Pentax Optio S40

Announced Feb 2, 2004 •
4 megapixels | 1.6 screen | 35 – 105 mm (3×)
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Burst rate poor and significant barrell effect on some shots. Problems: Serious problems with battery life. Anything from 40 shots to 4 and the fresh batteries (rechargeable or disposable) are dead. Batteries may drain in the camera without taking shots. Camera effectively worthless without stack of batteries (6-8) on standby!

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chalkhorse
 
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Good camera, got it on a discontinued sale. Very impressed with the compact size, solid construction and practical features. Mode dial is quick and easy to access many commonly used presets, as well as 4 programmable modes, which save your favourite settings, i.e., flash off, high quality, shutter priority. Sound recording (6 hours on 1 Gb card) Movie recording (30 minutes on 1 Gb card) Stitch mode works in both horizontal and vertical position, enabling very wide angle shots. Problems: LCD ...

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Ben77
 
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Please don't buy this camera and be very cautious about buying others in this series Problems: Problems from beginning. The camera ate up the most expensive (around $8 or $9 aussie dollars) non-rechargeable batteries in around 1/2 an hour. Quality rechargeable batteries set me back another $90 after a failed $30 experiment with lesser quality rechargeables. Then occasionally the camera wouldn't turn on despite the batteries being fully charged. I was about to take it back and when this ...

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The PC Nerd
 
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Great camera, many features. Issue is that you cannot customize most of the features and you dont have full control of the settings, you have more of a translated control. http://thepcnerd.deviantart.com/gallery/ All photographs on that gallery are from this camera. Problems: None

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pagiraldi
 
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Relative good price and good features. It is a tiny and very beautiful camera. It fits easily in a pocket. Movies are good and sound recording excelent (30 fps with sound limited to card size). Problems: Focus during the night is poor and noise is annoying. Images when 100% view size shows noise. Focus system slow and not practical. It takes some time to recharge flash.

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DON'T BUY THIS CAMERA IT IS A DUD! Having previously had a Kodak DC3400 for 4 years I was looking for an upgraded camera with the ability to carry around easily and use indoors and at night. What a mistake. The 4 year old Kodak takes vastly superior photos, crisp, clear phot quality. Images from this camera are just passable for outside shots, but when you take it indoors the images are terrible, grossly under exposed on any flash setting. The Kodak was a 2Mp camera, average image was ...

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rmaddock
 
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I wanted a small, lightweight camera mainly for use travelling. The S40 takes adaquate photos, though they are often somewhat dark (I adjust the gamma using software and they are much improved). I like the camera, but I feel it is only fair to list my misgivivings. Here are some (minor) annoyances I have has with the camera: 1) There is only one video mode. You cannot adjust the resolution/frame rate. It is set quite high so your videos end up being HUGE. Which takes up space and wastes ...

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wy2lam
 
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I've had problems with a Canon A80 regarding to built quality (burnt pixel, poor lens door, warranty work did nothing) and, after hearing about E18 errors, I decided an exchange to something not Canon. Since I'm getting a DSLR soon, I want something tiny and light, with great construction. The Pentax did not disappoint. Comparing the 2 models, I found... 1. The Canon costs almost twice as much 2. The Canon offers higher image quality (less noise, sharper) when viewed on screen. But for ...

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darcy
 
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I was swinging between Pentax S40 and Casio Z-40 three months ago and bought Casio Z-40 for its size, large screen and 21 modes ignoring my friend's advice (he has been a photo shopkeeper for more than 20 years). Z-40's image quality disappointed me immediately. So I decide to buy a S40 as counterpart. I took advantage of local sale and bought S40 last week. I found the image quality of S40 to be much better than Z-40's. So I list the pros and cons of S40: Pros: better image quality than ...

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timmo
 
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I purchased the Optio S40 after a lot of looking around, based on its size, the fact that it uses AA batteries, reports on previous models from Pentax, and new features. I've used it for 4 months now, with a 256 MB SD card. I haven't been disappointed. It's truly amazing how well a $299 camera that's this small can work. The movie mode is quite handy, and you can get ~10 min on the 256 MB memory. I did not expect image quality as high as can be obtained with larger cameras, but it's ...

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