Pentax Optio E90 Brief Review

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  • 10 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom
  • Anti-shake mode
  • 2.7-inch LCD monitor
  • Video mode
  • Captures to SD/SDHC memory cards
  • AA Batteries
  • Release Date: 2010-03-01
  • Final Grade: 82 4.1 Star Rating: Recommended

4.1 Star Rating: Recommended

Pentax Optio E90
10 megapixels; 3x optical zoom; Anti-shake mode; 2.7-inch LCD monitor; Video mode; Captures to SD/SDHC memory cards; AA Batteries
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

The E90 holds up the bottom end of Pentax's product line for 2010. It's an ultracompact, so there's not too much to say about the picture quality -- nothing special at all, and no features to speak of. But like the rest of this year's Optio line, the aesthetics are pretty cool. The E90 has a rubber covering for a grippable texture, available in wine red and black.

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