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Pentax Optio S1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 128 reviews of Pentax Optio S1. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the price and portability. The design and performance also get good opinions. There are some negative comments about the flash and focus.

usability, performance, design, portability, price

battery, zoom, screen, focus, flash

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio S1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Pentax Optio S1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 user reviews of Pentax Optio S1 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the color and reliability. The price and portability are also appreciated, but the performance and durability get mixed views. Many are less positive about the flash and focus.

usability, portability, price, reliability, color

size, focus, flash

74% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Pentax Optio S1 Compact Digital Camera - Red (14MP, 5x Wide Angle Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCDPentax Optio S1 Compact Digital Camera - Red (14MP, 5x Wide Angle Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Molly McHugh (digitaltrends.com)

Pentax Optio S1 Review

 

The Pentax Optio S1 gets points for style, size, and convenience. And when paired with its adequate performance, it's a respectable choice.

People need inexpensive and adequate digital cameras, and Pentax produced the Optio S1 to meet that need. There’s nothing revolutionary or mind blowing about its technology, but it is easy to use and takes decent to above-average photos, if you’re...

Oct, 2011

Expert review by : Michael Palmer (steves-digicams.com)

Pentax K-S1

 

Ricoh Imaging has announced the PENTAX K-S1, a mid-level DSLR for customers "accustomed to a mobile interface" and built upon the solid footing set down by the more advanced K-3. There's a "newly designed" 20-megapixel image sensor capable of a...

Aug, 2014

Expert review by : William Chambers (steves-digicams.com)

Pentax Optio S1 Review

 

The Optio S1 is a "cute" little camera, that offers some pretty standard features for a 14-megapixel camera; all of which are stuffed in a petite and stylish shell. However, we feel you'd be better off looking at other Optio models for the price; like...

Lightweight, and compact in size ; Fashionable/pleasing to the eye ; Smooth and won't snag on your pocket ; Easy to understand button layout, and a lot of easy to understand cartoon menu icons for preprogrammed exposure settings ; Short descriptions of...

Weak Flash can cause some headaches indoors ; Sometimes produced strong exposures with blown out highlights ; Zoom has less steps, making precise framing difficult ; Default setting of backlight time-out is too short ; Poor battery life ; Battery...

The Optio S1 is a "cute" little camera, that offers some pretty standard features for a 14-megapixel camera; all of which are stuffed in a petite and stylish shell. However, we feel you'd be better off looking at other Optio models for the price; like...

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (photographyblog.com)

Pentax Optio S1 Review

 

The Pentax Optio S1 is a stylish new compact digital camera sporting a wide-angle 5x zoom lens. Offering a versatile focal range of 28-140mm, the Pentax S1 also features a 14 megapixel sensor, 2.7 inch LCD screen, 720p HD movie recording, 5cm macro...

We liked Pentax's low cost snappers of last year in the RS1000 (superceded by the RS1500) and i-10, which like the S1 majored heavily on funky design but for us delivered a more consistent imaging performance than the S1, which is slightly more...

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Christopher Snow (reviewed.com)

Pentax Optio S1

 

The gorgeous chrome exterior stands out, but the test results do anything but

Doesn’t look as cheap as it is

Poor resolution; Disappointing color; Cheap lens and battery

The Pentax Optio S1 has a brilliant exterior that caught the eye of our entire imaging team. Yet in the same way that a middle-aged, underemployed man might go out and buy a sports car to overcompensate for his insecurities, Pentax–it seems, is also...

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : Digital Camera Review (digitalcamerareview.com)

Pentax Optio S1 Review

 

The Pentax Optio S1 is a very stylish camera with the features you would expect at its price point - with the exception of a panorama mode - plus it has a remote control receiver, a feature few Point and Shoot cameras have. The camera is solidly built...

Attractive, reflective aluminum body, Solid build quality, Produces strong but realistic colors, Numerous interesting filters

Overexposure in still images and videos, No optical zoom during video recording, Image sharpness drops off at the corners, Image quality declines above 400 ISO

Jun, 2011

Expert review by (goodhousekeeping.com)

Pentax Optio S1 Digital Camera

 

The Pentax Optio S1 combines excellent photo quality and macro focusing for close-up shots with a simple control layout and an especially ergonomic design. Our consumer testers rated it easy to use overall, and the compact, lightweight form factor also...

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

Pentax Optio S1

 

Looking for an inexpensive bauble with which to turn heads every time you take a snap? Photography stalwart Pentax is better known for practicality than trend setting, yet recent(ish) pocket snapshots including the Optio I-10 and RS1000 have bucked...

Attractively mirrored chrome-finished aluminium alloy body, solid feel build, inexpensive, relatively easy to use, a couple of fun effects filters

Images overall are ropey, optical zoom inaccessible when recording video

There’s not much to the Pentax Optio S1; it’s your average, easy to use “auto everything” £100 pocket snapper disguised as the chrome domed Silver Surfer. Ironically, this flash exterior led us to unwisely hope for a much better performance when it...

