Pentax Optio S5i

Announced Aug 24, 2004 •
5 megapixels | 1.8 screen | 36 – 107 mm (3×)
kaiden
 
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2 overseas trips and thousand's of pictures later, this little jewel power's on....... Problems: None

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I have been using this camera for 6 months. Three days after I bought it, I friend of mine let it fell down from a 1,5 meters high. As the camera was switched on before falling (the lenses were open), I thought this would be the end of my brand new camera! For my surprise, after switching off and on, the camera restarted as if nothing had happened! It got only a scratch near the battery compartment. This demonstrated that besides its fragile appearance, this is a quite robust camera. What I ...

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MBlackburn
 
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I am very happy with this little camera. It is customizable, I have it set up to let me influence EV and WB at a touch, also a custom mode for saving favourite settings. Picture quality is more than acceptable for a camera small enough to slip in your shirt pocket. It has the beautiful textured body, which puts the looks of the S7 to shame (mine is Indigo Blue, just lovely). Also a lot of fun to use For me it comes Highly Recommended as it is well fit for purpose. Problems: Shot to shot is a ...

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Rick2456
 
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Good little camera. I bought it for everyday use and for scuba diving (has an underwater case). What I really like is the marine and marine movie mode and with the green easy button, switching modes is very easy. I had thought about upgrading to a large LCD screen camera, but for some reason, pentax stopped making underwater cases for their digital cameras. Go figure. I guess I will have to buy a Canon when the time comes to upgrade. Problems: No problems, but I wish the camera had a AF ...

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Screws fell out, sent it in for repair and they found lens device to be broken. Weird! Problems: I had this camera for 1.5 years and I loved it, the picture quality was very good and the battery life was great. I never had a problem learning how to use it. Recently I noticed that the screws started falling out so I took it to the retailer who then sent it to the warehouse to be repaired. After being there 1.5 months I was told that the lens mechanism had shifted from the screws not being ...

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cme4brain
 
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What a great camera! I owned an Optio S (3MP) and gave that to a family member and bought this gem. It is small and compact and takes great images! Yes, the autofocus may require a recomposure to get the pix (the focus brackets turn green with a locked focus). The lens at wide open aperture is a little soft in the corners but you can compensate for this by either zooming out the lens or set the "mode" on landscape which uses a smaller f/stop. Softness disappears at f/4.3 or smaller- ...

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beege
 
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I own or have owned five digital cameras. My first one was an early Pentax EI 100 that was subsequently given to my daughter to take photos of our grandchildren. It has operated without a hitch for more than five years. I still own and use (on rare occasion) an early Spotmatic 35mm camera. This camera is about 40 years old, one cleaning about five years ago is the total maintenance. With such experience with Pentax products, I purchased this S5i, anticipating continued satisfaction. Ease ...

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ketch22
 
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Easy, smallest most accurate, high quality, a joy to use. After owning many different brands of small digital cameras, I loved the Optio S and the S4i, now the best the Optio S-5i along with two Pentax *ist-D SLR type cameras. This is the easiest and most compact 5 MP camera capable of making 8x11 prints and even larger. Great color images with a full list of features on this little gem. Highly recommend. Problems: Not one problem,

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timo
 
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Got because I was finding my Canon S45 too bulky for carrying around/ casual use. Initially I thought I would find the lack of manual controls frustrating, but in fact the available controls are fine - the range of scene modes is huge. The live histogram is great to have. The camera's fast, and I haven't had any focusing problems. The flash is a bit weak. I chose this model over the later introductions because I wanted the optical viewfinder - helps with slow shutter speeds (you can stabilise the

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My first acquaintance with this little gem was during a Caribbean cruise where I was shooting with a Leica M. THe folkas on the boat were promoting it with a couple of freebies (leather case and 256 SD card) I was so amazed by it that I got one on the next stop at St. Thomas and got an even better deal with an extra battery, a 512 card, instead of 256 and a useless mini tripod. In actual use, it's extremely easy to use. Actually very intuitive. I had mastered most of the features after only ...

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