One Savvy Mom ™ | NYC Area Mom Blog: Capture Life's Moments With Incredible Clarity Using The Pentax Optio VS 20 +Giveaway

Capture Life's Moments With Incredible Clarity Using The Pentax Optio VS 20 +Giveaway


The new vertical shooting digital camera from Pentax has arrived, and I must say, it's pretty fabulous. The Optio VS 20 is packed with features that are both useful and fun. This is a user friendly camera, and is easily navigated on the generously sized LCD display. I've had this camera with me in a variety of settings over the past week, and it's proved itself time and time again. Whether shooting fast moving kids (yes, they've included a setting specifically for children) night scenes, or landscapes this camera is totally up for the task.

In addition to the convenience of dual shutters (both shutters are equipped with zoom sliders), the 20x digital zoom capability allows you to capture every detail with a truly impressive precision. While I've used digital cameras in the past that boasted the same zoom capability, they often pixelated the images when the zoom was utilized at it's maximum potential. That is not an issue with the Optio VS 20. This camera zooms in on even the most obscure objects and captures them in great detail. In some cases you may even be surprised by what this camera reveals. I've taken pictures this week (with the Optio VS 20) of areas that I've easily shot 10 times before, and this camera has revealed new details that I hadn't realized before.

We were out and about in the city quite a bit over the past week, and I caught some great shots around town. The vivid color, crisp details, and again; that 20x zoom capability all lend hand in capturing beautiful images every time.

These are some of the images that I captured this week:
                                              Pictured above:   49th & 5th Avenue, Manhattan, New York
Pictured Above: The Lego Store at Rockefeller Center, Manhattan, New York

Pictured Above:The Berenstain Bears Live (currently playing off Broadway), New York

Pictured Above: St. Patrick's Cathedral, Manhattan, New York

Pictured above: St. Patrick's Cathedral, Manhattan, New York


The features of the Optio VS 20 Include:
  • Outstanding 20X optical zoom lens (equivalent to 28-560mm) can capture a wide array of subjects.
  • High-resolution 16-megapixel sensor features sensor-shift PENTAX Shake Reduction image stabilization.
  • Dual shutter-release and zoom buttons help to steady the camera and prevent awkward handling for sharp images and shooting convenience.
  • Slim design is based upon a traditional compact digital camera footprint.
  • Large 3" LCD with HVGA resolution (460,000 dots).
  • Features powerful automatic shooting modes such as Auto Picture, flexible scene modes and creative special-effects filters.
  • Advanced 3-point autofocus with 1 cm super macro.
  • Widescreen HD video in 720p at 30 FPS.
  • Compatible with any optional PENTAX infrared remote control (sold separately).
  • A Digital Level function ensures shots are properly level to the horizon.
  • Available in noble black and brilliant white.
Check out my hands on video review of the features included with the Optio VS 20 below:


Overall, the zoom capabilities, dual shutters and brimming features join together to create some truly spectacular images. The Optio VS 20 is currently available at select retailer's Nationwide, and retails for $249.99. You can also find the Optio VS 20 online at  http://www.pentaxwebstore.com/ (they currently offer free shipping on orders over $99).

Ready to experience the Optio VS 20 for yourself? One Lucky One Savvy Mom reader will receive a Pentax Optio VS 20 in the Nobel White color choice (RV$249.99).

To enter use the Rafflecopter widget below:
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Published March 16, 2012












167 comments:

  1. High-resolution 16-megapixel sensor features sensor-shift PENTAX Shake Reduction image stabilization. I really need shake reduction when I take pictures.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  2. I am most excited about the - High-resolution 16-megapixel sensor features sensor-shift PENTAX Shake Reduction image stabilization.

    Why? We have a family beach condo and we are always out on the water boating, jet skiing, sailing, etc. All my other cameras take really terrible pics thanks to the boat shaking and rocking. So, that is the feature that I really love about the camera you reviewd.

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  3. I like the slim design!

