Pentax Optio VS20 Review

January 24, 2013 | Gavin Stoker |

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Most compact digital cameras are depressingly identikit, so our spirits lift when a manufacturer attempts a different approach. But is the 16 megapixel Pentax Optio VS20 trading on gimmicks?
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The Pentax Optio VS20 is a 20x optical zoom, 16MP compact with the ability to shoot 720p video. The most impressive feature of this model, or at least the one which makes it stand out from the crowd, is the dual shutter releases and zoom controls.
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You'll struggle to find a new camera with such impressive specs any cheaper. Sadly, the Pentax Optio VS20's performance didn't stand up to close scrutiny. The dual shutter buttons are a neat feature, but you may be better provided by a high-end camera from last year, which will come close to matching the specs at a similar price.
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The Pentax Optio VS20 is the latest compact camera from Pentax and features a 20x optical zoom lens, a 16 megapixel sensor, a 3 inch screen and interestingly a vertical shutter button with zoom control, as well as a second tripod socket on the side of the camera.
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