Images shaken, but not blurred.
The Optio A10 produced good images in most conditions we shot in. It produced good results with good detail and sharpness especially at ISO 50. However, there was a lot of noise when used above ISO 200 and above. The Shake Reduction system was very good and the A10 is probably one of the more affordable cameras that offer this normally more advanced option. The A10 offers a full boat of fun features, such as 640x480, 30fps MPEG-4/DivX movie clips, plus plenty of in camera editing options and a slew of shooting modes.
On the minus side the camera can sometimes be slow and unresponsive, and has a screen that has trouble in bright sunlight-with no optical viewfinder as an alternative option. Despite its flaws, the Optio A10 is still a fun camera for the amateur to get their feet wet in digital.
There are rumors in the industry that Pentax will be introducing an upgrade of this model in the near future. Perhaps this next generation in the Optio line-up will build upon the A10's strengths and refine some of its imperfections.
Shake Reduction system
Great compact size with solid metal construction
Excellent resolution, natural accurate color, subtle processing
Low noise at low ISO settings
A host fun feature options
Image corrections and effects in playback mode
Playback mode and menu operation are easy and quick
Short battery life
LCD Screen washes out in bright sunlight
No optical viewfinder
Slow focus, shutter lag
Slow flash recycling
Digital Zoom: 4x
Optical Zoom: 3x
Focal Length: 38-114mm (35mm equiv)
Exposure Sensitivity: AUTO, MANUAL, ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent (800 IN CANDELIGHT MODE)
Battery Life: CIPA estimate of 150 shots with Lithium battery with LCD monitor on
Dimensions (WxHxD): 3.5 x 2.1 x 0.9 inches
Weight: 5.1 ounces w/battery and SD card
What's in the Box:
Optio A10 camera, USB Cable I-USB17 (39233), AV Cable I-AVC7 (B) (39553), Strap O-ST20 (39195), Lithium-ion Battery DL-18 (39121), Battery Charging Stand D-BC42 (39318), AC Plug Cord D-CO2U (39477), Software S-SW42 (CD-ROM), Operating Manual, Serial Number Card.