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  1. Pentax Optio LS465 review

    Pentax Optio LS465 review

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    A 16MP budget ultra-compact that proves high resolution doesn't necessarily give better image quality. Or does it?

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    Pentax X-5 review

    Pentax X-5 review

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    Pentax's latest bridge camera dons the armour of a DSLR, but boasts the accessibility of a compact camera.

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    Pentax MX-1 review

    Pentax MX-1 review

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    With a Sony sensor, an f/1.8 lens and vintage looks, the Pentax MX-1 sounds good on paper - but how does it deliver?

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    Pentax Optio RZ18 review

    Pentax Optio RZ18 review

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    An 18x zoom lens, 16 megapixel resolution and cheap price demands your attentionin a take-anywhere pocket compact camera.

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    Pentax Optio VS20 review

    Pentax Optio VS20 review

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    Does a snapshot camera really need two shutter release buttons? Pentax's 20x optical zoom VS20 thinks so.

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    Pentax Optio RS1500 review

    Pentax Optio RS1500 review

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    Complete with changeable covers and lens rings, the RS1500 can be dressed up or down for any occasion.

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    Pentax Optio W60 review

    Pentax Optio W60 review

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    Is the Pentax Option W60 waterproof camera a damp squib?

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    Pentax Optio Z10 review

    Pentax Optio Z10 review

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    Not only do they work well, Pentax cameras look neat and tidy - or at least they did until the Optio Z10 came along. When the rest of the camera world is going svelte, this little Pentax has gone lumpy and dumpy.

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    Pentax Optio T30 review

    Pentax Optio T30 review

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    A camera that has dinky little dials and buttons is all very well for James Bond, but what about the rest of us who have stubby chipolata-sized digits? Well, the Pentax Optio T30 offers a solution in the form of a touchscreen that actually works rather well

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    Pentax Optio T30 review

    Pentax Optio T30 review

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    The standout feature of this basic point-and-shoot digital camera is the touchscreen display, which transforms the way you take and edit pictures. So what's so great about touchscreen? Mainly the way it gets rid of all those fiddly buttons

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    Pentax Optio S6 review

    Pentax Optio S6 review

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    We've long been enamoured with the Canon's Ixus range, but the new Optios are equally attractive. Take the S6: from the front it takes the concept of a simple silver rectangular box with a lens totally to heart...

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    Pentax Optio E10 review

    Pentax Optio E10 review

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    Budget is good. Budget flights, budget holidays, budget fashion labels, sticking to the budget - it's all so now. But what about budget cameras? Are they a good thing or just cheap and nasty?

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    Pentax Optio A20 review

    Pentax Optio A20 review

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    If the emperor bought a digital camera to go with his set of new clothes, it would certainly be a 10-megapixel model. Few 'advances' in photography have raised so many problems as the leap from 7MP and 8MP sensors to 10MP

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    Pentax Optio WPi review

    Pentax Optio WPi review

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    Take any digital camera, submerge it in water and you'd have an expensive mistake, unless you happen to be using the Pentax Optio WPi. Unique throughout pretty much the whole digital compact market, the WPi is completely waterproof.

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    Pentax Optio A10 review

    Pentax Optio A10 review

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    Pentax make a whole range of point and- click cameras, but the stylish Optio A10 is the current flagship model in the compact line-up, and is a more than worthy holder of that lofty position

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    Pentax Optio WP review

    Pentax Optio WP review

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    The build quality of the Optio WP is more crucial than normal because it's designed to be used underwater. Pentax says that you can take the camera down to a depth of 1.5m

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    Pentax Optio WPi review

    Pentax Optio WPi review

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    There's more to the Optio WPi's build quality than meets the eye, as it's completely sealed against the elements to the extent that you can submerge it underwater for up to 30 minutes, at depths of up to 1.5m

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    Pentax Optio S6 review

    Pentax Optio S6 review

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    If there's one major advantage a stills camera which is capable of taking video has over a camcorder, it's size. In the case of Pentax's super-stylish Optio S6 this point is hammered home even more clearly due to its amazingly diminutive nature

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    Pentax Optio WP review

    Pentax Optio WP review

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    Destined for the great outdoors, the sporty 5-megapixel Optio WP iswaterproof. It can be immersed at depths of up to 1.5m forapproximately 30 minutes, and rinsed free of sand and dirt.

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    Pentax Optio X review

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    Judging whether a camera has the "X-factor" is harder than simply wearing your trousers high or marrying an old metaller with the shakes. Pentax is trying to sway our opinion by including the letter X in its name (hey, it worked for Liberty and Malcolm)

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