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Pentax VS20

Pentax VS20
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82
Reviews
25 Reviews
81
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Value for Money
Very Good
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good
Our Verdict:
A fully featured and classic 20x optical zoom camera, with a reasonable price. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has a good zoom but has bad controls and a bad battery life.
Features We Love:
Big optical zoom (20x)
Has an image stabiliser
ok minimum aperture number (3.1)
Has a built-in flash
Large display diagonal (3")
16MP
4608 X 3456
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
20x
OPTICAL ZOOM
1280 X 720
PIXELS VIDEO
RESOLUTION
3.1
MINIMUM
6,400
MAXIMUM ISO
1s
CAMERA
170g
7.2x
DIGITAL ZOOM
3"
SCREEN
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With outstanding reviews and excellent features, we have ranked the Pentax VS20 number 426 across all digital cameras and number 459 in best selling cameras.

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Kagoo Score
83
Reviews
82
Features
79
Value for Money

76

76
Kagoo Score

Why Has it Scored 76?

owners report that it has below average expert reviews with an average expert rating of 53%, based on 25 reviews.
This digital camera is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer, better cameras are available.
It has some great features:
Big optical zoom
Has an image stabiliser
Ok minimum aperture number
Has a built-in flash
20X optical zoom for exceptionnal versatility
Dual release shutter button
Three stabilization systems for incredibly sharp images
Sensor shake reduction

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The Kagoo Score is an easy way to understand whether the digital camera is recommended.

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2.7 stars (25 reviews)
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What Are People Saying About the Pentax VS20?

Lens System
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Features
3
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Size and Weight
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Portrait Photography
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Most People Thought the Pentax VS20 Had a Good Price
  • ... because grip and body make for a big and bulky... While £199 for a 20x zoom camera suggests good value, the VS20’s performance is inconsistent, while ...
    Pocket Lint 29 Mar 2012
  • ... RZ18—the camera is easy to use, has a powerful zoom lens and sells at a competitive price. Unfortunately, picture quality is only really up to scratch ...
    Digital Versus 26 Mar 2012
  • ... tripod socket found on the side. However, we tend to find most trip...Good value. 20x optical zoom. Dual shutter zoom control. Vertical neck strap an option. ...
    Ephotozine 17 Apr 2012
  • ... average battery life, dual controls more gimmick than essential. Low price for a 20x zoom. Image quality isn't great, especially upwards of 800 ISO. Video ...
    PhotographyBlog.com 24 Jan 2013
  • One Person Thought the Pentax VS20 Was Reliable
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    The Vast Majority of Owners Thought it Had a Short Battery Life

    Six people thought that the Pentax VS20 had a bad battery life.

  • ... look like mistakes. So, so battery life. Twin controls are a gimmick. Soso battery life. Clever dual shutter release, decent sharpness at wide angle. Unpredictable ...
    PhotographyBlog.com 24 Jan 2013
  • ... balance, some digital filter effects look more like camera mistakes, below average battery life, dual controls more gimmick than essential. Low price for ...
    PhotographyBlog.com 24 Jan 2013
  • ... confused. White balance varies. Some 'effects' look like mistakes. So, so battery life. Twin controls are a gimmick. Soso battery life. Clever dual shutter ...
    PhotographyBlog.com 24 Jan 2013
  • ... balance, some digital filter effects look more like camera mistakes, below average battery life, dual controls more gimmick than essential.
    Pocket Lint 29 Mar 2012
  • Most People Thought it Was a Good Size

    Five people thought that the Pentax VS20 was compact.

  • Most compact digital cameras are depressingly identikit, so our spirits lift when a manufacturer attempts a different approach. But is the 16 megapixel ...
    Techradar 9 May 2012
  • ... the 16 megapixel Pentax Optio VS20 trading on gimmicks? In a first of its kind for a compact camera, it offers two shutt... With this sort of model, you ...
    Techradar 9 May 2012
  • Most compact digital cameras are depressingly identikit, so our spirits lift when a manufacturer attempts a different approach. But is the 16 megapixel ...
    techradar.com/au/ 9 May 2012
  • ... the 16 megapixel Pentax Optio VS20 trading on gimmicks?In a first of its kind for a compact camera, it offers two shutte... Despite looking enticingly ...
    techradar.com/au/ 9 May 2012
  • The Vast Majority of Owners Thought This Digital Camera Was Not Thoughtfully Designed

    Five people thought that the Pentax VS20 wasn't good-looking.

