Pentax Optio VS20 Review

January 24, 2013 | Gavin Stoker |


Camera Type Super Zoom Compact Camera
Type CCD
Size 1/2.33’’ CCD
Total Pixels approx. 16.00 megapixels
Effective Pixels

16.56 MP

Still 16M (4608x3456), 12M [1:1] (3456x3456), 12M [16:9] (4608x2592), 7M (3072x2304), 2M [16:9] (1920x1080), 640 (640x480)

Compatibility AVI (Motion JPEG)

Resolution :

  • HD: 1280(1280 x 720): approx. 30/15 fps.
  • VGA: (640 x 480): approx. 30/15 fps.
  • 320:(?320 x 240): approx. 30/15 fps.
Sensitivity Auto ISO, manual (80 ? 6400 ISO)
Shake Reduction CCD-shift Shake Reduction
Focal Length 5-100mm, equ. to 28-560mm in 35mm, aperture : F/3,1 - 4,8
Digital Zoom
  • Optical Zoom:20X
  • Digital Zoom: Approx. 7.2 X
  • Smart Zoom Approx. 30x at 7M, approx. 144X at 640 (including optical zoom)
Construction 11 elements in 8 groups (1 aspherical elements )
Focusing System
Type TTL autofocus with contrast détention
Functions Manual Focus, Infinity-landscape
Focus Range (automatic)

AF points


1.6m - infinity (at tele setting)

3-point AF, Spot AF, Auto tracking AF (anticipating moving subject), 0.4m - infinity (at wide setting)


0.1m - 0.5m (at wide setting)

Super Macro

0.01m - 0.2m (middle zoom position)

Type 3’’ LCD Colour screen
Resolution approx.460K points
Type Electronical shutter with sheduled automatic exposition
Speed 1/2500  - 1/4 sec.  4 sec max. (Night Scene mode setting)
Exposure system
Metering Multi-segment metering  
Exposure Modes

Auto Picture, Program, Natural Skin Tone, Handheld Night Snap, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Digital Panorama, Landscape, Blue Sky, Sunset, Flower, Digital SR, Kids, Pet, Portrait, Food, Fireworks, Surf & Snow, Sport, Fish-eye, Sketch, Miniature Filter, Text, Frame composite, Movie, Green.

Compensation +/-2EV (1/3 EV steps)

Integrated auto flash control

Automatic activation in low light conditions.
Modes Flash-on and Flash-off modes "Red-eye" reduction function
Effective Range

Flash range

Wide: approx. 0.2 ? 5.1m (ISO Auto) Tele: approx. 1.6 ? 3.3m (ISO Auto)

Exposure Parameters
Modes Mode: Standard, self timer,burst shooting, high speed burst (L,M,H****), Remote control DRE: "Dynamic Range Enlargement", shades compensation: high lights 
Face Recognition

Face recognition AF&AE is available for all modes up to 32 faces, Smile Capture, Blink Detection, animal recognition

White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Manual setting
Digital Filter

B&W/Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Starburst, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, Miniature, Natural Skin Tone, Sketch


Sound : Yes

Movie : Shake reduction Mode (SR)

Duration : Depends on memory card capacity

Resolution :

  • VGA (640x480), approx 30/15 fps
  • QVGA (320x240), approx 30/15 fps
  • HD 1280 (1280 x 720p), approx 30:15 fps
Editing Record as pictures, spilt movies.
Digital Filter

B&W/Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Starburst, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, Miniature, Natural Skin Tone, Sketch


Slideshow, Image Rotation, Stretch Filter, Small Face Filter, Digital Filter (B&W/Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Starburst, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, Miniature, Natural Skin Tone, Sketch), Frame Composite, Movie Editing, Red-eye Compensation, Resize, Cropping, Image Copy, Protect, DPOF, Startup Screen

Internal Approx. 16MB
External Compatible with SD, SDHC, SDXC memory cards
File Format

Photo format : JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF 2.0, DPOF, PRINT Image Matching III

Video format : AVI (Motion JPEG), with sound

Special Features

Text size: Standard, large

World time : 75 cities, 28 time zones


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), PC/AV terminal (NTSC/PAL, mono)

Battery : Rechargeable D-LI122 Luthium-ion battery

Optional AC adapter also available

Performance Recording capacity approx. 200 shots and 180 min in play mode.
Height 60mm
Width 108mm
Depth 34mm
Weight 191g (charged with battery) Approx. 170g (body only)
PC Windows XP SP3, (SP3), VistaTM and 7
Mac OS X 10.3.9 or above
Included Software Software: (CD-ROM) S-SW121
Kit Content USB cable I-USB7, AV-IAVC7 video cable,  rechargeable battery Li-ion D-DLI92, battery charger D-BC92, O-ST104 strap and software.
Optional Optional AC adapter