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Pentax Optio S

We have collected and analyzed 28 expert reviews and 350 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 69/100 and users rate it 89/100. The average review date is May 16, 2004. We have compared these reviews to 1148995 reviews from other Digital Cameras. The alaScore™ for this product is 84/100 = Very good. Last update: Dec 16, 2018.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Pentax Optio S

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 43 user reviews of Pentax Optio S from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the portability and price. The image quality and size are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the shutter and performance.

usability, size, image quality, price, portability

performance, shutter

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Pentax Optio S Ultra-Slim Digital Camera [3MP 3xOptical]Pentax Optio S Ultra-Slim Digital Camera [3MP 3xOptical]

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Grace Aquino (pcworld.com)

Pentax Optio S

 

An adorably small camera with features adequate for large point-and-shoot models.

Jun, 2003

Expert review by : Grace Aquino (pcworld.com)

Pentax Optio S Digital Camera Camera

 

WHAT'S HOT: Weighing only 4.1 ounces, the Optio S is the lightest and smallest digital camera we've tested to date. It's so small, in fact, that it fits inside an Altoids mints tin. The eye-catching camera sports a ridged aluminum-alloy body and a...

The Optio S comes with 11MB of internal memory, but no memory card (though it does have a slot for Secure Digital media). Pentax provides a rechargeable lithium ion battery, which lasted for 260 shots in our tests-below average, but better than we...

Jun, 2003

Expert review by : Phil Askey (dpreview.com)

Pentax Optio S

 

Pentax announced the ultra-compact (in the most accuratesense of the phrase) OptioS at CES 2003 in January 2003. The Optio S measures just 83 x 52 x20 mm (3.3 x 2.0 x 0.8 in) and weighs in at just 115 g (4.1 oz) readyto shoot, specifications we'd...

Average three megapixel resolution ; Good reliable metering, if slightly conservative (worth checking live histogram) ; Low image noise at ISO 50 and 100 ; Excellent macro focus performance (for an ultra-compact) ; Wide range of focus options including...

Lens softness, especially at corners and bottom of frame ; Some chromatic aberrations visible (although average for this size of camera) ; Some vignetting / light fall off in right-hand corner of frame at maximum aperture ; Power and shutter release...

The Optio S is a camera which has immediate 'consumer appeal'. By this I'm talking about its design, size and weight. The ultra-slim lightweight aluminium body and flat front and rear mean the Optio S truly is a carry anywhere camera that is so light...

May, 2003

Expert review by : Phil Askey (dpreview.com)

Pentax Optio S Review

 

Pentax announced the ultra-compact (in the most accurate sense of the phrase) Optio S at CES 2003 in January 2003. The Optio S measures just 83 x 52 x 20 mm (3.3 x 2.0 x 0.8 in) and weighs in at just 115 g (4.1 oz) ready to shoot, specifications we'd...

Average three megapixel resolution Good reliable metering, if slightly conservative (worth checking live histogram) Low image noise at ISO 50 and 100 Excellent macro focus performance (for an ultra-compact) Wide range of focus options including manual...

Lens softness, especially at corners and bottom of frame Some chromatic aberrations visible (although average for this size of camera) Some vignetting / light fall off in right-hand corner of frame at maximum aperture Power and shutter release buttons...

Here's my rating of the Pentax Optio S: (3 megapixel ultra-compact)

May, 2003

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (steves-digicams.com)

Pentax Optio S

 

Continue on to Page Two Optio S Specifications Effective Pixels 3.2 megapixels Image Capture Device Type - 1/2.5 inch interline transfer CCD with a primary color filter Total Pixels - 3.34 megapixels Color Depth - 10 bit x 3 colors Focus System Type -...

Apr, 2003

Expert review by (imaging-resource.com)

Digital Cameras - Pentax Optio S Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications

 

The Optio S has a 3x zoom, 5.8-17.4mm lens, the equivalent of a 35-105mm lens on a 35mm camera. The lens is where Pentax made their real innovation with this camera, in that its internal elements actually "unstack" as the lens retracts, arranging...