    Emilie
    emmie0952-blog(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. I like the shake reduction image stabilization feature eclairre(at)ymail(dot)com

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  5. Large 3" LCD with HVGA resolution

    leannemacg at gmail.com

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  6. The Outstanding 20X optical zoom lens is what excites me the most about this camera

    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com
    belinda mcnabb

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  7. i like the shake reduction image

    invisible_fairy_05@yahoo.com

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  8. A 20x zoom lens will be nice for getting the shots at school functions.

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  10. What a wonderful giveaway! I love the slim design and zoom function!

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  11. I like the image stabilization as this would go a long way in reducing any image blur.

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  12. I like the high-resolution 16-megapixel sensor features sensor-shift PENTAX Shake Reduction image stabilization.
    anita dot truck at gmail dot com

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  13. I love the zoom capability. Sounds like you could capture some fabulous shots

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  14. The feature I'm most excited about is the Dual shutter-release and zoom buttons help to steady the camera and prevent awkward handling for sharp images and shooting convenience because I'm not very steady when it comes to taking pictures.

    carleylaakso[at]gmail[dot]com

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  15. I like the 20x optical zoom lens.

    b(dot)cardone(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  16. I love close ups and nature pics, so the 20x optical zoomlens sounds great to me.

    Marisa M
    madmegid@yahoo.com

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  17. I'm most excited about the Outstanding 20X optical zoom lens feature

    stephy905@hotmail.com

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  18. Love the 20X zoom and the size of the camera. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  19. I'm most excited about the large 3" LCD with HVGA resolution (460,000 dots).
    Thanks!

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  20. That 20X zoom is awesome, love it!!!
    Thanks for the chance to win this great camera!

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  21. I'm most excited about the 20x zoom capability. 2 years ago, I was proposed to in Maui. I spent 10 lovely days there and the biggest regret was that my digital camera was slow at taking pictures and that it couldn't zoom in! I missed alot of great pictures of the whales. All I have are pictures if splashes in the distance.

    MyBitsandBleeps@gmail.com

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  22. I am excited about the dual shutters. Maybe I'll get a decent pic.

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  23. I'm excited by the slim design. It would be so easy to take everywhere!
    susaaan at gmail dot com

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  24. I like the 20x optical zoom and the slim design!

    Rafflecopter Liz W

    wiseowldesignsinc at gmail dot com

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  25. I love the size and the 20X zoom! What a nice giveaway. reitzell7@aol.com

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  26. Having a 20x zoom that doesn't give me carpal tunnel issues?? I'm IN! I KNOW I'd get great shots of my jewelry creations - much better than I get with the camera I have now. Your YouTube video about the camera was GREAT! Loved being able to see all the settings available (and your NYC pics look great! Amazing detail!!!)

    I've tweeted (roxnap) and I've just sent links back to your page because my fellow-jewelry designers are ALWAYS having photo issues! (Love the bottom AND side connection sites for tripod!!)

    ~Roxanne

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  27. I like the Dual shutter-release and zoom buttons for stability.

    sflickinger at rocketmail dot com

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  28. I love the size and the 20X zoom, thank you so much for the giveaway. we really appreciate it.

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  29. The 20X Optical Zoom is the best feature!!!

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  30. I like the 20X optical zoom lens feature as well as the HD video.

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  31. I'm loving the 20x digital zoom capability features!

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  32. I am excited about the Dual Shutter: release and zoom buttons help to steady the camera & prevent awkward handling for sharp images & shooting convenience.

    foxydebs@hotmail.com

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  33. I like that it has 20x digital zoom and great detail. Plus powerful automatic shooting modes. Also like slim design.

    cynderma@aol.com

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  34. I'm very interested in the Shake Reduction image stabilization feature. More and more this has become an issue with me.

    Wendy T on rafflecopter.

