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Pentax Optio E30
Pentax Optio E30

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Pentax Optio E30

We've given the E30 a grade of C.

Editor's Review

The Pentax Optio E30 is an all-new entry-level ultracompact that claims to be a snap, but consumers who have been burned by the 'E' series before may feel differently. The E30 is related to the Pentax Optio E10, a camera that was so widely and vehemently denounced by our readers, we decided to name it the worst digital camera ever. On paper, the E30 looks like a fairly standard budget camera, but we at DCHQ can't in good faith recommend this camera, as Pentax has demonstrated a clear lack of quality control in their budget and entry-level models.


  • 7 megapixels, 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom, auto focus and exposure, ISO 80-400, JPEG file format, movie mode with sound, 2.4" LCD display, Secure Digital storage (11MB internal), 2 AA batteries
  • Part Number: E30
  • UPC: 027075126442
  • Release Date: Feb 01, 2007

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Pentax Optio E30 Reviews

Pentax Optio E30 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
Its good only for a few months. (Deepak Kaul — 02/24/2008)

Good performance for a few months. It is now showing "battery depleted" and is not working now for over a month. I am still trying to figure out "how to bet it repaired. It is in Warrenty but no response from the Pentax dealer.

  • 5.0 out of 5
great! (Ashleigh — 12/27/2007)

i just bought mine the other and i am already in love with it! it wasonly $120 AUS dollars and it is way better than i though it would be! better than my brothers canon and my sisters kodak put together...

  • 5.0 out of 5
Seems fantastic (Dave — 12/18/2007)

my brother & his gf kindly bought me this as a gift. It looks, right from the box, like a pretty 'budget' thing, but I can tell you, this 100 bills cam I've been using it everyday for 3 weeks and it's proved not only 100% reliable (it's had zero weird quirks) but also.. the pictures....WOW. Unless you are a pro photographer.. you surely would never need better quality than this. The pictures are just stunning. I took some of myself and I had never had such good pics of me before. They looked like I'd paid for them and the lighting in the location was fairly poor too. Anyway, I talked to my bro and he said, they got me it cause 7.1 megapixles is perfect just what you need. He showed me then just how big I can blow up these fine prints without losing any quality. Wow, quite incredible tecnology. I've only had it 3 weeks or so, but I am amazed at the Optio E35 pentax in everyway from easy operation to it's pictures

  • 4.0 out of 5
Pentax Optio E30 (C Wolf — 08/11/2007)

The camera came equipped with a variety of items - inclusive of batteries. A rather simple camera - this is what I wished as I hate losing via theft expensive cameras when on vacation. Everything being straight forward - I quickly set the date and time and realized the batteries were already in YELLOW MODE. I managed to take 4 pictures, the batteries were completely dead as the flash didn't work on any of those 4 pics. There has to be a better means to use this camera......who out there can recommend the best RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES for domestic and international travel c/w CHARGER but I do not need a charger for the vehicle as too many cars don't come with a cigarette lighter anymore. I'm rating this camera as GOOD as I expect it will do a good job for what I need it for - at least I hope so. Thanks!

  • 5.0 out of 5
awsome (hoon — 08/11/2007)

i bought it for my dad 1month ago. it has amazing performance better than samsung and kodak as it is cheap. so i bought another one for me instead of my old samsung digital camera.

  • 3.0 out of 5
It Blew Up (Joe — 07/28/2007)

Had it one week and the batteries exploded inside it. Sending it back for a replacement.

  • 5.0 out of 5
great (Big Steve — 07/11/2007)

this is my first digital, easy to use and the pictures are great. Glad i got it

  • 4.0 out of 5
kool camera (joey — 04/04/2007)

i liked this camera because it was easy to take around but not a professioal camera (as expected) for the smal price it was a good deal