Pentax Optio 550

Announced Feb 18, 2003 •
5 megapixels | 1.5 screen | 38 – 188 mm (5×)
Tj123
 
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I love Pentax. But after buying this camera, I am not sure if I will buy another. The outdoor photos are always fantastic, but the indoor & action photos are always very poor. I am quite disappointed. Problems: indoor photos are very very poor & there is way too much noise.

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Geeze folks, sure there's some noise, but it's not that bad. I bought this thing the day it came out, and have been very happy with it. Construction is robust, and the controls are so easy even my wife will adjust to suit the situation. We've framed several 8x10's from this camera, and guests can't believe we actually took the pictures. Macro mode is fantastic, and the remote with a mini-tripod is simply brilliant for group shots. I'm actually in some pictures now! Bottom line. My brother ...

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perrellik
 
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Noise, noise, noise! Pincushion distorsion at middle zoom. Problems: See above

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I'll never buy another Pentax again unless you want to just look at it Fit and finish good options good Battery life is outstanding Problems: Extreme low light noise grossly distorted pictures. Difficult focusing When I approached customer service on the distortion. Their answer was within acceptable limits. CRAP! I took and compared the same photos with another major brand. No contest.. I'll never buy another Pentax again unless you want to just look at it

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dragonsphyre
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Compared to other cameras I've owned, this is by far the best. Extrememly easy to use and figure out. Excellent for super macro pictures.

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dragonsphyre
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Compared to other cameras I've owned, this is by far the best. Extrememly easy to use and figure out. Excellent for super macro pictures.

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tripod07
 
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UNACCEPTABLE NOISE! Pentax Optio 550 owners disgruntled by extremely HIGH NOISE LEVELS and POOR CUSTOMER SUPPORT are petitioning Pentax for a FIRMWARE UPGRADE. Although directly related to O550 owners, this issue should be of concern to all that own Pentax products. Unless something is done, this is the shameful level of product support you can expect from Pentax now and in the future. Please show your support by signing and publicizing the petition here: http://www.petitiononline.com/ptxo550 ...

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TurboJoe
 
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Great little camera, though not without its flaws. I've taken a great many photos since I bought it 2-1/2 months ago. Very solid feel. Compact so it goes everywhere with me. Excellent zoom range for its class. Crisp, clean photos at lower ISOs. The plastic tripod mount, though cheesy looking, works fine. Though keeping the tripod baseplate on the camera blocks access to the battery/SD card compartment. Not a big deal; some concessions are to be expected with a camera this small. Some vignetti ...

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Sam Abramovich
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Overall very nice small but powerful camera.Great outdoor pictures quality. Very easy to use outside. Have to learn to do good indoor photos. Very sensitive to the object surface reflection coefficient when defines flash power, so I learnet to use exposure compensation to balance that. Have to carry small flashlight to help focusing in low luminocity conditions.Have to be patient between the shots waiting for image transfers to SD card. Problems: - next to impossible to focus when it is dark ...

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wazza
 
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An awesome camera only let down by people (see post below) who don't know how to use a camera. I now have the 450 (mine) and the 550 (daughters) and there isn't a camera to match them for a combination of macro, zoom, manual settings etc. The video is average but I bought a still camera for the stills, not for the video. Problems: Only those caused by me :) Some noise in the 550 shots but all overcome by Neatimage

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