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Pentax Optio VS20 Digital Camera - White (16MP, 20x Wide Angle Optical Zoom and Dual Shutter) 3 inch LCD Screen

by Pentax
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • 16 Megapixel
  • 20 x Wide Angle Optical Zoom
  • Dual Shutter
  • 3 inch LCD Screen
  • HD Movie Mode

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 7,200 x 14,000 x 17,000 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: 14139
  • ASIN: B007197RTA
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 26 Jan 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,291 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The PENTAX Optio VS20

The PENTAX Optio VS20 digital compact camera houses an extra-powerful 20X optical zoom lens featuring broad focal-length coverage from wide angle to super-telephoto with a macro mode. Within its compact body, the Optio VS20 incorporates a full array of advanced features, including 16 effective megapixels to produce sharp, high-resolution images; a high-power 20X optical zoom lens; and an extra-large, easy-to-view 3-inch colour LCD monitor. It also features an extra set of shutter-release button and zoom lever to assure firm, comfortable hold of the camera and stable posture during vertical-position shooting. It also comes with new Handheld Night Snap mode captures beautiful images with minimal blur and noise even in poorly illuminated locations. The PENTAX Optio VS20 is a high-performance, all-purpose camera that can flawlessly respond to a greater range of subjects and scenes than most conventional models - from casual snapshots to travel pictures and sports photos.

20X optical zoom, 28mm wide-angle
20X optical zoom, 28mm wide-angle
20X optical zoom lens with 28mm wide-angle coverage

The Optio VS20 features an extra-powerful 20X optical zoom lens covering focal lengths from 28mm wide angle to 560mm super-telephoto (in the 35mm format). Thanks to its very wide zoom range, the Optio VS20 can capture beautiful, lively pictures in a variety of subjects and scenes - from landscapes to sports events. It also offers other advanced features, including its high-quality macro shooting down to just one centimeter from the subject.

Vertical-position shooting Vertical-position shooting
Effortless, comfortable vertical-position shooting

The Optio VS20 features an extra set of shutter-release button and a second zoom lever at its grip to assure natural posture and comfortable hold of the camera during vertical-position shooting. Since the camera automatically adjusts its on-screen display by detecting vertical alignment with its orientation sensor, the user can effortlessly capture images of vertically extended subjects, such as high-rise buildings. The Optio VS20 even offers a vertical-position tripod socket, allowing the photographer to securely set the camera up with a lighter, more portable tripod.

High-quality images with extra-fine resolutionHigh-quality images with extra-fine resolution
Exceptional image quality

Thanks to the combination of 16 effective megapixels, the state-of-the-art image engine, a high-performance smc PENTAX zoom lens and the sophisticated CCD-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism, the Optio VS20 delivers well-defined, high-quality images with extra-fine resolution. Even when images are enlarged to large sizes, the user is assured of sharp, high-resolution prints with edge-to-edge sharpness. Furthermore, during still-image shooting, the Optio VS20 automatically raises its sensitivity to as high as ISO 6400 by detecting the subject's brightness level.

Automatic selection of the most appropriate shooting mode

The Optio VS20 features the PENTAX-developed Auto Picture mode, which automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode for a given subject or scene by accurately assessing various photographic conditions over the entire image field. Since this user-friendly mode instantly and unfailingly selects one of 15 shooting modes including Blue Sky and Sunset and optimises various camera settings (such as sensitivity and shutter speed), the photographer is always assured of the best results with minimal effort.

New scene modes and filters for greater creative options

With the user-friendly scene modes, the photographer can effortlessly capture beautiful images simply by selecting a desired scene mode for a given subject or application. With the addition of three new modes (Handheld Night Snap, Fish-eye and Sketch), the Optio VS20 offers an even greater range of creative options. The photographer can also use a Digital Panorama mode to effortlessly create a single panoramic picture from as many as three images. In addition to those scene modes, a Stretch filter has been added, enabling to extend a particular portion of an image for an eye-catching visual effect. Therefore 13 digital filters are now available on the Optio VS20. You can now choose between three image sizes (4:3, 16:9 and 1:1) to accommodate different applications. Visual-effect modes allow the photographer to take pictures while confirming the level of filtering effect on the LCD monitor, making it easy to come up with more personalised visual expressions.

