The camera offers ISO sensitivity settings from 100 to 6400; however, ISO 3200 and 6400 are fixed at a 5-megapixel resolution. The E60 is best at or below ISO 200, but photos are noisy at all of the sensitivities giving them a grainy appearance, and subjects tended to look soft with fuzzy edges. The noise becomes an issue at ISO 400 as it starts to mess with detail and color uniformity (it also means you're better off not using any of the higher settings). On the whole, photos taken at ISO 200 and below are good quality suitable for prints up to 8x10 inches and definitely fine for viewing onscreen or Web sharing.
The Optio E60 can record VGA-quality (640x480) motion JPEG video. But the quality isn't good for the most part and the optical zoom does not function while recording. It's sufficient for small Web videos, but little else.
Pulling off a decent low-cost ultracompact camera is tough because there has to be compromises. Photo quality at low ISOs was overall good despite some noise and softness. But where the Pentax Optio E60 succeeds is by making it very easy to use with big, simple controls, few menu options, and a reasonably accurate auto-scene-detection mode.
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