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Pentax Optio 60

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We've given the 60 a grade of F.

Editor's Review

Specifically designed for the first-time buyer. The Pentax Optio 60 answers the frustrated cries of all novice photographers with the borderline sarcastic "Simple" mode. In this mode, the camera selects the appropriate focus and exposure settings for whatever subject you're looking to capture. It might be a little embarrassing for the experienced user who can't swallow their pride, but for the entry-level it may seem like a miracle. Pentax also allows for manual exposure settings, so this camera isn't stuck with its training wheels.

Specifications

  • 6 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom/4x digital zoom
  • autofocus
  • auto and manual exposure
  • Simple mode
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO 64-200
  • 2 AA batteries
  • Part Number: OPTIO60NU
  • UPC: 027075110755
  • Release Date: Jul 22, 2005

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Pentax Optio 60 Reviews

Pentax Optio 60 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 3.0 out of 5
Good in bright light (Kelly — 12/28/2008)

This camera is great, but only in bright sunlight. Inside, or dark shots, are really blurry and only still shots come out right. I am really unimpressed with this camera. I can't wait to get a new one.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Not totally for beginners, excellent quality (Obin Robinson — 05/12/2007)

The Optio 60 is capable of stunning, high quality photographs. The problem is that you need to really experiment with the camera in order to get those high quality shots. The low light performance is not very good unless you take the time to go into the menus and manually make adjustments. Once you understand the full menus and can make adjustments; this camera takes excellent high quality photos. The macro performance is quite nice and we've taken some stunning photos of flowers using the Optio 60.

In bright sunlight, the Optio 60 takes photos quite well using the simple point-and-shoot modes. I think that the bad reviews come from people who don't know about aperture, exposure level, white balance, ISO sensitivity, saturation, etc.

We paid $200 for this camera, and I do not regret it. We use 2700mah NiMH batteries from Power2000 and this camera lasts all day without a problem at all. It drains basic batteries quite fast, but with NiMH you won't have a problem shooting photos all day long.

  • 2.0 out of 5
AVOID THIS ONE .Pentax should do a recall on this one!! (vin — 04/12/2007)

takes good pictures under right conditions. Too many blurry shots. date always resets. too many other good cameras out there ...avoid this one!...I've owned it almost 2 yrs ...a freeby Kodak is much better

  • 4.0 out of 5
Photos for dummies (Nancy Levaro — 02/20/2007)

I am the photographer that cuts off everyones heads, or feet, makes a still shot look as if the subjects are running a Marathon and I can take responsibility for the greatest number of "finger over the lens" shots known to well anyone. This camera eliminates this problem and I am actually taking nice family photos that we print and frame!, A few fingers get through, but know one needs to know cuz' I delete them! Love this Camera

  • 5.0 out of 5
the bests i have owned (Larry Webb — 12/07/2006)

i told my wife that i wanted a good digital camera so we went to walmart and i was looking for a good small came rs i always owned a vivtar so i took a chance and went with the pentax optio
60 it has been the best camera i ever owned i take a lot of outdoor pictures most in west Virgina the pentax lives up to it's name my vivtar well let just say it has found a place in my closet in a box from a 1 to a 10 i give the pentax optio 60 a 9 1/2 4 and a 1/2 stars

  • 3.0 out of 5
Just OK; eats batteries (Bill Rolfes — 11/29/2006)

This is our 2nd digital camera; the other is a Kodak DX4330 (3.1 megapixel). We were looking for a smaller sized camera with similar or better performance. Overall we've been satisfied with the pictures, but this camera consumes batteries on the order of 10 times as fast. We can't get through a day of sightseeing with fully charged 2500 mAh batteries. Recently the camera began to refuse to start up reliably. The only other comment is that upload time for 6 megapixel pictures is much slower than 3.1. If you are a casual user as we are, you probably don't need higher resolution, but then again that is that shot that you want to crop and enlarge...

