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Pentax Optio S5n

alaTest has collected and analyzed 99 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the usability and performance. The battery and size also get good reviews, whereas many are critical about the build quality and image stabilizer.

image quality, size, battery, performance, usability

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio S5n is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Pentax Optio S5n


Brought second hand. This camera along with the S5i are still amongst the best ultra compact digitals out there...

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio S5n (Gary Dunshea, 10 Oct 05)


This is my second digital camera. I was looking for a competent camera that would fit easily into a pocket whilst travelling. It has so far lived up to expectations. The major plusses with the camera are: - excellent selectable options for different...

You need to buy a SD card of at least 512 mb to have any real storage capacity. The camera's own internal memory is only 9.3MB ; As with most small digitals, the results when using flash at night are sometimes dissapointing due to under exposure (maybe...

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio S5n (Thrakatak, 25 Jun 05)


I have been choosing between Canan Ixus 500, Panasonic Lumix Fx7 and this camera Pentax Optio S5n. Finally I chose Pentax and I should say it is incredible. Menu is easy to use. Fast response when connected to PC. Highst quality images as in Green...

I'd rather say no problems so far. Petax doesn't aim to do it absolutely suitable. That's why many new users of the camera could find it 'out of focus', 'overexposed' and another kind of B.S. IMHO you need some time to get used and funally you are...


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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio S5n (garyydpreview, 24 Jun 05)


The pros : 1. Small size, very handy 2. Have remote controller 3. Some blurring at the corners. Optics not very good. 4. Movie mode quite good. 5. Cycle times reasonably good.

The cons ; 1. Flash very weak and in auto mode always bumps to ISO200, yielding noisy pics ; 2. Mis-focus shots are quite frequent even though it is quite fast ; 3. Remote controller light always on and blinks brightly, irritating. Cannot be switched...

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio S5n (seyfi, 13 Jun 05)


i m a begginer user, that reason i searched nearly 3 weeks for buy a camera. In the end i choise this little, sweet and able camera. It has got many advanced specification in spide of the price. When i saw the camera in the first time i was a little...

no optical viewfinder

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio S5n (Cameron R Hood, 7 Jun 05)


Would be great if the movie mode worked on a Mac computer. That is REALLY ; short-sighted of them

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio S5n (digcamera, 18 May 05)


I bought the Optio S5N at the same time as the Canon SD 300 to test out. For ease of use, the Pentax is quite simple to use and can fit into Altoids can or in my shirt pocket which is why I bought the camera. The quick button made accessing features...

I had some problems with the Pentax LCD screen in lower light where I had a grainy image. Changing the ISO didn't seem to eliminate the problem. Even in a room with a halogen lamp I still had this problem. If anyone can figure why this is happening let...

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio S5n (rpgurd, 7 May 05)


This is an extremely practical and well thought out 5MP point and shoot camera, with excellent still photo capability and a well featured movie mode, using regular TV resolution and with the option of doing time lapse. It is truly pocketable and...


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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio S5n (Mr PJB, 22 Apr 05)


I was looking for an ultracompact digital camera and purchased the Pentax Optio S5n. After a couple hundred pictures here is my first ever camera review. Construction: Amazingly small camera with beautiful 2" display that has worked well for me even...

One back-lit macro photo of a red tulip turned out very orange and oversaturated ; I haven't experienced any other problems with the camera

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio S5n (Tomaz24, 5 Apr 05)


Very good camera. It is very small and light, and what is best quite cheap if you compare it with other cameras. For example in EU countryes it is only 260 EUR and most other cameras are quite more expencive. I tested its mpeg4 mode and am very happy...

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Product Specifications

Pentax has been a leader in the photographic field for many years. Many Pentax innovations have become standards in the industry. Pentax's enthusiasm and devotion towards the development of high-quality products have thrived over the years and continues to be stronger than ever. PRODUCT FEATURES: Tiny, elegant body; 5 Million pixels; 3x 'Sliding Lens System' Optical zoom; 2.0" TFT LCD screen; 16 Picture taking modes; PictBridge compatible.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Pentax D-Li8

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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


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:MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Blue / Green / Pink / Purple / Sepia / Slim / Yellow
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical