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Pentax Optio S5z

alaTest has collected and analyzed 147 reviews of Pentax Optio S5z. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the performance and screen. The design and usability also get good comments, whereas many are negative about the storage and battery. Opinions about the flash and lens are mixed.

portability, usability, design, screen, performance

price, viewfinder, battery, storage

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio S5z is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Pentax Optio S5z

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 35 user reviews of Pentax Optio S5z from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and glare. The design and portability are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the size and price.

usability, portability, design, glare, durability

image quality, screen, viewfinder, price, size

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

Dec, 2019

Expert review by : Theano Nikitas (cnet.com)

Pentax Optio S5z review

 

Pentax Optio S5z

Attractive design; nicely compact; above-average feature set; MPEG-4 video capture limited only by memory card size; large LCD.

Sluggish continuous shooting at high resolution; average image quality; clipping of highlights.

Average picture quality compromises the Pentax Optio S5z's otherwise attractive attributes.

Aug, 2005

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

Pentax Optio S5z

 

Continue on to Features & Controls Optio S5z Specifications Camera Type: Compact-type digital still camera with built-in zoom lens, autofocus, auto exposure and auto flash Effective Pixels: 5.0 megapixels Image Capture Device: Type - 1/2.5 inch...

Jul, 2005

Expert review by : Howard Creech (digitalcamerareview.com)

Pentax Optio S5z Digital Camera Review

 

The Pentax Optio S5z is the fifth generation update of the original Optio S, a stylish ultra compact brushed aluminum digital camera with 5-megapixel resolution, a 3X zoom, and a 2.5" LCD screen (and yes it's still small enough to carry around in an...

Ultra compact, 5 megapixels, 2.5" LCD Screen, very impressive noise management

The S5z is an amazing piece of cutting edge miniaturization and precision engineering and I really had fun using it. Obviously, tiny digital cameras can't be expected to compete with full sized units in terms of image quality and battery life, so...

Oct, 2005

Expert review by : Andrew Kliem (goodgearguide.com.au)

Pentax Optio S5z

 

Pentax's Optio S5z is essentially an upgraded version of the S55, which we have also reviewed on the site. For around $100 more you get a host of impr...

Great images, compact, looks stylish

Lacking some manual controls, a little flimsy

A big improvement on the S55, the S5z has exceptional image quality, a slim design and a reasonable price tag.

Aug, 2005

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Pentax Optio S5z

 

If you thought that Pentax couldn't possibly add another model to its 5MP line, think again. The S5z throws a massive 2.5in screen into the mix.

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Theano Nikitas (cnet.com.au)

Pentax Optio S5z

 

Average picture quality compromises the Pentax Optio S5z's otherwise attractive attributes.

Attractive design ; Nicely compact ; Above-average feature set ; MPEG-4 video capture limited only by memory card size ; Large LCD

Sluggish continuous shooting at high resolution; average image quality; clipping of highlights

Video capture was about average for an ultracompact digital camera as well; we expected better results, considering the specifications.

Aug, 2005

Expert review by (cameras.co.uk)

Pentax Optio S5z

 

Pentax Optio S5z Review. This is a standard pocket sized digital camera. It has five megapixels and a three times zoom lens.

Picture quality ; Ease of use ; Style

Struggles to take more than two shots in quick succession ; Limited internal memory

I have been looking for a really good ultra compact digital camera for quite a while. With the Pentax Optio S5z I have finally found it. It all comes down to picture quality and this camera produced a great set of shots.

Jul, 2005

Expert review by (photoreview.com.au)

Pentax Optio S5z

 

The smallest and lightest of the Optio 'S' series cameras Pentax has made thus far, the Optio S5z fits easily in a shirt pocket and its smart, brushed aluminium alloy body has a 'quality' look. A large 2.5-inch LCD monitor covers most of the rear...

The smallest and lightest of the Optio 'S' series cameras Pentax has made thus far, the Optio S5z fits easily in a shirt pocket and its smart, brushed aluminium alloy body has a 'quality' look. A large 2.5-inch LCD monitor covers most of the rear...

Jun, 2005

Expert review by : Darren (digital photography blog)

Pentax Optio S5z

 

The Pentax Optio S5z is a 5 megapixel digital camera with a 3x Optical Zoom lens, 9 megabytes internal memory, PictBridge compatability, Text mode, AF light, USB 2.0 and 2.5inch LCD. Get the Latest Price on the Pentax Optio S5z Pentax Optio S5Z Reviews...

The PENTAX Optio S5z is the fifth iteration in the most popular compact and lightweight PENTAX digital camera series. Like its predecessors, the Optio S5z is loaded with features and boasts a 2.5 inch monitor to optimize image composition and playback....

May, 2005

Expert review by (dcmag.co.uk)

Pentax Optio S5z

 

The Pentax Optio S5z hangs onto its four-star rating despite an uneccessary screen upgrade. The excellent build quality, reliable images and superb video make it worth a closer look. The ease of use is another factor in its favour. This is still a wonderf

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