Pentax Optio 50

Announced Feb 13, 2005 •
5 megapixels | 1.8 screen | 32 – 96 mm (3×)
rudy1
 
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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 pictures. In warranty service twice in 3 months. The same batteries are now good for about 80 pictures. Problems: Very good pictures under the best conditions, not too many shadows. Quality deteriorates quickly if too much sun or deep shadows. EV ...

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OntarioWolf
 
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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 take pictures? My conclusion; WORTHLESS. Won't buy Pentax anymore. I think I will start using film again... Problems: This camera lasted exactly 2 weeks longer than the warranty. I wouldn't waste money on this one, shame on you, Pentax! Henry's ...

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Razzle
 
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This is a good, cheap camera for taking good digital pictures at an affordable price. Problems: 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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Heidi Lotter
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The camera took great pictures while it was still working. Problems: 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 after the warranty and they fixed it, no charge. I will NEVER purchase a pentax again.

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Z.Smalys
 
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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 indoor photos taken with flash, but sometimes there is a lack of focus in low light conditions. Electric light also makes an impact to white balance. Movie mode could be definitely better. Camera body looks and feels a little bit cheap, but this ...

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dero
 
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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 open indoors) Problems: Low light focusing problems; tip: set focus to infinity!

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Foondoon
 
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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. I suspect that this Pentax is a Vivitar with a Pentax lens installed. Problems: Very noisy zoom lens (possibly just the unit I bought and returned). Cheap plastic case.

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artkin
 
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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!!! Problems: 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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