For under £100, the Pentax Optio M60 offers a surprisingly complete
.with a slim all-metal body,
.5x zoom range and
.a 2.5in LCD monitor
.with a good angle of view.
It is a well-made camera from a big name brand, and both looks and feels more expensive
than it actually is.
.The M60 is designed primarily to be easy and fun to use.
.It has 24 scene modes that cover just about every possibility,
.as well as Auto Scene Selection, which works very well, and .Pentax’s usual Green
Button option, which activates an idiot-proof auto-everything mode.
.There is also a program auto mode for more confident users, and the green button can be
reassigned to something more useful.
The main menu is clear but comprehensive, and includes multiple metering modes, tracking
AF and adjustable sharpness, contrast and saturation. There are also a number of fun and
creative options in playback mode, including over 80 composite frames, and colour filters.
Design: Although it is a very small camera, the shape is easy to hold and grip securely,
and the controls are very simple and well laid out. The 2.5in monitor is sharp and bright,
with an anti-glare finish, and is recessed slightly so it will avoid being scratched. The
M60 is extremely light, weighing only 130g including battery and card, and is only 23.5mm
thick, so it will fit unobtrusively into a shirt pocket.