Pentax Optio 550

Announced Feb 18, 2003 •
5 megapixels | 1.5 screen | 38 – 188 mm (5×)
Denford
 
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Excellent!! Problems: high ISO with noise 6 seconds to start up

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BigSol
 
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Love the camera, has all the features and more, than I was looking for GREAT CAMERA Problems: Had to buy an additional SD card

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I spent quite a lot of time reviewing and trying out digital cameras before I decided on the pentax optio 550. I nearly bought the cannon G3 as I wanted at least 4 x op zoom then my local camera shop showed me this one. I was astounded at the size and quality of the pictures he showed me he had taken with the camera and the size and feel of it in my hands. After reading the reviews on this site I was worried about buying it though as I wanted to take pictures indoors so I took a 2 week trial.

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Jeff  Wallace
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The picture quality is Excellent but need tweeking out of box Problems: noise problem but can be corrected

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Dave N !
 
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Wow! After upgrading from my Optio 330 which I loved (and still have!) this 550 is simply stunning. Vibrant sharp pictures and what a zoom lens. This lens is awesome I can get nice and close and no-body knows! I didnt realise how many features this camera has got but everything that I have tried works really well and the controls are easy to understand. The handbook is clear and the battery life is very good. I have found that my 330 batteries will work in the 550 which is great. Indoor ...

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Larr
 
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The features on this camera are endless and they all seem to work well. As other reviews stated, outdoor photography with this camera is effortless and the results are outstanding. Tried most picture modes except snow and fireworks and they performed admirably. The 5X zoom functions smoothly and at full telephoto transfers to digital seamlessly. All control buttons and menu are VERY easy to use. Everything is quick to find and easy to change. All the colored filters work well and "soft" ...

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Lucian
 
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I received my Pentax 550 about 5 days ago and I have put it through several tests. I have shot several hundred snaps and it many difficult situations. The camera really performed well. I have owned several digital cameras over the last couple of years and I like this one the best. Boy the 5x zoom is a life saver for hard to reach shots. The bottom line is there are common problems with all ultra-mini digicams: Flash power, noise above speed 200, possibly your nose hitting the LCD etc. ...

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