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Pentax Optio S5i

alaTest has collected and analyzed 168 reviews of Pentax Optio S5i. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Views about the image quality and portability are on the whole positive. The performance and size also get good comments, whereas some have doubts about the exposure and contrast.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio S5i is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Pentax Optio S5i

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 user reviews of Pentax Optio S5i from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the performance and image quality are on the whole positive. The portability and size are also mentioned favorably.

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98% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Expert review by : Donald Melanson (engadget.com)

Pentax Optio S5i reviewed

 

The ever-excellent Digital Photography Review has an in-depth review of the new Pentax Optio S5i compact digital camera.  The 5 megapixel model is one of the smallest and lightest cameras in its class and has good, but not great image...

Dec, 2004

Expert review by : Robert Ellis (pcworld.com)

Pentax Optio S5i

 

Live histogram ; Time-lapse movie mode ; Compact, lightweight ; 21 camera modes, including a fun 3-D mode ; Printed manual

Produces dark images with lots of noise and barrel distortion ; Can't preview during exposure compensation ; Slow continuous mode

Apr, 2005

Expert review by : Simon Joinson (dpreview.com)

Pentax Optio S5i Review

 

Announced in August 2004, the Pentax Optio S5i is an upgrade of the popular S4i with an extra million pixels, some minor styling changes and a couple of new features. The S5i is almost unfeasibly small — thanks in part to the innovative sliding lens...

Very compact Incredibly light - carry anywhere without even noticing Excellent handling for such a small camera Fairly low noise at ISO 80-100, not bad at 200-400 High quality construction, lovely design Good resolution and edge-to-edge sharpness Fast...

Slight underexposure Images a bit on the soft side Some focus problems in low light (esp. at long end of zoom) Default contrast a little high Poor shot-to-shot performance No AF illuminator Screen doesn't 'gain up' in low light Movie mode unimpressive...

In an ever-growing sub-compact market the Optio S5i has much to recommend it; it's probably the lightest - and one of the smallest - in its class, has fast focus, no discernible shutter lag, lots of useful features and is a real joy to use. It's also...

Dec, 2004

Expert review by : Simon Joinson (dpreview.com)

Pentax Optio S5i

 

If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the DigitalPhotography Glossary before diving into this article (it may helpyou understand some of the terms used).

Very compact ; Incredibly light - carry anywhere without even noticing ; Excellent handling for such a small camera ; Fairly low noise at ISO 80-100, not bad at 200-400 ; High quality construction, lovely design ; Good resolution and edge-to-edge...

Slight underexposure ; Images a bit on the soft side ; Some focus problems in low light (esp. at long end of zoom) ; Default contrast a little high ; Poor shot-to-shot performance ; No AF illuminator ; Screen doesn't 'gain up' in low light ; Movie mode...

In an ever-growing sub-compact market the Optio S5i has much to recommend it; it's probably the lightest - and one of the smallest - in its class, has fast focus, no discernible shutter lag, lots of useful features and is a real joy to use. It's also...

Dec, 2004

Expert review by : David D. Busch (cnet.com)

Pentax Optio S5i review

 

Pentax Optio S5i Although definitely targeting snapshooters who are looking for an ultracompact and stylish camera, the Optio S5i also offers enough features to please those who will want to tweak their photos as their skills grow. Pentax couples an...

Ultracompact and stylish design; fun effects and modes; useful preset button for most frequently used feature; decent picture quality; minimal shutter-lag.

Tiny optical viewfinder; small size may make controls difficult for large hands; sluggish burst mode at full resolution.

Pentax has crammed a host of useful features inside this decent 5-megapixel shooter.

Oct, 2004

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

Pentax Optio S5i

 

Continue on to Features & Controls Optio S5i Specifications Effective Pixels 5.0 megapixels Image Sensor Type - 1/2.5 inch interline transfer CCD with a primary color filter Total Pixels - 5.25 megapixels Color Depth - 12 bit x 3 colors Recorded Pixels...

Oct, 2004

Expert review by (imaging-resource.com)

Digital Cameras - Pentax Optio S5I Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications

 

Overall, the Optio S5i is amazingly full-featured for a subcompact model, delivering good (although slightly understated) color and tone in an incredibly tiny package. If you're looking for an ultra-compact camera with a full feature set, the Optio S5i...

The Pentax S5i has a 3x zoom, 5.8-17.4mm lens, the equivalent of a 35.6-107mm lens on a 35mm camera, like its predecessor, the Optio S4i. The lens is where Pentax made a real innovation with the Optio S-series, in that its internal elements actually...

Dec, 2004

Expert review by : Robert Ellis (macworld.com)

pentax optio S5i

 

The Pentax Optio S5i may be compact and lightweight, but its dark, noisy images mar this otherwise promising camera.

Compact, lightweight ; live histogram ; 21 camera modes, including a fun 3-D mode ; time-lapse movie mode ; printed manual

Produces dark images with lots of noise and barrel distortion ; can't preview during exposure compensation ; slow continuous mode

The 1.8-inch LCD is somewhat dark and grainy, but the menus are easy to navigate and a live histogram helps you gauge exposure

Apr, 2005

Expert review by : David D. Busch (cnet.com.au)

Pentax Optio S5i

 

Pentax has crammed a host of useful features inside this decent 5-megapixel shooter.

Ultracompact and stylish design ; Fun effects and modes ; Useful preset button for most frequently used feature ; Decent picture quality ; Minimal shutter-lag

Tiny optical viewfinder ; Small size may make controls difficult for large hands ; Sluggish burst mode at full resolution

Oct, 2004

Expert review by : Digital Camera Magazine (dcmag.co.uk)

Expert Review

 

Always ready for a good time, the Optio S5i is the kind of party animal that's fun to be with, yet doesn't hog the limelight. You'll certainly feel comfortable in its presence, and will definitely want to go out with it again and again. There may be...

Dec, 2005

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