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The Pentax Optio E40 is a basic, entry-level digital point-and-shoot camera.

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Pros

extremely easy to pick up and work with, simple operation

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uses SD cards, which are cheap and plentiful

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face detection helps get the focus exactly right for portraits every time

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uses AA batteries, allowing you to find replacements on the fly if you ever need them

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price is typically much lower than the original MSRP, can be purchased very cheaply

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Cons

drains batteries fairly quickly, need to have a spare few on you

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picture quality is acceptable but not impressive

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color accuracy isn't great, prone to a slight green tint

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LCD is hard to see on sunny days, a bit dim

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The Pentax Optio E40 is a basic, entry-level digital point-and-shoot camera. It offers an 8 megapixel CCD sensor, 3x optical zoom lens, face detection, digital image stabilization, but little else in the way of features. Because it uses 2 AA batteries, and because of its small size and low price, Pentax has billed it as ideal for travelers. Reviewers describe the camera's image quality as average for its class, but mention that focusing speed is on the slow side. The E40 has been followed by the Pentax E50 and Pentax E60.

Features:
  • 8 megapixel CCD
  • 3x optical zoom lens
  • digital image stabilization
  • captures video
  • face detection
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