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Pentax VS20 Digital Camera

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

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 camera is 52%. The expert review sites don't rate this Pentax camera very highly.

Good Owner Reviews

The average owner rating of this camera is 80% based on 15 owner reviews. 9 reviewers (73% of all reviewers) gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Pentax Has Excellent Camera Reviews

We checked 2,040 expert and owner reviews (including 123 verified purchases) for Pentax cameras and found that on average Pentax has excellent ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Pentax has excellent ratings specifically within its medium megapixel cameras range. 97% of those that bought a Pentax digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Price

Reasonably Priced

A number of Pentax VS20 reviewers who bought the product concluded that it was good value for money. Benp mentioned in their review on Amazon “Well for this Camera the price and list of handy features has to be taken in to consideration” and scored the product 5 stars. J a Sutton scored it very highly and wrote in their Pentax VS20 review “Very pleased with this camera, good zoom @ 35 yards, good options of camera picture settings, real good value for the money, pity it did not come with a case.”. Pocket-Lint.com said on expert website Pocket Lint “While £199 for a 20x zoom camera suggests good value” yet they scored it 60 out of 100.

A few Pentax VS20 reviewers reckoned that the Pentax VS20 was a bargain for the price. Dan Grove said on Amazon “I bought one of these very cheap off ebay”.

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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”.


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.


Features

Good Technical Features

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


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.


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

The Pentax VS20 has a fairly average weight (170 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Pentax VS20 has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

Other 3" screen cameras currently available which you might want to look at include the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, the Nikon L810, or the Olympus SP810-UZ which all of have better reviews.

If you would prefer a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Df (£2,039) (3.2" and higher rated), the D4 (£4,225) (3.2" and higher rated), or the D4S (£3,379.99) (3.2" and higher rated) all from Nikon.

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Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was February 2012 when Pentax released the VS20.


Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Pentax VS20 supports video capability, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera.

We compared all the other cameras which support video capability to this camera and we think because of their better review scores, the SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, and the DSC-W610 both from Sony or the Fujifilm FinePix JZ200 are also worth considering.

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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 cameras of this spec and age also have a built-in flash.

There are a number of other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to consider including the DMC-GH3EC-K, or the DMC-SZ3K both from Panasonic or the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm which all of have 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 cameras that have been available for more than two years also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Video

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Pentax VS20 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera also do not support Full HD video.

It is worth considering 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 Nikon Coolpix S5200.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Pentax VS20 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this 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 comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 120 pixels.

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Lens System

Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera range from 1x to 120x, and the average digital zoom is 6.6x. With a digital zoom of 7.2 times zoom factor, the Pentax VS20 has one of the bigger digital zooms amongst medium megapixel cameras of this age.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 7.2x digital zoom digital cameras and we think the Pentax X-5, and the Fujifilm FinePix JX350 which both of have better reviews are also worth considering.

If this Pentax digital camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the DSC-W530L (8x and higher rated), the DSC-W610 (9x and higher rated), or the DSC-W580 (10x and higher rated) all from Sony.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 20 times zoom factor, the Pentax VS20 has a pretty standard optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 20x optical zoom cameras currently available including because of their better review scores, the FinePix F750EXR, or the FinePix F770EXR (£228) both from Fujifilm.

If this Pentax digital camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Galaxy Camera EK-GC110 (21x and higher rated), the WB800F (21x and higher rated), or the Camera (£22.98) (21x and higher rated) all from Samsung.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture Number

The Pentax VS20 has a quite big maximum aperture number (only 4.8) compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera. Across all the digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camera the maximum aperture numbers range from 2.5 to 38, and the average maximum aperture number is 7.4.

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Fairly 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 digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera. The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera is 350mm.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras that came out more than two years ago is 26mm. With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 28 millimeters, the Pentax VS20 has one of the longer minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) amongst medium megapixel cameras of this age.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax VS20 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras that came out more than two years ago also have an image stabilizer.

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Only 1/2.33"" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Pentax VS20 is 1/2.33"". That's 1% less optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/2.3"".

This camera's optical sensor size (1/2.33"") is actually the worst optical sensor size amongst all comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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

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4608 X 2592 Still Image Resolution

The Pentax VS20 has a higher still image resolution than most similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This camera has a 4608 x 2592 still image resolution(s), whereas most medium megapixel cameras that are a similar age to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This digital camera also have a still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080 and 3072 x 2304. Across all medium megapixel cameras that have been around for more than two years the best still image resolution is 4928 x 3264 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on cameras of this spec and age.

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16 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16 megapixels digital camera.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 16MP cameras currently available including the Canon SX500 IS, the Fujifilm HS30, or the Nikon Coolpix S6200 which all of have better reviews.

If you want a higher megapixel then you might want to look at the Lumix DMC-G6 (16.05MP and higher rated), the Lumix G5 (£788) (16.05MP and higher rated), or the DMC-GH3EC-K (16.05MP and higher rated) all from Panasonic.

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Camera

Has a Tripod Mountable

The Pentax VS20 has a tripod mountable. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as this camera also have a tripod mountable.

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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 a comparable age and type to this digital camera.

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Has a Hand Strap

The Pentax VS20 has a hand strap, as do most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Has a Batteries Included

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

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Memory

Very Small Internal Memory

The average internal memory of digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera is 220MB, and the internal memory range from 8MB to 8GB. At only 16 megabytes, the Pentax VS20 has a quite small internal memory compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

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Battery

Only 200 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera take between 105 and 1,499 battery life (CIPA standard), including the Pentax VS20 which takes 200 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Pentax VS20 features voice recording. Most of the other cameras of this age and type also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Pentax VS20 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also have a built-in microphone.

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Product Identifiers

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

Pentax VS20 Review Sources

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