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Pentax Optio VS 20
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Pentax Optio vs 20 Digital Camera

16MP 20x CCD Feb 2012
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
On top of its 20x wide-angle zoom (from 28 to 560mm), the Optio VS20 offer a second release shutter button on the side. This is a real help when taking portrait pictures. The Optio VS20 is filled... More
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28 Reasons For

User Reviews Are Good

Owners have rated this compact camera digital camera on average 80%.

Good Quality Lens

Nine people mentioned in their reviews that the Pentax Optio VS 20 had a good zoom. Dan Grove wrote “I also wanted something with a decent zoom for the occasional animal photo, so this fits the bill fine”. Helen said in her review of this digital camera on Amazon “The performance doesn't live up to expectations (even after switching off the digital zoom) and I get better results from my old 8MP Pentax Optio L50”. Ephotozine.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Pentax Optio VS20 AngledThe Pentax Optio VS20 is the latest compact camera from Pentax and features a 20x optical zoom lens” and scored the product 4 stars.

One Pentax Optio VS 20 reviewer who reviewed the product thought it had a good image stabiliser.

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Easy to Use

Some Pentax Optio VS 20 reviewers thought this digital camera was easy to use. Mr. J. K. Rees wrote in their review on Amazon “Great product and services easy to use and set up would use this company again”. Mrs a Fearn gave the product an excellent review score and she said in her review of the Pentax Optio VS 20 “Very easy to use and the zoom is fab”. Five years ago Twistle mentioned on Amazon “Dual shutter button a handy option” in their review of the Pentax Optio VS 20.

A number of customers who reviewed it mentioned that it was easy to use the menus. Benp wrote “Save settings for shutter and flash mode” and rated the product as very good. Twistle mentioned in their review “Imformative menu imformation good pictures” .

One customer who reviewed it considered that it was easy to setup. Mrs a Fearn mentioned “Very easy to set up”. One Pentax Optio VS 20 reviewer who reviewed the Pentax Optio VS 20 considered that it was easy to handle. Expert review site Itproportal.com said “It looks good, handles well, has fairly good performance”.

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Excellent Brand

Whilst Pentax is one of the leading camera manufacturers according to average reviews from experts and users, Pentax has poor reviews specifically within its compact cameras range.

Good Size

A few people who reviewed the product agreed that it was compact. Monty's Mum said in their Pentax Optio VS 20 review “I have not had much luck with compact cameras - they routinely break down after 13 months so I have had to throw them away”. Mr O Byrne mentioned in his review “I chose the rating because its exactly what I wanteda compact camera, does all that I ask of italthough could come with a camera bagI bought a small bag.”. Whatdigitalcamera.com said in their Pentax Optio VS 20 review on expert website What Digital Camera “The Pentax Optio VS20 is a 20x optical zoom, 16MP compact with the ability to shoot 720p video” and gave this digital camera a rating of 77 out of 100.

One person wrote in their reviews that it was thick. Five years ago expert review site Itproportal.com wrote “This is especially true with the broad and rather nebulously defined category known as compa”.

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Nice Design

A number of customers who purchased it concluded that it was neat. Four years ago Monty's Mum said on Amazon “It's neat and easy to use in the basic mode (i don't use the advanced features)” and scored the product 5 stars. Twistle wrote on Amazon “Neat plug-in battery charger, sq 3pin unit, handy allround package for the money”. Cnet.co.uk mentioned on CNET.co.uk “The dual shutter buttons are a neat feature.” yet they only gave this digital camera a rating of 3 stars.

One Pentax Optio VS 20 owner who bought it considered that it was good looking. Five years ago expert review site Itproportal.com mentioned “Despite the daft gimmick of the second shutter release the VS20 could have been a pretty decent camera” but they gave it a rating of 2 stars.

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Robust

One Pentax Optio VS 20 owner who reviewed the Pentax Optio VS 20 concluded that it was reliable. Leigh B mentioned “After loosing my trusty Pentax Optio S45 I decided to stay with this make for this purchase” and rated the product 5 stars.

One person who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was easy to damage or scratch. Five years ago Psw wrote “The shutter is broken and there appears to be no way to return the item as the 30 day since purchase has passed” in their Pentax Optio VS 20 review yet they gave it a score of 1 stars.

