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The pentax Optio M10 is a very simple lightweight digital camera with some interesting features but also some limitations. It weighs a lot less than many standard cameras and has a 6.0 Megapixel resolution, 3x optical zoom, a SD card insert and a decent flash option.
The menu is also quite good and very intuitive to use. Many different modes are present which automatically ajust the camera's settings so that the picture turns out quite good. In my year of experience with this camera (although I do not use it too often), I've used several of these options with mixed results. The "kids" mode for instance, I did not ind too good because it increases the time of exposure too much and if the children are not perfectly still, the pictures end up blured. Other options are quite good though. I've enjoyed so far the landscape mode which does brighten out the colors and makes out door pictures look stunning.
Scrolling through pictures previously taken is quite intuitive and the screen does allow me to see in decent detail how they will look like when printed out. In this mode, deleting pictures is also easy by just pressing the trash bin button at the bottom right of the camera.
The pictures in general seem ok. It actually depends a lot on the options chosen but there are many camera's out there which take more realistic photos (even 6 Mega pixel cameras).
Connecting to the computer is something I haven't tried out. I generally take the SD card out, which is located near the batteries, and insert it into my laptop's SD card port. Nonetheless, removing and inserting the SD card is quite straightforward.
Overall, the camera is OK but not fantastic. You'll find better on the market for the same price, but you will also find worse. overall a standard 6MP camera.
The Optio M10 is a reliable, popular-class model, combining a compact, lightweight body and simple operations with a versatile 3X optical zoom lens, 6.0 effective megapixels, a large, functional LCD monitor, and other user-friendly features. Coupled with its exceptional battery life, the Optio M10 offers fun, easy digital photography for a variety of occasions and applications to many different users, regardless of photographic skill and experience.
The Optio M10 incorporates a high-performance 3X optical zoom lens, which offers an angle-of-view coverage equivalent to 35mm to 105mm in the 35mm format. This versatile zoom lens allows the user to capture a variety of subjects - from landscape to snapshots and portraits - in perfect composition by means of effortless fingertip operation. Its six-element, five-group optics includes two aspherical lens elements to effectively compensate various aberrations, while optimizing the performance of 6.0 effective megapixels.
Despite its compact dimensions, the Optio M10 features a large, low-reflection 2.5-inch color LCD monitor. Its auto LCD dimmer function automatically adjusts backlight brightness according to the incident-light level, making it possible for the user to view the screen comfortably, whether shooting in a dimly lit indoor setting or outdoors in the bright sun. This not only assures quick, effortless confirmation of images both during shooting and playback, but also facilitates the reading and selection of on-screen menus for swift, efficient camera operation.
In order to assure best results with minimal effort, the Optio M10 offers the convenient Green Mode, which automatically and instantly sets all factors - including exposure, sensitivity and white balance - to the optimum levels, with a single push of the green button on the back panel. Since this user-friendly mode eliminates complicated camera operations completely, it lets even first-time digital camera users to take beautiful, high-quality images with minimal effort.