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Pentax Optio S1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 118 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the responsiveness and portability. The value for money and usability are also mentioned favorably. Reviews are divided on the lens. The focus and flash get less positive reviews.

design, usability, value for money, portability, responsiveness

battery, features, screen, flash, focus

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio S1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 118 reviews)

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Pentax Optio S1 Review

 

The Pentax Optio S1 is a tiny, eye-catching camera that screams “entry level.” Because of that and its low price (it's a mere $109-$199, depending on retailer), it's a great option for a very certain set of consumers: Teens, first-time users, people...

Simple, clean design ; Easy to use ; Built-in editor, filters are great for entry-level shooters

Noisy above ISO 800 ; Poor low-light performance

The Pentax Optio S1 gets points for style, size, and convenience. And when paired with its adequate performance, it’s a respectable choice.

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Pentax Optio S1 Digital Camera Review

 

The Pentax Optio S1 is an attractive point-and-shoot that looks more expensive than it is. Unfortunately, it still performs like a sub-$150 model. Our lab tests returned strictly-average scores for most applications, but a decent feature set keeps...

The Pentax Optio S1 has a brilliant exterior that caught the eye of our entire imaging team. Yet in the same way that a middle-aged, underemployed man might go out and buy a sports car to overcompensate for his insecurities, Pentax–it seems, is also...

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Pentax Optio S1 Review

 

The Optio S1 is a "cute" little camera, that offers some pretty standard features for a 14-megapixel camera; all of which are stuffed in a petite and stylish shell. However, we feel you'd be better off looking at other Optio models for the price; like...

Lightweight, and compact in size ; Fashionable/pleasing to the eye ; Smooth and won't snag on your pocket ; Easy to understand button layout, and a lot of easy to understand cartoon menu icons for preprogrammed exposure settings ; Short descriptions of...

Weak Flash can cause some headaches indoors ; Sometimes produced strong exposures with blown out highlights ; Zoom has less steps, making precise framing difficult ; Default setting of backlight time-out is too short ; Poor battery life ; Battery...

The Optio S1 is a "cute" little camera, that offers some pretty standard features for a 14-megapixel camera; all of which are stuffed in a petite and stylish shell. However, we feel you'd be better off looking at other Optio models for the price; like...

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Pentax Optio S1

 

The gorgeous chrome exterior stands out, but the test results do anything but

Doesn’t look as cheap as it is

Poor resolution; Disappointing color; Cheap lens and battery

The Pentax Optio S1 has a brilliant exterior that caught the eye of our entire imaging team. Yet in the same way that a middle-aged, underemployed man might go out and buy a sports car to overcompensate for his insecurities, Pentax–it seems, is also...

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Pentax Optio S1 Review

 

The Pentax Optio S1 is a stylish, basic compact boasting 720 HD video and several in-camera art filters.

Attractive styling ; Solid build quality ; Interesting art filters

Some overexposure ; No optical zoom in video ; Images soft at corners

Another problem with the Optio S1 is that its competition is fierce. I recently reviewed the Canon ELPH 300 HS, Panasonic DMC-FH27 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9, three small cameras all of which are in the general price range of the Optio S1. I would...

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Pentax Optio S1 Digital Camera

 

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Pentax Optio S1

 

D7000 a generational jump in performance. D7000 tonality & details are more than expected on a 4×5 sheet of film ! Low ISO's even more so.

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Pentax Optio S1

 

Has an improved all metal body, also has better seals dust and moisture. Dual SD memory can access one or both and both. Advanced sensor reduces higher ISO noise. Image cycle life is a great feature. Over all this is the most advanced serioius...

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Pentax Optio S1

 

Has an improved all metal body, also has better seals dust and moisture. Dual SD memory can access one or both and both. Advanced sensor reduces higher ISO noise. Image cycle life is a great feature. Over all this is the most advanced serioius amature...

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Pentax Optio S1

 

D7000 a generational jump in performance. D7000 tonality & details are more than expected on a 4×5 sheet of film ! Low ISO's even more so.

Product Specifications

Configuration

Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor

Connectivity

Bluetooth: No
HDMI: No
HDMI Interface: No
PictBridge: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CCD
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera

Lens

Longest Shutter Speed in s:4
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/1600

Memory

Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:Internal + External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Pentax D-LI78
Battery Type:Pentax D-LI78

Recording

Aperture Priority: No
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: No
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