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Bought this camera several years ago ( probably 4 ) and I must say it's strictly average. I bought it when my other camera broke ( a 4mp Nixon ) and was looking forward to the 10mp's in order to catch my forthcoming trip to South Africa. I bought the camera from Jessops, and they raved about the camera, so since they were the camera specialists, I thought why not. Initially I was impressed with the zoom and clarity, taking silly little pictures around the house to test it out, then came South Africa. Took it on Holidays, and it broke within 4 days ( it was only 2 weeks old at this point ) which was incredibly dissapointing as I couldn't capture my once in a life time trip. Came home, took 2 months to fix, and when it was finally fixed, I was disappointed. It is very difficult to get a steady picture in the dark without blur, and also the zoom is useless unless you have a tripod or something similar. Pictures with the zoom turned on are too bright, and the different settings don't seem to make much difference. Strictly average. Looks impressive, although I'm sure there are better out there for the money.
The PENTAX Optio A30 features 10.0 effective megapixels, a 1/1.8 inch CCD with a wide dynamic range for superior tones, an SMC PENTAX zoom lens and an image processing engine that gives a rich color reproduction. The PENTAX original Shake Reduction (SR) technology in the A30 has been improved by adding both Digital and Movie SR for improved image capture in low-light settings and telephoto capture. A unique Face Recognition AF & AE function offers better results in photographs by automatically detecting faces, and then adjusting exposure and focus to properly capture portraits. As a DivX Certified digital camera, the Optio A30 makes it easy for users to create their own media for both business and social purposes. With the push of a button, users can instantly record high-quality DivX video and discover simple playback on any of the DivX Certified consumer electronics devices available today.