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Pentax Optio VS20 Digital Camera - Black - 16 Megapixel

  • 16 Megapixel CCD Sensor
  • 20x Optical Zoom (28-560mm 35mm equiv.)
  • Macro Photography Capability
  • 3.0” 460k-dot LCD Screen
  • Vertical Shutter and Zoom Lever
  • Built-In Flash
  • One-Touch High Definition Video Recording
  • Dual Image Stabilisation

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The Pentax Optio VS20 is a stylish compact super-zoom digital camera that is great for portrait shots, travelling or as an everyday camera. It sports a 20x optical zoom lens with 28mm wide-angle, plus it has a unique second shutter button on the side for better ergonomics when taking photos in portrait orientation. The VS20 also incorporates a high-resolution 16 megapixel CCD sensor plus dual image stabilisation for beautifully sharp images. Auto Picture Mode delivers point-and-shoot simplicity of operation. And three new modes -Handheld Night Snap, Fish-eye and Sketch – deliver even more creative options.

Movie Feature – captures video with audio up to HD 1280x720 resolution at 30 frames per second. The maximum movie length is up to a file size of 2GB*. Movie SR (Shake Reduction) delivers smoother video stabilisation.

* We recommend using class 4 or higher memory cards for recording high definition video.

20x Optical Zoom Lens – cover a wide variety of subjects and scenes with an effective focal range of 28-560mm. From great people shots, landscapes, groups, architecture and tight interior shots; to distant subjects, wildlife, sports.

Vertical Shutter Button and Zoom Lever – great for taking photos in portrait orientation, a second shutter button and zoom lever is located on the side of the camera, making easy to hold the camera steady whilst pressing the shutter button.

16 Megapixel CCD Sensor – high resolution imaging sensor delivers enough detail to print large or crop your images down without losing quality.

Dual Image Stabilisation – CCD-shift plus digital image stabilisation helps to prevent blur cuase by camera shake as well as subject movement in low-light.

Auto Picture Mode – analyses and automatically selects the most appropriate from 15 different shooting modes for a given subject or scene.

Handheld Night Snap – take great shots at night time without the need for a tripod.

Advanced Face Recognition System - The face recognition system of the Optio VS20 now had added functionality. You can now record a face in the system and later on, the camera will recognize this face and set focus and exposure on it.

High Resolution 3 inch LCD – Bright 460,000-dot 3” LCD screen with anti-glare coating helps when taking and playing back photos and videos. Tools such as screen grid and digital level help with composition of photos.

Smile Detection - automatically releases the shutter when a smile is detected in the frame

Blink Detection Warning – warns if someone blinked during the photo so you can take another straight away.

Digital Filters – range of filters to turn ordinary shots into something unique looking. Includes: B&W/Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Colour, Starburst, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, Miniature, Natural Skin Tone and Sketch.

D-Range setting - prevents whitewashed (overexposed) and blacked-out (underexposed) areas in an image.

Digital Panorama Mode - effortlessly create a single panoramic picture from as many as three images

1cm super macro – take stunning close-ups as near as 1cm from subject

Wireless Remote-Control Shooting - when using an optional PENTAX F remote controller


smc PENTAX zoom lens, 11 elements in 8groups (1 aspherical elements)


Focal Length

5 - 100mm


35mm equivalent focal length

approx. 28 - 560mm





Optical Zoom



Digital Zoom

approx. 7.2X


Intelligent Zoom

approx. 30X at 7M,  approx. 144X at 640 (including optical zoom)

Motion Blur Reduction


CCD-Shift-Type (SR : Shake Reduction),  High-sensitivity anti-shake mode (Digital SR)



Movie shake reduction mode (Movie SR)



3-point AF, Spot AF, Auto tracking AF


Focus Range

Standard:0.4m - infinity(at wide setting), 1.6m - infinity(at tele setting)


(From lens face)

               1.31 ft - infinity(at wide setting), 5.2 ft - infinity(at tele setting)



Macro: 0.1 - 0.5 m(at wide setting)



          0.33 -1.64 ft(at wide setting)



1cm macro: 0.01 - 0.2 m ( middle zoom position)



               0.03 -0.66 ft (middle zoom position)



Infinity-landscape,  Manual Focus: available

Face detection


Face Detection AF&AE is available for all modes up to 10 faces. Smile Capture. Face Recall

Pet detection



Number of Effective pixels


approx. 16 megapixels

Image Sensor


1/2.33" CCD

Number of Recorded pixels


16M, 12M(1:1), 12M(16:9), 7M, 2M(16:9),  640



1280, 640, 320

Sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity)

Auto, Manual (ISO  100 - 6400)

White Balance


Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light, Manual setting






3.0" LCD, approx. 460K dots

Exposure Control

Metering System

Multi-segment metering


Exposure Compensation

±2EV(1/3EV steps)

Scene modes


Auto Picture, Program, Natural Skin Tone, Handheld Night Snap, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Digital Panorama, Landscape, Blue Sky, Sunset, Flower,  Digital SR,  Kids, Pet, Portrait, Food, Fireworks, Surf & Snow,  Sport, Fish-eye, Sketch, Miniature Filter, Text,  Frame Composite,  Movie, Green

Playback modes


Slideshow, Image Rotation, Stretch Filter, Small Face Filter, Digital Filter(B&W/Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Starburst, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, Miniature, Natural Skin Tone, Sketch), Frame Composite, Movie Editing, Red-eye Compensation, Resize, Cropping, Image Copy, Protect, DPOF, Startup Screen

Shutter Speed


1/2500  - 1/4sec.  4sec at most. (Night Scene mode setting)

Built-in flash


Flash-on and Flash-off modes.  "Red-eye" compensation function employs a pre-discharge. 


Flash Range

Wide:approx. 0.2 - 5.1m (ISO Auto)
approx. 0.66 - 17 ft (ISO Auto)



Tele:approx. 1.6 - 3.3xm (ISO Auto)
approx. 5.2 - 11 ft (ISO Auto)

Drive Modes


One shot, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting , Burst Shooting(H/L), 16-frame shooting ,Remote Control, Auto Bracketing

Storage Media


Built-in Memory (approx. 16 MB), SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card

Power Source


Rechargeable D-LI122 lithium-ion battery, Optional AC adapter kit is also available


Battery life

Still*: Approx. 200 shots (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)



Playback**: Approx. 180 min.  (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)



USB2.0(Hi-Speed): PC/AV terminal

Video Output



Water proof / Dustproof





approx.  112 (W) × 61.5 (H) × 38.5 (D)mm
approx.  4.4(W) ×   2.4(H) ×   1.5(D) inches


With battery & SD card

approx. 234g (loaded and ready)
approx. 8.3 oz.



approx. 213g (without battery and SD memory card)
approx. 7.5 oz.

* Recording capacity shows approximate number of shots recorded during CIPA-compliant testing. 

  Actual performance may vary depending on operating conditions.

** According to the result of PENTAX in-house testing.


Specifications subject to change by the manufacturer without notice

Pentax Optio VS20 Digital Camera + 16mb Internal Memory
USB cable I-USB122
Rechargeable battery Li-ion DLI-122
Battery charger D-BC112
Strap O-ST122
Software Suite CD-ROM
Instruction Manual
12 Month Warranty with CR Kennedy Australia

This product comes with a
12 month Australian warranty
from CR Kennedy & Company
(the sole authorised Australian Distributor)

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