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Pentax Optio T10 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
Just like the majority of the camera manufacturers, the Pentax Optio T10 digital compact camera supports the small Secure Digital memory card. The rapid rise of the popular Secure Digital card seems far from over. The Pentax Optio T10 is standard delivered with an internal memory of merely 12MB, which certainly does not suffice in practice. However, we have by now almost gotten used to the fact that manufacturers tend to keep the supplied memory to an absolute minimum. The Pentax T10 camera supports Secure Digital memory cards only. The card is placed into the compartment for the Lithium Ion battery located on the bottom side of the camera. To illustrate the effect of a 12MB memory: this will allow you to store 3 images in the highest quality. Therefore, we would advise to equip the Pentax Optio T10 with a card that offers at least 256MB or 512MB of storage capacity.
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SanDisk Ultra II Plus memory card
I chose to equip the camera with a handy SanDisk Ultra II Plus memory card for the practice tests. This small card is an SD card that has a standard format, yet offers a remarkable feature. The Secure Digital memory card is equipped with a USB interface. After you have captured the images, you can remove the SD card from the card slot of the Pentax Optio T10 and insert it directly into a free USB port of a notebook or computer, without the need for a card reader or a connected camera. This comes in enormously handy to rapidly transfer a number of images, or to use the SD card as a universal super compact storage medium.

Considering 512MB of storage capacity:
Resolution 2816 x 2112 pixels - Best - JPEG - 112 images
Resolution 2816 x 2112 pixels - Better - JPEG - 292 images
Resolution 2816 x 2112 pixels - Good - JPEG - 412 images
Resolution 2592 x 1944 pixels - Best - JPEG - 168 images
Resolution 2592 x 1944 pixels - Better - JPEG - 328 images
Resolution 2592 x 1944 pixels - Good - JPEG - 496 images
Resolution 2304 x 1728 pixels - Best - JPEG - 212 images
Resolution 2304 x 1728 pixels - Better - JPEG - 412 images
Resolution 2304 x 1728 pixels - Good - JPEG - 620 images
Resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels - Best - JPEG - 272 images
Resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels - Better - JPEG - 520 images
Resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels - Good - JPEG - 760 images
Resolution 1600 x 1200 pixels - Best - JPEG - 412 images
Resolution 1600 x 1200 pixels - Better - JPEG - 708 images
Resolution 1600 x 1200 pixels - Good - JPEG - 1100 images
Resolution 640 x 480 pixels - Best - JPEG - 1656 - images
Resolution 640 x 480 pixels - Better - JPEG - 2760 - images
Resolution 640 x 480 pixels - Good - JPEG - 3864 - images

Video resolution 640 x 480 pixels - Best - 30fps - 3 min 12 sec
Video resolution 640 x 480 pixels - Better - 30fps - 4 min 36 sec
Video resolution 640 x 480 pixels - Good - 30fps - 7 min 20 sec
Video resolution 640 x 480 pixels - Best - 15fps - 6 min 24 sec
Video resolution 640 x 480 pixels - Better - 15fps - 9 min 8 sec
Video resolution 640 x 480 pixels - Good - 15fps - 14 min 40 sec
Video resolution 320 x 240 pixels - Best - 30fps - 12 min 48 sec
Video resolution 320 x 240 pixels - Better - 30fps - 18 min 20 sec
Video resolution 320 x 240 pixels - Good - 30fps - 29 min 16 sec
Video resolution 320 x 240 pixels - Best - 15fps - 29 min 36 sec
Video resolution 320 x 240 pixels - Better - 15fps - 36 min 28 sec
Video resolution 320 x 240 pixels - Good - 15fps - 58 min 8 sec
Pentax Optio T10 - Limited continuous speed
The Pentax T10 camera is not a camera to capture fast action sports with; its continuous speed is simply too limited to do so. The menu does offer you the option to switch to the continuous shooting mode, but this only allows you to shoot images sequentially for as long as the shutter release button is pressed down. The speed of approximately 1fps isn't exactly impressive. Therefore, there is no real need to invest in a fast memory card. When working with the Pentax Optio T10 in practice, the difference between shooting with an Extreme III SanDisk card and an Ultra II card proves virtually negligible. The image build-up during the rendition of full-screen images is quite slow indeed. First, the image is displayed in a low resolution, whereupon it is slowly built up. Whilst this is taking place, you are unable to continue browsing quickly; you should count on approximately 1 second per image rendition! If you do want the option to browse a little faster, you will have to display the images in groups of nine, which enables you to keep browsing with a speed of approximately nine images per second.

Pentax Optio T10 - USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection
Besides the use of the abovementioned SD Plus card, you are able to transfer the images from the Pentax Optio T10 digital camera to a computer or notebook via the fast USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection. The side of the camera holds a so-called PC/AV interface, hidden behind a small lid. This interface allows you to set up a direct connect with a computer or notebook. Naturally, you may also opt to use a card reader. In addition, the PC/AV interface enables you to connect the camera to a TV, so that you have the option to playback your images on a large format screen.

Pentax T10 - D-L18 3,7V 710mAh Lithium Ion battery
The Pentax T10 camera gets its power from a D-L18 3,7V 710mAh Lithium Ion battery. The battery is kept neatly in place by the small orange security lock. You do not run the risk of placing the battery into the compartment the wrong way; if you were to try this, the small lock will simply refuse to hold the battery. The battery has a compact size and does not feature a very large capacity, which translates to its actual performance. Prospective users may expect to capture approximately 130 images before the battery needs to be recharged, which includes half of the images taken with flash. As this amount is unlikely to suffice for your holidays, we would recommend purchasing a second battery to all those who will be unable to recharge the battery during their vacation. It takes approximately 100 minutes to fully charge the battery.
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