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Pentax Optio S50

alaTest has collected and analyzed 352 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the usability and size are on the whole positive. The battery and portability also get good comments, but many are less positive about the shutter and lens. Views are divided on the low light performance.

value for money, portability, battery, size, usability

performance, responsiveness, flash, lens, shutter

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio S50 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Pentax Optio S50

 

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Compact design; pleasing image quality; affordable.

Poor shooting performance; weak indoor flash.

This little Pentax is a bit slow, but it takes nice pictures.

Expert review by:

Pentax Optio S50

 

The new Optio S50 is a compact camera that packs a 5 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

While the Optio S50 tempts beginners with its under-$300 price tag, 5-megapixel resolution, ease of fully-automatic operation, extremely durable compact design and built-in help screens, its image quality is second rate, especially outdoor scenics at full

Consumer review by:

Good Pics, but S-L-O-W

 

Great pictures when your subject isn't moving (not for parents!) Focuses easily in bright light and offers great pictures. Macro and Supermacro give clear close-up shots. Hard to focus in dim light and flash is not very strong. AVI Video is good and...

Rugged. Good pictures. Super-macro focus works great. Decent battery life with lithium batteries

Slow flash recharge. Slow shot-to-shot. Fails to focus in low light

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Pentax Optio S50

 

Great pictures when your subject isn't moving (not for parents!) Focuses easily in bright light and offers great pictures. Macro and Supermacro give clear close-up shots. Hard to focus in dim light and flash is not very strong. AVI Video is good and...

Rugged. Good pictures. Super-macro focus works great. Decent battery life with lithium batteries

Slow flash recharge. Slow shot-to-shot. Fails to focus in low light

Consumer review by:

"Good Pics, but S-L-O-W"

 

Great pictures when your subject isn't moving (not for parents!) Focuses easily in bright light and offers great pictures. Macro and Supermacro give clear close-up shots. Hard to focus in dim light and flash is not very strong. AVI Video is good and...

Rugged. Good pictures. Super-macro focus works great. Decent battery life with lithium batteries.

Slow flash recharge. Slow shot-to-shot. Fails to focus in low light.

Consumer review by:

Pentax Optio S50

 

I've had this camera for the past 2 years and have regretted buying it ever since. It is barely decent in normal light, let alone low light. The picture quality in terms of colours, saturation has generally been poor. It is slow both in terms of shot...

small, cheap

everything else

Consumer review by:

"one of the worst cameras ever"

 

I've had this camera for the past 2 years and have regretted buying it ever since. It is barely decent in normal light, let alone low light. The picture quality in terms of colours, saturation has generally been poor. It is slow both in terms of shot...

small, cheap

everything else

Consumer review by:

one of the worst cameras ever

 

I've had this camera for the past 2 years and have regretted buying it ever since. It is barely decent in normal light, let alone low light. The picture quality in terms of colours, saturation has generally been poor. It is slow both in terms of shot...

small, cheap

everything else

Consumer review by:

Pentax Optio S50

 

I've been using this camera for almost 2 years now and think it's a highly-accomplished, go-anywhere zoom compact. The super-macro feature is particularly useful for the kind of shots I take and it has produced many high-quality A4 prints.

The lens is slightly soft in the corners, but you expect that with a zoom compact of this price.

Consumer review by:

Pentax Optio S50

 

it ease to use for beginner but function is very perfectfully for professional

very good things for low economy

Product Specifications

A successor to the popular Optio S40, the PENTAX Optio S50 offers an easy-to-use help function menu to help guide digital newcomers through the camera's array of digital features. With the superior imaging capability of 5.0 effective megapixels and a generous 1.8-inch LCD monitor, the Optio S50 is equipped with a handy mode dial that allows users to select one of nine modes with a simple turn. Two AA batteries power the Optio S50 making it a perfect travel choice. Other easy-to-use features include 13 shooting modes to match any scene at hand and a menu display enlargement function. The Optio S50 also is PictBridge compatible to allow direct printing to compatible printers. While positioned as a perfect choice for new digital users, the Optio S50 offers uncompromized image quality. The camera incorporates an smc PENTAX lens that delivers crystal clear images, a high-resolution CCD with 5.36 total megapixels, and a 12-bit A/D converter that achieves smooth reproduction for gradations.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

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

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:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
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:S50
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:5Megapixel

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 / 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
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type:Optical
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