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Pentax Optio VS20 review

Inexpensive travel zoom with controls for horizontal and vertical shooting

Our Verdict

For

  • Inexpensive
  • Broad focal range
  • Easy to use
  • Automatic panorama stitching

Against

  • Autofocus easily confused
  • White balance varies
  • Some 'effects' look like mistakes
  • So-so battery life
  • Twin controls are a gimmick

As part of our image quality testing for the Pentax Optio VS20, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100, the Pentax VS20 is capable of resolving up to around 24 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

See here for a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Pentax VS20 review: Resolution ISO 100

JPEG images

Pentax VS20 review: Resolution ISO 100

ISO 100, score: 24 (see full image)

Pentax VS20 review: Resolution ISO 200

ISO 200, score: 18 (see full image)

Pentax VS20 review: Resolution ISO 400

ISO 400, score: 22 (see full image)

Pentax VS20 review: Resolution ISO 800

ISO 800, score: 14 (see full image)

Pentax VS20 review: Resolution ISO 1600

ISO 1600, score: 16 (see full image)

Pentax VS20 review: Resolution ISO 3200

ISO 3200, score: n/a (see full image)

Pentax VS20 review: Resolution ISO 6400

ISO 6400, score: n/a (see full image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyOptio
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourWhite
Optical Zoom20x
Digital Zoom7.2x
Brand NamePentax
FeaturesFace Recognition, Blink Detection, Smile Detection, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)170 g
Flash Memory Capacity16 MB
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCCD
Total Camera Resolution16.6 Megapixel
HDMINo
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedD-LI122 / D-DLI92
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Eye-Fi Card
Height60 mm
Width108 mm
Depth34 mm
Autofocus Points3
Focal Length5 mm to 100 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Red-eye Reduction, Soft
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerRicoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
Product ModelVS20
Product NameOptio VS20 Compact Camera
Product LineOptio
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number14139
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.ricoh.co.uk
Marketing Information

On top of its 20x wide-angle zoom (from 28 to 560mm), the Optio VS20 offer a second release shutter button on the side. This is a real help when taking portrait pictures.

The Optio VS20 is filled with the latest technologies, like one of the lastest generation 16MP sensor for exceptionnal sharpness, a 20X optical zoom and a large 3" coloured LCD screen. It also benefits from a new mode for low light conditions, offering less noise and better sharpness.

Thanks to its high end performance, the Optio VS20 is the ideal compact camera for everyday pictures as well as for travelling and sports images.

Battery Life200 Shot
Package Contents
  • Optio VS20 Compact Camera
  • USB Cable I-USB7
  • AV-IAVC7 Video Cable
  • Rechargeable Battery Li-Ion D-DLI92
  • Battery Charger D-BC92
  • O-ST104 Strap
  • Software CD-ROM
Display Resolution460000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker