Pentax Optio S4

Announced Sep 3, 2003 •
4 megapixels | 1.6 screen | 35 – 105 mm (3×)
Spunk Monkey
 
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I had spent several months comparing cameras until a friend told me about his Optio S. From that i found the S4 and couldn't help but part with some hard earned cash. It was my first digital camera and it may well be my only one. Pentax have done a magic job packing all of those features into such a small camera. It did take me quite a while to find and set up the 'doofus' setting (I would recommend actually reading the manual, against male pricipals i know but very useful and easy to use) ...

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rgonzaga
 
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This one's my first digicam. I went a little nuts on price, but I'm very happy with it. (One of those rare indulgences.) * It's unbelievably small. Guaranteed to impress. There's no excuse to leave it home. * Mindless point-and-click image quality is average, esp. under poor lighting--but with more intelligent usage of controls, you can get great quality. * 3x optical zoom is great to have. * Macro and super-macro zoom are excellent. * User interface is simple to learn and use (besides ...

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Jeff R Clow
 
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I have had the Pentax Optio S4 for six weeks to date and find it relatively easy to use. The "WOW" factor for this camera is terrific, and everyone who has seen it universally have marveled at its size and weight. The default photo settings - particularly the focusing and AE meter - may not be particularly good for some users, and I'd urge you to read the manual (quite lengthy, but helpful) to learn how to adjust these. I found that the default settings produced average to good photos, ...

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Allen Chang
 
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An easy to use, carry anywhere miniature camera, I love it. This is my replacement for previous beloved Canon S400, which is really nice too but size (small) does matters when you need it to be with you all day. Take excellent pictures at it's focus area but the corner seems a little blurry. Grippy camera body is nice but too easy to get nicks. Problems: None so far (3 weeks)

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WJL
 
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A great, toy sized,device.It lacks nothing,and for an amateur that has fun with the use of a camera,it has more than he can takes. Great,amateur ,photos.Not so much of the said softness.Everything is ok. After all ,it is a smallish digital camera. I value portability and the S4 ,is a pocket-portable,high quality camera. Pro reviewers and photo pros,have other priorities .They are make a living out of photographs. Amateurs, like me, enjoy. Problems: The only serious problem,for me,is the lack ...

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GMAN-IN
 
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The Optio S4 is a great value. It is very easy to use and picture quality is excellent for a “point & shoot – go everywhere” camera. The .AVI pictures and sound are fun and helpful for presentations. The flash capability is as good as one would expect for any small camera. We have not experienced any problems with night photographs as stated in some reports. The controls are easy to use after a bit of practice and reading the very complete manual. Pentax has always been ...

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SeungHyun Baek
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If you are looking for a ultra compact camera, I just want to ask that why you buy the other camera. I'm sure that you can't find the other camera better than this one. This is my third digital camera and it's a really tiny stuff. I bought it on internet 1 weeks ago. I used to take a photo by SONY dsc-p7 and Fuzi f401z. And now I'm using optio S4. Previous two things are also good camera but they are too big to carry in my pants pocket. I can not believe that I can use a optical 3x zoom. I ...

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I had been following the digital camera marked for quite a while, waiting for the right combination of price, resolution, features and size. And with the Optio S4, it was finally impossible for me to wait any longer. The main adventage of this camera is the portability; you literaly bring this camera everywhere! And compared to the competition (like the Casio EX-Z4 or Canon IXUS 400) it is way smaller and still has at least as many options and features - and even more importantly; not as many ...

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Matt Kalman
 
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I have owned Nikon Coolpix 880 and 990s as well as the original Canon Digital Elf, which is my wife's camera now. I still use the 990 for work (I am a radiologist and take photos of medical images). I may reconsider this though, this little camera seems so capable. I use the macro mode a lot for work, and until now I haven't found a camera as good as the Nikons. But the Super-macro mode on this camera seems every bit as good so far, and the resolution is better. The camera is ...

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Mika Niemi
 
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Few months ago my good old Minolta dimageX started to act funny (ok, i dropped it couple of times and it got wet etc.) and the pictures became out of focut most of the times... I then started to look out for replacement and since i got used to small size cameras i wanted the new one be at least as small and handy as the X. my friend bought the Minoltas Xt and it was really going to be the one i buy too untill I saw the Pentax Optio S review... this little camera was more or less everything i ...

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