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Pentax Optio T10
Pentax Optio T10

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Pentax Optio T10

We've given the T10 a grade of C.

Editor's Review

The Pentax Optio T10 is a stunning 6 megapixel camera with a high-quality, low-size aluminum alloy body and innovative touch screen interface. The sleekness of the T10 is juxtaposed by the massive 3.0 inch LCD screen that dominates the back of the camera, perfect for high-quality previews and photo sharing. The T10 also integrates the LCD into every aspect of camera control, utilizing an innovative touch screen through which users can adjust settings and navigate through their photos. The T10 is a fantastic looking camera that will get gadget gurus humming, and is a strong competitor for Sony's touch screen enabled N1.


  • 6 megapixel
  • 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • auto and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • movie mode w/sound
  • lithium ion battery
  • 3.0 inch LCD touch screen
  • SD card storage (12MB internal)
  • Part Number: OPTIOT10
  • UPC: 027075117037
  • Release Date: Feb 24, 2006

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Pentax Optio T10 Reviews

Pentax Optio T10 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5

I had a canon A20 before I bought this camera and this is the worse camera I have had from $90. to $400 I feel like getting a cheap camera and call it a day. The slimness 3.5' touch screen got me....I must say I HATE this camera. forget about using it when its sunny cant see the screen, the flash is week so inside photos are 99.9% dark. refresh rate way too long, works better on a tripod at night who have time for that.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Took some getting used to (Jason Hayes — 05/07/2007)

I've owned this camera about 3 months. The touch screen is great and very intuitive. The screen is large and good for playback with the slideshow option. The compact size of the camera with the large LCD is the main reason I bought this camera. I suggest a screen overlay if you are having fingerprint problems with the LCD, they sell a 10 pack at Best Buy for $15. Picture quality at first was so-so. I was basically using the settings the camera came with. I was finding that several of my pictures were coming out blurry. What has seemed to remedy this issue is changing the picture mode from "Program" to "Portrait". Only the outdoor shots were coming out ok in Program, but once I switched to Portrait, most pictures came out much better. I don't really want to change modes everytime I take a picture so Portrait seems to be a good general setting to keep it on. This is my 3rd pentax and never had that problem before. Another thing is that the LCD is very hard to see out in bright sunlight, but that doesn't really bother me too much as I still managed to get some great pictures. The camera is very fragile, it scratches and dents easily. It would be nice if they sold some kind of rubber protective case like they have for ipods - I've seen these for other camera's but not this one. I really do like this camera, but I think it needs a little fine tuning before it's a great camera. Bottom line: I'm content with it. The price makes this one a pretty good deal. The form of this camera is great and I would give that a 9/10, and is mainly why I bought it. The function is less desireable at around a 6/10, due to the picture quality and durability.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good Camera (Robert — 04/30/2007)

Great camera. This camera offers everything that up-to-date technology has to offer, This is a great for use point-and-shoot that if taken with the right precautions, able to take pictures as well as an SLR. The sharp, crisp color of the camera could rival that of Canon, or Nikon. However, the only down fall with the camera is that it does not take well-suited pictures of nightscapes. I find that the Night scene of the camera does not work well at all, and i NEVER use it. The Sport action is also no use, as i find that the shutter speed is slower than the normal auto mode. As long as you keep the flash on (or on auto... and may I add that the flash works great) and If you keep the shutter speed on auto, Your pictures will come out great! All the things that you can do with editing your pictures with out the use of a photo shop is amazing! So far, this is my favorite point and shoot that is out there.

  • 1.0 out of 5
lens return problem (dale kimbrow — 04/07/2007)

neat camera. love the touch screen and size of viewing area. however, after just 4 months the lens is stuck. no damage occured during use. there is no visable sign of damage to camera. technical support says lens was jammed and will NOT warrenty the camera. Pentax will not get my business ever again. Sorely disappointed.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Very disapointed (Shane Glassey — 03/11/2007)

Brought as a replacement for my OPTIO 230 which is 6 year old and never given any trouble, I had problems from day one with slow to take pics and blurry shots. I thought is was just me getting use to it so I persisted with it. One week in the whole thing locked up! ... SD card was corrupt so they told me nothing to do with the camera. Had issues with not being able to see the screen in the sunlight and the touch screen gets very smeared with finger prints. Went to use it yesterday and the screen is now broken. No signs of impact damage on the camera and it lives in a protective case ..... I dropped it the shop tells me so warranty not applicable! I am sure I did not drop it and if I did then it must be super fragile! .... Not at all impressed, have owned Pentax all my life and this one is a read dud.

  • 2.0 out of 5
lens return problem and badimage quality (roger — 03/08/2007)

i had exactly the same problem with my Pentax, the lens doesn´t back of when the Camera is turnned off.

  • 4.0 out of 5
wish i had bought a diff camera (rlba — 02/25/2007)

bought to replace a stolen s4. i miss my s4. manual focus, especially! t10 is slow to focus, sometimes taking blurry pics, and slow shutter speed. takes amazing pics when they turn out. acdc software now wants you to pay for additional stuff that was free with the s4. touch screen is a fun novelty, gets old fast. love the good pics, but would trade for my old s4 4 mp.

  • 5.0 out of 5
This Camera is great! (Melissa — 02/02/2007)

This Camera is probably by far the best I've owned. I really enjoy it. If you enjoy taking amazing scene pictures or just pictures of yourself partying and you want professional quality, this camera is made for you! The touch screen characteristic has got everyone amazed. Also the big screen makes people go crazy. They enjoy being able to see such a big picture when you first take it. The Pentax Optio T10 is very easy to use. Very self-explanatory. The drawing and framing technique on this camera makes this camera act as if it were a mini computer. It is such a great camera for the price. The price may catch up on your, but once you purchase this camera, you will realize it was word the 240 dollars.

  • 5.0 out of 5
bestttt (chrisy — 12/12/2006)

the best carmera everr
i love it so easy to workk

  • 4.0 out of 5
Bad performer, but excellent image quality (giorgio russo — 11/26/2006)

Its right, a little slow, shutter lag, etc.
But if you are pacience, takes great pictures outside outperforming many other like sonys, kodaks and even some coolpix.
If going to be used for family and reunion pics, not very recommended but outdoors and landscapes, go for it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
poor camera (piranha1 — 11/11/2006)

Really wish I had not bought this camera. The main gripe I have is that it is so SLOW SLOW SLOW... Shutter lag is measured in seconds, I have taken (or tried to) a pics of my 6 year old, but by the time the camera has focussed and the shutter has released he has usually gone from the frame! Also in bright sunlight (I live in Australia, D'Oh) it is impossible to see the TFT screen and therefore impossible to focus the camera on a subject.

On the good side, if yu find a subject that doesn't move, in not too dark, not to bright conditions, the picture quality is quite good.

I am afraid this will turn into an expensive paperweight for me.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very good camera (Michelle — 11/07/2006)

The touchscreen 3 inch LCD is absolutely amazing. The features are outstanding too. The only bad thing is the shutter speed from time to time.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Terrible (Lu Min Htin — 10/21/2006)

I bought from THAILAND in july-2006. I used over one month this screen was not yet. Now i lost this guarantee paper but i have bank account list. Now i live in NORWAY so i have problem for connect to shopping center. The last month i connected this PENTAX company. I got information, to reform this camera i may be cost 1550-Kr. So that, very very terribe.

  • 4.0 out of 5
lens return problem (Kev Sanders — 10/03/2006)

I reviewed the T10 before purchase and was pleased with it untill the lenses came off thier guides on turning it off. pentax insist I forced them and wont honour the warrantee ! I have a bill after 5 weeks use for £105. anyone else had this problem ?

  • 4.0 out of 5
T10 Battery Life too short (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love this camera its awesome, but because of its screen size and the touch features the battery life is very short, when compares to other digital camera, I think I will have to purchase another battery or carry my charger with me more frequently, which "sucks"
PS:Pentax please make another battery with longer life.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome Camera (Ashif — 06/29/2006)

Awesome Camera... wish I had this earlier!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Great Idea--touch type better for a newbie though (but LOVE LOVE LOVE the screen!) (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I do medical photography and some traveling and am graduating from a coolpix 5200 which I loved but finally died. I saw the great screen on the pentax and the touch face and loved the idea but the camera was too new and had no reviews.

At first, I loved it, but it has LOTS of limitations.

1) GREAT GREAT screen
2) Great size

1) Full 30FPS video was good but I missed LOTS of them because you have to push the button down so long for it to start to record

2) The camera shutter sound is so quiet even with the volume all the way up so making me get paranoid whther I got the photo or not.

3) LONG LAG TIME between pics and with flash pics auto focus — even when changing setting to "fast" mode. No anti-shaling makes many resulting images blurry and frustrating

4) Touch screen at first is good but it takes too long to switch between settings because you have to "touch" buttons right on rather than pushing real buttons.

5) With such a large screen, a carrying case would have been nice if it came with it...

Overall I sent it back and am still searching...

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent all round camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Takes better pictures than a Sony N1 and is a lot easier to operate. Menu's are simple to use picture quality is second to none takes great movies as well. Haven't found anything i dislike about this camera, battery life is unbelievable lasts for ages. Didn't need to read the manual that came with it switched it on menu icons explain what they do, connected to pc with cable done.
Fantastic product!

  • 2.0 out of 5
great widget... not so great camera.... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Don't get me wrong, I dig the cool touch screen camera, and the interface, and LCD display size....

But, the Battery has already gone dead and I only took around 40 photos, and the image quality is just okay.... Not a good camera if you are used to better optics....