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Pentax VS20 Digital Camera

$194.02
Compact Camera 16MP 20x Feb 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Good quality lens
Easy to use
Poor expert reviews
39 Reviews
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Reviews

User Reviews Are Good

On average, people who bought this Pentax camera rated it as 80 out of 100. Over 73% of reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Pentax Has Excellent Reviews for Its Cameras

Based on 2,026 expert and owner reviews (including 121 verified purchases), Pentax has excellent ratings for its digital cameras. Pentax also has excellent ratings specifically within its medium megapixel digital cameras range. 97% of those that bought a Pentax camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Poor Expert Reviews

Based on nineteen expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera, Ephotozine and Expert Reviews the average expert rating of this Pentax digital camera is 52 out of 100. It seems that experts really don't rate this medium megapixel camera very highly.


Camera

Has a Tripod Mountable

The Pentax VS20 has a tripod mountable. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years also have a tripod mountable.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Pentax VS20 has a fairly standard display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

We compared all the other 3" screen digital cameras to this camera and we think the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, the Nikon L810, and the Olympus SP810-UZ ($125) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this digital camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to look at the Df ($1,995.95) (3.2"), the D4 ($4,299.99) (3.2"), or the D4S ($4,200) (3.2") all from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Battery

Only 200 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The Pentax VS20 is a digital camera that takes 200 shots battery life (CIPA standard).

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Memory

Very Small Internal Memory

At only 16 megabytes, the Pentax VS20 has a fairly small internal memory compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera. Across all the medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago the internal memory range from 8MB to 8GB.

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Video

1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The Pentax VS20 supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. 640 x 480 pixels 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). Across all digital cameras of this spec and age the best video resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 120 pixels.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera, the Pentax VS20 does not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support Full HD video including the SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, or the SLT-A57Y both from Sony or the Casio EX-ZR400 which is also higher rated.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Pentax VS20 features voice recording, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Pentax VS20 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The Pentax VS20 has a battery charger included, as do most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Has a Hand Strap

The Pentax VS20 has a hand strap. Most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera also have a hand strap.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Pentax VS20 has a batteries included, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax VS20 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera also have an image stabilizer.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the L120, or the 310 both from Nikon or the Fujifilm AX600.

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4608 X 2592 Still Image Resolution

The Pentax VS20 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera has a 4608 x 2592 still image resolution(s), whereas most digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Pentax camera have a still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080 and 3072 x 2304. Cameras that were released around the same time as this camera still image resolution(s) range from 640 x 360 (worst) to 4928 x 3264 (best).

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Only 1/2.33"" Optical Sensor Size

The Pentax VS20 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/2.33"". That's 1% less optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/2.3"".

A 1/2.33"" optical sensor size is actually the worst optical sensor size across all digital cameras of this type and age.

Across comparable types of camera the best optical sensor size is 2/3"".

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Good Quality Lens

Some customers who reviewed the product wrote that it had a good zoom. Three years ago Dan Grove said “I also wanted something with a decent zoom for the occasional animal photo, so this fits the bill fine” in his review of this digital camera nonetheless he scored it 2 stars. Helen said on Amazon four years ago “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” in her review but even so she scored it 1 stars. Expert website Ephotozine.com wrote in their review of the Pentax VS20 “Pentax Optio VS20 AngledThe Pentax Optio VS20 is the latest compact camera from Pentax and features a 20x optical zoom lens” and rated this digital camera 70 out of 100.

One Pentax VS20 owner who reviewed it thought it had a good image stabiliser. Expert website Itproportal.com said “The image stabilisation is superb” however despite that they gave the product a rating of 30 out of 100.

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Good Quality Pictures

A number of Pentax VS20 reviewers who reviewed the product agreed that it was able to produce good images. Three years ago Dan Grove said “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”. Monty's Mum said in their review of the Pentax VS20 “Easy to use in the basic mode (i don't use the advanced features) and produces excellent pictures” and scored the product 5 stars.

One Pentax VS20 owner wrote that it had a good picture resolution. Photographyblog.com said on PhotographyBlog.com “Two shutter release buttons for easier portrait oriented shooting” in their Pentax VS20 review.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several people wrote in their reviews that it had a good screen. Helen wrote in her review on Amazon “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” however she only gave the product a rating of 1 stars. Ephotozine.com said on expert website Ephotozine five years ago “A 3 inch screen and interestingly a vertical shutter button with zoom control, as well as a second tripo” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 70 out of 100.


Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Pentax VS20 supports video capability. Most of the other cameras that came out more than two years ago also support video capability.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras which support video capability currently available including the SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, or the DSC-W610 both from Sony or the Samsung SAMSUNG MV900F which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax VS20 has a built-in flash. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago also have a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, the Casio EX-ZR1000, or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ36 which has better reviews.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Pentax VS20 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Lens System

Quite Big Digital Zoom

The Pentax VS20 has a fairly big digital zoom (7.2 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera. Across all the medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago the digital zooms range from 1x to 120x.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 7.2x digital zoom digital cameras currently available including the Pentax X-5, or the Fujifilm FinePix JX350 which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the DSC-W530L (8x), the DSC-W610 (9x), or the DSC-W580 (10x) all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 560 millimeters, the Pentax VS20 has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. The maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 18mm to 1,500mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 350mm.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture Number

The average maximum aperture number of cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera is 7.4. With a maximum aperture number of only 4.8, the Pentax VS20 has a fairly big maximum aperture number compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 28 millimeters, the Pentax VS20 has a quite long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this camera. Across all the digital cameras of this age and spec the minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 4.5mm to 40mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 26mm.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Pentax VS20 has a fairly average optical zoom (20 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera.

Other 20x optical zoom digital cameras currently available that you might want to consider include the FinePix F750EXR ($199.90), or the FinePix F770EXR both from Fujifilm which has better reviews.

If this medium megapixel camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Galaxy Camera EK-GC110 (21x and higher rated), the WB800F (21x and higher rated), or the Camera ($45.99) (21x and higher rated) all from Samsung.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Several Pentax VS20 owners said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good battery life. Monty's Mum mentioned in their review on Amazon “It does have a special battery” and gave it a very good review.


Features

Good Technical Features

Two Pentax VS20 reviewers who reviewed the product reckoned that it had good features.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Seven Pentax VS20 reviewers thought the product was compact. Monty's Mum said on Amazon “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 “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.” in his review and scored it very highly. Whatdigitalcamera.com gave the product a score of 77 out of 100 and said in their review of this digital camera on expert website What Digital Camera “The Pentax Optio VS20 is a 20x optical zoom, 16MP compact with the ability to shoot 720p video”.

One Pentax VS20 owner concluded that the Pentax VS20 was thick. Itproportal.com mentioned “This is especially true with the broad and rather nebulously defined category known as compa” in their Pentax VS20 review.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 170 grams, the Pentax VS20 has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Design

Easy to Use

Several Pentax VS20 reviewers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to use. Mr. J. K. Rees wrote in their review of the Pentax VS20 “Great product and services easy to use and set up would use this company again” and gave it an excellent review. Mrs a Fearn said on Amazon “Very easy to use and the zoom is fab”. Twistle wrote “Dual shutter button a handy option” in their review of this digital camera.

Several Pentax VS20 reviewers agreed that the product was easy to use the menus. Benp said on Amazon “Save settings for shutter and flash mode”. Five years ago Twistle said “Imformative menu imformation good pictures” in their review of the Pentax VS20.

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was easy to setup. Four years ago Mrs a Fearn mentioned in her review of the Pentax VS20 “Very easy to set up”. One Pentax VS20 owner mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to handle. Itproportal.com said “It looks good, handles well, has fairly good performance” in their Pentax VS20 review however they gave it a rating of 2 stars.

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Nice Design

Four people who bought the product thought it was neat. Monty's Mum mentioned on Amazon four years ago “It's neat and easy to use in the basic mode (i don't use the advanced features)” in their review of the Pentax VS20. Five years ago Twistle mentioned in their Pentax VS20 review on Amazon “Neat plug-in battery charger, sq 3pin unit, handy allround package for the money”. Cnet.co.uk wrote “The dual shutter buttons are a neat feature.” in their Pentax VS20 review but in spite of that they gave the product a rating of 50 out of 100.

One person who reviewed this digital camera thought it was good looking. Expert review site Itproportal.com mentioned in their review of the Pentax VS20 “Despite the daft gimmick of the second shutter release the VS20 could have been a pretty decent camera” however they gave it a rating of 2 stars.

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Robust

One person reckoned that this digital camera was reliable. Leigh B said four years ago “After loosing my trusty Pentax Optio S45 I decided to stay with this make for this purchase”. One person wrote in their reviews that the product was easy to damage or scratch. Psw wrote five years ago “The shutter is broken and there appears to be no way to return the item as the 30 day since purchase has passed” .

Poor Product Quality

A few people who reviewed the product mentioned that it was not good quality. Expertreviews.co.uk said on Expert Reviews “Not much practical use; image quality is below par”. Five years ago expert review site Digitalversus.com said “Unfortunately, picture quality is only really up to scratch in very good lighting con”.


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Released Over Five Years Ago

This camera has been on the market since April 2017.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers pentax 14131
Barcodes 00027075213203, 00027075213210, 00027075213326, 00027075213333

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