Visit our Business Solutions website >>

Pentax Optio 450

alaTest has collected and analyzed 322 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the design and image quality are on the whole positive. The battery and usability are also mentioned favorably. The memory and storage get less positive views. There are some mixed comments about the sensor and value for money.

portability, usability, battery, image quality, design

responsiveness, flash, low-light, storage, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio 450 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 322 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

Showing 107 review(s)

Expert Reviews User Reviews
Showing 1 - 10 of 107 Show Reviews: in English | in other languages (135)

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by:

PENTAX OPTIO 550

 

Expert review by:

PENTAX OPTIO 550

 

Crafted from aluminum alloy with design accents on the lens bases, the Optio 550 and Optio 450 are comfortable to hold and simple to operate. An ultra-compact zoom system allows the lens to fully retract in two stages and helps reduce the size of both cam

Expert review by:

Pentax Optio 550

 

Pentax announced the aluminium alloy clad Optio 450 and550 two weeks beforePMA 2003. Both cameras share the same feature set, body design andimpressive five times optical zoom lens. The Optio 450 has a four megapixelsensor, the 550 a five megapixel...

Good image quality, average five megapixel resolution, lens has good resolving power ; Good color reproduction ; Low image noise at ISO 64, increases noticeably from ISO 100 upwards ; Five times optical zoom lens gives good 'reach' in a compact body ;...

Image noise from ISO 100 upwards ; Pincushion lens distortion from half-zoom to telephoto ; Some purple fringing / chromatic aberrations ; Vignetting of image corners from wide to half-zoom ; Image parameters don't have enough latitude of adjustment ;...

The Optio 550 offers very good value for money. It has a very impressive feature set, big zoom lens (by compact camera standards) and five megapixels of resolution. Image quality is good and images generally look good, especially at moderate print...

ADVERTISEMENT

Expert review by:

Digital Cameras - Pentax Optio 450 Camera Review, Information, Specifications

 

I found the Optio 450 to be a bit of a mixed bag. It has some strong points (nice case design, and high-quality 5x zoom lens, excellent macro capability), and does a lot of things very well (very good color, lower than average image noise, excellent...

The Optio 450 sports a 5x, 7.8-39mm SMC Pentax lens, the equivalent of a 37.5-187.5mm lens on a 35mm camera. (The "SMC" in the lens name stands for Super Multi Coating, Pentax' name for their advanced lens-coating process. From past experience in the...

Expert review by:

Digital Cameras - Pentax Optio 550 Camera Review, Information, Specifications

 

The Optio 550 sports a 5x, 7.8-39mm SMC Pentax lens, the equivalent of a 37.5-187.5mm lens on a 35mm camera. (The "SMC" in the lens name stands for Super Multi Coating, Pentax' name for their advanced lens coating process. From past experience in the...

Expert review by:

Pentax Optio 550

 

In addition to the lens, the 550 also features a 5.0 Megapixel CCD, full suite of manual controls, and a unique 3D image mode

5X zoom in an attractive, compact body ; Impressive battery life for a compact camera ; Full manual controls ; Movies can be 10 min long ; Passive AF sensor helps with focusing ; Live histogram in record mode ; Super macro mode allows you to get as...

Some purple fringing and noise in photos ; Metal body scratches easily ; Redeye may be a problem ; Plastic tripod mount ; Skimpy 16MB SD card included

I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by the Pentax Optio 550. I really enjoyed using it. It's pretty much the ultra-compact camera out there with a "big zoom" lens on it (though it's only 5X). The photo quality was impressive, as were the...

Consumer review by:

Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio 550 (Tj123, 5 May 06)

 

I love Pentax. But after buying this camera, I am not sure if I will buy another. The outdoor photos are always fantastic, but the indoor & action photos are always very poor. I am quite disappointed.

indoor photos are very very poor & there is way too much noise

Consumer review by:

Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio 550 (Gregory McMehen, 20 Oct 05)

 

Geeze folks, sure there's some noise, but it's not that bad. I bought this thing the day it came out, and have been very happy with it. Construction is robust, and the controls are so easy even my wife will adjust to suit the situation. We've framed...

Indoor noise is a problem, but no worse than any other typical P&S of its day ; and no worse than a lot of new cameras I've used since. Fiddle with the ; settings (focus area, metering, and set ISO manually), and the problem is ; reduced. Plus...

Consumer review by:

Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio 550 (perrellik, 5 Sep 05)

 

Noise, noise, noise! Pincushion distorsion at middle zoom.

See above

Consumer review by:

Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio 550 (Catherine DÁth, 1 Feb 05)

 

Product Specifications

PENTAX continues to make big advancements in little with the introduction of the 5.0 effective megapixels Optio 550 digital camera. The Optio 550 hosts a variety of features; including a high resolution 1.5 inch LCD monitor, a movie mode that captures up to ten minutes of video with sound, a voice memo recording mode, panorama assist, full manual exposure control and a 5X optical zoom (20X combined). An ultra-compact zoom system allows the lens to fully retract in two stages helps reduce the size of the camera. Crafted from aluminum alloy with design accents on the lens bases, the Optio 550 is comfortable to hold and simple to operate. A single dial offers shooting mode selections with minimal effort including Metered Manual, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Program, Picture, Movie, Panorama Assist, 3D image, Digital Filter, and User. The Optio 550 also features standalone buttons for easy access to frequently used shooting and playback functions and handy image deletion and enlargement. The Optio 550 records up to 10 minutes of video with sound at 15 frames per second with 320 x 240 recorded pixels. For additional convenience, all clips are recorded in MOV format to facilitate simple playback on a computer. A selection of ten shooting modes are accessible with just the turn of a dial including Metered Manual, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Program, Picture, Movie, Panorama Assist, 3D image, Digital Filter, and User modes. A variety of additional shooting modes are accessible via drive buttons on the back of the camera including convenient self timer, optional remote control, continuous shooting, interval shooting, multiple exposure, macro shooting, infinity-landscape, manual focus, choice of wide or spot autofocus. The Optio 550 is equipped with a useful self-timer than may be used to allow you to join group shots, or to reduce camera shake when making extended exposures. A detailed histogram display allows you to check light levels with accuracy during both playback and shooting.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Type:Microphone

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card/MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1.6in
Height:2.3in
Weight:0.4lbs
Width:3.9in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):3.8cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:3D image / Autumn color / Fireworks / Flower / Landscape / Night mode / Panorama assist / Portrait mode / Sundown / Surf & snow / Text/3D image / Autumn color / Fireworks / Flower / Landscape / Night mode / Panorama assist / Portrait mode / Sunset & moon / Surf & snow / Text/Autumn color / Landscape / Portrait mode / Night mode / Text / Surf & snow / Sundown / Fireworks / 3D image / Panorama assist / Flower

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:16MB

Header

Localization:English
Manufacturer:Pentax
Model:450/550
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax Optio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.6
Max Focal Length:39mm
Min Focal Length:7.8mm
Optical Zoom:5
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8 / 1/1.8"/1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:4Megapixel/5Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image/Real-image zoom

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 400 / ISO 200/ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400/ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 64
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Blue / Green / Pink / Purple / Red / Sepia / Soft / Yellow/Soft / Black & White / Sepia / Yellow / Purple / Blue / Green / Pink / Red
Still Image Format:JPEG / TIFF/JPEG / TIFF
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type:Optical
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT