The Pentax Optio SV is mostly gets compared to other compacts. The Pentax Optio SV's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SD30) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-LC33)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax SV compared to other compact competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second).

However, on average it slightly shorter exposures (4 seconds vs 15 seconds).

Canon PowerShot SD30

Canon PowerShot SD30
1 year newer
$308

Significant advantages of the SD30 (vs the SV)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SD30 (vs the SV)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/1600 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the SD30 and SV

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (96×45×24 mm) vs Compact (91×56×28 mm)
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC33

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC33
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DMC-LC33 (vs the SV)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LC33 (vs the SV)

  • Significantly larger: Compact (96×66×34 mm) vs Compact (91×56×28 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 1.3" vs 1.1"

common strengths of the DMC-LC33 and SV

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel