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Pentax Optio E60 - A stylish wide-angle camera with lots of helpful features

The Optio E60 is great compact camera for anyone looking for a budget priced model.

The design is simple-in black or silver and very attractive and eye cataching,

What makes it terrific is the wide angle 3x Pentax zoom lens with a focal length of 32 - 96mm which is ideal for getting more into your shots. plus a Intelligent Zoom digital zoom which can be used for very closing zooming-upto 17x (and image quality does not degrade that much).

The Optio E60 has a very good digital image stabilization mode called "Digital SR"-also available in movie mode (where it's called movie SR)-this can be used to acheive blue free images (this users higher ISO sensitivity .

ISO speeds upto 6400 are used in Digital SR mode (ISO 6400 is also available in othert modes with image quality fixed at 5MP).

Pentax has included excellent face detection, a neat automatic AF tracking AF mode (which keeps moving subjects in clear focus), continous modes including a standard and "16 shot" option and handy in-camera panorama stitching when using panorama mode.

Pan focus is one of the focus options on offfer-unlike the older Optio E30 which had a manual focus option (not present on the E60).

Auto Picture mode is smart-detects what kind of scene you'd liked to capture, other scene modes are:

Auto Picture:
Automatically select the best capture mode.

Program
Can be used for basic shooting. Various functions can also be set with this mode.

Night Scene
Can be useful for night scene capture. Use a tripod, etc. to prevent image shake.

Half-length Portrait
Can be used for portraits with proper framing by automatic zoom. Fixed to 3M pixels.

Movie
Can be used for capturing movies. Sound is also recorded.

Landscape:
Can be used for capturing landscape views. The camera focuses on a wide range.

Flower:
Can be used for capturing flowers. Reproduces the outline of the flower softly.

Portrait:
Can be used for capturing portraits. Makes the skin tone brighter and look healthy.

Surf & Snow:
Can be used for capturing images with dazzling backgrounds, snowy scenes or beaches.

Sport:
Can be used for fast moving subjects. Keeps the camera in focus until the shutter release.

Digital SR
Higher sensitivity reduces blur.

Kids:
Can be used for capturing moving photos of kids. Reproduces healthy and bright skin tone.

Pet:
Can be used for capturing pets in motion. Select the color of the pet’'s coat.

Food:
Can be used for capturing food. Saturation is higher to make it look appetizing.

Digital Panorama:
Stitches images taken with the camera to create a panoramic photograph.

Frame Composite:
Can be used for capturing image with a frame. Recorded pixels is fixed to 3M.

Voice Recording:
Can be used for recording sound. Do not cover the microphone with your hands.

Finally for newcomers to digital photography, there is Pentax's exclusive "green mode".

Image quality as you'd expect from the well known Pentax brand is excellent-evenn when in Digital SR, inage quality doesn't degrade too much.

Overall a terrific camera for all kinds of photo taking.

A.A. Fussy
Thu, 18 Feb 2010 18:02:50 +0000

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