12MP Pentax OPTIO A40 Digital Camera + 2gb Scandisk SD Card -£89.99 @ CDiscount (  £74.79 using £10 off code)
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12MP Pentax OPTIO A40 Digital Camera + 2gb Scandisk SD Card -£89.99 @ CDiscount ( £74.79 using £10 off code)

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Found 9th May 2009Made hot 9th May 2009
At 12MP, takes Li-ion batteries, 2gb memory card thrown in and with decent reviews it seems like a hot deal. Has been posted in the past cheaper taking into account the account credit offer that has now expired.

Reviews Seem Overall excellent for a camera at this price.

trustedreviews.com/dig…/p1
digitalcamerareview.com/def…409
steves-digicams.com/200…tml

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Comet£ 99.99 out of stock
Amazon £158

Using new customers voucher code NewCDT10 you Save £13.99 which includes free express delivery then 4.5% cashback from topcahback or 6.5% from Quidco = £74.79

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Original Poster

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I think it's actually 4.5% Topcashback and 6.5% Quidco.

Original Poster

tamoil;5161093

I think it's actually 4.5% Topcashback and 6.5% Quidco.



Thanks I'll amend the description

Great find
ordered one
Heat n rep added:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::-D:-D

Hot price but...

12MP? Eeek, the common consensus is anything over 6 on a small form factor camera usually actually reduces quality. Besides, unless you plan on printing you pictures out to poster sizes you will never make use of the extra pixels in any meaningful way, you are simply filling up your harddrive with massive files for little to no reason.

Of course the manufacturers know all this, but they keep jacking up the megapixels anyways simply as a marketing thing. Same as how Pentium used to make ]computer chips that ran really inefficient and slow so they had to run at higher MHz and thus seemed better than the competitors, when in reality they were slow, power-consuming junk.

belovedmonster;5161724

Hot price but...12MP? Eeek, the common consensus is anything over 6 on a … Hot price but...12MP? Eeek, the common consensus is anything over 6 on a small form factor camera usually actually reduces quality. Besides, unless you plan on printing you pictures out to poster sizes you will never make use of the extra pixels in any meaningful way, you are simply filling up your harddrive with massive files for little to no reason.Of course the manufacturers know all this, but they keep jacking up the megapixels anyways simply as a marketing thing. Same as how Pentium used to make ]computer chips that ran really inefficient and slow so they had to run at higher MHz and thus seemed better than the competitors, when in reality they were slow, power-consuming junk.



but you can crop high megapixel pictures and still get good prints.

belovedmonster;5161724

Hot price but...12MP? Eeek, the common consensus is anything over 6 on a … Hot price but...12MP? Eeek, the common consensus is anything over 6 on a small form factor camera usually actually reduces quality. Besides, unless you plan on printing you pictures out to poster sizes you will never make use of the extra pixels in any meaningful way, you are simply filling up your harddrive with massive files for little to no reason.Of course the manufacturers know all this, but they keep jacking up the megapixels anyways simply as a marketing thing. Same as how Pentium used to make ]computer chips that ran really inefficient and slow so they had to run at higher MHz and thus seemed better than the competitors, when in reality they were slow, power-consuming junk.



Actually it just means it could reduce quality. As with anythong, one size does not fit all. The only way to find out is to go take some pictures with it and analyse the results. I've had the 10MP A30 for a while now and have always been happy with the results considering it's such a compact point n shoot.

Sorry to say but thats not true, whilst the benefit reduces over say a 6MP to a 3MP as such, you do get a better picture.

Two images from Steve's camera site of a 12MP then a 6MP

This ]A40

A 6mp ]Optio

Also the larger resolution means you can crop/zoom a picture more without losing the quality in a print.

Finally with most £500 PC's comming with 320 gig of hard drive space you need to take 45,000 pictures before you fill up your hard drive....

belovedmonster;5161724

Hot price but...12MP? Eeek, the common consensus is anything over 6 on a … Hot price but...12MP? Eeek, the common consensus is anything over 6 on a small form factor camera usually actually reduces quality. Besides, unless you plan on printing you pictures out to poster sizes you will never make use of the extra pixels in any meaningful way, you are simply filling up your harddrive with massive files for little to no reason.Of course the manufacturers know all this, but they keep jacking up the megapixels anyways simply as a marketing thing. Same as how Pentium used to make ]computer chips that ran really inefficient and slow so they had to run at higher MHz and thus seemed better than the competitors, when in reality they were slow, power-consuming junk.



Although I agree that 12 megapixels is pushing things a bit, at least this has a larger sensor than some cameras so there's a bit more room to cram the pixels into and this camera seems to produce good results.

