Pentax Optio VS20 Brief Review


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  • 16 megapixel CCD sensor
  • 20x optical zoom with 28mm wide-angle
  • Dual shutter release, zoom button and tripod mounts
  • 720p HD video with mono sound
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 3-inch LCD
  • Digital level function
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2012-01-25
  • Final Grade: 83 4.15 Star Rating: Recommended

Pentax Optio VS20
16 megapixel CCD sensor; 20x optical zoom with 28mm wide-angle; Dual shutter release, zoom button and tripod mounts; 720p HD video with mono sound; Optical image stabilization; 3-inch LCD; Digital level function; Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The standout feature on the VS20 is the second shutter button, zoom toggle, and tripod mount on the side of the camera. Designed for taking pictures while in portrait orientation, we have to wonder if this was really a problem that needed solving. While the camera sports a 20x zoom, it's larger than we would like and doesn't have any other standout features. Unless your wrist hurts from all those portrait-orientation snapshots, or you absolutely crave a zoom that long, you should look somewhere else.

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