We were pleasantly surprised by the effectiveness of the Pentax Optio M60's night scene mode which produced some well-lit, detailed shots - not something we've experienced with many cameras without first adjusting their white balance levels and/or ISO settings.

For more expansive shots, the Pentax Optio M60 compensates for its lack of widescreen lens by taking two side-by-side photos and stitching them together. It's not the most effective approach we've seen, but easier than trying to fudge two photos together on your PC if you're not artistically inclined (or patient).

You can crop an image and save both original and cut down versions; apply a retrospective image stabiliser to reduce the blur; copy your photos from the internal memory to a removable SD flash memory card for easier transfer to a PC and protect images from accidental delection. It's also possible to get the Pentax Optio M60 to try and recover photos you've already trashed by mistake, though it is noted that formatting your memory card will erase images, regardless of whether this option was chosen.

OUR VERDICT

Although in essence a point-and-shoot camera, the Pentax Optio M60's menus repay investigation as there are some intriguing options hidden beneath the cartoonish overlay. While we think this is a fairly pricey model given its limited manual options and scope, many consumers will be attracted to its trim outline and double-digit megapixel count.