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Pentax Optio S40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 348 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the size and value for money. The usability and battery also get good feedback. Reviews are divided on the image quality, and some have doubts about the focus and responsiveness.

portability, battery, usability, value for money, size

performance, flash, screen, responsiveness, focus

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio S40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Pentax Optio S40

 

The Optio S40 should appeal largely to new digital photographers and folks who sometimes feel overwhelmed by the complexity of digital photography.

Very slim and light Built-in help system• 11MB of built-in memory

Slow startup Images can be noisy

Expert review by:

Pentax Optio S40

 

Compact; excellent macro capabilities; easy-to-use manual focus.

Tiny, inaccurate optical viewfinder; LCD panel difficult to view in bright sunlight; average performance.

Its viewfinder shortcomings affect outdoor use, but this ultracompact model for the point-and-shoot set is versatile and user-friendly.

Expert review by:

Pentax Optio S40 Digital Camera

 

Photograph: Rick Rizner

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Expert review by:

Pentax Optio S40

 

The new Optio S40 is a compact camera that packs a 4 megapixel imager and a 3X optical zoom lens in a sleek aluminum design. It featuring a smc Pentax lens coupled with their Sliding Lens system that allows the lens to fully retract inside the camera when

The Optio S40 is an entry-level camera that provides users with the ease of fully-automatic operation, an extremely durable compact design and one of the first camera help menus I've seen. The 4-megapixel images yield more than enough resolution to create

Expert review by:

Pentax Optio S40

 

Compact. Good lens. Good help features. Real-time histogram

Small LCD. Mediocre indoor photos. Slow boot and recycle times ; drains standard double-A batteries very quickly

Consumer review by:

"I HATE this camera!"

 

Don't get this camera. I got it before a once-in-a-lifetime trip and almost none of the pictures turned out. And it wasn't just me being inept, because the pics i took with my friend's digital camera turned out just fine. With this one, I'd be ready to...

Small & lightweight

Terrible autofocus, no real manual focus, tiny viewscreen impossible to see in daylight or bright indoors, takes up to 25 seconds to refresh in between each picture!!!, doesn't take picture right away

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I HATE this camera!

 

Don't get this camera. I got it before a once-in-a-lifetime trip and almost none of the pictures turned out. And it wasn't just me being inept, because the pics i took with my friend's digital camera turned out just fine. With this one, I'd be ready to...

Small & lightweight

Terrible autofocus, no real manual focus, tiny viewscreen impossible to see in daylight or bright indoors, takes up to 25 seconds to refresh in between each picture!!!, doesn't take picture right away

Consumer review by:

Pentax Optio S40

 

Don't get this camera. I got it before a once-in-a-lifetime trip and almost none of the pictures turned out. And it wasn't just me being inept, because the pics i took with my friend's digital camera turned out just fine. With this one, I'd be ready to...

Small & lightweight

Terrible autofocus, no real manual focus, tiny viewscreen impossible to see in daylight or bright indoors, takes up to 25 seconds to refresh in between each picture!!!, doesn't take picture right away

Consumer review by:

Pentax Optio S40

 

It's the best camera anyone could have: helpful design & menus, excellent results, Click-to-click image processing, 30 fps with sound movie, etc...It's great!!!

I enjoy everything about it

It's sad you're not allowed to manually control the shutter speed....but then again, that's why you have the picture modes

Consumer review by:

"Prefect camera!"

 

It's the best camera anyone could have: helpful design & menus, excellent results, Click-to-click image processing, 30 fps with sound movie, etc...It's great!!!

I enjoy everything about it.

It's sad you're not allowed to manually control the shutter speed....but then again, that's why you have the picture modes!

Product Specifications

The new Pentax Optio S40 is a 4-megapixel, 3X zoom digital camera that is loaded with the features to help you on your way! Sporting a sleek aluminum design and the signature, compact dimensions of the Pentax Optio digital brand, the Optio S40 features an exciting, new "help" function. Offering simple-to-understand explanations in a regular or enlarged font for easier viewing, the "help" function guides new, and old hands, through the camera's array of digital features with a simple touch. The Pentax Optio S40 makes digital easy and fun! The buttons and controls of the Optio S40 are placed in easy reach for ready-to-shoot positioning. The shutter release button and all the manual buttons are enlarged for easy manipulation. Featuring the legendary smc PENTAX lens and the unique Pentax Sliding Lens system that allows the lens to retract fully when the camera is off lens, the Optio S40 is sleek and compact enough to carry everywhere. Plus, with the optional, acrylic waterproof housing that is newly designed for the Optio S40, everywhere may include the exciting world of underwater digital photography!

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1in
Height:2.3in
Weight:0.2lbs
Width:3.5in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.6in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:2 in 1 / Flower / Food / Landscape-portrait / Marine / Museum / Panorama assist / Self-portrait / Sunset / Surf & snow / Text

Header

Manufacturer:Pentax
Model:S40
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax Optio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.6-4.8
Max Focal Length:17.4mm
Min Focal Length:5.8mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:4Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:2.6
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Black & White Blue filter / Black & White Red filter / Black & White Yellow filter / Blue / Green / Red
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type:Optical
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