Pentax Optio M30 Brief Review

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  • 7.1 megapixels
  • Movie mode with sound
  • JPEG file format
  • 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • Autofocus and exposure
  • ISO 64-3200
  • 2.5-inch LCD
  • Secure Digital card storage (22 MB internal)
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2007-01-29
  • Final Grade: 75 3.75 Star Rating: Recommended

3.75 Star Rating: Recommended

Pentax Optio M30
7.1 megapixels; Movie mode with sound; JPEG file format; 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom; Autofocus and exposure; ISO 64-3200; 2.5-inch LCD; Secure Digital card storage (22 MB internal); Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The super small Pentax Optio M30 is only 18mm thick, with a sleek aluminum body that is a pleasure to handle. The M30 features an 'auto-picture' mode that tries to automatically ascertain the right camera settings for whatever environment you are in, allowing the photographer to not worry about a myriad of confusing adjustments. It also has face-recognition focus and exposure, which keeps your subject's faces clear and crisp, all by itself.

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