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Ben Pitt (expertreviews.co.uk)

Pentax Optio S1 review

 

A competent low-cost camera with an impressive set of features, but paying just a little more brings big benefits

Aug, 2011

Expert review by (professionalphotographer.co.uk)

New Colourful Digital SLR: The Pentax K-S1

 

The latest digital SLR to join the Ricoh Imaging UK family. Featuring outstanding imaging performance, progressive design and an innovative illuminated body, the K-S1 rivals even high-end models.

Aug, 2014

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone: Yes
Voice recording: Yes
Wind filter: Yes

Battery

Battery life (CIPA standard):180
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:D-LI78 / D‐LI78
Power source type:Battery

Camera

Calendar: Yes
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.3
Camera playback:Movie, Single image, Slide show / Movie, Single image, Slide show, Thumbnails
Histogram:No / Yes
Image editing:Crop, Resizing, Rotating
Languages support:CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, POL, POR, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR
Multi burst mode: Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, POL, POR, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR / CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, JPN, POL, POR, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR / CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, JPN, POL, POR, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR
Photo effects:Black&White, Sepia / Black&White, Sepia, Skin tones
Scene modes:Backlight, Beach, Candlelight, Children, Close-up (macro), Documents, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Night landscape, Night portrait, Party (indoor), Portrait, Self-portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset / Beach, Candlelight, Children, Documents, Landscape, Night, Night landscape, Night portrait, Party (indoor), Portrait, Self-portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset / Night / Windows Live Essentials, Microsoft Office 2010 Starter,\nCyberlink Power2Go, Cyberlink Youcam
Self-timer:2,10
Self-timer delay:2,10
Start-up time:1700
White Balance:Auto, Daylight, Fluorescent, Manual, Shade, Tungsten

Design

Color of product:Black / Chrome / Green / Red

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:2.7
Display resolution (numeric):230000
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Flash

Flash modes:Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Red-eye reduction / auto, Flash off, Red-eye reduction / Flash off, Flash on, Red-eye reduction
Flash range (tele):39.4 - 98.4
Flash range (wide):0.3 / 11.8 - 141.7

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Face tracking, Multi Point Auto Focus, Spot Auto Focus / Face tracking, Spot Auto Focus
Focus:TTL
Focus adjustment:Auto
Macro focusing range (tele):0.3 - 0.5
Macro focusing range (wide):0.008 - 0.04 / 0.1 - 0.5
Normal focusing range:0.03 - ∞ / 0.4 - 1 / 0.4 - ∞/1 - ∞
Normal focusing range (tele):1 - ∞
Normal focusing range (wide):0.4 - ∞
Super Macro focusing range:0.004 - 0.02 / 0.05 - 0.3 / 0.05 - 0.30

Lens System

Combined zoom:33.5
Digital Zoom:6.7
Extra/Smart zoom:33.5
Focal length range (f-f):0.197 - 0.984
Lens structure:9/8
Lens structure (elements/groups):9/8
Number of aspheric elements:4
Optical Zoom:5

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:64, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2250, 3200, 6400 / 64, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2250, 3200, 6400, Auto / 64, 800, 3200, 6400
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Internal memory:42.7

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.1 - 5.51
Aperture range (F-F):3.9 - 5.7
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera shutter speed:1/1600 - 1/4 / 1/6000 - 1/4
Color Depth:12
Compatible operating systems:Windows XP (SP3)/Vista/7\nMac OS X v10.3.9+ / Windows XP (SP3)\nWindows Vista\nWindows 7\nMac OS X v10.3.9, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6
Digital SLR:No / Yes
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.1 - 5.51
Frame: Yes
Minimum system requirements:USB 2.0
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes
Video out:AV

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Cables included:AV, USB / USB

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera
Image formats supported:JPG
Image sensor size:1/2.3
Image Stabilizer:No / Yes
Maximum image resolution:4288 x 3216
Megapixel:14
Sensor Type:CCD
Still image resolution(s):640 x 480,1920 x 1080,3072 x 2304,3216 x 3216 / 640 x 480,1920 x 1080,3072 x 2304,3216 x 3216,4224 x 2376 / 640 x 480,1920 x 1080,3216 x 3216,4224 x 2376
Supported aspect ratios:16:9
Total megapixels:14.48

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes

Shutter

Camera shutter type:Electronic

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard / Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard / Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
Windows operating systems supported:22.7 x 8.82 x 19.7 / Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
HD type:HD
Maximum video resolution:1280 x 720
Motion JPEG frame rate:30
Video compression format:AVI
Video formats supported:AVI
Video Frame Rate:30
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:320 x 240,640 x 480 / 320 x 240,640 x 480,1280 x 720

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.787 / 0.799
Height:2.1 / 2.13
Weight:3.88 / 3.9 / 4.44
Weight (including battery):4.4 / 4.44
Width:3.54 / 3.6