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Good Quality Pictures

Several people who bought this digital camera agreed that it was able to produce good images. Dan Grove wrote “This is the biggest problem with the camera - you CAN'T use the optical zoom when taking videos, only the digital zoom which means a huge loss in image quality” in his review of this digital camera. Monty's Mum mentioned “Easy to use in the basic mode (i don't use the advanced features) and produces excellent pictures” in their review. Expert website Itproportal.com wrote “The image stabilisation is superb” however they only gave the product a score of 2 stars.

One Pentax Optio VS 20 reviewer who reviewed the product reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Expert website Photographyblog.com rated it 4 stars and mentioned four years ago “Two shutter release buttons for easier portrait oriented shooting” in their review of the Pentax Optio VS 20.

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Good Technical Features

Two people mentioned in their reviews that the Pentax Optio VS 20 had good features.

Good Battery Life

Several people who purchased it concluded that it had a good battery life. Monty's Mum said “It does have a special battery”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

A few Pentax Optio VS 20 reviewers who bought the product reckoned that it had a good screen. Four years ago Helen wrote in her review “In fact, I find both these helpful and I like the large screen and the battery charger which plugs straight into the socket without any trailing cables”. Ephotozine.com gave it a rating of 70 out of 100 and wrote on expert review site Ephotozine “A 3 inch screen and interestingly a vertical shutter button with zoom control, as well as a second tripo”.

CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on cameras of this type and age. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

There are a number of other digital cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available which you might want to look at including the Samsung 90[plb_1216_price], the Sony DSC-W630[plb_1873640_price], or the GE J1455[plb_1773004_price] which has better reviews.

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Quite Large Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Optio VS 20 has one of the larger display diagonals amongst digital cameras of this age. The smallest display diagonal of comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years is 1" and the largest is 4.8".

Other 3" screen cameras currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the D300s[pl_994_price], or the 9300[pl_408824_price] both from Nikon or the Canon A3400 IS[plb_1265500_price].

If this Pentax digital camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to consider the SAMSUNG MV900F[pl_1519008_price] (3.3"), or the ST100[pl_1426104_price] (3.5") both from Samsung or the Canon IXUS 1100[plb_1504251_price] (3.2") which is also higher rated.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on cameras of a similar spec and age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared all the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory to this camera and we think the Nikon S9400[plb_1873860_price], the Panasonic DMC-TS5[plb_1900903_price], and the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

The Pentax Optio VS 20 has one of the bigger digital zooms (7.2 times zoom factor) amongst digital cameras of this age. The smallest digital zoom of compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the Optio VS 20 is 1x, the biggest is 810x, and the average digital zoom is 11x.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 7.2x digital zoom digital cameras and we think the Fujifilm JX350[plb_312038_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this Pentax camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the DSC-W530[pl_1873911_price] (8x), or the DSC-W510[pl_1610607_price] (8x) both from Sony or the Lexibook DJ052[plb_1959055_price] (8x) which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Optio VS 20 supports video capability, which is unusual. Most of the other compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Optio VS 20 do not support video capability.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras which support video capability and we think the D300s[pl_994_price], and the COOLPIX L23 + 4GB[pl_1643298_price] both from Nikon or the Samsung SAMSUNG MV900F[plb_1519008_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

At 20 times zoom factor, the Optio VS 20 has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec. The average optical zoom of digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 9.3x, and the optical zooms range from 3x to 63x.

We compared all the other 20x optical zoom digital cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the FinePix F770EXR[pl_383572_price], and the FinePix F750EXR[pl_1270902_price] both from Fujifilm or the Canon SX240 HS[plb_410378_price] is also worth considering.

Cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth looking at include the 850F[pl_1413690_price] (21x), the EK-GC100[pl_2075290_price] (21x), or the Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[pl_2083466_price] (21x) all from Samsung which also has a higher rating.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Optio VS 20 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the Optio VS 20.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the GE G3WP[plb_1772968_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax Optio VS 20 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the Optio VS 20 also have a built-in flash.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think because of it's better review score, the D300s[pl_994_price], and the 3200[pl_1729050_price] both from Nikon or the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo[plb_1829795_price] is also worth considering.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is the most frequently found camera shutter type on digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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Has Six White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Optio VS 20 is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on cameras of a similar spec and age to the Optio VS 20. The white balances "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Pentax digital camera.