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awsume Camera (Shaun — 11/26/2006)

best camera on planet!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
very good camera (jonathan — 11/10/2006)

i think the camera is very good and have over 500 pictures stored on my pc. i have only 1 problem with it, taking a picture in the dark is not the best. the best way to take a good picture is to press the button alittle bit and if the square on screen turns green then it will be a good picture but if it turns red don't even bother taking it!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Lens Error & High battery drain (SteveC — 10/27/2006)

I purchase an Optio 60 while on vacation, as abackup formy Fuji. It took good picture, but was hard on batteries even when using 2300Ma rechargeables. Them it started to give me lens error messages when I turned it on. After contacting Pentax support, I sent it back for repair. Well I haven't got the camera back but the repair bill is $148.20, it cost $149.95 NEW.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good camera Good pictures (Darlene — 10/20/2006)

I purchased this camera almost a year ago and have been pleased with it's performance. I have to agree with the notion that in most cases of bad performance, it's the operator and not the camera. I have had the same batteries in my camera for over a week...still going strong, Of course I use re chargable batteries. I'm a scrap booker and have been very pleased with the quality pictures my camera has given me. I have to admit I'm not overly pleased with the delay between picture taking and the only place I have ever had a problem with blurriness is in my dining room where I have dark burgandy walls and wood floors. Everywhere else, pics turn out perfect. I haven't had good luck with my daughter's volleyball and basketball games, again, I'm guessing it's my lack of knowledge verses the camera. I have two books on digital photography that I'm reading, I'm pretty sure that my problems will decrease after becoming more knowledgeable in camera use. A good camera if you are willing to learn.

  • 4.0 out of 5
stop whining (bobbi-lee — 10/10/2006)

when i first got my camera i loved it, it was far more useful than a non-digital camera. the photos i take are very crisp and sharp and very HUGE high quality. i had two problems with this camera 1 was the batteries only lasting about 4 shots then turning off. so then i bought myself some Energizer rechargable batteries for about $60 and now the camera can stay enough power to last a few days almost a week. the second problem is like the first revieweer said, it cannot and will not capture anything that moves or is in normal (inside) lighting. but i fix this by putting the flash on and it captures it clear and sharp the only thing is that when flash is on theres like a 4 second or more delay from "clicking" to getting the picture which can annoy me alot. but ive learnt to love this camera afterall its proven very useful and excellent for high quality stock images

  • 2.0 out of 5
"Sports Mode" a joke (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had this camera for nearly 6 months now and would recommend anyone considering buying to steer well clear. The focus is too soft on all settings and there are two major faults which mean I've spent the last 4 months trying to get my money back from Dixons. Firstly the date continually resets itself, sometimes every couple of days, sometimes a few weeks which is inconvenient when you look back at photos stored and it always says 1.7.05. Secondly the sports mode is supposed to capture images of moving objects. That's fine, so long as it's a snail or tortoise! The delay of about a second between pressing the shutter button and the image being captured means that anything moving faster than a very slow walk is already out of shot. If you were trying to capture anything remotely sporty on sports mode like a horse or tennis player moving then you have no chnace. You will not find any mention of this delay in the instructions either. I am currently liaising with trading standards about this misinformation. Also the batteries last for only several shots so if you don't purchase rechargeable batteries you'll be spending like Roman Abramovich to replace your standard AA's.

  • 1.0 out of 5
terrible with low light and movement (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I agree that it totally sucks with low light, flash is too bright and pics come out white when you use it and blurry when you don't.. if it focuses at all! Drains batteries quickly that I stopped using the flash. Only works perfect in naturally bright setting. I find that it has difficulty even in "simple" setting to adjust light/shutter speed together making pics blurry. Tried different settings and still getting 1 out of 6 shots clear. It really upsets me since I have a newborn and none of the pics I take close up turn out. I am in the market for a new one now and think will stick to Sony Cybershot. I have an older one that is a 2meg and it is fine!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Go with Pentax Optio 50L instead! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had a Pentax Optio 50L and was very happy with it, it took crisp pictures, did everything as advertised and had a good battery life.
When the opportunity came to upgrade to the Pentax Optio 60 I didn't even think twice; after all, according to the specs, the only major difference was an extra megapixel, right?
Wrong.

