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Pentax Optio M10
Pentax Optio M10

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Pentax Optio M10

We've given the M10 a grade of C+.

Editor's Review

The Pentax Optio M10 is poised to replace the Optio S with strong point-and-shoot features for everyday users. The M10 has a 6 megapixel CCD and 3x optical zoom, more than enough to take quality photographs that will leave you satisfied. It's compact, lightweight body is shaped into a comfortable grip, so you don't feel like you're holding something fragile or insubstantial. The M10 is a good camera for casual photographers look for quick quality.


  • 6 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • auto and exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • movie mode w/sound
  • lithium ion battery
  • 2.5 inch LCD
  • SD card storage (22MB internal)
  • ISO 64-200
  • Part Number: 18606
  • UPC: 027075117266
  • Release Date: Feb 24, 2006

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Pentax Optio M10 Reviews

Pentax Optio M10 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera - Point and Shoot plus Features (E Reasoner — 11/24/2007)

I come from the old school of Canon AE 1 and film. This little Camera I bought to take to Europe with me and I gotta tell you it performed flawlessly with outstanding results both in the ALPS and throughout Italy....the pictures are outstanding and so is the color and resolution. It has many features including auto and manual with Macro and mini motion pictures w/ sound. I gotta tell you for the price - it cannot be beat - in fact I'm buying 4 more for Christmas gifts this year. Interfaces with computer great through USB and the software is very good to catalog your photos on harddrive. I give it 5 stars and believe me I don't normally write reviews cause most product don't deserve a mention however this camera is impressive, oh yeah did I mention it takes great night photos, macros, and fits inside your pocket very nicely.


  • 3.0 out of 5
Camera-Good. Service-Poor. (David Akins — 09/19/2007)

My Pentax Optio M10 developed a problem 10 months after purchase. The lens stuck in the deployed position and would not retract when the camera was powered-off. After researching and complying with their requirements for in-warranty repairs, I sent the camera to Pentax Service in Colorado on July 23rd. Pentax Service stated that they would send a postcard with confirmation of receipt and a repair order number I could use to track the repair on their web site. I never received this card. I phoned to check status after 4 weeks. I had to wait in their phone queue for about 15 minutes until a friendly and helpful young man named Paul came on the line. He explained the process and timeline, and gave me the repair order number so I could track the repair. I received the repaired camera on September 14th, a total time-away-for-service of about 7 weeks.

In my opinion, this warranty repair took much too long. The camera was out of my hands for almost 2 months. Sadly, this is becoming the norm among more and more electronics manufacturers. They’ll proudly tell you that they provide a one year warranty, gladly take your money when you buy the product, but severely understaff their repair centers and make you wait-wait-wait for any needed repair. I like the performance and operation of this camera, but I would not buy a Pentax again due to the excessively slow repair service.

  • 4.0 out of 5
If you looking to buy, search no longer.. (Brandy H. — 02/23/2007)

And that is exactly what I mean. I have tried out three different brands in cameras. The cannon lasted me about a year before it locked up one day when I was using it; even Best Buy couldnt figure it out... Since I started working at Bass Pro Shops, I noticed they sold the Optio M10 and I decided to give it a try. 15 different modes to choose from and clear, crisp pictures are all I get :) I couldnt be happier!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Pictures are blurred with ANY camera if not used correctly THIS CAMERA TAKES SHARP PICTURES!!! (Leonard Peavy — 12/12/2006)

I really like my camera.. It takes fantastic photos. ANY camera will blur if not used correctly... the pictures I've taken with this camera are quite good and very sharp.. good color saturation...

  • 2.0 out of 5
Big disappointment (lamishtoe — 12/04/2006)

- Compact, good looks, large LCD screen.
- Lots of features, easy to navigate menu.
- AA bateries, impressive battery life.
- SD card.
- Good price.

- Bad, blurred pictures.

Bought an Optio M20 as an upgrade to a very basic 3 MP EasyShare. Took pictures side by side and old Kodak won by a mile.

Gladly returned it to the store.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Poor quality photos (John Bienick — 10/03/2006)

Buy something else!! Poor photo quality overall. I bought 3 of the Pentax Optio M10, one for me and one each for a Niece and Nephew. Bad decision, we all are very dissappointed in the quality of the photos, all 3 missing sharpness in all photos, very 'grainy/noisy' especially on indoor or lower light conditions. These conditions exist in all 3 cameras! My Nephew's has a missing pixel or 2 in the very center of the photo! It should never have left the factory like that. Unfortunately 'pixel mapping' is NOT in the menu as is in all Olympus cameras. My bottom line Olympus D435 takes much better photos than this camera. I was enticed by the Pentax name, but would never purchase one again. Do yourself a favor an don't buy a Pentax!

  • 5.0 out of 5
this is a great little camera (Vanessa — 09/28/2006)

I just love how easy this camera is to use, and comming from a family of photographers, it lives up to standards, and takes great pictures. it's in a great price range, and has a nice size LCD screen. it's great for anyone, fun to take to parties, or grab some inspiring shots. Best camera I own... next to my 1976 Pentax K1000. love it!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best kept secret for a 6 meg pix with 2.5 monitor! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I just happened to pick this up on a whim...boy what a steal for $136.00 including shipping. $30.00 rebate tops that off! If you get this camera for $150.00 or less you have a great deal need to pay the high price for the Sony or other higher priced unless you need to impress someone...excellent pictures, features and simply incredible battery life. Take a look at the Pentax M10!