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Has Two Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Optio VS 20 is more than most cameras of this age and type. This camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on cameras that came out around the same time as the Optio VS 20. The photo effects "Sepia" is also found on this Pentax camera.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the Optio VS 20 range from 18mm to 1,000mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 250mm. The Pentax Optio VS 20 has a fairly long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (560 millimeters) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Has One Image Editing

The number of image editing modes found on the Optio VS 20 is more than most compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. The most frequently found image editing is Resizing, but this image editing is not found on this Pentax digital camera. The image editings Rotating are also found on this digital camera.

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4608 X 2592 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Pentax Optio VS 20 has a 4608 x 2592 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most cameras that were launched more than two years ago. In addition, this Pentax digital camera have a still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080 and 3072 x 2304. The worst still image resolution of all similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Optio VS 20 is 640 x 360 and the best is 5152 x 3864.

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Quite High ISO Sensitivity (max)

The Optio VS 20 has a fairly high ISO sensitivity (max) (6,400) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for more than two years. The lowest ISO sensitivity (max) of comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Optio VS 20 is 3 and the highest is 26,000.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the Optio VS 20 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this digital camera). A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). The best video resolution of all digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Optio VS 20 is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 pixels.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution on digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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16 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

Based on nineteen expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and Expert Reviews this compact camera digital camera has an average expert rating of 52%. The expert review sites aren't convinced by this camera.

Poor Product Quality

Several people wrote in their reviews that the Pentax Optio VS 20 was not good quality. Five years ago expert website Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned “Not much practical use; image quality is below par” in their review. Digitalversus.com said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Digital Versus in the same month “Unfortunately, picture quality is only really up to scratch in very good lighting con” and scored the product 2 stars.

Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most cameras of this age and type do not support Full HD video. The Optio VS 20 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

It is worth considering other digital cameras which also support Full HD video including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Nikon 9500[plb_1721861_price], or the Sony KHX20BBGSFDI[plb_1543754_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the Optio VS 20, the Optio VS 20 does not support wi-Fi.

Alternative cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might also want to look at include the ST200[pl_378406_price], the Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[pl_2083466_price], or the SAMSUNG WB150F[pl_1682907_price] all from Samsung.

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Not 3D

Most comparable spec cameras that came out more than two years ago are not 3D. The Pentax Optio VS 20 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

If you want a digital camera that is 3D then you might want to look at the Olympus VR-360[plb_362476_price], the Vivitar T135[plb_1838910_price], or the Nikon 9500[plb_1721861_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Optio VS 20, the Optio VS 20 does not have a GPS (satellite).

It is worth considering alternative cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price], the Sony DSC-HX10V/R[plb_1543755_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40[plb_2046319_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The Optio VS 20 is not waterproof. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age are also not waterproof.

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Only 1/2.33"" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Optio VS 20 is 1/2.33"". That's 1% less optical sensor size than a 1/2.3"" camera, which is the most common optical sensor size.

A 1/2.33"" optical sensor size is actually the worst optical sensor size amongst all compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Optio VS 20.

The best optical sensor size amongst comparable types of camera is 2/3"".

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Only Features One Auto Focusing (AF) Modes

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Optio VS 20 is more than most compact cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes is Face detection, but this auto focusing (AF) modes is not featured on this camera. The auto focusing (AF) modess Spot Auto Focus are also featured on this Pentax digital camera.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Pentax Optio VS 20 is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by compact cameras that were released around the same time as the Optio VS 20. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0" and "DPOF 1.1" are also supported by this Pentax camera.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

Digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Optio VS 20 have maximum aperture numbers of between 1.8 and 87, and the average maximum aperture number is 6.9. At only 4.8, the Optio VS 20 has a fairly big maximum aperture number compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Only Supports Two ISO Sensitivitys

The Optio VS 20 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Pentax digital camera. The ISO sensitivitys 80 and 6400 are also supported by this camera.