The images are extremely soft when compared to the sharpness of the 50L, and don't even get me started on battery life: 8-10 shots with flash will kill two 2600 rechargeable batteries. I had it for approximately 48 hours before returning it to the store.

My advice? For slightly less money forfeit the extra megapixel in favour of good focus, crisp pictures and decent battery life - go with the 50L instead!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Stay away from it (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Well... just stay away from this camera! I don't have battery issues, I do have picture quality issues!!! It's all white! Every pic I take comes white! Forget using the flash! It's terrible! Most pics come out blur ed unless its a bright sun shining day! This is the worst camera I had! Plus I also got the lens blocked malfunction! I got a new camera from the shop, I hope it won't happend again! This camera sucks!!!

  • 4.0 out of 5
good camera except....... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

so far (considering i haven't had it very long) this is a great camera, well worth the money- HOWEVER... within 2 days it had eaten 2 sets of batteries, and considering i do not no how to turn the LCD screen of this is getting expensive!

  • 1.0 out of 5
second try (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We got this camera and had it two weeks when the lens refused to open. The store took it back to fix, accused us of dropping it in salt water when we had been nowhere near water, then finally gave us a new one. The new one lasted one week before we had the same problem. We will never buy another Pentax

  • 4.0 out of 5
Does Exactly What Pentax Claims. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

As a new user, I am supposedly the person Pentax built this camera for. Yet as a Photoshop user, I was wondering if this camera would be good enough to take hi-res photos for the purpose of manipulating. I was not disappointed in either regard.

In 'Simple' mode, it works just fine. I've taken photos in low light, photos of moving subjects, photos of objects far away (requiring max. optical zoom - don't bother with digital zoom on any digital camera) and extremely close-up photos. I've had the vast majority turn out very well. The ones that don't turn out are probably because I'm using it in 'Simple' mode and relying on the camera to make the proper adjustments.

As for the quality of the images, I wasn't sure what I was in for. As a full-time graphic designer, I'm accustomed to receiving photos from photographers using high-end digital SLR's. I wasn't expecting my photos to stack up well. However, this is where I was the most surprised by this camera. Zooming in using Photoshop, I found the quality compared favorably to competition from a much higher level camera. Again, if there was a problem with the image quality, it was usually (if not always) the fault of the operator or my inability to move beyond the 'Simple' mode.

I really don't know what more Pentax could put into this camera (except, of course, NiMH batteries from the factory). With after-market NiMH batteries, this camera goes and goes and goes (not to be construed as an endorsement for the drumming bunny). I purchased 4 NiMH batteries and have found that the 2 in the camera will last a full day of shooting yet the spares charge fully in about an hour or so (you'll want to get a car charger if you're going to be taking photos on the road).

All in all, I don't understand the many negative reviews here. However, these negative reviews could be a blessing in disguise - you might find this camera on sale for an even better price because of them! I know I did.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Not worth the effort (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Poor performance all around, I have tried to like this camera, but after 2 months I give up! The LCD is hard to see - too dark most of the time. The battery life, even with re chargable, is horrible. I spend more time trying to get the camera to work than taking pictures, most of which are blurry even on a tripod.

  • 5.0 out of 5
What more do people want ? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Pentax is the choice for me as going back a few years on old film they made amazing camera's. Me and my wife paid �129.99 for it and it is fine. I have a 8 day old baby who does not sit still, yet it has NO issue if used as it should be. Download the user guide from the supplied disk and ALL the issues raised on this review site will be resolved.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Almost good, but bad for batteries (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This would be good basic camera for beginner, but you can�t take more than 10 pictures without changing batteries. Even if most people has told that camera consumes batteries too much, I think that the problem is some where else. No time batteries has been empty at all, when the camera has told so. Actually thay are almost full.
Either the camera can function only with brand new batteries or they is some problem with program in it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Crystal clear pictures - awesome camera for little money (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had a number of Pentax cameras, 35mm�s, and I have been very satisfied. In November 2005 I went digital with this camera, and simply, I am impressed by it and by the quality of the pictures, crystal clear sharp pictures. Compared to my old 35mm it is astonishing to see, when zooming into a picture on the computer that details, even in corners, only get sharper (until 100% size of course). Also, the night-shot feature is absolutely brilliant - of course provided some solid foundation when shooting. As to the critics by other reviewers about batteries, I started out buying a battery charger and 4 good quality batteries and it works absolutely fine.

