Pentax Optio E90 Digital Camera with 10.1 Megapixels, 3x Optical Zoom Lens, 2.7" LCD, Black

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About Pentax

The Pentax Optio E90 Digital Camera boasts amazing ease of use in an ergonomic design that fits perfectly into your pocket. Featuring a textured rubberized surface, large control buttons and a highly intuitive menu system, the E90 makes taking great pictures as simple as point and shoot. The camera records still images at a resolution of up to 10.1 megapixels with superb color saturation and life-like detail. Auto Picture Mode, Face Recognition Autofocus and the revolutionary High Sensitivity Digital SR Mode (with ISO up to 6400) ensure perfect photos under even the most challenging lighting conditions.

A highly flexible 3x optical zoom lens provides coverage for everything from scenic landscapes to portraits of family and friends. Easy to carry and even easier to use, the Pentax Optio E90 is an excellent choice for capturing personal photos and video.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Compact (12),Easy to use (12),Large clear LCD (12),Good image quality (10),Zoom range/performance (7),Fast / accurate auto-focus (6),Image stabilization (6),Nice body color (6),Short lag time (5),Good in low light (4)
Cons:
No viewfinder (5),Limited zoom (3)
Best Uses:
Family photos (12),Travel (10),Landscape/scenery (9),Low light (5),Weddings (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (6),Casual photographer (5)

Pentax Features

  • 10.1 Megapixel Resolution: The 10.1 megapixel CCD sensor boasts ample resolution for detailed images, large prints and cropping flexibility.
  • Pentax Optics: The 3x wide-angle Pentax optical zoom lens offers a 35mm focal equivalent of 31.5-94.5mm - perfect for everything from landscapes to portrait photography.
  • 2.7" LCD: The large 2.7" LCD provides accurate composition and playback of still images and video.
  • Auto Picture Mode: Auto Picture Mode allows the camera to automatically analyze shooting conditions for Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene and Program modes and optimize exposures based on subject data.
  • Face Detection: Advanced Face Detection technology recognizes the people in your composition for easy portraits or group photos.
  • High Sensitivity: With sensitivity up to ISO 6400, the camera boasts faster shutter response to freeze subject movement, thus ensuring your photos are captured with optimum sharpness even under low lighting conditions.
  • Large Controls & Intuitive Menu System: A large shutter button and oversized function controls on the back of the camera ensure simple, ergonomic operation, even with large or unsteady hands. The easy-to-read camera menus make customizing your photo experience fast and intuitive.
  • Slim Design: At just over 1" thin, the stylish design of the E90 fits easily into your pocket.
  • AA-size Battery Convenience: Compatibility with easy-to-find AA batteries is ideal for travel, without having to carry battery charging equipment or international power adapters.

Pentax Specifications

Camera Type
Point-and-shoot Digital Camera
Resolution
Effective: 10.6MP, Recorded: 10.1MP
Sensor
1/2.3" CCD
File Formats
JPEG, AVI
Color Spaces
sRGB
Image Stabilization
Optical: No, Digital: Yes
Lens
5.7-17.1mm f/2.9-5.2 (35mm film equivalent: 31.5-94.5mm)
Zoom
Optical: 3x, Digital: 5.7x
Focus Type
Autofocus
Focus Range
Normal: 1.64' (0.5m) - infinity
Macro: 0.33' (10.06cm) - 1.97' (0.60m)
Sensitivity
ISO 64-1600 (expandable to 3200 and 6400) 1
Shutter Speeds
1/2000 - 1/4 sec (up to 4 sec in Night Scene Mode)
Metering
Multi Segment, Center Weighted, Spot
Exposure Modes
Auto, Scene
White Balance
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Manual
Self Timer
2 seconds or 10 seconds
Interval Recording
No
Remote Control
No
Built-in Flash
Yes
Effective Flash Range
Up to 18' (5.5m)
External Flash Connection
No
Built-in Memory
6MB
Memory Card Type
SD/SDHC
Still Images per GB
JPEG: High Res: 241 - Low Res: 6,908
Video Recording
Yes
Video Resolution
640 x 480 @ 30fps or 15fps, 320 x 240 @ 30fps or 15fps
Audio Recording
Audio with Video Only
Display
2.7" LCD
Connectivity
USB 2.0, A/V Out
System & Software Requirements
Windows XP, Vista, 7
Mac OS X (10.3.9 or later)
Operating/Storage Temperature
Operating Temperature: 32-104°F/0-40°C
Battery Type
2x AA-size Batteries
Power Adapter
Optional K-AC62E AC Adapter
Dimensions
3.6 x 2.4 x 1.1" (91.44 x 60.96 x 27.94mm)
Weight
4.4 oz (124.7g)

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.5

(based on 12 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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  • 4 Stars

     

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  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

High quality for a pocket camera

I bought this camera for my daughter, who doesn't yet have the patience to learn a DSLR. It's a great point and shoot, and fantastic value for the price. Side by side with two Canon P&S cameras, this one takes better photos. As they say, the best camera is the one you have with you. When I've been without my DSLR and my daughter has the E90, I've found the features sufficient to get the shot I need.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

More camera than the price suggests...

