Pentax Optio SV

Announced Sep 13, 2004 •
5 megapixels | 1.8 screen | 36 – 180 mm (5×)
peschmae
 
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Alltogether a deception - compared to the other similar cameras by pentax. Very small but nevertheless great 5x zoom. Large display compared to Optio 550/555/450 Problems: - display reflects sunlight, thus very hard to see - viewfinder as bad as for any of these small cameras - not comfortable to hold (too small ;-)) - autofocus slow and not precise - poor image quality - settings not as comfortable as with the optio 550 - especially in manual mode (mode Dial doesn't even have separate items ...

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Alastair Lord
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I have used this camera for approx 6 months. I just dropped it from my car (at high speed) and smashed it into a million pieces. I will be replacing it with another of the same. Here's why... I use a Canon Powershot S45 regularly as my main camera. I was looking for a second camera that would take decent snaps, have good manual overrides, and be small. The Optio SV is all of these things. I agree with other reviews that it is a complex camera that requires lots of learning. For example, I ...

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Leo
 
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I have purchased Pentax SV despite of the very poor reviews and very please with the camera. It is a very light and small. My home scales red 157 gram with memory and battery. It is very sophisticated camera. It took less time for me to understand my Canons G3 and Pro1. Foe example in Pentax SV you can select for auto-bracketing one of the following: Exposure, WB, Sharpness, Saturation or Contrast plus full manual controls like Av, Tv and M. It has 4 independent adjustment wheel settings ...

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ipch
 
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This camera is fantastic, the controls are outstanding, very easy menu navigation.

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Boegheim
 
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I have this camera for 2 months, and I like it. It's my third digital camera, I've started with a Minolta dimage S304. Then bought a Sony Cybershot F828 for some serious (and fun) photography, but this one is quite big. I was looking for a replacement for my day to day camera and choose the Pentax Optio SV I've chosen it for the 5x zoom and the manual options and the small size. And no other camera has all these features. I like the feel of the camera, the operation of the setting is quite ...

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Azid
 
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Well, since there are no comments about this camera so far I will have a go at posting some. It should be noted however that this is the first time I have owned a digital camera, having previously been used to good quality manual and automatic 35mm film cameras, so I don't have a lot of experience to compare this camera to other than what I have read and seen online. First the positive things.. Nice compact size Controls and buttons are well placed and ergonomic to operate. Comprehensive but ...

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