  • ... performance from autofocus, exposure and white balance, some digital filter effects look more like camera mistakes, below average battery life, dual controls ...
    PhotographyBlog.com 24 Jan 2013
  • ... stitching. Autofocus easily confused. White balance varies. Some 'effects' look like mistakes. So, so battery life. Twin controls are a gimmick. Soso battery ...
    PhotographyBlog.com 24 Jan 2013
  • ... performance from autofocus, exposure and white balance, some digital filter effects look more like camera mistakes, below average battery life, dual controls ...
    Pocket Lint 29 Mar 2012
  • ... stitching. Autofocus easily confused. White balance varies. Some 'effects' look like mistakes. Soso battery life. Twin controls are a gimmick.
    techradar.com/au/ 9 May 2012
  • Most People Thought the Pentax VS20 Was Difficult to Use

    Several people thought that the Pentax VS20 had bad controls and was difficult to use.

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    Has Bad Controls
    7 people agree
    2 people disagree
  • ... varies. Some 'effects' look like mistakes. So, so battery life. Twin controls are a gimmick. Soso battery life. Clever dual shutter release, decent sharpness ...
    PhotographyBlog.com 24 Jan 2013
  • ... effects. Extra shutter button isn't much use. Soft, smudged details. Basic controls. Affordable, plenty of creative framing opportunities, simple to use, ...
    PhotographyBlog.com 24 Jan 2013
  • ... more like camera mistakes, below average battery life, dual controls more gimmick than essential. Low price for a 20x zoom. Image quality isn't great, ...
    PhotographyBlog.com 24 Jan 2013
  • ... more like camera mistakes, below average battery life, dual controls more gimmick than essential.
    Pocket Lint 29 Mar 2012
  • View All Reviews About Controls
    Difficult to Use
    3 people agree
    5 people disagree
    Some Customers Thought it Has Useful Technical Features

    Three people thought that the Pentax VS20 had good features.

  • ... 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 ...
    What Digital Camera 7 May 2012
  • ... VS20's performance didn't stand up to close scrutiny. The dual shutter buttons are a neat feature, but you may be better provided by a high-end camera...Inexpensive. ...
    CNET.co.uk 14 Mar 2012
  • ... make rather good cameras as well. This offering has a feature that I have never seen before on any camera I have reviewed...
    gadgetspeak.com 12 Jun 2012
  • 6 Out of 10 Owners Thought it Had a Good Lens

    Over 10 people thought that the Pentax VS20 had a good zoom.

  • ... about the VS20 as last year's RZ18—the camera is easy to use, has a powerful zoom lens and sells at a competitive price. Unfortunately, picture quality ...
    Digital Versus 26 Mar 2012
  • ... because grip and body make for a big and bulky... While £199 for a 20x zoom camera suggests good value, the VS20’s performance is inconsistent, while ...
    Pocket Lint 29 Mar 2012
  • ... Pentax Optio VS20 is the latest compact camera from Pentax and features a 20x optical zoom lens, a 16 megapixel sensor, a 3 inch screen and interestingly ...
    Ephotozine 17 Apr 2012
  • ... it looks good, handles well, has fairly good performance, and the 20x zoom is very useful. Unfortunately some idiot...
    itproportal.com 1 May 2012
  • Three People Thought This Digital Camera Did Not Have a Good Screen or Viewfinder

    Three people thought that the Pentax VS20 had a bad screen.

  • ... Video mode. Audio quality, image quality, no optical zoom etc. Tight screen viewing angles. Design. Always practical to handle, e.
    PhotographyBlog.com 24 Jan 2013
  • ... Pentax Optio V 20. Optical zoom not available during video recording. Poor screen, low contrast, washed out, difficult to use outdoors. Chromatic abberations ...
    Ephotozine 17 Apr 2012
  • ... Video mode. Audio quality, image quality, no optical zoom etc. Tight screen viewing angles. Design. Always practical to handle, especially vertically. ...
    Digital Versus 26 Mar 2012
  • The Majority of People Thought it Took Poor Quality Pictures

    Several people thought that the Pentax VS20 wasn't able to produce good images and had a bad ISO range.

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    Not {More} Able to Produce Good Images
    6 people agree
    3 people disagree
  • ... This... Clever dual shutter release, decent sharpness at wide angle. Unpredictable image quality, chunky body.
    What Digital Camera 7 May 2012
  • ... Clever dual shutter release, decent sharpness at wide angle. Unpredictable image quality, chunky body. Big 20x zoom in a small package. Lots of photo effects. ...
    PhotographyBlog.com 24 Jan 2013
  • ... life. Clever dual shutter release, decent sharpness at wide angle. Unpredictable image quality, chunky body. Big 20x zoom in a small package. Lots of photo ...
    PhotographyBlog.com 24 Jan 2013
  • ... controls more gimmick than essential. Low price for a 20x zoom. Image quality isn't great, especially upwards of 800 ISO. Video mode. Audio quality, image ...
    PhotographyBlog.com 24 Jan 2013
  • View All Reviews About Image
    Has a Bad ISO Range
    2 people agree
    No people disagree
    Some Customers Thought it Did Not Take Good Videos

    Four people thought that the Pentax VS20 was bad for video recording.

  • ... a 20x zoom. Image quality isn't great, especially upwards of 800 ISO. Video mode. Audio quality, image quality, no optical zoom etc. Tight screen viewing ...
    PhotographyBlog.com 24 Jan 2013
  • ... Electronic level. Excellent macro mode. Pentax Optio V 20. Optical zoom not available during video recording. Poor screen, low contrast, washed out, difficult ...
    Ephotozine 17 Apr 2012
  • ... camera...Inexpensive. Two shutter buttons. Long zoom. Some colour interference. Disappointing movie performance.
    CNET.co.uk 14 Mar 2012
  • ... a 20x zoom. Image quality isn't great, especially upwards of 800 ISO. Video mode. Audio quality, image quality, no optical zoom etc. Tight screen viewing ...
    Digital Versus 26 Mar 2012
  • One Person Thought it Takes Good Landscape Photos
    View All Reviews About Landscape Photography
    One Person Thought This Digital Camera is Good for Portraits
    View All Reviews About Portrait Photography

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    Features

    Key Reasons For and Against

    Big optical zoom
    Has an image stabiliser
    ok minimum aperture number
    Has a built-in flash
    Large display diagonal
    Big digital zoom
    Has a pre-flash
    Long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)
    Smaller than average maximum aperture number
    4608 x 2592 still image resolution
    1280 x 720 pixels video resolution
    Has a tripod mount
    Very long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)
    4608 x 3456 pixels image resolution
    ok megapixels
    1280 x 720 pixels video resolution
    ok maximum ISO sensitivity
    ok camera shutter speed
    ok weight
    Does not support Full HD video
    Tiny internal memory
    Only 1/2 to 1/2.5" image sensor size
    Only 200 battery life
    4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

    This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608x3456 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras. §.

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    ok Megapixels

    The megapixels of the Pentax VS20 of 16MP is ok compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the highest 51% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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    Big Optical Zoom

    The optical zoom of the Pentax VS20 of 20x is bigger than average when compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the biggest 17% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

    What does "optical zoom" mean? Less Edit
    1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

    The highest video resolution of the Pentax VS20 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's 56% lower video resolution than a 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels digital camera, which is the most common resolution. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is known as HD.

    A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is known as HD.

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    Has an Image Stabiliser

    The Pentax VS20 has an image stabiliser, as do 70% of cameras.

    What is an image stabiliser? Less Edit
    ok Minimum Aperture Number

    The Pentax VS20's minimum aperture number of 3.1 is ok compared to most other digital cameras. It is larger than 47% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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    ok Maximum ISO Sensitivity

    The Pentax VS20's maximum ISO sensitivity of 6,400 is ok compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the highest 56% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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    ok Camera Shutter Speed

    The Pentax VS20's camera shutter speed of 0.0004s is ok compared to most other cameras. It is longer than 59% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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    Has a Built-in Flash
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    The Pentax VS20 has a built-in flash. 75% of digital cameras also have a built-in flash.

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    ok Weight
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    The weight of the Pentax VS20 of 170g is ok compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the heaviest 41% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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    Does Not Support Full HD Video

    Like most other digital cameras, the Pentax VS20 does not support Full HD video. 71% of digital cameras do not support Full HD video.

