I have since then in working order on eBay go for as little as £10 in the end .

      Cost of the extras you can bye
      You can bye all the extras for this camera like batteries memory cards and other bits hear are a just a few I have got and seen,

      AC Adapter for PENTAX OPTIO 230 OPTIO 33L
      Pentax Optio 230 Digital Camera Battery

      USB2 USB Cable Pentax

      I got my memory card from jesops for a good £20 but I do know you can ye them from places like eBay for as little as £5


      Do I recommend this camera oh yes it is so simple to use even my daughters have took pictures with it and with the great big screen to see what you are taking its just as easy to get what you want in the screen and click I have to say though my lens shutter is now doggy as I dropped my camera on the concrete but it's a good camera as that's all that is wrong I use mine as a camera but you can also use it as web cam this I tried but did not like so a camera is what I will have it takes great pics as you can see below

      Thanks for reading Vikki


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        21.12.2002 05:18
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        • "No Sound on video capture
        • Noisy start up "

        Good Points 2Mp with 3x optical Zoom and 2x digital Zoom Excellent Night time shots Compact design Flip out screen Compact Flash memory USB transfer Can take AA batteries ?3-D capture function Bad Points Slow focusing* Delayed picture capture* No ?Portrait? setting Very fast battery drain with Ni-Mh No Sound on video capture* Noisy start up* *(Compared to Canon IXUS and Olympus C-2000 range) I purchased my camera at Morgan Computers near Tottenham Court Road (www.morgancomputers.co.uk) about a week ago. Initially impressed with the Pentax Optio 230 this camera comes complete with software including USB drivers, USB transfer cable, RCA TV-Out cable and 1 non-rechargable lithium battery (Panasonic CR-V3). The camera comes in at approximately 13x7x3cm with both optical view or 4cm TFT screen with 3x optical Zoom and 2x digital Zoom. This is the 2Mp capture model with 3 different pixel settings, within the 3 pixel setting are then 3 different quality capture settings noted in stars. 3 Stars being best quality 1 star being the least. A great feature is that the TFT screen flips out so you can take self portraits of your self. A little button at the bottom of the screen inverts the image so you have a ?mirror? image of yourself when you take a picture. There are 4 main capture modes on the dial at the top of the camera: Auto, Full, Night time capture and video. Auto: is exactly what it says it is. Just point and shoot and the camera will do the rest, including focusing, white balance and metering. Full: is a little more interesting with control over flash, exposure, metering and white balance. Focusing can be split up into auto, timed, Macro (down to 10cm), Landscape and Manual setting. There?s no ?Portrait? setting on this camera which I found very disappointing and the ?Manual? setting extremely odd since you can?t seem to focus on any object
        and you revert back to the auto focus. Auto focus is achieved by pressing the shutter button half way down and then capturing the picture by pressing the shutter key completely down. This took about 1.5seconds to complete which compared to the Canon IXUS V2 and the Olympus C-2000 range and above is extremely slow. In both of these models focusing is achieved in well under a second with the Olympus model aperture setting down to f2.0 creating wonderfully sharp portrait focusing. That said the pictures taken on the Pentax were all in focus with good white balance. White balance setting could be left on auto (AWB) or 5 different settings including Outdoors, Fluorescent, indoor, outdoor shade or manual. On my control samples there was no difference in leaving it on AWB or manually selecting the mode. I would leave it on AWB unless you wanted a particular effect. Night time Capture: Very impressed with this setting. The camera basicly takes a shot with no flash and on a very long exposure, you can force the flash to come on if you wish but it can bleach the colour slightly. Compared with my Cannon 500N with 35-80mm lens pictures came out sharp and well saturated. You NEED a tripod on this setting. Suggest a small pocket tripod with adjustable legs and tilt. Video mode: is a bit of a waste of time since it lack sound capture. The picture resolution is 680x420 with no flash. The camera comes with a lithium battery (Panasonic CR-V3) or you can place 2 AA batteries. I have placed a fresh set of Ni-Mh batteries in and with flash and display on your lucky to get 25-30 shots! (1200x1024) admittedly the batteries are only 1300mah so there not the best. From a cold start up would take about 5 seconds without flash and 8-9seconds with. Both Canon and Olympus models mentioned before started up within 3-4seconds from cold. The TFT screen is a little hard on the eyes sometimes and is not as sharp as the Canon but sharper than the Olympus. The body
        looks metallic, but is in fact plastic and just the right weight for its size (lighter than both Canon and Olympus). The flash is under a law of it?s own often over exposing shots at close range and underexposing beyond 3 metres, it?s best not to us the flash at all if you can get away with it. Memory is in the form of Compact Flash type I and it comes complete with 16mb memory (suggest www.7dayshop.com for good cheap memory and replacement batteries). Very few new cameras now take compact flash instead going for Secure Digital (SD) or Multi-Media Cards (MMC) which are both slower in reading and writing data than Compact Flash and more expensive at present. Picture transfer is fast and hassle-under Windows Xp. This is the best bit about this camera. At the moment Morgan Computers (Tottenham Court Road) have 6 models left at £159.95 (Inc. VAT)!!! This camera usually retails for £279-£299 in Jessops, etc and even though I have painted a not so good picture of this camera on balance it?s still far superior to other models in this price bracket with good sharp focusing and colour saturation and generally good exposure I would still not hesitate in recommending this model to a friend.


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