May, 2003

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (dcresource.com)

Pentax Optio S

 

Fancy engineering alone doesn't make a great camera. How did the Optio S perform in our tests? Find out now

Incredible design and engineering ; Good value at under $400 ; Good battery life for a tiny camera ; Quite a few controls for a point-and-shoot ; Impressive playback mode ; Unique 3D photo, fast forward movie features

Photo quality -- blurry edges/corners, some noise ; Poorly designed four-way controller; Power/shutter release buttons too close together, too similar ; No AF illuminator ; Redeye ; Body scratches easily ; No memory card included; paltry 11MB of...

Food for thought -- I hope.

Apr, 2003

Expert review by : Gordon Kelly (trustedreviews.com)

Pentax Supercharges Latest OptioS

 

More slinky sexiness in the world of digital cameras.

Jul, 2005

Expert review by : Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

Pentax Optio WG-2

 

The Pentax Optio WG-2 is a waterproof compact camera that stands out from the crowd. It comes in two variants: here we're reviewing the model without the GPS. If you're looking for top-notch photos, with the option of getting wet too, then you'll find...

Great results in good light, it's tough, central lens means less likely to be covered by a gloved finger

Slow to focus and capture, design might turn some off, tripod mount location, poor screen visibility in bright conditions

If you're looking for top-notch photos, with the option of getting wet too, then you'll find that buying a cover for a better compact camera will garner you the best results.

May, 2012

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (pocket-lint.com)

Pentax Optio M900

 

Pentax's plain yet not unattractive Optio M900 pocket compact has an asking price of a mere £100 - so it can't be all that much cop, can it? Our thoughts exactly - and yet the camera surprised us, up to a point, from the minute we eased it from its box...

Tactile rubber coated exterior, cheap price, easy to use, simple to navigate feature set

Basic feature set, no HD video, optical zoom disabled when recording movies, white balance issues and inconsistent performance, flash fires automatically in lower lighting

Okay, so the cost does chime with our apparent age of austerity, but the feature set and performance of the M900 unfortunately lean toward the poor too. We’ve been surprised in the past by Pentax cameras bettering expectation and offering great value...

Nov, 2010

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone: Yes
Voice recording: Yes

Battery

Battery life (CIPA standard):170
Battery life (max):3.2
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:D-LI92

Camera

Camera playback:Single image, Slide show
Image editing:Crop, Resizing, Rotating, Trimming
Photo effects:Black&White, Sepia
Scene modes:Backlight, beach, Children, Fireworks, Landscape, Museum, Night, Night portrait, Panorama, party (indoor), Portrait, Sports, Sunset
Self-timer:2
Self-timer delay:2
White Balance:Auto, Daylight, Fluorescent, Shade, Tungsten

Design

Color of product:Black

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:2.7

Flash

Flash modes:auto, Flash off, Red-eye reduction

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Focus:TTL
Macro focusing range (tele):0.1 - 0.5
Macro focusing range (wide):0.01 - 0.5
Normal focusing range:0.4

Lens System

Digital Zoom:6.25
Focal length range (f-f):0.181 - 4.35
Number of aspheric elements:4
Optical Zoom:24

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:Auto
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:sd, sdhc, xd
Internal memory:33.6

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.02 - 24.6
Aperture range (F-F):2.8 - 5
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera shutter speed:1/4000 - 1/4, 0.031
Compatible operating systems:Win 2000/XP/Vista\nMac 9.2
Digital SLR: No
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.02 - 24.6
Frame: Yes
Interface:USB
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera
Image sensor size:1/2.33
Maximum image resolution:4000 x 3000
Megapixel:12
Sensor Type:CCD
Still image resolution(s):640 x 480,1024 x 768,2592 x 1944,2992 x 2992,3072 x 2304,4000 x 2256,4000 x 2672,4000 x 3000

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes
Minimum hard disk space:50
Minimum processor:PIII
Minimum RAM:128

Video

HD type:HD
Maximum video resolution:1280 x 720
Motion JPEG frame rate:15
Video compression format:AVI
Video formats supported:AVI
Video Frame Rate:15
Video recording: Yes

Viewfinder

Camera viewfinder:Electrical
Viewfinder type:Electrical

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:3.52
Height:3.25
Weight:13.8
Width:4.37