    What is Full HD video? Less Edit
    Large Display Diagonal
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    Across all the digital cameras the display diagonals range from 1" to 6.7", and the average display diagonal is 2.9". The display diagonal of the Pentax VS20 of 3" is in the largest 32% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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    Big Digital Zoom

    The digital zooms of digital cameras range from 1x to 810x, and the average digital zoom is 11x. The Pentax VS20's digital zoom of 7.2x is bigger than average when compared to most other digital cameras. It is bigger than 84% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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    Has a Pre-Flash

    The Pentax VS20 has a pre-flash. 96% of digital cameras do not have a pre-flash.

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    Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

    The Pentax VS20's maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 560mm is longer than 65% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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    Smaller Than Average Maximum Aperture Number

    The maximum aperture number of the Pentax VS20 of only 4.8 is smaller than average when compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the smallest 17% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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    4608 X 2592 Still Image Resolution

    The Pentax VS20 supports a maximum still image resolution of 4608 x 2592. That's 15% lower still image resolution than the most common resolution of 4320 x 3240. In addition, this camera supports a still image resolution of 640x480, 1920x1080, 3072x2304 plus 1 more value. The worst resolution of all digital cameras is 2992 x 2000 and the best is 6016 x 4016.

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    Tiny Internal Memory

    Cameras have internal memory of between 1MB and 700MB, and the average internal memory is 48MB. The internal memory of the Pentax VS20 of only 16MB is smaller than 77% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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    Only 1/2 to 1/2.5" Image Sensor Size

    This camera has a 1/2.33" image sensor size, which is typical of many digital cameras.

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    1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

    The Pentax VS20 supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's 56% lower video resolution than a 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels camera, which is the most frequently found resolution supported by digital cameras. This camera also supports a video resolution of 640x480 pixels and 1280x720 pixels. Across all digital cameras the resolution ranges from full hd 1080p pixels (worst) to 4096 x 2160 pixels (best). 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).

    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).

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    Only 200 Battery Life

    The Pentax VS20 is a digital camera that takes 200 shots battery life.

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    Has a Tripod Mount

    The Pentax VS20 has a tripod mount, unlike 77% of digital cameras which do not have a tripod mount.

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    Very Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

    The Pentax VS20's minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 28mm is in the longest 8% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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    Value for Money

    Value for Money

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    Most people thought the Pentax VS20 had a good price
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    Pentax VS20 Specification

    Key Features
    Optical Zoom
    Weight
    Camera Type
    Megapixels
    Picture Quality
    Image Stabiliser
    Image Sensor Size
    Still Image Resolution
    Maximum Image Resolution
    Aspect Ratio
    Optical Sensor Size
    Sensor Type
    Image Formats Supported
    Total Megapixels
    Supported Aspect Ratios
    Design
    Colour
    Lens System
    Digital Zoom
    Minimum Aperture Number
    Maximum 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
    ISO Sensitivity
    Light Exposure Modes
    Maximum ISO Sensitivity
    Minimum ISO Sensitivity
    Light Exposure Correction
    Shutter
    Camera Shutter Speed
    Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
    Camera Shutter Type
    Flash
    Pre-Flash
    Flash Modes
    Flash Range (Tele)
    Flash Range (Wide)
    Video
    Full HD Video
    Maximum Video Resolution
    Video Recording
    Video Resolution
    Video Formats Supported
    HD Type
    Audio
    Built-in Microphone
    Voice Recording
    Memory
    Internal Memory
    Compatible Memory Card
    Memory Slots
    Display
    Display Diagonal
    Display
    Ports & Interfaces
    USB Version
    AV Output
    DC-in Jack
    Camera
    White Balance
    Photo Effects
    Image Editing
    Camera File System
    Tripod Mount
    Camera Playback
    Scene Modes
    On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
    Weight & Dimensions
    Height
    Depth
    Width
    Weight (Including Battery)
    Battery
    Battery Technology
    Battery Type
    Battery Life
    System Requirements
    Mac Compatibility
    Packaging Content
    Handheld Remote Control
    Cables Included
    Batteries Included
    Battery Charger Included
    Hand Strap
    Other Features
    Energy Star Certified
    Video Capability
    Power Source Type
    Built-in Flash
    USB 2.0 Port
    Interface
    On/off Switch
    Panorama
    Frame
    Camera Shutter Speed
    Rotating

    Product Identifiers

    Manufacturer Part Numbers

    pentax 14131, pentax vs20

    Barcodes

     00027075213203,  00027075213210,  00027075213326,  00027075213333

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