Upgraded auto face recognition function with a new face recall function

The Optio VS20's Face Recognition AF & AE function offers a new face recall function, which puts priority on a pre-registered face when optimizing focus and exposure settings. Since the main subject's face is always captured sharply and brilliantly, this function comes in handy when taking group shots. To assist the photographer in capturing beautiful, lively snapshots, the Optio VS20 also provides other user-friendly features, including the Smile Capture mode that automatically releases the shutter the moment the camera detects the subject's smile.

High-quality HDTV-standard movie recording with pushbutton start

The Optio VS20 captures beautiful, high-definition-TV-quality movie clips (1280 x 720 pixels). Since the camera provides an independent movie recording button on its back panel, the user can instantly start recording movie clips from any shooting mode. It also features three new digital filters (Fish-eye, Miniature and Sketch mode) to allow the user to experiment with more diversified visual expressions.

Large 3-inch LCD monitor Large 3-inch LCD monitor
Large 3-inch LCD monitor

The Optio VS20 features a high-resolution 3-inch colour LCD monitor with 460,000 dots. Since this extra-large monitor provides a clear view of images and menus, the photographer can quickly check captured images and menu settings. In addition, the monitor is treated with AG (Anti-Glare) coating to constantly keep the screen clear by minimizing reflections and blocking stains such as fingerprints.

Box Contains

  • Pentax Optio VS20 Digital Camera
  • USB Cable
  • Strap
  • Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery D-LI122
  • Battery Charger
  • Software

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pentax Optio VS20 Digital camera 25 July 2012
Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
Very pleased with this camera, good zoom @ 35 yards, good options of camera picture settings,
real good value for the money, pity it did not come with a case, but would highly recommend this
camera for ease of shots, and general photography.

John A Sutton
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pentax optio vs20 4 Sep 2012
By twistle
Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
nice camera, bigger and heavier than might of thought to be.dual shutter button a handy option. imformative menu imformation good pictures.neat plug-in battery charger,sq 3pin unit,handy allround package for the money.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pentax Optio VS20 Digital Camera 14 Sep 2012
By BenP
Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
Well for this Camera the price and list of handy features has to be taken in to consideration.

Save settings for shutter and flash mode: Yes
Ability to stand on end for Portrate shoots: Yes
Handy dual controls: Yes
Remote control option: Yes
OIS: Yes
Super zoom (20x optical): Yes

But the other side to he coin!

Noisey image sensor: Yes
Over jpeg compression with NO control over quality: Yes
Poor low light performance: Yes
Below avrage battery life: Yes
Unreliable focusing and OIS: Yes
Poor Flash location (on hand grip): Yes


For the money and an abover avrage cheap second camera its a YES; OR just a handy practical snapster then go for it!

BUT if you are looking for serious image quality in all light conditions then NO!

The raiting for the cost, features and what it is, and NOT what it could be is 5/5
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little camera 31 Mar 2013
Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
I have not had much luck with compact cameras - they routinely break down after 13 months so I have had to throw them away and get another. I decided to choose one that was a little more expensive in the hope that it would outlast its predecessors and, fingers crossed, this one seems to be doing that. It's neat and easy to use in the basic mode (i don't use the advanced features) and produces excellent pictures. It does have a special battery but it's rechargeable and comes with its own charger in the box. I bought a second battery so that I am never without one. All in all, a very nice camera.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pentax VS20 8 April 2014
By jackbad
Colour Name:White|Verified Purchase
A great piece of kit, heavier than I had expected but it does all it claims to do. Very pleased with the purchase.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Poor images 27 Mar 2014
By trotter
Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
Poor images when looking at screen very disappointing gave it to my brother he said very hard camera to set up if you adjust any of the settings
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ok for photos, terrible for videos 11 Mar 2014
Colour Name:White
I bought one of these very cheap off ebay, and for my needs, it's fine, though not outstanding. I have a good SLR which is my main camera, but I needed something pocket-sized. Basically I need it for work, for taking quick snaps of animal tracks, plants, trees etc for identification. I also wanted something with a decent zoom for the occasional animal photo, so this fits the bill fine. There are three main downsides to this camera, and they are well worth considering before deciding to buy it.

1. The LCD screen isn't great or very clear during live view.
2. Massive purple fringing, though if you set the white balance to something a bit warmer it's not so bad.
3. This is the biggest problem with the camera - you CAN'T use the optical zoom when taking videos, only the digital zoom which means a huge loss in image quality. This is really disappointing and an unbelievably stupid move by pentax. It renders the camera utterly useless for shooting video, despite the fact that it boasts HD video recording. In short, if you want to be able to shoot decent video, DO NOT buy this camera.
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