  • 1.0 out of 5
batteries, action (not) and focus (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

the focus, batteries,night feature and the sport feature are next to useless on this camera. I have just had a baby daughter and find taking pictures indoors and getting a crisp picture is next to impossible. Out of approximately 30 pictures I have managed to get one to work using landscape mode. This is only of use, if the subject is stationary. If the subject moves then all is blurred. To solve this issue tried sport mode and got the same issue all blurred as I could not focus the camera or lock on auto focus.

on the night vision.
What is the use of having night mode on a camera that is not able to focus in less than perfect light? This seems to me a waste of my time and my money. Needless to say I am taking this absurd peace of kit back tomorrow.

This camera definitely does not do what it says on the box and I feel that it is not fit for use as a 6 megapixel camera.

My K750 sony ericson phone camera 2Meg does do a lot better job than this supposed dedicated digital all singing all dancing camera.

ps only works with high end batteries. Only got the camera to work whilst running through the getting to know your camera part of the setup.

you would do well to stay away from this camera.

DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS ON A DESCENT CAMERA OR DO i STICK WITH THE 35MM THAT i HAVE IN THE CUPBOARD

  • 1.0 out of 5
Just terrible (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purchased Pentax Optio 60 Digital Camera yesterday, I tested it all the day and returned it today. It has very serious problems with zooming particularly in reduced light (such as home light). It is also a brutal battery killer. You can't get sharp pictures (zooming in fails)at home if you don't have lots of light.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Its going back (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have owned this camera for the total of 12 Hours and its going back to the shop. the life of the power in the camera is a joke. i have meen messing around with the camera and gone through 6 AA's. if you hook it up to the PC it drains the life out of the AA's. its going back to where it come from!

  • 5.0 out of 5
What more do people want ? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Pentax is the choice for me as going back a few years on old film they made amazing camera's. Me and my wife paid £129.99 for it and it is fine. I have a 8 day old baby who does not sit still, yet it has NO issue if used as it should be. Download the user guide from the supplied disk and ALL the issues raised on this review site will be resolved.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Worst digital camera I've used (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Focus lock is non existent at low light levels making it impossible to take quality flash photographs - focus is a hit or a miss, mostly a miss. Battery life is very poor, even with re-chargeables. Avoid this camera, there are much better on the market at comparable prices.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Battery issues? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Battery life is the only knock on this great little camera. I solved it w/Radio Shack 15 Minute rechargables (have to buy the special charger). They seem to last longer initially and recover after a few minute shut down. Two sets will last 1.5 to 3 hours if allowed to rest at intervals.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Update to my previous review (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The more I dig into this camera the more I would advise a novice or non-tech savvy person to avoid it. Personally, I like it, but the automatic features do have some issues. The best results with this camera are achieved with manual settings.

Autofocus is very poor at any zoom level. It works when at the widest angle otherwise it's finicky at best. However, there is a solution...keep the focus set to "infinity". Perfect focus everytime.

The 2500 mAh NiMH batteries are PERFECT. I have taken 200 MB of pictures so far (at 4 MP with LCD and flash ON constantly) and the batteries are still reading full.

The ISO, AE, shutter, and white-balance settings absolutely HAVE to be adjusted in most situations. While the camera does work well on automatic, the difference with a few settings changed can be drastically obvious in some cases.

So, beginner's, entry-level camera? I really wouldn't say so.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Would not upload (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is the 2nd big problem I've had with a Pentax digital camera. It seemed OK until I tried to put my pictures on the computer. The Pentax website was unhelpful & I have waited 3 weeks for Pentax to answer my email with no reply. I had an Optio 30 previously & it had a rapid battery depletion problem. Would take 3 or 4 pictures then swoon.
I'll never buy a Pentax again. They had a great reputation in the past but obviously things have changed.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Why are most people complaining? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

At first I was a little learly of buying a camera I wasn't familiar with. I use an Olympus everyday for work and I've had the opportunity to use Canons, Kodaks, and Panasonics. Then I clued in to the fact that Pentax has been making cameras for years so I took the plunge.

