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Pentax Optio S12 Pink

alaTest has collected and analyzed 145 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the battery and image quality are overall positive. The value for money and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are negative about the features.

usability, portability, value for money, image quality, battery


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio S12 Pink is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Pentax Pentax Optio S12


What do you get when you cram 12 megapixels and great battery life into a very tiny, very durable, and sublimely easy-to-use camera? You get the Pentax Optio S12, a solid competitor for the upper echelons of our Top 10 Point-and-Shoot Cameras chart....

Durable, very compact body ; Superior battery life

Limited manual capabilities ; No image stabilization

Perfect for the pocket, the stylish Optio S12 has a solid feel and is exceptionally simple to operate.

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Pentax Optio S12


The tiny, pocket-sized, 12 megapixel Optio S12 features Face Recognition and Dynamic Range Adjustment that's ideal for portraits. For easy composition and review of images, the S12 offers a generous 2.5 inch LCD monitor with an Anti-reflective coating...

Compact. Terrific picture quality. Offers a variety of onboard editing options. Able to record in DivX format for high-quality video in a small file size.

Looks and feels flimsy. No option for 16:9 still-image shooting. Video playback on a PC or Mac requires installation of (a free) DivX codec. Menu system could be streamlined.

Not yet reviewed by editors.

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Pentax Optio S12 Review at Trusted Reviews


Like its predecessors the Optio S12 is a very well made and easy to use camera, with a nice simple design that continues to look good even five years after its initial launch. Although it lacks image stabilisation, it makes up for it with numerous...


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Pentax Optio S12


The Pentax Optio S12 (announced 23 January 2008) is a 12 megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens (28mm - 114mm equivalent). The Optio S12 features a 2.5 inch LCD, 21 megabytes of internal memory, face recognition, dynamic … Continue reading →

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Pentax Optio S12


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Pentax Optio S12


thought the tsv demo of this camera on qvc uk looked impressive, so ordered the camera. what a disappointment. badly exposed photo's-they looked washed out in bright conditions. focus was all over the place. talk about blurry! there were little...

badly focussed/exposed images.

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Amazon review summary for Pentax Optio S12 Pink


alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 user reviews of Pentax Optio S12 Pink from The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

value for money, portability, usability, lens, color

94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Pentax Optio S12 12MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Black)

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Great Things Come In Small Packages!


This tiny camera really packs a punch with superior image quality and its loaded with many of the same features that my larger camera has. I can and do take it everywhere with me and the long lasting battery is always ready to go!

"Nice Features and Settings","Rugged","Good Battery Life","Great Resolution","Good sized screen","Fast Shutter Speed","Easy to Use"



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Pentax Optio S12


It may be a tiny critter, but the Pentax Optio S12 is capable of taking some beautiful pictures when the light is right. It's aimed at people after an...

130 grams, relatively crisp and clear photos, good colours

Noticeable lens distortion, some fringing in high-contrast areas

Good picture quality and a very small size make the Optio S12 a great camera for parties, day trips or travelling overseas. It's well-worth considering.

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Pentax Optio S12


Pentax updates the Optio S series with a 12MP sensor


Product Specifications

The tiny, pocket-sized, 12 megapixel Optio S12 features face recognition and dynamic range adjustment that's ideal for portraits. For easy composition and review of images, the S12 offers a generous 2.5 inch LCD monitor with an anti-reflective coating and bright mode. Digital shake reduction automatically selects a higher ISO, up to 3200, for blur-free images.

Audio Input



Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Pentax D-LI68

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Anti shake / Flower / Food / Frame composition / Half-length portrait / Kids / Landscape / Natural skin tone / Night scene / Pet / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Surf & snow / Text


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax Optio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.4
Max Focal Length:23.7mm
Min Focal Length:7.9mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Works with Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Works with Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.9 mm ( 1/1.7 ) / 14.9 mm ( 1/1.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:12Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:6
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 64 / ISO 800 / ISO auto (64-3200)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None