Pentax Optio T30 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
  • 3.0-inch LCD
  • Secure Digital card storage (20 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 T30
7.1 megapixels; Movie mode with sound; JPEG file format; 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom; Autofocus and exposure; ISO 64-3200; 3.0-inch LCD; Secure Digital card storage (20 MB internal); Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

The Pentax Optio T30 has a vivid, 3.0-inch LCD screen on which you can take a good gander at the camera's high-resolution 7-megapixel photos. The T30 also allows you to push the sensitivity up to 3200, and though that may allow for better low-light and action shots, there's no mention of what kind of camera noise might result in the initial reports. The T30 continues the Pentax 'T' series tradition of touchscreen LCDs, which in past models have been praised by users who enjoyed the simple and innovative interface.

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