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Very Small Internal Memory

The Pentax Optio VS 20 has one of the smaller internal memorys (only 16 megabytes) amongst compact cameras of this age. Cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Optio VS 20 have internal memorys of between 6.9MB and 8.2GB, and the average internal memory is 280MB.

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Very Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

The Optio VS 20 has one of the shorter slowest camera shutter speeds (only 4 seconds) amongst cameras of this age. Cameras of a comparable age and type to the Optio VS 20 have slowest camera shutter speeds of between 0.12s and 250s, and the average slowest camera shutter speed is 14s.

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Only Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The number of supported image formats on the Pentax Optio VS 20 is more than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Optio VS 20. The image formats supported "EXIF" is also supported by this Pentax camera.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of compact cameras that were released around the same time as the Optio VS 20 is 26mm. With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 28 millimeters, the Optio VS 20 has a quite long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Pentax Optio VS 20

Released Over Five Years Ago

This camera has been on the market for over five years.

Average Megapixel

The Optio VS 20 has a pretty average megapixel (16 megapixels) compared to most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as the Optio VS 20.

We compared all the other 16MP cameras to this digital camera and we think the F660EXR[pl_1409997_price], and the FinePix F770EXR[pl_383572_price] both from Fujifilm or the Olympus SZ-31MR[plb_383788_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this Pentax camera megapixel is too low for you then you might also want to consider the Nikon Coolpix L320[plb_1939468_price] (16.1MP), the Samsung SAMSUNG ST200F[plb_1682904_price] (16.1MP), or the Panasonic DMC-TZ35[plb_1974789_price] (16.1MP) which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 170 grams, the Optio VS 20 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

Other 170g digital cameras currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix P3[plb_2003_price].

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Extra/Smart Zoom
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Super Macro Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Pre-Flash
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Ports & Interfaces
AV Output
DC-In Jack
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Image Editing
Camera File System
Tripod Mountable
Camera Playback
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
System Requirements
Mac Compatibility
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Interface
On/off Switch
Panorama
Frame
Camera Shutter Speed
Rotating

Expert Reviews

(24)
24 January 2013

The Pentax Optio VS20 is a travel-zoom camera with a difference - it has not one but two shutter release buttons for easier portrait oriented shooting. Featuring a 20x, 28-560mm lens with a... Read more…

13 June 2012

This is another small digital camera from a name more associated with lenses rather than cameras. But they do make rather good cameras as well. This offering has a feature that I have never seen... Read more…

10 May 2012

With this sort of model, you really do just want to point and shoot and come away with usable results most (if not all) of the time. And in that respect the Olympus SZ-14 - costing £199/$305 - is...

Despite looking enticingly flashy in the press shots with its broader than average zoom lens extended, when placed before you the Pentax Optio VS20 is a bit of a lump compared with travel zooms...

The Pentax Optio VS20 is a 20x optical zoom, 16MP compact with the ability to shoot 720p video. The most impressive feature of this model, or at least the one which makes it stand out from the... Read more…

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User Reviews

(15)
Reviewed 13 October 2014 by Martin Stroud
(Verified Purchase)

Great phone, used for lots of decent work...well worth the money and probably a whole lot cheaper now. works well with the iChoose - Pentax Camera Remote / Compatible IR Remote Control Shutter..

Reviewed 8 April 2014 by Jackbad
(Verified Purchase)

A great piece of kit, heavier than I had expected but it does all it claims to do. Very pleased with the purchase.

Reviewed 27 March 2014 by Trotter
(Verified Purchase)

Poor images when looking at screen very disappointing gave it to my brother he said very hard camera to set up if you adjust any of the settings.

Reviewed 11 March 2014 by Dan Grove

I bought one of these very cheap off ebay, and for my needs, it's fine, though not outstanding. I have a good SLR which is my main camera, but I needed something pocket-sized. Basically I need it... Read more…

Reviewed 2 August 2013 by Leigh B
(Verified Purchase)

After loosing my trusty Pentax Optio S45 I decided to stay with this make for this purchase and I was not disappointed. The camera exceeds all my needs, was delivered promptly and in perfect and... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers pentax 14131
Barcodes 00027075213210, 00027075213326, 00027075213333

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