Pentax Optio S

Announced Jan 9, 2003 •
3 megapixels | 1.6 screen | 35 – 105 mm (3×)
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This is my first digital camera. I have been wanting one since 1996 and go shopping every year in July and this year seemed to be a year of convergence where price, camera quality, image quality, features, ease of use, etc. all seemed to converge knowing that I would have to buy extra batteries, bigger memory card, and camera case all of which added about $129 USD to the price. I love photography and have a wonderful 25 year old manual Nikon SLR system which I quit using once I was ...

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Andy Vtr
 
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Bought the cam a week ago. I have to say its my first. The most important thing for me was the size. Because Iam travelling a lot with my motorcycle. I compared the optio with the canon digital ixux 400. And my conclusion was that the small size and the low weight is crucial for my decision. Ixux is to thick and to heavy. Though the ixus picture quality is better. I would buy the optio again! Finally a Camera which is always by my side and I dont even know it! Problems: The handling and ...

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Daniel B
 
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Shutter lag is bad. Not good if you photograph young children or pets that can't stand still. Forget action shots. Otherwise, if you shoot still subjets it is a good well built take ANYWHERE camera. Problems: See above. The shutter lag has to go. Just can't get the shot you want if people move the delay is too looooong!

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Amanda Bond
 
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I have been waiting for a suitably small 3X zoom digital camera ever since the Canon IXUS range was introduced. Yes the Canons are OK but just a bit too thick and heavy to take everyware. The Pentax Optio S can be taken everywhere you go as it weighs the same as a mobile phone and is only 20mm thick. When reading reviews on the Optio S before purchasing I was put off a litte due to a few niggles such as - Power and shutter buttons wrong way round. - Joystick fiddly to use. - Images blurry. Al ...

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mondo
 
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In pocket = more pictures -- with a digital camera, you can take many pictures just to get a few to pick through - with this cam, you can take more and more pictures. Your friend with the paperweight can't compete. Macros in good light are great Good construction - I dropped it in gravel, the SD card popped out, a corner was dinted, but no problems. Someone should get a promotion. It was a really smart idea to make this cam fit in a Altoids box. I use a tin for everyday use, but I got a ...

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Heide Calderon
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Lots of features for such a small camera. Problems: The camera is almost too small. You need to have a really steady hand to take the pictures because the camera is so light that any slight movements can produce blurry and streaky pictures.

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Rob Trister
 
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Size, size, size, size, size !!!!! (and weight) say it all ... Changed my Canon IXUS S100 for this, just had to have one. It sits in my shirt or trouser pocket without me knowing its there. Picture quality is good. Lots of features, having manual overide and manual focus is a bonus. Found the controls easy and intuitive to use (unless maybe yoiu are a techo phobe then maybe you shouldn't be using digital cameras !). Yes, power/shutter buttons are the wrong way round but you soon get used to that.

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DanyaL
 
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I have had this camera for a little over two weeks. I am very impressed so far and plan on taking it with me on my holiday in a few weeks. This is a great camera to acompany my Canon G3(which I find is just to large to take with me sometimes.) I am not an expert at writing reviews, and will be comparoing this camera mostly with the Canon Powershot G3 but I will say something that really stood out with this camera is the macro mode. I think it is great! The size of course is very small. ...

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teo_teo
 
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I'm just back from my first holiday with Pentax Optio S. I made about 350 photos using a 256Mb SD memory. I'm very happy about this camera. Colors are good, it is fast, battery has a long life. its is so small...so I bought a sweets metal box and it is perfect to protect my camera and stay in my jeans pocket. The macro is excellent and I was made to take beautiful portrait photos Problems: no problems...the only one is that sometimes I wrong the key and I turn off my camera insted of take a ...

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deanfu
 
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Just good based on its size!! My sister sold out her Canon S40 to buy another Optio S for herself after I bought and showed the excellent cam. In my opinion, Pentax really did an amazing work on DSC field since the cam was been born came out!! Problems: To appreciate its compact size, you should learn to adapt its smaller controll buttons than others' those in bigger size.

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