Shouldn't your price be £79.99? Which is with the £10 new customer credit back (not money off). Without your free P&P deal the cost would be £79.99 + £3.99, ie £83.98. HUKD deals of course do not include Quidco etc reductions off the price, if they come through it's a bonus. My last HUKD deal has not tracked in Quidco (known problem with them). BTW that deal was for this camera with the HUKD £20 credit back deal at the end of April. It's the bee's knees! Have some heat for that!

dreador;5161846

Sorry to say but thats not true, whilst the benefit reduces over say a … Sorry to say but thats not true, whilst the benefit reduces over say a 6MP to a 3MP as such, you do get a better picture.Two images from Steve's camera site of a 12MP then a 6MPThis ]A40A 6mp ]OptioAlso the larger resolution means you can crop/zoom a picture more without losing the quality in a print.Finally with most £500 PC's comming with 320 gig of hard drive space you need to take 45,000 pictures before you fill up your hard drive....



To be honest, I think your 2 pictures tend to give weight more to Belovedmonster's assertion.
I can't see that huge a difference between the 2. I'm also of the opinion they should concentrate now on lenses, speed, sensors. Rather than bumping pixel count which slows the camera down.

dreador;5161846

Sorry to say but thats not true, whilst the benefit reduces over say a … Sorry to say but thats not true, whilst the benefit reduces over say a 6MP to a 3MP as such, you do get a better picture.Two images from Steve's camera site of a 12MP then a 6MPThis ]A40A 6mp ]OptioAlso the larger resolution means you can crop/zoom a picture more without losing the quality in a print.Finally with most £500 PC's comming with 320 gig of hard drive space you need to take 45,000 pictures before you fill up your hard drive....


Think what he means is if you have 12mp on compact camera they only have small sensor so it means a 12mp has more picture noise than 6mp when on such small sensor also dynamic range can get worse on small sensor. Diffrent if you have SLR as they have much larger sensor ie APS size also the lens is limiting factor as well on compact camera due to cost and small sensor so you lose most of benefits of high MP such as cropping ect . But Mp sells cameras not image sensor size its marketing?? as the image sensor is only realy the film the the lens and filmsize are important as well. You whould not expect pro photgrapher in film days to use a 110 pocket camera?
still real good buy for quality compact camera its got optical stabilizer and Divx recording as well?? for less than £75 bargain voted hot

Seems ok as long as ambient light is fine or shooting outdoors - the real test of course is indoor shooting and looks a little disappointing in this review steves-digicams.com/200…tml

As always this thread gets into the 'I know more about pixels/cameras than you do' argument. All fine stuff but the fact is that this is a cracking deal for a decent little camera with a proper Li-ion battery and even a branded SD card thrown in. I'd say if it fits your needs and you like what you see in the reviews buy it quick before they're all gone. Then get yourself a spare battery, SD card and a case at ebay prices (not high street) and you'll be well set up for holiday snaps, etc.

Of course there are better quality cameras, but they don't come in at 75 quid!

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Gazbert;5161817

Actually it just means it could reduce quality. As with anythong, one … Actually it just means it could reduce quality. As with anythong, one size does not fit all. The only way to find out is to go take some pictures with it and analyse the results. I've had the 10MP A30 for a while now and have always been happy with the results considering it's such a compact point n shoot.


The A30 is also much better then the A40, due to the firmware on it, i also have the A30 (before the A40 was even released) and its a great camera, and sorry my 10MP A30 beat my Fuji bridge camera which was 6MP...so what the other guy is saying about sensor size etc...:p
Especially as fuji use pretty good lenses as well.

Although i do now have a kodak P880 bridge, and that does do much better shots then the A30 majority of the time, reasoning? Well although 8MP it is the large sensor and also of course the schneider lense...
But remembering that Pentax have been in the camera industry a long time too!


hwangeruk;5162070

To be honest, I think your 2 pictures tend to give weight more to … To be honest, I think your 2 pictures tend to give weight more to Belovedmonster's assertion.I can't see that huge a difference between the 2. I'm also of the opinion they should concentrate now on lenses, speed, sensors. Rather than bumping pixel count which slows the camera down.


Have you tried viewing them at full resolution? not fitted to screen?
There is a huge difference which is very noticeable, you can see the noise, and thus would never want to crop to print, or use that on anything.

Original Poster

[COLOR="Red"]Why has this been expired? There is stock showing!!! And the voucher is still working ?.[/COLOR]
Also forgetting the pointless my megapixel is bigger than your debate for anyone looking for a decent camera 8mp + that takes cheap li-ion batteries this is pretty hot. I ordered last night using topcashback it tracked fine and I got cashback on the whole £89 not £79 so £75.86. I would guess anyone using Quido would get it at even cheaper at £74.14.

It’s also important to remember that on the review sites it is comparing it against other cameras in the £150-200 price bracket which are all still in the £150-200 price bracket. But at under £75 I think it’s a bargain.

Original Poster

ollie2001;5162913

Out of stock...



[COLOR="Red"][SIZE="3"]Showing Stock now?[/SIZE][/COLOR]

agreed, were get it unexpired

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Unexpired

say an error have occured in ur basket???

Original Poster

KiNG_AuM;5163870

say an error have occured in ur basket???



Agreed showing no stock now. :x

Dangit. Seems to be gone now (again).

in stock again, but coupon no longer works.
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