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Pentax Optio S6

alaTest has collected and analyzed 257 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the design and screen. The size and usability are also appreciated. The energy efficiency and responsiveness get mixed reviews. There are some less positive opinions about the focus and low light performance.

portability, usability, size, screen, design

battery, performance, shutter, low-light, focus

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio S6 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 257 reviews)

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Pentax Optio S6

 

The PENTAX Optio S6 features 6.0 megapixels of resolution, a 3X optical zoom lens, a large 2.5-inch color LCD and is packaged in a durable aluminum body that's just 7/10 of an inch thick.

Bottom line - Like some of its predecessors, the Pentax Optio S6 offers some appealing features like its extremely pocketable size, all-metal construction and 6-megapixel sensor. It's not quite the performer we had hoped it wold be and like I stated above

Expert review by:

Pentax Optio S6

 

Compact and attractive design; well built; easy to use.

Photos suffer from some lens artifacts; slow; little to no manual exposure control.

The Pentax Optio S6 is a well-built, compact, and attractive camera that is a pleasure to use for snapshots but won't dazzle with its photo quality.

Consumer review by:

"Just.. meh"

 

Not bad, not great. Solid construction and timeless design. Takes good photos in daylight but that's pretty much it. Low light situations and video I don't even bother with because this camera doesn't do either well. Throw the flash on and you have the...

Size, weight, construction, durability, design

Shutter lag, start up time, microphone, battery life

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Consumer review by:

Pentax Optio S6

 

Not bad, not great. Solid construction and timeless design. Takes good photos in daylight but that's pretty much it. Low light situations and video I don't even bother with because this camera doesn't do either well. Throw the flash on and you have the...

Size, weight, construction, durability, design

Shutter lag, start up time, microphone, battery life

Consumer review by:

"ok camera for 150$"

 

This is not a bad camera, but I'm also not very excited. I used to have the earlier model S5, whose looks (except for the handle) I like much better. The looks of this model are cheaper. Performance is ok, picture quality not very good, but better than...

overall size, nice size screen, simple, nice features, decent battery

picture quality mediocre, overall aesthetic look: simpler would have been better

Consumer review by:

Pentax Optio S6

 

This is not a bad camera, but I'm also not very excited. I used to have the earlier model S5, whose looks (except for the handle) I like much better. The looks of this model are cheaper. Performance is ok, picture quality not very good, but better than...

overall size, nice size screen, simple, nice features, decent battery

picture quality mediocre, overall aesthetic look: simpler would have been better

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio S6 (Marc Mutsaers, 10 Jun 07)

 

Excellent pocket camera for daily snapshots. With a camera this size, you can always have it with you.

Consumer review by:

"Nice camera, but could be better"

 

I like this camera for its size and pretty good picture quality. But be careful with the display screen, I had in my pocket for a few minutes one night and must have bumped someting and ruined the lcd screen. Had it fixed locally, took a week and cost...

Compact, easy to use, nice pictures

no viewfinder, slow to focus and shoot

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio S6 (BeckyinCO, 7 Apr 07)

 

I purchased this camera on vacation as a reasonably priced point and shoot. The image quality, especially during evening, night shots is very poor. Many times, it won't focus in low light at all, even when the night mode is on! Not having an eye...

Back screen went out and cost $100.00 to repair after a month of use. They would not cover it under warranty ; Low light and night pictures are poor or no quality ; No eye viewfinder makes sun glare situations impossible to gauge

Consumer review by:

If is camera is like the Optio S - it will be a nice camera

 

Great size-like size of Altoids box; Great manual

Battery life needs more frequent recharging

Product Specifications

The PENTAX Optio S series is all grown up with 6.0 megapixels and a gorgeous chassis, but it never outgrew the mint tin. The new PENTAX Optio S6 slides right in. This latest tiny digital features a generous 2.5 inch monitor, 6.0 megapixels, and a powerful 3X zoom sliding lens system. Slim is still in, and the Optio S6 offers the slimmest PENTAX digital body available. Expect substance and style to blend perfectly in the PENTAX Optio S6.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Pentax D-L18

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.7in
Height:2.1in
Weight:0.2lbs
Width:3.4in

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 / Night scene / Panorama assist / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Sunset / Surf & snow / Text

Header

Manufacturer:Pentax
Model:S6
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax Optio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.7-5.2
Max Focal Length:18.6mm
Min Focal Length:6.2mm
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:6Megapixel

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 / Black & White Blue filter / Black & White Green filter / Black & White Red filter / Illustration / Sepia / Slim / Soft
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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