This Optio is faster and smarter than my older Optio model. The lens is superb! One of the things that has pleasantly surprised me is the blue sky renditions. I struggled to get pretty blue skies with my old camera, now beautiful blue skies are the norm. Way to go Pentax! This inexpensive camera can be handed to a child or stranger with no instruction, it's that easy to use. Don't let the low price fool you. This smart little Pentax easily competes with cameras triple the price. Hey Pentax......

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This Optio is faster and smarter than my older Optio model. The lens is superb! One of the things that has pleasantly surprised me is the blue sky renditions. I struggled to get pretty blue skies with my old camera, now beautiful blue skies are the norm. Way to go Pentax! This inexpensive camera can be handed to a child or stranger with no instruction, it's that easy to use. Don't let the low price fool you. This smart little Pentax easily competes with cameras triple the price. Hey Pentax... the flash has gotten smaller. Bring back one of your better flash units on a future model. Thanks!

Reviewed by 12 customers

 
5.0

High quality for a pocket camera

By

from Indiana  -  Photo Enthusiast

I bought this camera for my daughter, who doesn't yet have the patience to learn a DSLR. It's a great point and shoot, and fantastic value for the price. Side by side with two Canon P&S cameras, this one takes better photos. As they say, the best camera is the one you have with you. When I've been without my DSLR and my daughter has the E90, I've found the features sufficient to get the shot I need.

 
5.0

Great Camera [...]

By

from Oregon  -  Photo Enthusiast

Very compact and easy to use. Perfect for the pocket and takes nice outdoor photos in good light, average photos indoors. A nice option to use when you don't want to pack the DSLR or even a compact superzoom. [...]

 
4.0

Decent Camera for the price

By

from Marietta GA  -  Casual Photographer

This is a good camera for the price paid---[$]. It's fairly fast to turn on, and quick to focus and take a picture. It uses 2 AA batteries, which allow you take several hundred photos, assuming you're not using the flash a great deal.One annoyance is the zoom feature when used with videos. The zoom control clicks when you press it, and that click is captured in the audio portion of your movie.

 
4.0

The best bang For your Buck!

By

from Midwest  -  Semi-pro Photographer

If you want small, simple and a great value then this is the pocket camera for you. AA batteries and small enough to go wherever you go AND half the price of other quality name brands makes this a hard one to pass up. I wanted small and AA batteries and decent photos and I got all with the E90. I have been shooting Pentax for over twenty years and while not the fanciest cameras around they have always done what they were supposed to do - take great pictures. This one carries on that tradition with ease!

 
4.0

4/5 stars

By

from Columbia, SC  -  Photo Enthusiast

Color reproduction is good. AWB is good also. Camera produces good clear images, but it is not nearly as fast as my DSLRs. thats to be expected. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars because the zoom is not nearly as long as I expected, and it seems to have a slow/accurate auto focus. If it were faster, I would have given it a 5 out of 5. As always Adorama was awesome. [...]

 
5.0

Excellent Camera - Highly Reccomend

By

from Fort Worth, Texas  -  Photo Enthusiast

As a designer of web sites and promotional work I own and use several cameras. I needed a very compact camera small enough that would easily fit in my pocket yet still use AA batteries and shoot high quality photos. This camera was just what i needed. Very satisfied.

 
5.0

Great results in a compact package.

By

from Norwalk, CT  -  Photo Enthusiast

The Pentax E90 takes a surprisingly sharp and clear picture for such an economical camera. I particularly like the short lag time as the camera is very responsive to the controls. Color and contrast have been very good and the flash results are evenly lit. The battery cover on this camera is reinforced to provide additional strength. The camera body is coated with some kind of grippy material which makes the camera less likely to slip out of my grasp. The internal mechanism sounds smooth. The viewing screen automatically dims down between shots to conserve power and returns to full power on activating any control. There are a lot of nice features in the mode menus. This camera is perfect for documenting business events and especially for travel due to the compact and convenient size. The high quality results and ease of use make the camera a serious photographic tool.

 
4.0

Pentax Optio E90 Delivers

By

from Chicago Heights, IL  -  Casual Photographer

This is an outstanding camera at a very inexpensive price, it has many cool features and is very easy to use. It takes great pictures. I would definitely recommend it to others.

 
3.0

More camera than the price suggests...

By

from Kansas City, MO  -  Casual Photographer

This Optio is faster and smarter than my older Optio model. The lens is superb! One of the things that has pleasantly surprised me is the blue sky renditions. I struggled to get pretty blue skies with my old camera, now beautiful blue skies are the norm. Way to go Pentax! This inexpensive camera can be handed to a child or stranger with no instruction, it's that easy to use. Don't let the low price fool you. This smart little Pentax easily competes with cameras triple the price. Hey Pentax... the flash has gotten smaller. Bring back one of your better flash units on a future model. Thanks!

 
5.0

Perfect for Camera Beginer

By

from Lancaster, CA  -  Casual Photographer

I purchased this camera as a gift for my mom who is very tech-challenged. She has been able to use it and is enjoying it. I haven't gotten a phone call from her yet asking how to do something, though I know she has only used it in the purest point and shoot way. The image quality is nice, and while she hasn't used it a lot or made full use of its potential, it is still a nice point and shoot.

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