Pentax Optio H90 Review

April 16, 2010 | Gavin Stoker |


Camera Type Digital zoom compact camera
Type CCD
Size 1/2.3''
Effective Pixels Approx. 12.1 megapixels
Still 12M, 7M, 5M, 3M, 2.1M (16:9), 1024, 640
Movie HDTV 720p (1280x720), VGA (640x480), QVGA (320x240)
Colour Depth 12 bits x 3 colours
Sensitivity Auto, Fixed (ISO 80 - 6400)
Shake Reduction Pixel Track SR
High sensitivity anti-shake mode (Digital SR)
Focal Length 5.1 - 25.5mm f/3.5(W) - f/5.9(T), equ. to 28-140mm in 35mm
Digital Zoom Optical zoom: 5x
Digital zoom: approx. 6.25x
Intelligent zoom: approx. 6.5x at 7M, approx. 31.3x at 640 (including optical zoom)
Construction PENTAX zoom lens, 7 elements in 6 groups (3 aspherical elements)
Focusing System
Type TTL Contrast detection Autofocus system
Functions 9-point Multi-AF, Spot AF, Auto-tracking AF (anticipating moving subject)

Focus Range (automatic) Normal: 0.4m - infinity (at wide setting), 1m - infinity (at tele setting)
Macro: 0.1m - 0.5m (at wide setting), 0.2 m - 0.5m (at tele setting)
Super macro: 0.08m - 0.15m (at focal length of 6.36mm) Infinity-landscape, Pan Focus, Manual Focus: available
AF assist AF assist lamp at front
Type 2.7'' (6.86mm) colour LCD, extra wide angle viewing
Resolution approx. 230k dots
Speed 1/2000  - 1/4 sec.  4 sec max. (Night Scene mode setting)
Exposure system
Metering Multi-segment metering, Centre-weighted metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Auto Picture, Program, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Half-length Portrait, Movie, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Surf & Snow, Sport, Digital SR, Kids, Pet, Food, Fireworks, Frame Composite, Party, Natural Skin Tone, Candlelight, Text, Blog, Digital Wide, Digital Panorama, Green  
Compensation +/-2EV (1/3 EV steps)
Type Integrated auto flash
Modes Flash-on and Flash-off modes
"Red-eye" reduction function employs a pre-flash.  Soft flash
Effective Range Wide: approx. 0.15 - 4.0m (ISO Auto)
Tele: approx. 1.0 - 2.4m (ISO Auto)
Exposure Parameters
Modes One shot, Self-timer (2 or 10 sec), Continuous shooting (2.9 fps), High Speed Continuous shooting (5.9 fps at ISO 3200/6400 setting), Burst shooting
Face Recognition Face recognition AF&AE is available for all modes up to 32 faces, Smile Capture, Blink Detection
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Manual setting
Recording Sound : Yes
Movie “Shake reduction” - stabilized video
Duration : Depends on memory card capacity
Resolution : HDTV (1280x720), 30fps ; VGA (640x480) 30fps ; QVGA (320x240), 30 fps
Editing Yes
Digital Filter B&W, Sepia, Colours (6), Extract colour, Colour enhancement, Toy camera, Retro, Soft, Brightness
Options Slideshow, Histogram, Calendar, Resize, Cropping, Image rotation, Frame composite, Red-eye compensation, Movie edit, Voice recording, Protect, DPOF, Image recovery, Start-up image, Date printing, Face close up playback
Internal Approx. 32.7 MB
External Compatible with SD, SDHC, and Eye-Fi cards
Special Features
Features World time :
75 cities, 28 time zones

Others :
Noise reduction if shutter speed exceeds 0.25 sec. Motion Blur reduction. Pixel Track SR EyeFi* cards compatible
Language English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Thai, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
Interface USB2.0 (Hi-Speed), AV terminal (NTSC/PAL, mono), AC power input
Source Rechargeable D-LI88 Lithium-ion battery
Performance Approx. 210 shots* and 250 min** in play mode    * Recording capacity shows approximate number of shots recorded during CIPA-compliant testing. Actual performance may vary depending on operating conditions. ** According to the result of PENTAX in-house testing.
Height 56.5 mm
Width 94.5 mm
Depth 24.5 mm
Weight 114 g unloaded, 131 g loaded and ready
PC Windows XP SP2, VistaTM and 7
Mac OS X 10.3.9 or above
Included Software Arcsoft Media Impression
Kit Content AV cable, USB cable, AC cable, Li-ion battery, battery charger, strap and software