Pros Well build, easy menu and controls, large display, shake reduction works perfect, sharp and colorful pictures, lasting battery.
Cons There is no fully manual mode.
Summary I have this camera from severla months. The Pentax A10 is well build and stands very good in the hands. Perfect 2.5" display. All buttons are easy accessible. The menu is easy and fast, made with colorful and easy understanding icons. There is no need to read the users manual.
A10 makes colorful and well balanced, sharp pictures – perfect for a small pocket-size camera. The “Auto” mode also works very well. Also the camera is equipped with shake reduction that allows you to make clear pictures with 12x zoom (3x optical and 4x digital). Lasting battery.
There is no fully manual mode like some competitives.
Pros Superb lens Qaulity relates to wonderfully colourful and sharp, vibrant pictures. Well built and beautifully made and craft peice of euipment. Ergonomically well designed.
Cons No optical view finder, a little slow to record and access images and rather jerky and poorly controlled zoom mechanism.
Summary After much deliberation and based on the salesman's rather biased opinion, I decided to not purchase a cannon ixus but this rather modest looking but excellent little pentax.
After exposing it to rigorous testing- on a day trip out with the family, the results from this little gem- is simply Wonderfully!
I now have no regrets about choosing this camera over the competitors not least the ixus.
This top of the range pentax obviously has a top quality lens which means that it produces wonderfully, sharp, colourful and vibrant images. All my pictures turned out superbly.
There are no softness and very little distortion which are commonly found in those much more expensive and greatly over rated Cannon Ixus's. Also the dreaded 'purple fringing' that plague those canons so much, are virtually non existent on this pentax.
It is also very well made and ergonomically well designed. All controls bar zoom control function, feel solid and well placed.
The TFT monitor is of a very high quality-offering high resolution and accurate representation of what's been taken seconds beforehand.
The A10 physically feels solid and well put together and is also extremely easy to use.
No need to consult the instruction manual which incidently, is well written and you actually get a hard copy and unlike some manufacturers, on a cd disk!
However, there are a few negatives- although not too many or too serious to sway potential buyers away from it, I feel. They are;
Poorly designed and executed zoom lens control mechanism. Feels rough and imprecise but with some careful practice and handling, one is able to get by using it.
Access and write speeds are a little slow but quite acceptable for my own requirements-which are for social occasions.
Overall I am extremely happy with the results from this little gem. Pictures are excellent and miles better then any I have seen so far from similar cameras in this price/market range.
Cannon seem to dominate the 'pocket size digital camera' sector here in the UK hence prices are a bit more expensive than their competitors. I got 20 percent off for choosing the pentax but no discount off the canon, simply because canon's sell by the truck load and pentax do not.
Finally, my advice to anyone who is contemplating buying a new digital camera, go check this one out before they start selling like hot cakes and prices then go up.
"I love this camera"on by downifer
Pros small, lightweight, great picture quality, many fun filters and frames, long battery life, big LCD, good zoom
Cons small buttons for big hands, screen can be hard to see in direct sunlight
Summary I've had this camera for a few months now and it always takes beautiful pictures. The large optical zoom is great I've taken pictures of people 100m away and can clearly see details on the image. I'd recomend this camera to all my friends but some of my guy friends have big fingers and the buttons are hard for then to work.
"I miss my Canon"on by fmaia2003
Pros Good color and sharpness quality
Cons Very slow shooter, terrible microphone (video) and lens keep stuckin in or out.