Pentax is one of the names traditionally associated with photography, with a history in the industry stretching back more than half a century. The Optio range has always stuck to the company's simple, accessible philosophy, and the Pentax Optio M60 is no exception. This 10-megapixel point-and-shoot packs a few interesting features, for a very friendly price of less than £100.
Pentax compacts always seem to have a toy-like quality, no matter how impressive the spec-sheet. The rounded buttons and large labels give the M60 a friendly appearance. It comes in red, black and blue, finished with silver metal accents. The off-centre lens, and the little touches of red that balance the main colour, save it from being too plainly styled.
It's extremely light, at 128g, and very slim, making it a great choice for slipping into a pocket or a dainty handbag.
The 64mm (2.5-inch) screen looks relatively small next to the 69mm screens that are fast becoming the standard. Next to the screen, the controls are well spaced-out, with a plastic clickpad and three buttons beneath a decent-sized zoom rocker.
On the features front, the M60 transcends its toy-like appearance. A 5x optical zoom lens puts it ahead of most compacts, although it's not especially wide, with a 36mm wide angle equivalent to a 35mm camera.
Other impressive features include face detection that will find a whopping 32 faces. There's a choice of 24 shooting modes.
It's also extremely easy to use. Those scene modes cover most shooting eventualities, while the fully automatic 'green' mode takes charge of things for you.