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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just don't bother, 1 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: Pentax Optio VS20 Digital Camera - White (16MP, 20x Wide Angle Optical Zoom and Dual Shutter) 3 inch LCD Screen (Camera)
I have been using Pentax cameras for years and have always been happy with the performance - until I bought the Optio VS20. Initially I was attracted by the high MP and zoom, as well as by the second shutter release and electronic spirit level (I am disabled so don't stand straight and end up with sloping horizons in photographs). In fact, I find both these helpful and I like the large screen and the battery charger which plugs straight into the socket without any trailing cables. These advantages are, however, offset by the camera's poor design: for example, the flash is located just above and very close to the camera grip so it is very easy to obscure it with a finger. Some useful features are needlessly difficult to find - instead of pressing the delete button twice to delete all images one now has to press the menu button to reach settings then scroll down to the end of the second page - a nuisance. In general, the performance doesn't live up to expectations (even after switching off the digital zoom) and I get better results from my old 8MP Pentax Optio L50. A final point: the battery life is very poor - I completely drained one battery and used about half the power in a second battery in just over 2 hours photography. Just as well I like the charger, isn't it?
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