Pentax Optio VS20 16MP Digital Camera, 3.0" LCD Display, 20x Optical/7.2x Digital Zoom, 5-100mm Pentax Zoom Lens, 16MB Memory, USB 2.0, Black

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About Pentax VS20

The Pentax Optio VS20 Digital Camera is a compact, 16MP point-and-shoot with a number of other pleasing features, including manual focus and a built-in flash. From 20x optical zoom to Shake Reduction image stabilization, the VS20 makes for great image capture without the bulk or learning curve of a DSLR. Additionally, the camera also captures 720p HD video, convenient for home movies and social media posting.

For composing and reviewing shots the VS20 sports a 3.0" LCD, while the 5-100mm Pentax zoom lens gives you the range needed to shoot both close-ups and telephoto images. Features like 3-point autofocus, the option to use a remote control and the digital level function all enhance and simplify your image making. And whether you're recording video or shooting stills, all files can be stored to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards.

Pentax VS20 Features

  • Outstanding 20x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 28-560mm) can capture a wide array of subjects
  • High-resolution 16-megapixel sensor features sensor-shift PENTAX Shake Reduction image stabilization
  • Dual shutter-release and zoom buttons help to steady the camera and prevent awkward handling for sharp images and shooting convenience
  • Slim design is based upon a traditional compact digital camera footprint
  • Large 3" LCD with HVGA resolution (460,000 dots)
  • Features powerful automatic shooting modes such as Auto Picture, flexible scene modes and creative special-effects filters
  • Advanced 3-point autofocus with 1 cm super macro
  • Widescreen HD video in 720p at 30 FPS
  • A Digital Level function ensures shots are properly level to the horizon

Pentax VS20 Specifications

Sensor Type
1/2.33" interline transfer CCD with primary color filter
Effective pixels
Total pixels
Recorded resolutions: Still
16M (4608x3456), 12M (1:1, 3456x3456), 12M (16:9, 4608x2592), 7M (3072x2304), 2M (16:9, 1920x1080), VGA (640x480)
Recorded resolutions: Movie
HD (1280x720p30/15), VGA (640x480p30/15), QVGA (320x240p30/15)
Quality levels
Pixel mapping
Lens Type/construction
smc PENTAX zoom lens, 11e in 8g (1 aspheric element)
Optical zoom
Focal length (equiv.)
5-100mm (28-560mm)
Digital zoom
Combined zoom
Intelligent zoom
30x at 7M to 144x at VGA
LCD screen
3.0" TFT color LCD
LCD resolution
HVGA (460,000 dots)
Wide angle viewable
Focus System Type
TTL contrast detection autofocus
Focus modes
3 point AF, Spot AF, Auto Tracking AF, Macro, Super Macro, Infinity Landscape, Manual Focus
Manual focus
Macro focus
Yes (Macro and Super Macro available)
Focus lock
Yes (by pressing the shutter-release button half way)
Focus Range: Normal
1.31' to infinity (wide), 5.2'' to infinity (tele)
Focus Range: Macro
0.33 to 1.64' (wide)
Focus Range: Super Macro
0.03 to 0.66' (mid zoom) (1cm)
Flash Type
Built-in series control auto flash
Flash modes
Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Auto + Redeye, On + Redeye
Effective range
17' (wide, auto ISO), 11' (tele, auto ISO)
Internal memory
Removable memory
USB 2.0 Hi-speed, AV out
Video out
Power source
Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI122
Recordable images
Approx 200
Playback time
Approx 180 min
Movie recording time
Approx 100 min
Construction material(s)
Operating temperature
32-104 Deg.F
Timing: Startup
Approx 1.7 sec
Timing: Release Lag
Approx 0.024 sec
Language Support
English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Thai, Korean, Simplified/Traditional Chinese
Image Stabilization: Still
Sensor-Shift SR, Digital SR (ISO 3200-6400 5M)
Image Stabilization: Movie
Movie SR
Metering System: Type
Metering System: Multi-segment
Metering System: Exposure compensation
+/- 2 EV (1/3 steps)
ISO Sensitivity: Auto
100-1600 (auto range adjustable), Digital SR 100-6400
ISO Sensitivity: Manual
White Balance: Auto preset modes
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent
White Balance: Manual mode(s)
Shutter Type
Programmed AE electronic lens shutter w electronic sensor shutter
Shutter Speed
1/2500 to 1/4 sec, up to 4 sec in Night Scene mode
Capture Modes: Mode Selection
Auto Picture, Program, Natural Skin Tone, Handheld Night Snap (5M), Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Digital Panorama (2M per frame), Landscape, Blue Sky, Sunset, Flower, Digital SR (ISO 3200-6400 5M), Kids, Pet, Portrait, Food, Fireworks, Surf & Snow, Sport, Fisheye, Sketch, Miniature Filter, Text, Frame Composite (3M), Movie, Green
Capture Modes: Auto Picture modes
Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Standard, Flower, Sport, Candlelight, Blue Sky, Sunset, Text, Group Photo, Pet, Portrait x Blue Sky, Portrait x Sunset, Portrait x Backlight
Capture Modes: Green simplified mode
Capture Modes: Face detection
Yes, up to 10 faces, Smile Capture, Face Recall
Capture Modes: Date stamp
Yes, date, date-time, time (not available in Green mode)
Capture Modes: Digital filters
Movie (B&W, Sepia, Fisheye, Miniature, Sketch)
Capture Modes: Dynamic Range adjustment
Yes (shadow, highlight)
Capture Modes: File/Folder customization
Folder (date, PENTAX)
Capture Modes: Digital level
Yes (tilt)
Drive Modes: Mode selection
One Shot, Self-Timer (10s, 2s, Remote 3s), Continuous, Burst (5M, H/L), Multi-Burst (5M, 16 VGA frames), Remote Control, Auto Bracketing
Drive Modes: Continuous FPS
Approx 1 FPS for 6 frames
Playback Modes: Mode selection
One Shot, Index (4 or 9 thumbnails), Magnification (up to 10X, scrollable), Movie Playback, Histogram, Folder Display, Select & Delete, Calendar
Playback Modes: Mode pallet
Slideshow, Image Rotation, Stretch Filter, Small Face Filter, Digital Filter, Frame Composite (3M), Movie Edit, Redeye Edit, Resize, Cropping, Image Copy, Protect, DPOF, Startup Screen
Playback Modes: Digital filters
B&W, Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Starburst, Soft, Fisheye, Brightness, Miniature, Natural Skin Tone, Sketch
Playback Modes: Movie edit
Save as Still Image, Movie Divide
File Formats: Still
File Formats: Movie (compression)
AVI (Motion JPG)
File Storage (Still Shots)
16M: 655
12M (1:1): 854
12M (16:9): 854
7M: 1228
2M: 3278
VGA: 14050
File Storage (Video)
HD 720p:
30 FPS: 00:09:55, 15 FPS: 00:19:50
30 FPS:00:27:17, 15 FPS: 00:54:35
30 FPS: 00:43:40, 15 FPS: 1:27:20
Computer System Requirements
Windows: Windows XP (SP3), Vista, 7, USB port
Mac: MacOS 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, USB port
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.4 x 2.4 x 1.5" / 11.18 x 6.10 x 3.81 cm
Without Battery / Removable Memory: 7.5 oz / 212.6 g
Loaded & Ready: 8.3 oz / 235.3 g
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