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Pentax Optio S7

alaTest has collected and analyzed 441 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the portability and lens. The performance and usability also get good reviews, whereas many are negative about the image stabilizer and features.

value for money, usability, performance, lens, portability

shutter, features, stabilizer

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio S7 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Pentax Optio S7

 

The Pentax Optio S7 is the latest model in the Optio S series, which is known for slim, stylish, full- featured digital camera bodies. It features 7.0 megapixels of resolution, a 3X optical zoom lens, a large 2.5-inch color LCD and is packaged in a...

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Pentax Optio S7 First Impressions Review

 

Small is the thing with the Pentax Optio S7, it packs a 7-megpaixel CCD sensor, a 2.5-inch LCD screen and a good set of other features into a case that's just 0.8 inches thick and has a clean, sparse design. So is it the perfect party or day-trip...

- Small, lightweight camera that can fit in a pocket. - Snappy autofocus and focus tracking mode - LCD screen is bright and clear - Saves video in DivX format - Post-capture red-eye removal

- Battery life is a little short - Zoom lens doesn't go very wide - Images at higher ISO settings were a little noisy - No manual, aperture or shutter priority modes

The Optio S7 packs a good range of features into a small case. It takes smart-looking pictures, and is easy to use. It is obviously designed for point-and-shoot users; more advanced users will miss the manual shooting modes. But it does an effective...

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Pentax Optio S7

 

Pentax is pleased to announce the launch of the Pentax Optio S7, a compact digital camera slimly designed for greater portability. The Pentax Optio S7 is the latest model in our Optio S series, which is renowned for its slim and stylish compact bodies....

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio S7 (Tom Caldwell, 16 Apr 07)

 

Cheap and cheerful, what else would you expect at the price - we can't be serious about expecting miracles from a camera that is effectively sold as a near disposable price-level camera for knockabout use. If you want a truly great little camera then...

Not really

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio S7 (Fever, 5 Mar 07)

 

If you like features you might like this camera but thats were it stops. This was my second Pentax and picture quality is poor. I had returned my first thinking there has to be something wrong with it. No. This one was just the same. Poor picture...

Poor picture quality and battery dies fast

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio S7 (Maiya, 29 Jan 07)

 

I bought this camera because it was on special, and I had previously seen good reviews. My enthusiasm continued as I explored the featurs, construction, and ease of use of the controls. I was using the Canon IXUS 60 as a comparison, as I have borrowed...

Unable to see any image on LCD screen when in bright sunlight

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio S7 (KlaasHof, 29 Nov 06)

 

After looking for a Sony T-10 and Casio S770 I compared many pictures online and read a lot of reviews anf finally chose the Pentax S7. This because I already have a lot of Pentax accessories, SD cards and good experience with the Optio S4i. Further...

battery life could be a bit better but has improved a lot since the S4i ; when the cam is focusing the image on the screen is still, so when in total darkness, you can't see the AF light on the screen itself. this has no influance on the actual picture...

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio S7 (jmagic, 8 Nov 06)

 

I bought this camera purely for its size and price (less that £150 for a 7mpxl camera). My single purpose was to have a camera I could have in my pocket every day and document things I might see so my expectations were already low. Build quality is...

Suspect image quality and considerable dely between pressing button and shot ; actually being taken

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Wow. Great Camera

 

I went from the Casio Elixum to this recently and I am extremely impressed with the quality of pictures that this camera puts out. It is very compact but slightly thicker than the casio. It is 1 mp more than the casio but the difference is night and...

Pic. Quality, Features

Time to take pic, no cradle

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Wow. Great Camera

 

I went from the Casio Elixum to this recently and I am extremely impressed with the quality of pictures that this camera puts out. It is very compact but slightly thicker than the casio. It is 1 mp more than the casio but the difference is night and...

Pic. Quality, Features

Time to take pic, no cradle

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Product Specifications

The 7 megapixel PENTAX Optio S7 is loaded with advanced features - all in a slim and stylish body. This model features an easy-to-use Blur Reduction High ISO mode to help reduce the effects of camera shake and subject blurring for sharp images even in dim lighting conditions such as night scenes and indoor sporting events. Also featured is Face Recognition AF & AE - a function that simplifies portrait taking. In addition, the Optio S7 is the first compact PENTAX digital camera to accept the new SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) memory cards in addition to SD memory cards.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.8in
Height:2.1in
Weight:3.5oz
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 / Frame composition / Kids / Landscape / Night scene / Pet / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Surf & snow / Text

Header

Manufacturer:Pentax
Model:S7
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:7Megapixel

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

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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