The Optio name is synonymous with skinny cameras, and the T30 continues that tradition -- in a big way. Despite the camera's soap-bar size and 3/4-inch thickness, its LCD monitor is a big three inches, viewable at a 170-degree angle. The monitor also serves as a touch screen for both capture and post-production controls.
The T30's zoom is a 37.5-112.5mm (equivalent) f/2.5-5.2, and can find and focus automatically on faces. Histograms and shadow/highlight warnings help in making sure your exposure is on the money. Among many scene modes are flower, landscape, night scene, pet, food, and text. After the shot, you can add digital filters such as soft focus, slimming, illustration, various colors, and fisheye effect -- useful for portraits of people you'd prefer not to flatter. The touch screen even has a function with which you can draw on the actual image, and save the altered file.