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Pentax Optio 50

Pentax Optio 50
alaAverage 3.3

278 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 278 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the reliability and design. The size and usability are also mentioned favorably.

value for money, usability, size, design, reliability

On average, users rate this product 69/100.

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Pentax Optio 50


My 1st digital camera bought in Oct. 2005. I bought it without thinking because PENTAX name was a garantee of a good product, I thought. Big mistake. The first set of batteries were good for 60 pictures, second set with new NIMH 2600mAh made only 10...

Very good pictures under the best conditions, not too many shadows. Quality deteriorates quickly if too much sun or deep shadows ; EV adjustments, Sport mode don't work ; Pictures with flash not good at all outside ; Overall advice- don't buy it for...

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Pentax Optio 50


Not really sure if Pentax makes this one or justs brands it, it also exists as Argus and Vivitar, I noticed, after I had bought it. I liked it as long as it was working, could even use it as PC camera. But, what are good features worth if it doesn't...

This camera lasted exactly 2 weeks longer than the warranty. I wouldn't waste money on this one, shame on you, Pentax! Henry's quoted $260,- for repair (on a $249,- camera?), won't buy there anymore either ; The shutter doesn't work anymore, it does...

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Pentax Optio 50


This is a good, cheap camera for taking good digital pictures at an affordable price.

Two problems. One, there is no USB port so I'm not sure how to upload my pictures and two, once in a while my camera will just freeze, for no apparent reason.


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Pentax Optio 50


The camera took great pictures while it was still working.

my camera broke 5 month after the warranty was over. I send the camera back to the company and they wanted to charge me $92. the shutter didn't open anymore. I refused to pay it, after all....only 5 months over the warranty! My olympus once broke right...

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Love my Pentax Optio 50L


Crisp, clear quality pictures, compact, light

none to mention

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Pentax Optio 50


Pentax Optio 50 is a good example of entry level low-budget camera. It is simple to use, delivers good images and is not expensive. Battery life is really good (I use Energizer 2500 mAh rechargeables). Outdoor pictures are well detailed, as well as...

No real problems, just few things ; 1. Auto focus problems in low light conditions ; 2. Auto white balance problems when shooting indoors (tip - switch to "P" mode and change White Balance setting to "Tungsten ; 3. Movie mode could be better

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Pentax Optio 50


Pros: good WB, small and light enough, resonable picture quality for it's class, AA bateries, value for money Cons: no manual control, ISO limited to 200 (well, it's already to noisy...), miss the focus on low light, slow lens (can be used only wide...

Low light focusing problems ; tip: set focus to infinity

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Pentax Optio 50


Surprisingly flimsy construction for a Pentax camera. Certainly not of the same quality as other Pentax digicams I've owned in the past. Camera is identical to a Vivitar model, except the Pentax has a Pentax lens. Check Wal*Mart who sells both cameras....

Very noisy zoom lens (possibly just the unit I bought and returned). Cheap plastic case.

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Pentax Optio 50


A very good compact camera: very bright and large display, compact size (even if it's not micro camera as canon ixus or pentax s-series), good image quality. Paid 160 euro: a very good camera for all use cheaper then many others! Recomended!!!

No manual control over exposure (it's only possibile over or under exposure ; but not manual control over aperture or shutter time). No histogram. But for ; that value

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio 50


Product Specifications

The PENTAX Optio50 is a compact, lightweight digital camera that makes digital photography easy for virtually anyone. Incorporating a handy "Simple" mode, it allows the user to quickly choose an icon that matches the subject at hand and have the camera select all the optimal settings automatically for the best possible results. And to ensure easy use continues no matter where you go, the Optio50 has also been designed to be powered by AA batteries, which are widely available internationally. But to be worthy of the PENTAX name, of course, ease of use is simply not enough. Indeed, the Optio50 offers the power and clarity of a 3X optical zoom lens and the sheer detail and high-level resolution of 5.0 effective megapixels, making it as sharp at shooting as it is easy to use.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in/2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm/6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Night scene / Portrait mode / Sports mode


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax Optio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.6-4.8
Max Focal Length:16.2mm
Min Focal Length:5.4mm
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:4
ISO (Max):200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 50 / ISO auto/ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 64 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:None/Optical