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Pentax Optio A10
Pentax Optio A10

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Pentax Optio A10

We've given the A10 a grade of C.

Editor's Review

As the flagship of Pentax's new 'A' series of cameras, the Optio A10 is an impressive introduction. This 8 megapixel point-and-shoot camera is loaded with great features. In addition to that large CCD sensor, the Pentax A10 also features Pentax's own shake reduction system, which uses gyroscopic sensors to detect and compensate for any kind of movement by physically shifting the sensor. The A10 also sports a tremendous 2.5" LCD for easy previews and photo sharing, as well as a robust 30fps movie mode when a simple photograph just won't do.


  • 8 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom
  • 4x digital zoom
  • autofocus
  • auto exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO 50-800
  • D-Li8 lithium ion battery
  • movie mode w/sound
  • 2.5" LCD screen
  • Part Number: Optio A10
  • UPC: 027075116917
  • Release Date: Jan 12, 2006

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Pentax Optio A10 Reviews

Pentax Optio A10 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 2.0 out of 5
Way too slow (liz — 06/30/2008)

I really cant stand this camera! It takes forever to obtain the shot especially at night. Images come out dark at night if you dont use night mode... and if you do use night mode your subject has to be still for like 30 seconds while it takes the shot! Just awful! Very dissapointed.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Very delicate! (kristen — 02/25/2008)

Liked the photos but once dropped the LCD screen broke and now its useless. Too expensive to repair and the time to send it for repair is too long. Short battery life also. Batteries are very expensive and nearly impossible to find in Europe! Spent more on battery than camera in UK now the camera is broken and I have all these batteries! Need to sell on Ebay.

  • 4.0 out of 5
AC Adapter (Fred Walsh — 10/10/2007)

Very nice camera. Easy to use.

Trying to locate an AC adapter for it. What is the part number ? Any suggestions as to where this can be purchased ? How much ?

  • 4.0 out of 5
Pretty decent little camera (John C. — 08/28/2007)

This was the first camera I'd purchased after having an Olympus D550 for a few years. It has been a very good camera with rather good image quality and reliability. It has suited my casual imaging needs very well. It's not all that great in low light, especially when compared to the A30 or Nikon P5000, but in good light it takes some good pics. I used it to digiscope the moon through an 4.5" reflector scope and it took better-than-expected shots, though with some blue fringing around the edge of the moon.
I've since upgraded to an Optio A30 and a Nikon Coolpix P5000, both of which I love for their own reasons. The A10 is not a fast performer by any means, but it is still working great. I cracked the LCD screen earlier this year and IT WAS MY FAULT. Sorry to shout, I just wanted to place the blame in the proper place. I was working on my car (emergency roadside repair) and forgot it was in my pocket... rolled over on it many times. I nearly fixed the LCD screen... at least enough to make it usable again. I did this by rubbing the blackened areas with my thumbs and dispersing the darkened crystals toward the edges of the display. I can now read the menus and see what I'm shooting fairly well and the dark patches I rubbed to the edges can now be seen through.
I treat this as my 'beater' camera for when I'm at work or when I'm going somewhere and want to have a camera 'just in case'.
On the 5-star scale I'd like to give it 3.5 stars. But since that rounds up to 4, that's what it gets. For me it has definitely been better than 'average' 3 stars.

  • 5.0 out of 5
i love it! (Emily Wentz — 07/15/2007)

this is a all around great camera, my favorite thing about it is the great movie videos it can make! it is incredibly good quality, and the pictures are great too. the main thing i was looking for was a camera with a good video shot, and this one works great. i am very happy with it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Slow and Delicate (Gary — 06/17/2007)

The camera is slow to snap the picture and that is frustrating. I have had two screens damaged while in a protective hard case during travel. Find a faster more rugged camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Not Worth it (STEVE — 05/22/2007)

I've had this camera for over one year. Had to send it back for repairs. The telescoping lenses freezes and the camera shuts off. It is also slow to snap a picture. This camera has been a frustrating experience. It is out of warranty and doesn't work again. Time fora new camera and it won't be a Pentax. save your money, buy something that works

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great, but a bit slow (Rex — 05/13/2007)

I bought this camera on clearance at Wal Mart for $70. (I actually bought two and sold the other on ebay for twice that.)

I love it. It is about the size of a deck of cards, its battery (despite what others have said) lasts for about 200 pictures with flash. The pictures are brilliant.

It is really slow, though, comared to my canon is s2.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Excellent Camera but Delicate (PC — 05/05/2007)

I have had this camera for almost a year it functioned perfectly during that time it took excellent pictures when a lesser camera would have taken nothing. It was only lacking when it was dusk with sporting activities (what you want everything) but... I guess my kids got a hold of it and now the view screen doesn't come on. The Factory authorized repair costs $140 for a new LCD screen. A new camera costs $189. Get the no fault warranty if you buy it. Otherwise I loved it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
this is a nice little camera for size (Roy Champeau — 03/29/2007)

I really like the camera for taking picture. The only big problem with this camera is that it turns off right after you turn it on or well not turn on until you play with or move the battery and sometimes that well not work.

