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Great little camera, had it for about 5 years I think. Its got a nice 8MP lens on it, which provides really nice quality photographs, with high detail. It has a selection of different shooting modes to choose from: these include: Auto, Night, Movie, voice, landscape, pets, children, food etc. There are a few more option as well, and what these do is adjust the setting on the camera automatically, to make whatever your taking a picture of look sharper, crisper, and just better overall. The materials the camera is made out of give it a nice feel of quality, mainly being metals, and has stood well in the test of time; thus providing adequate protection. The video feature is of adequate quality, nothing fancy, but is fine for occasional usage. Has a nice selection of flashes, including red-eye reduction, very handy for that ones persons eyes that light up, which works well. It also has soft flash, which doesn't give that horrible whiteout effect that a normal flash gives. Perfect for low light. After you've taken your photographs the camera also has a few basic editing tools, if you don't have access to editing software, this offers the basics like crop, and visual light changes ect. quite handy, it also has an opening for a tripod. Overall, very nice little camera, with all the basic features you'd expect. Avoid if planning on using the video feature extensively.
I use this camera for my work mainly, and take a lot of macro shots. I've found it easy to use (after having a Canon for a couple of years, the controls are very similar so you can start using it pretty quickly). It's got a good zoom feature and more flash controls than I'm used to - although the difference between 'flash' and 'soft flash' escapes me. But the flash is good enough either way. Connecting to my pc and uploading the photos is easy as well, but I use Windows autoplay and gallery to upload and view the photos - I didn't like the software from Pentax, as that side of things was a bit too different from Canon. If this is going to be your first digital camera, then the software Pentax supply should be fine for you. As for appearance, it's lightweight and thin, and the screen on the back is lovely and big. Bit tricky on a sunny day though, as there isn't a viewfinder - so think about where you'll be using the camera before you buy.
I have had this camera for a little over 2 months now and it is by far the best camera i have ever owned. I take it everywhere with me and i have captured some brilliant images on it; both still and video clips. It is of a sleek and compact design, and sits nicely in the bottom of my handbag without weighing me down! It is a nice looking camera, and feels like it has a quality build, but without the bulk of a larger camera. It is very simple to use and is ready to take a picture after one simple press of a button. The camera is well designed and the buttons are placed just where you need them for optimum ease of use. The basic functions are easy to master after a quick read of the user manual. Once switched on in picture mode the large 2.5" LCD screen displays a composition square making the perfect photo easier to achieve. The battery life, date, mode, and any other functions (such as macro mode) are also very clearly marked without being a nuisance on your screen. The camera is packed full of different modes and functions, however it is also ready to point and shoot in auto mode with fantastic results. The camera boasts face recognition and digital shake reduction which comes in very handy if you are on the move, allowing your pictures to be blur-free! There is an excellent 3x Optical zoom and 4 x digital zoom on this camera which allows fantastic close-up and distance shots without picture break up. There are many different photo modes including landscape, flower, portrait, surf & snow, sports, kids and pets. They all capture fantastic 8 Mega Pixel images and each one has it's own features to help non-professional photographers like me! The mode i find the most helpful is night mode, which slows the shutter speed and has helped me take some of my best photos. This camera also has a surprisingly good movie mode, which is again very simple to use. It provides crisp, clear images both on the LCD display and when uploaded onto a computer. I also found the digital shake reduction VERY handy when capturing moving images. I recorded several fireworks displays in october and found that this camera can cope well with night-time recording. The camera is powered by a rechargable lithium ion battery that holds it's charge extremely well and doesn't take ages to charge either! I have never been let down by this battery. I can not praise this camera enough. I am struggling to think of any bad points as i have as yet to come across any! It has definately been one of my best purchases.
Ultra-slim and stylish, the PENTAX Optio M40 offers so much more than you might expect from a digital camera with an affordable price. Loaded with 8.0 megapixel image quality, 3x optical SMC PENTAX lens, the Optio M40 hosts an array of advanced features including Digital Shake Reduction, an Auto Macro feature, Face Recognition Auto Focus and Auto Exposure. The sophisticated metallic Optio M40 body also features high-quality extended movie capture in QuickTime motion JPEG (640 x 480) at 30fps.