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Pentax Optio H90 Digital Camera - White/Silver (12MP, 5x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD
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- 12.1 Megapixel CCD sensor
- Wide angle 5x optical zoom (equ. to 28‐140mm in 35mm)
- Video recording in HDTV compatible (1280x720 pixels, 30 fps)
- Face recognition, Smile capture and Blink detection modes
- Li‐Ion rechargeable battery
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Top Customer Reviews
I bought this for my now wife to use on our honeymoon, and she loved it as soon as she saw it. It really is very compact, and very very easy to use. My wife was getting to grips with it and some of the more advanced features straight away.
- Good image quality in good lighting conditions
- Very compact and simple to use
- Very quick to start up and be ready to shoot
- 5 x optical zoom with pentax lens (always regarded as makers of some of the best glass)
- Panoramic stitching works very well and gives a choice of the sequence of shots
- Compatible with wifi sd cards
- Image quality in low light not great (because of high noise levels which creep in when the camera switches to higher iso settings)
- Images can be on the softer side
- Battery life is average (better than AAs but heavy use over a couple days required re-charge)
The camera fits nicely into your hand with all the buttons easily reachable. The LCD screen is very clear and a good size. All of the menu options are reached using the standard type of buttons found on cameras these days.
I love taking panoramic photos - and this camera didn't disappoint. You select the panoramic mode in the options and then take 3 pictures, matching up the ends of each picture using the guide that appears on screen. The wide angle option works in a similar fashion but you turn the camera to use it at portrait and then match up the ends of the 2 pictures you take.
When I got back I did a bit of research and found it has some very favorable reviews. It's a very good value budget camera with some features you don't normally get for this price range. If you search you'll find it available for approx £.
My only slight niggle about this is you have to take the battery out to re-charge it in a seperate (provided) unit rather than being able to plug a charger directly into the camera. I'm not sure whether such a feature is actually available on budget priced camera like this but for me personally this would be the only improvement I could think of for this camera.
Overall I thoroughly recommend it!
- Takes great pictures (endless amounts of shooting modes)
- Amazing filters/effects
- fantastic recording quality (Love that i can edit in camera)
- Lightweight (extremely so)
- Retro look
- easy to use
- battery life is a slight issue but i tend to use it quite a lot - luckily it doesnt take long to charge and having a lithium battery is still a plus for a camera this cheap.
I absolutely love it. Would definitely recommend it!
Okay, I found it a little on the small side: not unusably small, but certainly a little uncomfortably small, but as it wasn't destined for my large hands, that was not an issue. The zoom function was smooth and fairly rapid: I turned off the added electronic zoom, restricting the camera to optical zoom (the added electronic 'zoom' on any camera being pretty pointless in my view). The rear screen was clear and certainly adequate for display purposes and was useable in bright sunlight. Accessing the menus and other controls on the back was painless and didn't require much of a delve into the quick-start booklet. I can't comment on battery life as it's not yet been through a single battery cycle, although the battery only took a couple of hours to charge.
The picture quality was disappointing (and yes, I did read reviews of the camera). I can't claim that it was entirely unacceptable (especially at the price of £79), but the images looked over-compressed, even when the picture settings were set to their highest quality - the file sizes for the Pentax were roughly similar to those of my Panasonic TZ7, in spite of the fact that the Pentax has 2million more pixels to process; this suggests that the images are being compressed further than would be ideal (or at least further than I would like, but I may be too picky).Read more ›
Once you actually turn it on, the software menu system is one of the ugliest I've seen and is packed with gimmicky modes I will never use. In particular, switching between stills mode and movie mode requires going into the menu and doing about 6 button presses. This is something which should really have been done using a physical switch on the camera body. I had a Sony in 2003 which had such a switch, and it's definitely the only way to go. Consequently I rarely shoot any video with the H90.
As people have said, the H90 takes great photos outside on a sunny day, but bring it indoors, out at night, or in any low light source, and the image quality drops drastically. Anything shot at ISO400 or above looks blurry. This is the camera's major downfall and the reason why I often reach for a different camera ahead of the H90 when heading out of the door. For [...] it was still a reasonable purchase, but I think there are a couple of models out there which perform much better for £100-120.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There's no viewfinder, which I would have liked. Pictures are surprisingly good for the price though. I'd happily buy it again.Published on 17 Sept. 2013 by SomG
I've had this for about a year now and i'm still reasonably pleased with it. I wanted a camera like this purely for fun use when i did not want to take one of my "proper" camera's. Read morePublished on 3 July 2011 by Dog
I was after a cheap, light weight camera to use when I didn't want to lug my DSLR around, and to replace my wife's ageing 4 megapixel Nikon coolpix. Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2011 by Eelctric Kettle
We bought the Pentax H90 as a cheep pocket point and click camera to cover the times when I couldn't be bothered to carry my SLR. Read morePublished on 16 Mar. 2011 by R. Adams
This camera lived up to the 5 star reviews, i am more than happy with this good value great looking camera with some good features. Read morePublished on 12 Jan. 2011 by richard
Beware; the item shipped to me appears to be a non-UK one, the charger came only with a two pin Euro-style plug meaning you need an shaver adaptor to charge the battery - perhaps... Read morePublished on 25 Dec. 2010 by Gregory Collins
Have only used it for the last few weeks and find it easy to use, though some are variable because taken in low light. Read morePublished on 26 Oct. 2010 by Peter Davis
when i hold this camera in my hand... i found it so good. and the battery was also so small very light weight camera with a pictures at its excellence .... Read morePublished on 28 Sept. 2010 by gidion patel
The Optio H90 is a great little camera. I bought it for my wife who is a technophobe and she is delighted with it. It is easy to use and the picture quality is excellent. Read morePublished on 8 Sept. 2010 by Nigel Griffiths