I purchased this camera with a 512 MB SD card for $380 CAD (including GST). Under $400 for a 6 MP camera? Very cool. However, who needs 6 MP for everyday photos??? Too large for the average user. The lens is the most important thing and I have found the 4 MP setting to be more than enough (unless I actually want to edit the photo - the more pixels the merrier in that case). I'm a little surprised that this is considered an "entry-level" camera for the abundance of features.

I was rather shocked when the alkaline batteries bit the dust after 20 minutes (8 pictures? I must have taken 40 or so by that time - shut off your flash and LCD guys). Then I realized that akalines simply don't have the amperage this camera needs. I put in some old NiMH (1600 mAh)and they lasted me for a few hours (reading half charge the entire time). I just purchased some new 2500 mAh NiMH batteries that should last me a day no problem.

The auto-focus is a little off at times - it needs a little more time to adjust than a few other cameras that I've used. The LCD is big - much bigger than I'm used to actually. The viewfinder is painfully small, but I think I've adapted to it. I love the movie mode and the 512 card gives me nearly 40 minutes of recording (even though I only record 30 second clips most of the time). The software includes Quicktime, but the camera records AVI...go figure.

I've only owned the camera for two weeks now so I will see what the future holds. Once I start using it on full manual mode I'll see what it can really do.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Almost good, but bad for batteries (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This would be good basic camera for beginner, but you can´t take more than 10 pictures without changing batteries. Even if most people has told that camera consumes batteries too much, I think that the problem is some where else. No time batteries has been empty at all, when the camera has told so. Actually thay are almost full.
Either the camera can function only with brand new batteries or they is some problem with program in it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Takes decent pictures ... horrible on batteries (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Unfortunately this Christmas gift is going back to the store. I have rechargeable batteries in it now and can take maybe 8-10 pictures before they are totally drained. Does not do well at all with low light. I'm going back to my 2.1 camera for now until I find something else.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Avoid at all costs! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The official listing is that this is a starter digital camera for new users. Well, I was a new user and I want to switch back to disposables and take my chances. This is a product that shouldn't be on the market. Battery life-20 picture, the focus is so bad that you'll think you bought a fisher-price camera for your kid. Does it sound like I'm mad? You will be, too. AVOID, AVOID, AVOID!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Crystal clear pictures - awesome camera for little money (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had a number of Pentax cameras, 35mm’s, and I have been very satisfied. In November 2005 I went digital with this camera, and simply, I am impressed by it and by the quality of the pictures, crystal clear sharp pictures. Compared to my old 35mm it is astonishing to see, when zooming into a picture on the computer that details, even in corners, only get sharper (until 100% size of course). Also, the night-shot feature is absolutely brilliant - of course provided some solid foundation when shooting. As to the critics by other reviewers about batteries, I started out buying a battery charger and 4 good quality batteries and it works absolutely fine.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not worth the money (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Consumes batteries like crazy. Pictures not sharper then to the ones taken with mobile phone of 4 Megapixels.
All in all not worth the money paid for it (abt E 150)

