More on Optio

Pentax Optio X and Nikon Coolpix 995

Paul and Greg left comments about Optio: Paul noting that a low angle with conventional digital cameras can make for an interesting picture vs. the more usual mugging that people are wont to do when they know they are being photographed. Greg, ever the curious investigator, wants to know why the camera failed.

Pictured above are the Nikon Coolpix 995 and the Pentax Optio X: the Nikon is more heavily built, presents a bulkier profile, and just basically looks like a more serious camera (which, in a number of ways, it is). Technology advances give the Optio a 5 MB sensor, vs. 3 MB in the older Nikon: that said, the Nikon’s lens is superior to the Pentax, especially wide open (small f-stops), but the Pentax is remarkable for the amount of performance it squeezes into a tiny, lightweight package. Kudos to the designer. You can see from the scratches on the Nikon, how my gear tends to get beat from frequent usage – the Nikon has endured where the smaller, lighter Pentax did not. Friday Optio goes off to Pentax North America repair for a quote…


About Chris Gulker

Chris Gulker, a self-described Infuential Blogger, lived in Menlo Park, California with spouse Linda. He passed away in late October 2010.
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2 Responses to More on Optio

  1. pauldwaite says:

    Interesting, I’d have guessed that the smaller camera might get used more thanks to being easier to carry around.

    Still, guess the Nikon was nothing to a seasoned pro such as yourself, eh? 🙂

  2. cg says:

    Actually both got used daily. I only stopped using the Nikon because the world moved on to 5 and 6 MB images. Optio has been used heavily, if not quite daily for the last 9 months: this is the third time he’s failed. The first time cost me about $100, the second was still under warranty from the first repair. I suspect it will be another $100 to get him back on the road.

    Cheaper than the Lumix Roger pointed me too… :-0

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