Pentax Optio A40 12MP Digital Camera Review

In today’s product review we’re going to take a glance at the Pentax Optio A40 12MP Digital Camera. I’ve reviewed some other Pentax cameras in the past so let’s see if this new model with 12MP performance at a relatively low cost is as good a deal as it’s stable mates as well as other digital cameras in the same price range.

Review Continued Below…

We will being with a brief look at the specs for the Pentax Optio A40. This is one feature stuffed camera so I won’t cover everything but I’ll hit a few high/low points. It has a 3X optical zoom with shake reduction. This is less than some other members of the Pentax family and some competitors although the superior shake reduction and 12MP resolution on the A40 make this a minor consideration. I found the 21MB of internal memory to be a bit skimpy as compared to competitors as well. This makes getting a good high speed, high capacity, SD card an essential  purchase with this camera since the high resolution pictures it takes are huge. The face recognition and anti-shake features make this camera very easy for even a clumsy photographer to take decent pictures.

The picture quality of the Pentax Optio A40 is very good although you will find that the color tones are quite as vibrant as higher end cameras. That’s just the nature of the beast when it comes to lower end digital cameras. As long as you don’t expect $1000 quality out of a $100 camera you won’t be disappointed with your pictures. One thing to bear in mind though is that the pictures it takes are huge so while you can easily produce a clear 11×14 inch enlargement of a photo using photo editing software it requires substantial memory to do this.

About the only negative thing I can say about the Pentax Optio A40 from the picture taking perspective is that it is a ‘camera for dummies’ meaning that if your a casual photographer you’ll love this camera but if you’re at a ‘prosumer’ level you might find the camera and its extensive foolproof features getting in your way. The speed at handling the pictures depends a lot on your SD card Another minor gripe is that the battery life seems short but that’s sort of the way things are with the batteries today when they’re used in power hungry electronics like this camera.

All in all, I would recommend the Pentax Optio A40 12MP Digital Camera. to anyone who want an easy to use, lightweight, low cost digital camera for every day use.


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Comment by Nicole Price
2008-12-20 08:43:32

Good review. Thank you.

Comment by Judit
2008-12-22 04:16:21

Wow, less then $100 for 12MP camera, that is very good deal. Thanks for the review !

Comment by Angelina Maben
2008-12-23 05:01:22

Awesome review about camera.

Comment by Typhoon
2009-02-01 11:00:56

Nice Cameras…

Comment by RNB Love Songs
2009-02-02 08:31:59

Yea, that doesn’t even make sense. How can it come for less than 100$ with such high specs? I’m worried that it might be cheaply built as I’ve never heard much about Pentax cameras before and it’s priced so low.

Comment by Stock Assault 2.0
2009-05-29 11:22:31

I agree, that is a little cheap for the camera, but there has been improvements since this camera.

Thanks for the review, looking for a decent new camera for my photo album online! My camera I have now just isn’t living up to its potential.

Comment by Discount Watches
2009-05-29 23:08:15

This is a real nice camera…I especially like it that the Pentax Optio A40 can be classified as a “Camera for Dummies.”

Comment by LarryF
2009-06-09 23:47:37

I bought one last December and have been having some trouble with it. After a couple of months, the batteries wouldn’t last more than a minute or two before being drained. Called Pentax and they admitted that they had a lot of calls about the same problem. Shipped it to them and they fixed it for free (still under manufacturer’s warranty.) Then a couple of months later the LCD display on the back (unfortunately, no viewfinder on this camera) stopped working. That is, is just showed a white screen. This time Pentax wouldn’t cover it, even though it was still under warranty. I bought a new display off ebay for something like $29.00, but it didn’t last more than three weeks before it too went the same route. Maybe I’ve just been unlucky, but if you’re going to buy one of these cameras, I strongly suggest you buy and extended warranty. Wish I had.

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