Pentax Optio VS20 review

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When the light is in your favour, it is possible to achieve some razor sharp results handheld with the Pentax Optio VS20, as this telephoto shot shows.

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Using the landscape mode option is supposed to boost greens and blues, but here it has delivered a rather unnatural-looking end result, with distinctly turquoise skies and burnt-out cloud detail.

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For landscape and travel photography fans, the Pentax Optio VS20 offers the advantage of a Panoramic mode that takes three shots as you pan, automatically lining up the next and firing the shutter, then stitching them together. There are occasionally jagged joins, but here's one of our better attempts.

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Another shot revealing the camera at its best when using the maximum 560mm equivalent telephoto setting and attempting to shoot handheld.

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And here's the same scene from the same vantage point, but at the extreme wide-angle 28mm equivalent setting.

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The Pentax Optio VS20 offers various digital effects filters. Here's one of our better attempts at using the Sketch mode, which mimics an artistic pencil drawing, rendering the shot in black and white but retaining the shape-defining outlines.