Pros

  • Digital and optical image stabilization
  • Attractive design
  • Great features and 12-megapixel sensor
  • Very Good photo quality
  • Sturdy and compact design

Cons

  • Battery door seems a little flimsy
  • No optical viewfinder
  • Can't get very close with macro mode
  • Movie format requires installing a plug-in

At A Glance

The 12-megapixel Optio A40 offers a great feature package in an easy-to-use camera.

Manufacturer’s Description

Superior image quality and performance. Featuring 12 Megapixels, the compact and stylish Optio A40 offers three types of Shake Reduction including mechanical, digital and movie. Each version helps deliver sharp, blur-free shots where camera shake is an issue such as action photography or in low light conditions at dawn, dusk or at night. This Optio also features the newest Face Recognition technology including a Natural Skin Tone mode and a Half-length Portrait mode, which automatically takes a head and shoulder photograph of subjects.

The Specs

Battery Information
Battery Built-in No
Battery Included Yes
Display & Graphics
Screen Size 2.50 "
Effective Camera Resolution 12.0 Megapixels
Exposure
Shortest Shutter Speed 1/2000 Second
Longest Shutter Speed 4 Second
General Information
Manufacturer Ricoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
UPC Code 027075130135
Manufacturer Part Number 19361
Brand Name Pentax
Product Name Optio A40 Compact Camera
Marketing Information

Superior image quality and performance. Featuring 12 Megapixels, the compact and stylish Optio A40 offers three types of Shake Reduction including mechanical, digital and movie. Each version helps deliver sharp, blur-free shots where camera shake is an issue such as action photography or in low light conditions at dawn, dusk or at night. This Optio also features the newest Face Recognition technology including a Natural Skin Tone mode and a Half-length Portrait mode, which automatically takes a head and shoulder photograph of subjects.

Product Model A40
Product Type Compact Camera
Image
Maximum Image Resolution 4000 x 3000
Lens
Optical Zoom 3.0 x
Digital Zoom 6.0
Image Stabilization Optical
Memory
Memory Card Supported Secure Digital (SD) Card
Miscellaneous
Package Contents
  • Optio A40 Digital Camera
  • USB Cable I-USB7
  • AV Cable I-AVC7(B)
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery D-LI68
  • Battery Charge Cradle D-BC68(C)
  • AC Plug Cord
  • Strap O-ST20
  • Software CD-ROM S-SW68
Network & Communication
GPS No
Physical Characteristics
Height 2.2"
Width 3.6"
Depth 0.9"
Weight (Approximate) 5.3 oz
Video
Video Formats AVI
Maximum Video Resolution 640 x 480
Maximum Frame Rate 30 fps
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type No
Warranty
Limited Warranty 1 Year

Performance

Performance (New)
Exposure Very Good
Color Very Good
Sharpness Very Good
Distortion Fair
Performance
Image Quality, Sharpness 54.0
Image Quality, Exposure--Flash 47.0
Image Quality, Color 67.4
Image Quality, Exposure--Normal 69.7
Battery Life (minutes) 136.0
Image Quality, Exposure 62.9
Number of Shots 250.0
Image Quality, Distortion 51.0
Battery Life Score Good
Image Quality, Overall 49.8
Number of Batteries 1
Image Quality Score Good