  • 1.0 out of 5
This camera has some real issues!! Especially batteries. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I couldn't believe how fast this camera wore out batteries. I bought one, had the batteries die after 5 pictures. I took it exchanged it for another of the same model at Costco. It also failed but lasted for 20 pictures. This is completey unacceptable. I also have a Canon Rebel Digital and I can take 300 pictures on one charge. I am taking this one back and getting a Sony.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Yea, I can see where some may have problems with this camera. However, if you download the owners manual (full version) on line and read it you will find out how to actually use this camera. There are solutions the low battery life issue as well. This camera comes with a load of options for under $200. Pentax makes a great camera and this is just another great one to add to their line up!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Average for a 6MP (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have taken plenty of shots and developed them. I have found that the camera has a hard time focusing, even on still objects. I have also found that the colors are not as brilliant as I expected. I am somewhat dissappointed with this camera, but it was cheap in price. I was much happier with the Kodak z745. It had unbeleiveable pictures.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Batteries, Batteries, Batteries! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The two AA batteries give you 8 pictures before they are finished..... That is disgraceful coming from Pentax. The Digital Zoom gives unacceptable grainy pictures.
Sorry this one is going back to the shop!!!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Camera Fair (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had this camera for about 3 weeks, although I am still learning to use it, what pictures I have printed came out great, but the batteries do not last for more that 5-10 pictures, fustrating. I'm not sure I am going to keep it. Also no real manual, you can download one, but I like the fact of having a book to refer to when needed.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not at all happy (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Picture quality was fair for a 6 meg camera, that is the best comment I can give it. Found focus to be very slow and in anything less than daylight the camera had a hard time finding focus and sometimes would not find focus at all. The instruction booklet that came with my camera was enemic at best and offered little to no explanation of the setup tools. I returned my camera 3 days after buying it because I missed many pictures due to the inability of the camera to focus in low light. I am now in the market for a new camera. I paid $199.00 on a cruise ship for it and $79.90 for a 512 card.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Disappointed (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is a first class battery draining device and only Lithium batteries are practical with this one, forget any other type of batteries and make sure you always have a set of spare once close by.

The eye viewer is almost a joke in case you like saving battery power.

I found the autofocus rather useless for most situations and to get some good photos you better take a few more, you may be lucky. Especially indoors it has huge difficulties 'locking on' and delivering clear and sharp photos.

Apart from the nicely sized crisp LCD and some good long distance landscape photos, I did not get much out of it.

Well, after a week trying the lot looking from any angle so to speak, I swapped it over for a Canon A520 and I am so glad I did.

This one is something else, it is my camera now.

The A520 offers in comparison to the Optio 60 so much more choice and most importantly, it delivers stunning results anytime and anywhere.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Focus issues (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have been playing with this camera for about a week and have been a bit frustrated with some focus issues. While in the zoom mode it has been impossible to get a clear picture! The shutter is very tempermental and the 1/2 down to focus and lock settings just doesn't work well. The features of the camera are quite easy to learn and use. The quality of the pictures 70% of the time are nice. I up until now have been please with my Pentax products that I have purchased but this one is giving me pause. I purchased it to keep in my purse for those times I wish I had a camera. I already own a Pentax Optio33WR but wanted more megapixels. Not sure if the good price for a 6 megapixel camera outweighs my frustration with the zoom issue. Prior posts about battery life are also right on the money-does soak up alot of battery quickly.

  • 2.0 out of 5
BATTERIES NO GOOD (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Have had this camera for less than a week and have had to replace the two AA batteries three times or so. Only lasted for about 8 pictures or so. Also noticed that the camera fails to function properly as batteries get low. Not sure the focus works well either. May want to compare before buying this one. I plan to return mine for another brand.

  • 3.0 out of 5
some focus issues (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The optio 60 is my 3rd compact digital & i am rather dissapointed with the patchy focus. as the camera has no spot focus, getting a "green" correct focus rectangle can be very difficult in macro mode when the subject is small and stands out from the background as the camera seems to focus on everything in view and average the result with poor results. focus on a subject such as an ant or similar on a flat surface is usually excellent. Performance in less than good light is very poor; a catch 22 situation ie: not enought light for it to focus, no assist beam available so unable to shoot as even if the flash fires the result will be out of focus. The results when focus is good are invariably stunning however so very much a mixed bag. My camera is currently back with Pentax being checked out.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Some issues (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My camera has battery issues. With the Duracell Ultra's provided they only lasted for about 20 pictures. When I took the batteries out, they were very hot. Curious, I let the batteries cool and checked their strength. The batteries measure half strength and when I put them back in the camera, the camera showed 1/2 which quickly faded after 3 more pictures. I was taking pictures with a flash, but 20 pictures...come on...I'll try NiMH. If these lose charge as fast the camera will be returned.