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  35. I love the 20x digitial zoom great for getting great images of my kids without them stopping to look.

    megankayden@yahoo.com

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  36. I love the 16 MP sensor features sensor-shift and the shake reduction and the widescreen hd
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  37. I like the automatic shooting modes

    Entered RC as Vickie Bartlett

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  38. I like that it has Large 3" LCD with HVGA resolution! Love being ble to see the pic!

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  39. The Optio VS feature that I like the most is the 20X Optical Zoom Lens.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway opportunity.

    dod@rogers.com

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  40. I like the High-resolution 16-megapixel sensor features sensor-shift PENTAX Shake Reduction image stabilization because I have shaky hands!
    Thank you!
    Happy2BeAlex@yahoo.com

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  41. I love that it has a 20x zoom feature, plus the shake reduction feature. All help to capture a great picture

    Nathansmommy619(at)aol(dot)com

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  42. Subscribed via rss through google reader as stacey0711n at gmail dot com

    Nathansmommy619(at)aol(dot)com

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  43. Eva U

    Feature Bonus: PENTAX Shake Reduction. Captured treasures - blur free !

    emu839(at)gmail(dot)com
    eva urban

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  44. I am really excited about the Pentax's zoom capabilities... I often am out in the field, taking images of wildlife or situations that can be dangerous, so the further I am from them the better!

    Aliya D.
    aliyadaya(at)shaw(dot)ca

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  45. The high-resolution 16-megapixel sensor.

    time(dot)of(dot)passage(at)gmail(dot)com

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  46. The 20x optical zoom is sweet!

    anastasia at eco-babyz dot com

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  47. the zoom sounds amazing, i would love to have this camera

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  48. I am most excited about the Shake Reduction image stabilization.
    cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  49. the automatic shooting modes

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  50. I am most looking forward to PENTAX Shake Reduction image stabilization...With running around and shooting active children, this would save not only my photos but my sanity as well!

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  51. My favorite feature is the large 3" LCD with HVGA resolution!

    Lee Black
    serafyn12 at yahoo dot com

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  52. I really like the fact that it has Widescreen HD video in 720p. That way, I don't have to carry a separate video camera around!

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  53. i really like the 20X optical zoom lens
    sweetcivic604 (at) yahoo (d0t) ca

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  54. i like the shake reduction image stabilization
    nannypanpan@gmail.com

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  55. It would have to be the 20X zoom capacity. My camera gets 12X and I thought that was good...20X is awesome especially for sporting events for my kids.
    amethyst2272@gmail.com

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  56. The 20X zoom would be incredible!

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  57. I like the high resolution the best!

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  58. I like the offset lens and no pixelation when using max zoom

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  59. 20X optical zoom lens which is great when you can't get close to take a picture.

    tinalee351 at gmail dot com

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  60. I completely adore the fact that i can change the settings with the type of wheather like snow so the pictures i capture come out really well! I also cant believe they have an awesome quality for pictures because i love to capture my children in action over the summer and when they run around having fun!

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  61. I like the Large 3" LCD with HVGA resolution. I always have to put my reading glasses on to take pics with my camera because the screen is so small.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  62. I like the 20X optical zoom lens

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

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  63. i love the zoom capabilities

    uclangel422 at yahoo dot com

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  64. I am excited about the 20X optical zoom lens, the picture quality would make you say WOW!

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  65. The 20x digital zoom sound very exciting to me. My current camera only as a 10x zoom... I would get double with this camera.

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  66. I am most excited about the 20X optical zoom lens
    thanks
    flower_child_23(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  67. I love the outstanding 20X optical zoom lens (equivalent to 28-560mm) can capture a wide array of subjects. I can use a really good camera & this may it!

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  68. That is 4 times the MP of my old camera!

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  69. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm most excited about the shake reduction feature.
    Elena V
    wildorchad@rambler.ru

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  70. The zoom capabilities are the most exciting to me! I can never get in close enough without being right in front of my kids faces! I like to capture them without them knowing!

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  71. I am most excited about the shake reduction. I really need this because I always end up holding one wiggling child while trying to take a picture.

