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Pentax Optio S45

alaTest has collected and analyzed 86 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the size and battery are generally positive. The portability and value for money also get good feedback. There are some negative views about the viewfinder and shutter.

screen, value for money, portability, battery, size

responsiveness, color, lens, shutter, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio S45 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 86 reviews)

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Pentax Optio S45 and S55 digicams reviewed

 

DigiCamReview.co.uk has a review up for the Pentax Optio S45 and S55 compact digital cameras we spied a while back. They seem to dig the low-priced 4 and 5 megapixel cameras and find the Optios to be comfortable in the hand, easy to use, and capable of...

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dont buy it

 

There is no warranty on the screen. 267.00 for the camera 167.00 to fix the screen. That is pathetic customer service. So my Optio S45 still works, but you just have no idea what you're photographing. It's junk. I will get another digital becasue I...

Don't buy it

no warranty on screen

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Pentax Optio S45

 

There is no warranty on the screen. 267.00 for the camera 167.00 to fix the screen. That is pathetic customer service. So my Optio S45 still works, but you just have no idea what you're photographing. It's junk. I will get another digital becasue I...

Don't buy it

no warranty on screen

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio S45 (Shyza, 7 Dec 05)

 

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio S45 (hidektol, 16 Sep 05)

 

This (and the other Optio Sxx-series) cameras are some of the most fun to use. There are many color effects filters that make picture-taking fun - even for a jaded professional photographer. Compared to most cameras from Canon, Nikon, Olympus and...

Pentax's sliding lens system in their Optio Sxx-series cameras aren't the ; sharpest, especially the edges. This tends to erode their pixel advantage when ; compared to competitors. (A Canon 4 megapixel comparable to Pentax 5 ; megapixel?) Most people...

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio S45 (korvus, 17 Aug 05)

 

After looking at a couple other $300 (Canadian) cameras I decided on the S45. I like the size and features for the price. The menu structure is very easy to use. The photo quality surprised me as well, it picks up the correct colors, tones and shades....

None with the camera ; The charger that came with the unit is slow to charge. The manual says 14 to 16 hrs to charge 2000mAh, whether thats the initial charge or all the time I don't know. I use a 3rd party charger that holds 8 AA and restores the...

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Pentax Optio S45

 

This is my first digital camera, I usually use it to shoot pictures of my friends and basic use, the pictures are great! This camera is very easy to use, small and lightweight. With the best possible picture quality, it takes about 3-4 seconds to take...

Compact, Big view screen, excellent picture quality

Regular AA Battery life is not very good

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Pentax Optio S45

 

This is by far the worst performing camera I have ever owned, film or digital. It takes 2 AA batteries and with alkalines installed it takes 8-12 pictures! Thats it! A call to their HQ in Colorado confirms that fact. You could opt for CRV3 batterie...

Small, lightweight

Abismal battery life, Average quality photos, long time between shutter button and actual shot being

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Great quality for price

 

Screen size, physical size, pictures quality (colour and resolution)

Could be a bit sharper optically (larger lens).

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Pentax Optio S45 - Digital Camera

 

The four megapixel S45 is one of the latest digital compact cameras to join Pentax's impressive Optio range. It's competitively priced and well made, but how does it perform? Cliff Smith finds out...

The control interface and menu software are lifted whole from an earlier model, probably the S50, which would explain why the display mode button includes an option to turn off the LCD monitor. This would be useful on the S50, but then that model has...

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Product Specifications

Easy to use and easy on the pocket, the PENTAX Optio S45 offers compact digital at a reasonable price. Featuring 4.0 megapixels, a 3X zoom and a large 2.5 inch LCD monitor that simplifies composition and playback, the Optio S45 suits every user. Enjoy PhotoShow Express software with you PENTAX Optio S45. Developed by Simple Star, PhotoShow is the fun and easy-to-use software program that enables users to easily manage, search, edit and share their digital photos as musical slide shows.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA / CR-V3

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1.1in
Height:2.3in
Weight:0.2lbs
Width:3.5in

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:Flower / Food / Landscape / Landscape-portrait / Museum / Night scene / Panorama assist / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Sports mode / Sunset / Surf & snow / Text

Header

Manufacturer:Pentax
Model:S45
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

Interpolated Resolution:5Megapixel
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

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 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Black & White Blue filter / Black & White Red filter / Black & White Yellow filter / Blue / Green / Red / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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