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Pentax Optio M60 review: Pentax Optio M60

The Good Friendly styling; simple controls; can't argue with that price.

The Bad Slow autofocus; noise control isn't great.

The Bottom Line The cutesy touches won't be to everyone's taste, but the silver metal accents, 5x zoom and respectable image quality will make the Pentax Optio M60 attractive to adults too. It's certainly a package that suits the pocket -- in size and price

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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 rounded buttons, large text and plasticky finish lend the Pentax Optio M60 a toy-like feel

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.

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