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Pentax Optio T20
Pentax Optio T20

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Pentax Optio T20

We've given the T20 a grade of C.

Editor's Review

Pentax T20 upgrades their intriguing touchscreen ultracompact T10, with 7 megapixels and increased sensitivity. The 3.0-inch LCD dominates the back of this slim camera, and all the functions and features can be accessed by interacting with the camera's innovative touchscreen. It's a neat little perk on a great camera.


  • 7 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • Auto focus, auto exposure
  • ISO 80-800
  • JPEG file format
  • Movie mode with sound
  • 3.0-inch touchscreen LCD
  • Secure Digital card storage (12MB internal memory)
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • UPC: 027075123397
  • Release Date: Sep 14, 2006

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Pentax Optio T20 Reviews

Pentax Optio T20 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
awesome (Laura — 11/26/2007)

This is an awesome camera. Its tough and lasts a long time—my friend has had one that is still in new condition for a few years.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Forget it! (Michael Pryor — 11/05/2007)

Bought the T20 based on previous ownership of Optio's and the touchscreen.
However, battery life is a joke! Not even a second one will equal what one lasts in previous Optio's.
Additionally, focus time is as slow, or slower than, first generation digial cameras.
Definitly a product which should be recalled and exchanged - free of charge! - for something which lives up to the Pentax name.

  • 2.0 out of 5
cheap manufacturing... (Tyler S. — 08/03/2007)

My friend bout me this camera in march of 07 for my birthday and by june the zoom switch began to stick and in early july the switch completely fell off...i then had to return it and am now getting a panasonic lumix fz8k. while i owned the pentax i also had problems with it freezing and it also had terrible shutter lag so i had to retake a lot of my shots...

  • 4.0 out of 5
Not perfect, but good enough (Carlos — 07/19/2007)

The camera works just fine. The 3 inch screen is sweet. There are 2 things I don't like about it. First, the zoom lever doesn't snatch back to position after I use it, so it sticks to where I put it. Second, when you look at ALL your pictures, it lags a little, you can't go through them quickly. BUT, I like it a lot.

  • 4.0 out of 5
I like it! (Debi Saylor Pierce — 07/13/2007)

The camera is light weight and has a touch screen for easy use. I appreciate the very large (3 inch) screen and the pictures are great! I also appreciate the extras, like framing a photo without losing the original photo. I very much dislike the weak battery, it lasts a very short time, I purchased an additional battery that lasts about five times as long and I keep both charged. I found another longer lasting battery for $12, $17 with s/h, not delivered yet.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens stuck - apparently my fault! (Josephine Macan — 06/04/2007)

My husband bought me Pentax T20 for Christmas and I loved it! Used it all the time and took some pretty good pictures from it. About 4 months later the lens got stuck in the out position. I took it back to the shop the next day and a week later received a phone call to say that apparently I had dropped it and they were not going to fix it. Given that there are no scratch marks, impact marks, witnesses to verify my claim and low and behold - I actually didn't do anything to it! I have been told that it won't be fixed under warranty and the quote they gave me is 2/3 of the purchase price. I have asked them to send it back unfixed and will purchase a new camera - any suggestions?

  • 2.0 out of 5
I you get lost in the menus more than 3 times. Put it back on the shelf (DMA — 06/03/2007)

I took this pretty little thing back to the store. I refuse to get lost in the menu of my camera more than 3 times. User friendly is a must.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Pentax selling duds (Cindy Sailor — 02/21/2007)

This camera looks like a gadget freak's dream come true. The 3" touch screen, ability to write on the photo with added stylus, the custom frames etc. made this exciting purchase. However, within the first week the lens got stuck in the out position. I reset by removing the battery. Happened again within the first 30 days and would not reset. Now Pentax claims I dropped the camera and will not fix it under manufacturer warranty. Wants me to pay another $185 to repair what was defective to begin with. So much for my new addition!

  • 3.0 out of 5
fun (DMitch — 01/20/2007)

I have found this camera to be very fun to use with too many features to list however there is definitely one down fall, the battery does not nearly as long as I believe it should. But I guess over all a good camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
lucky selection (David L. Wrightsman — 12/29/2006)

I purchased this camera for my wife and had many camera's to choose from. I currently own a Cannon digital camera but after familiarizing myself with this camera will probably never use the Cannon again. This little camera has so many usable features that it is mind boggling. The quality of the photos is excellent, the software outstanding, the gimmicks unique. To say more would tax my ability to not be repetative. If there is a slight downfall, and frankly the camera is a bit to new to critize the battery life seems to require recharging a bit more frequently. Overall, just the best camera on the market.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great!!! (Tracy — 12/28/2006)

This camera has the most amazing flash it works great in dim light the picture comes out looking like it was taken in the middle of the day. It is great!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awsome (jious — 11/18/2006)

this is an awsome camera