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The Optio line of basic point and shoot digital camera range offers a wide range of easy to use cameras. These low-end digital cameras also combine ultra-zoom and rugged features top make them more viable for beginners and those who are on budget. The best Pentax easy to use digital cameras can be afforded under $250 price range.

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Pentax QS-1

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Pentax QS-1
Pentax Q7
Pentax Optio WG-3
Pentax Q10
Pentax Optio LS465
Pentax QS-1
Pentax Q7 12.4MP Compact System Camera
Pentax Optio WG-3 Digital Camera
Pentax Q10 Compact System Camera
Pentax Optio LS465 Digital Camera
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Release Date
Dec 2014
Jun 2013
Jan 2013
Sep 2012
May 2012
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
7.66 in.
Weight
0.45 lb.
0.44 lb.
0.51 lb.
0.44 lb.
0.26 lb.
Camera Type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Compact System Camera, Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Compact
Compact System Camera, Digital camera - Mirrorless system
Ultra-Compact,Standard Point and Shoot
Resolution
12.0 Megapixel
12.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
12.4 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CCD
Image Sensor Size
1.97 mm
1.97 mm
2.5 mm
7.66 mm
7.66 mm

  • The compact system camera market is very crowded at the moment, and the area which has a lot of competition in particular is the very small, pocket friendly cameras with lots of companies vying for attention as “world’s smallest”.
    Although Pentax has created a very small camera here in the shape of the QS-1, as a trade off, the sensor is very small - the same size as the majority of compact cameras.
    By comparison, other very small compact cameras, such as the Samsung NX Mini and the Nikon 1 range have one-inch sensors, while the Panasonic GM5, which isn’t a great deal bigger, has a Four Thirds sensor.


  • Although it's the world's smallest interchangeable lens camera, it doesn't offer a huge amount aside from that. Image quality is decent, but not amazing. Consider the fantastic Panasonic GM5 instead which is a little more expensive but gives you much more flexibility.


  • The Pentax Q-S1 boasts slightly improved speed and picture quality over its predecessor, but there's still something rustic about it. If you're looking for a small, modern, responsive, large-sensor interchangeable-lens camera, then the Q-S1's rivals have more going for them. Between the Nikon 1, the Samsung NX Mini and the Panasonic GM1 and GM5, there's a world of choice... Unless you're just a Pentax fanatic with a bunch of K lenses looking for a home, in which case, we say go for it!.


  • The impressively small Pentax Q7 mirrorless camera features an image sensor that is 50 percent larger than previous models, but its shutter lag is a drawback.


  • In conclusion if you equate small with beautiful then the retro-styled Pentax Q7 is worth further investigation. This may also mean you'll take it out with you more and achieve shots you might not otherwise have attempted. Yet whilst it looks great and is a lot of fun, predictably there are still better compromises between image quality and smaller form factor to be found elsewhere.


  • Unfortunately I can't wholeheartedly recommend the Q series cameras to those debating on choosing an ILC system. The Q7 just isn't consistent at giving the user a high quality image straight out of camera. With the Olympus E-PM2 being $50 less than the Pentax Q7 it makes more sense for the average ILC user to choose the Olympus unless a smaller camera with more physical buttons trumps image quality and AF speed.


  • The compact Pentax WG-3 is rugged, waterproof, and packs a fast lens. Its design is striking, but its images show quite a bit of noise at higher ISO settings.


  • On the whole, the Pentax WG-3 just doesn't stand out in any notable way from any other waterproof cameras this year. It finished right in the middle of the pack in our 2013 Waterproof Showdown, and we don't think that it's the best option for any kind of photographer. The Pentax WG-3 isn't anything more than a run-of-the-mill point-and-shoot that you can put through some extracurricular abuse.


  • So if you don't mind the lack of built-in GPS and do like the bold styling, the Pentax Optio WG-3 is definitely a good choice for a camera that should withstand the "rigorous and demanding needs of the adventurous photo enthusiast".


  • The Pentax Q10 is a tiny interchangeable lens camera with a point-and-shoot sized sensor, but it doesn't perform as well as other cameras in its price range.


  • Ultimately, shoppers interested in the Q10 should understand that they're essentially buying into a very well-built, very expensive toy camera system. Maybe the large selection of toy lenses was already tip-off enough, but if not, understand this: the Q system exists for the sake of quirk, and quirk alone.


  • Thankfully Pentax seem to have realised that the Q10 can't take on DSLRs or CSCs and priced it accordingly. While £379.99/$599.95 for the single-lens kit with the 5-15mm lens is still a big outlay, it does make the Q10 cheaper than some high-end compacts, against whom it more naturally competes. If you're looking for a camera that's small enough to slip inside a coat pocket, yet flexible enough to offer a DSLR-like take on the world, then the new, more affordable Pentax Q10 is at least worth taking for a test-drive.


  • The Pentax Optio LS465 is a no-frills budget compact that offers 16MP of effective resolution. While it's not going to set the world alight in terms of features or build quality, the flexibility offered by its 5x optical zoom coupled with the superior image quality it's capable of producing at lower ISO settings make it a more reliable image capturing tool than a cameraphone or smartphone.


  • It does appear that Pentax have very much designed this camera with the ladies in mind, it's picture with a lipstick on their website and is available in pink and purple, possibly not the ideal choice for many men! But for the gents, there is the black version and it certainly won't leave you feeling embarrassed. The LS465 isn't the most feature packed camera, but it is easy to use and takes a decent shot.


  • This camera doesn't make for a significant upgrade to a camera-phone. The 5x optical zoom is one feature that phones can't match, but the unreliable focus when zoomed in and the lack of optical stabilisation limit its appeal. Unless the interchangeable designs are too tempting to resist, we'd recommend the Canon PowerShot A3200 IS instead.


Top 5 pentax easy to use camera:

  1. Pentax QS-1
  2. Pentax Q7 12.4MP Compact System Camera
  3. Pentax Optio WG-3 Digital Camera
  4. Pentax Q10 Compact System Camera
  5. Pentax Optio LS465 Digital Camera