Focus was inconsistent between picture. About 1/2 focused ok. 1/4 were bad. And 1/4 were fantastic. This seemed worse when using the Zoom. I rated the focus by loading the pictures on my PC and zooming in. I don't believe this is my fault as I noticed the camera would find a different focus when I partial depressed shutter release button. I will experiment with a tripod.

Please keep sending feedback if you have similar problems or don't seem to have the same issues.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Macro Mode is Stand Out Feature (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Crisp macro shots so far....tip, set the timer as to not get camera shake.
Basic picture taking is adequate. Sharp pictures compared to my Kodak 6330 and 6230 models my family uses. My Panasonic Lumix FZ20 is in a whole other class.
I went in a hotel bathroom in the dark and pointed and shot at the shower head, and without focus-assist lamp, the focus and the quality of the pix was more than acceptable. The digital zoom works very well at 12X, and the 3X optical is crisp at full optical zoom. For a teenager, a spouse, anyone who is going to do snap shots, i.e, the disposable 35mm convert, this camera will please.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Still quite good, but some more issues. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I wrote the review 'Good, but not perfect' below. I have now had the camera a bit longer and have had some photos printed. The viewfinder and dioptre problems still exist of course but the over exposure when using the timer seems to have miraculously disappeared.

However....today I came close to taking the camera back. The problem is the colour rendition. A field of purple flowers (Patterson's Curse or Salvation Jane for those familiar with Australian flowers/weeds) became a field of pale blue flowers. I then tested this by photographing an Irish Dancing dress owned by my daughter, the deep purple sleeves also came out as blue, but darker this time. The blue appeared on the camera viewfinder, and when viewed on two different computers. Trying to be fair I then had four or five shots printed, but had my camera back in it's box ready to return it to the shop. On the prints the flowers did come out a mauve colour. Certainly not the deep purple they should be, but with enough purple in them that I would look to be a very fussy character if I returned the camera. In fairness I should say that I have not noticed any major colour variations other than this. This does not mean I am happy by any means. I think I'll pick up a paint colour chart on the way home and run a more comprehensive test.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Very good, but not perfect. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is by way of a preliminary review - first thoughts. I have only owned the camera for four days, this means that I have not fully tested every feature. It seems at first glance that all the good things that you will read elsewhere are correct - picture quality, ease of use etc, are all first class. However, it is my belief that what potential buyers want from a user review is "What am I NOT going to like about this camera".

So, keeping in mind that I think that this is a good camera, these are the irritating or poor points I have come across so far.

Firstly the viewfinder. Much too small and quite hard to use. OK, so it has a large display that you can use instead but please DON'T ! In the days of film cameras everyone knew about camera shake, blurry images caused by not holding the camera steady as you press the shutter. Well, that still exists and the surest way to reduce your image quality is to take pictures with the camera held away from your body using the display screen. The screen should be used for review ONLY.

Secondly the dioptre adjustment. On the face of it a useful feature. The first thing I did after buying my camera was to buy a case for it, and I expect that most people will do the same. As the smallness of the camera is a desirable feature I bought a small case that fits on my belt, not a huge camera gadget bag. The problem with the dioptre adjustment is that the small wheel moves too easily and is in an exposed position so that every time I take my camera out of it's case I find that the dioptre adjustment has moved and I am faced with a blurry image until I re-adjust it.

Lastly there is a strange issue with the timer. When set on ten seconds the image (indoors no flash) always over exposes. Strangely on 10+2 the first image is overexposed but the second is OK. I contacted Pentax on day 1 about this and await their reply. Used outside I couldn't see a problem.

So, if I remember I'll get back to this site with a more comprehensive review later but in the meantime I hope that my first thoughts have been of some use. Overall a very good camera, especially at the low price.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Overall good but the batteries (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've just bought this camera yesterday for the price of AUD$289.0, good deal.. since i've only been owning for 1 day, i didnt do much of examining this seems-complete-featured-but-not-really camera, good picture quality, easy use camera, but not good for the durability of the AA batteries, i strongly suggest you to buy the Nimh ones, and also buy at least 128 MB SD card knowing the free 12 MB slot would only be enough for 2-3 photos. All in All, worth it enough! =)

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