  • 1.0 out of 5
horrible (ali — 03/21/2007)

I had bought the Pentax Optio A10 8mp from the retailer and within 6 weeks it messed up there was no physical damage I tried to review a picture and the screen messed up and it started making this loud noise and vibrating

  • 2.0 out of 5
Blurred pictures (Don — 02/13/2007)

I have had 3 HP dig. cameras but purchased the A10 cause it was a Pentax.i cannot get the camera to consistently take clear crisp pictures.Also the battery life is poor comparred to the HP battery system.I tried to return the camera but I have missplaced the receipt, I will find it.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Easily breakable (Alise Roy — 01/08/2007)

I accidently dropped this camera, while it was in the padded case mind you, about 3 inches from a wood floor, and the LCD lens cracked and the camera is totally ruined. I thought the cases were supposed to protect the camera?

  • 4.0 out of 5
Option A10, old model, great camera (Allen Bassham — 11/26/2006)

I bought this at Walmart as a closeout. It was new in the box. So far it appears to be a far superior camera to my Nikon N2. With 8 megapixels, it has a clean clear image. The resolution makes up for the limited 3x optical zoom in that you can crop in and get an equivalent to a 5x or greater image (as compared to a 5 or 6 mpix camera). My only concern is that I went to the Pentax website and the camera has limited accessories (like a battery) for the old model.

  • 1.0 out of 5
I hate it!!!! (Crystal — 10/20/2006)

This is my 3rd digital camera and I hate it! Every picture I take is blurry. I thought it would be just the opposite. I love the size of it, but not the pics. I read the entire manual cover to cover and tried to change setting, but it did not help. I bought it because I wanted a camera that took faster pictures for my one year old daughter. I will be returning it!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great little camera (Connie Jeqn — 09/23/2006)

This is a great camera. When I saw this camera in the store I was immediatly impressed with its style and size. I was afraid however that with it being so small that the photo quality would suffer. I was so wrong. This camera takes clearer more defined pictures than my bulky canon. The menus are so easy to see, great for those of us who dont have 20/20 vision anymore. I have several cameras, but this one is now my favorite, and with its size you can take it along anywhere - anytime. Great Value!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Probably the best ultra-compact digital cameras out there today! (Heinz the Baron — 08/21/2006)

Compared up to 12 other cameras with this one and this one took it all. Fast in deleting photos, transferring, start-up time, crisp pictures, cool sounds, long battery life, stable-shot photos, quick zoom, etc. I've never heard of Pentax until a month ago and I'm glad I stumbled upon it. Great buy!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very Satisfied with Pentax A10 (Ivan Mallia — 06/29/2006)

Found camera well priced very easy to use and excellent display . very portable .

  • 5.0 out of 5
Super little camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My second digital camera, the Optio A10 fixes those irritants like short battery life, blurred images and lack of control over exposure. This shirt-pocket camera is loaded with features, easy to use, and quite intuitive. The owners manual is a must-read to fully access all the features, but right out-of-the-box we were up and running in just a few minutes. One bonus - the audio recording feature allows simultaneous playback of the audio and the photograph during slide-shows. And the audio is quite accurately recorded, playing back clearly and crisply. Overall, it's a great camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent camera (Alan Bueller — 05/22/2006)

I have two other digital cameras, Canon Power Shot 100, and an Olympus C-740. The Pentax A10 is light years ahead of anything on the market at the current price levels. This is the easiest camera to use and understand. The menu and mode functions make it a snap to change from one format to another.
One of the best features is its ability to edit pictures. You can crop, adjust brightness, resize and all without reading a complicated manual. This feature saves hours by editing within the camera instead of sitting in from of your computer. You can edit while on the plane or in the hotel room. You can also save the original and the edited copy.
I do have one negative comment, it does not have a zoom feature in the video mode.
For the price and the size and the features nothing else comes close.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Crisp clean pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This was my first digital camera. It was so easy to use. I bought it to take pictures of my daughters going to prom as well as vacation pictures. I first took a picture at home and had it developed-to see if this camera was a keeper. I was very impressed with the crisp, clean pictures it took. I liked the photo better than 35mm! The camera is very easy to use. I haven't used the move feature much, but have found what little I have is also good. I wouldn't trade this camera for any others out there! I know this camera will capture many great moments for us.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Nice all around pocket camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was looking for a camera packed with features that I can slip in my shirt pocket at the museums, art shows, cars shows, etc .. I wanted a no hassle easy - quick point and shoot for fun days out. This little guy fits the bill - I would also consider the W10 for waterproof/dustproof operation as well. - Build quality is good, nice bright large LCD - if battery life is issue I will just get another battery! - worth looking into for general carry around camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good all round value (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I recently purchased the new Pentax A10 and have found it easy to use & understand the controls. The pictures are clean & crisp. The camera is fairly fast to use. Many picture modes. I haven't done much with the video yet but the little I have seemed very good.
My only problem is in bright sunlight the LCD screen is difficult to see. Since the camera does not have a view finder , it makes it even more difficult to see your shot.

  • 4.0 out of 5
A10 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was looking at the Sony T9 which is 6.0 megapixel, it was small, sexy and compact but then I read the reviews about it being a great day camera but poor at night, I also seen that the newest compact camera's are pushing 8 megapixels... The 8.0 megapixel and very compact size attracted me to the Pentax A10.
Not much in it size wise between the T9 and the Pentax but the extra 2.0 megapixel should make all the difference. Also purchased a 512 mb flash card for it too. My current rating of good is because I am impressed but give me a few days to live with it!!

It feels solid, has a good 2.5 inch LCD and feels like a quality piece of kit. I am impressed with the downloaded images I have on my PC but I will post an update later when I get really familiar with it. Pentax used to make excellent SLR's in the days of old... hopefully this is going to prove the same!

I really should leave my credit card at home but sometimes beautifully formed things I gotta have!!!