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  72. I love the zoom. My current camera doesn't zoom like I'd like!

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  73. I love the 20X Optical Zoom & how slim it is!

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  74. I'm excited about the 20X optical zoom lens because whenever I try to use my camera to zoom in, it still doesn't look very close.

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  75. OMG what's NOT to like! I am MOST excited about the capture feature that eliminates streaking of moving subjects such as kids and pets (as discussed in your youtube demonstration). I also would be excited with such a full zoom to use on the sports fields to catch my kids with clear action shots. Also the tripod attachments to use vertical or horizontal. Wow.cool. wow!

    ejrichter60 at gmail dot com

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  76. I would be most excited about the 20X optical zoom lens.
    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

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  77. I love the 20x optical zoom!! I also like the high resolution and how small and compact it is. So much easier to carry around then my slr, and better quality photos then my phone. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

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  78. 20x optical zoom is just insane!

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  79. The 20x zoom is a great feature considering this is a compact camera

    Angie M

    Ngelica_mtz at Yahoo dot com

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  80. I like the shake reduction image.
    austma7@aol.com

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  81. I love that it has high-resolution 16-megapixel sensor features sensor-shift PENTAX Shake Reduction image stabilization.

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  82. My favorite feature is powerful automatic shooting modes such as Auto Picture, flexible scene modes and creative special-effects filters....very cool. :-) Thank you.
    jaquerichards at yahoo dot com

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  83. I like the Large 3" LCD
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  84. I like Widescreen HD video in 720p at 30 FPS

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  85. I love the slim design :)

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  86. I love the sleek design and the 20X Optical Zoom Lens.

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  87. I like the Pentax Optio VS 20's ability to record widescreen HD video in 720p at 30 FPS.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  88. I am most excited by the Advanced 3-point autofocus with 1 cm super macro.

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  89. I like the 20x optical zoom

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  90. I like the 20X optical zoom lens the most!!

    dalleykt at live dot ca

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  91. I like Widescreen HD video in 720p at 30 FPS

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  92. the Dual shutter-release

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  93. High-resolution 16-megapixel sensor features sensor-shift PENTAX Shake Reduction image stabilization.

    kport207 at gmail dot com

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    1. I have to agree. I like the High-resolution 16 megapixel sensor features sensor-shift Pentax Shake Reduction Image Stablization.
      patricia skinner
      dawns_horizen@yahoo.com

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  94. I really like the High-resolution 16-megapixel sensor features sensor-shift PENTAX Shake Reduction image stabilization. I am known for taking blurry pictures.

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  95. The 20X Optical Zoom Lens!
    jodysis at windstream dot net

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  96. I am most excited about the shake reduction image stabilizer.

    monster6236 at gmail dot com

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  97. I like the 20X optical zoom

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  98. The zoom! Outstanding for such a small camera!

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  99. I love the 20X zoom!!
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

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  100. The settings, especially for the kids!

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  101. I would have to say the 20X optical zoom lens. I have a hard time getting a camera with enough zoom to get good pics of my girls in their school gym. Thank you!!
    crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoo dot com

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  102. I like the Large 3" LCD with HVGA resolution

    tdlsfm(at)gmail(dot)com

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  103. I like the autofocus function.

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  104. The Pentax Shake Reduction image stabilization is my favorite feature.
    Susan Chester

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  105. I like the High-resolution 16-megapixel sensor feature.

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  106. the 20x optical zoom, clear zooming is very important to me

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  107. I like the dual shutter-release and zoom button. I have a really hard time holding my camera steady to get good shots.

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  108. I like the dual shutter-release and zoom button. I have a really hard time holding my camera steady to get good shots.

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  109. The 20x optical zoom is hugely impressive in such a small camera!

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  110. I love the Shake Reduction Image!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

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  111. I really like the Widescreen HD video in 720p at 30 FPS feature

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  112. I like 720p and it being pocket sized. Tam S rc/fb

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  113. I'm most excited about the 20X optical zoom lens. rustysrambles(at)gmail(dot)com

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  114. gotta go with the Widescreen HD video in 720p at 30 FPS!

    ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  115. The sensor-shift PENTAX Shake Reduction image stabilization would be great!

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  116. I love how compact and slim it is!
    shelleymikey at gmail dot com

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  117. I love that it has a setting for children! My guy is always on the move!
    ericacarnes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  118. I love the easy switch to video.

    chestnutyouth(aT)hotmail(dot)com

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  119. the great slim and light design
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

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  120. 20X optical zoom lens better then my 12x zoom

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  121. the 20X optical zoom

    alterna7 at hotmail dot com

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  122. I like the shake reduction image stabilization feature

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  123. I'm a big fan of zoom- so I'm saying the zoom capabilities it has

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  124. I am most excited about the Pentax 20x optical zoom

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  125. It has to be the 20x optical zoom lens

    rtrexel@gmail.com

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  126. Zoom lens will be great for football games!

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  127. Excited about Large 3" LCD with HVGA resolution


    apoalillo {AT} hotmail dot com

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  128. The 20x Zoom capability! That would really help me capture those little moments that I'm not always close for!

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  129. Would love the High-resolution 16-megapixel sensor features sensor-shift PENTAX Shake Reduction image stabilization - Jill
    chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  130. It's a tie between the image stabilization and the long lens. The lens is amazing for such a small camera. leesawho at yahoo

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  131. High-resolution 16-megapixel sensor features sensor-shift PENTAX Shake Reduction image stabilization is what I am the most excited about

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  132. love the zoom capability

    jdmimi at gmail dot com

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  133. I love the large 3 inch screen.Thanks!
    lstanziani(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  134. The automatic shooting modes intrigue me the most.
    gabe411 at hotmail dot com

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  135. I like the shake reduction image stabilization feature.

    tiffany.hoyt@hotmail.com

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  136. Love the 20X optical zoom lens; this camera looks pretty amazing!

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  137. High-resolution 16-megapixel sensor features sensor-shift PENTAX Shake Reduction image stabilization.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  138. love the shake reduction image joseph gersch jr

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  139. 20X optical zoom lens
    dolniaks at consolidated dot net

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  140. Shake Reduction image stabilization.

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  141. The zoom lens... I'll be able to capture my daughter's gymnastics meets!
    emelle218(at)gmail(dot)com

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  142. Aaron Bretveld

    Holy crap, how do they cram a 20X optical zoom lens on that small of a camera?! That is what I am most excited about.

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  143. Shake reduction image stabilization - everyone in our family is a bit shaky so this would be very helpful in getting good photos.

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  144. I love that it has shake prevention, I need that for close ups!

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  145. I love that it can take Widescreen HD video in 720p - how amazing would home movies look in HD? Thanks!

    Geoff K
    gkaufmanss@yahoo.com

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  146. The shake reduction, would be useful for me.

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  147. I'm excited most about the 20X optical zoom lens

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  148. High-resolution 16-megapixel sensor with shake reduction.. sounds wonderful!

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  149. I love the Advanced 3-point autofocus with 1 cm super macro.Wow this camera takes great pictures.

    CharlieGurl57@aol.com

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  150. large lcd display!
    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  151. High-resolution 16-megapixel sensor features sensor-shift PENTAX Shake Reduction image stabilization.


    I don't know why all my photos come out shaky, but perhaps this will help?!

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  152. I'm excited about the 20x digital zoom capability.

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  153. The 20x zoom! That is crazy good compared to my camera right now.

    sugarsweet7202@yahoo(dot)com

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  154. I really love the zooming capability

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  155. Thanks for the giveaway...we like the automatic shooting modes: Auto Picture, flexible scene modes and creative special-effects filters.

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

    Brian E.

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  156. I am most excited about it having 16-megapixel.

    longbarb1@aol.com

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  157. The 20X optical zoom lens sounds fantastic.

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