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Talk about too much choice: we're drowning in digital cameras. These days, everyone, their tennis partner and their dog seem to be launching an eight-megapixel compact with a large screen. So, in this over-crowded environment can Pentax's Optio Z10 stand out from the crowd? Ever heard the expression 'little things can make a big …

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Boffin

Is that...

A first class carriage on GNER I see your picture? Must be nice...

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"... its flaws outweigh its good points."

And it still gets 65%? If it's more bad than good, surely it should get less than half marks?

Are we stuck in the realms of 70% being 'average' and something that gets 50% being a product that will maim your children for the manufacturer's entertainment?

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Anonymous Coward

Not it's standard class

as the seats and the windows do not line up

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Good qulaity

"nice touch is 52MB of internal memory, which can hold up to 13 8Mp images at the highest quality setting. OK, it’s not a lot, but reduce the picture quality to 5MB and you can store up to 40 good quality images without so much "

Why does everyone think that image quality is based on megapixels? that is just the resulting resolution size - I don't know of any monitor that can display a 8mp image (dunno what the res is) without scaling it down - yes you can 'zoom' in but that isn't image quality - that is gained from the lens - 8mp is the image size - ffs drives me mad

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Unhappy

What, no cheeseburger pic?

I'm wondering what the food mode looks like.

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Not happy

I have an optio bought 6 months ago, it did not last two weeks, the rear view screen cracked, I'm still unable to get it repaired, no spare screens available apparently.

I also have a pocket kodak with rear screen, which has been in the same pocket for 2 years its screen never damaged, I wonder if in-built non-warranty damage???

As usual no response or comment from Pentax.

So I will not touch another pentax with rear screen just in case. Let buyer beware.

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Happy

@ Adam, Re: Good Quality

MP relates to pixels which are important for printed results. The higher the no. pixels per cm/inch in an image (upto a certain limit) the better the printed result. Also, higher resolution means you can enlarge an image (similar principal to on-screen zoom) without degrading the quality.

For those of us who print images, MP and image resolution are a big deal.

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@ @Adam guy

Thanks that makes sense - I guess as I never print really anything bigger than the standard photo size I didn't see it like that - I guess the general user like myself still doesn't see any real life benefit in a 3mp to a 8mp camera...

One question though, what is the limit of pixels per cm/inch before it doesn't really make a difference??

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@ @ @Adam guy

I heard about a surveying company that takes digital photos of buildings at hundreds of MPs so that they zoom in super close and see any cracks etc.

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Resolution and clarity.

Depending on the CCD used, having a higher resolution CCD only makes sense if the picture (100% zoomed in) provides a clear picture without banding (purple infringement around edges) and no loss of quality. Many high-resolution zoomed in max look crap.

My camera Fuji Finepix F10 provides pics at exactly the MP's it said it could produce.

Always before buying: Look at sample pics!

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