Pentax Optio 550

Announced Feb 18, 2003 •
5 megapixels | 1.5 screen | 38 – 188 mm (5×)
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Alltogether a wonderful little camera! I was searching for: 1) small size (pocketable) 2) large zoom (longer than 4x) 3) high resolution (more than 4 Mp) 4) good picture quality 5) many features (100% automatic and manual) 6) good macro 7) long battery life 8) good price/performace ratio I got it all! I am very pleased with the camera. Excellent! Problems: Viewfinder not accurate and LCD difficult to see in bright sunshine. Noise indoors with flash deactivated. For me no big deal, can be ...

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Cyberman
 
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I've taken 1,000 photos since buying it 2 weeks ago. This is my third digicam. This really is a gem. So small, so convenient, so many features, so flexible, great zoom. It's a relief to be able to carry it in my pocket and forget it's there, yet produce top-rate pictures whenever I want. As it is so discreet, people don't take notice of it - that, combined with the 5x optical zoom, means I can take candid pictures much easier than with any other camera I've owned. The feature set is ...

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Luis M
 
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I bought this little wonder a week ago and I´ve already mastered almost all its features (I was waiting for months to have it in my hands!!!). In overall terms I am very pleased with the camera. It met my initial requirements: small, solid, high resolution, long optical zoom and advanced features for creative pics. Problems addressed in the full review as the start up time or the high noise at high ISO values are not a real issue for me. The former cos is not so noticeable once you switch on ...

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ehab Omar
 
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I've used the Optio 550 for 2 months. It takes amazing outdoor pictures. It also takes amazing pictures in the dark. Everyday I wait for the sun to rise so I can take some pictures with this amazing camera. I also like taking pictures of kids and flowers, and this camera does an amzing job. If you are looking for a camera that takes unbelivable pictures outdoor, close, really close, and amazing pictures of Nature. don't look no further. The problem is...... Problems: Poor pictures ...

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Jeff  Wallace
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The picture quality is Excellent but need tweeking out of box Problems: noise problem but can be corrected

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F. Jakob
 
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This is a great little camera BUT beware.... picture quality is good except as noted below in the problems section. The construction feels very solid. Battery life is outstanding. Very easy to use for a novice. Zoom lens is great for the outdoorsman. Problems: This camera has a lot going for it. One problem that is particularly annoying is that when I view pictures via cable connection to myTV they are extremely poor unless you zoom to 1.1x. What gives? Similarly, when I copy files ...

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matthewowen
 
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Very happy customer very easy to learn how to use lots of nice features

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ken.p
 
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This camera does pretty much anything you need it to do. Images are sharp and detailed and the macro ability is fabulous. Having a user setting is great; I put my indoor settings in it; brilliant. First thing to do is set ISO speed on all capture modes to 64 or 100; you could get away with 200 for small prints; set contrast and sharpness to lowest setting for best image; any changes will be easier in post proccessing. Don't use auto quality, you will be disappointed. After experimenting with ...

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i love the camera on outdoor shots and it is pretty intuitive. it is small and well constructed. My hiking photos are magnificent--this is my 4th digital camera and the daylight images are amazing. I do a lot of hiking so this is really good. Problems: the indoor quality is not good without some doctoring which i have not learned how to do yet. the other problem is that i have not been able to obtain an extra battery yet or adapter since it is proprietary so when it is done it has to recharge ...

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Hielko
 
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Well build cam with a lot of features. The only real problem is noise at high iso levels, but if u shoot everything with ISO 64 or ISO 100 it is no problem. Iso 200 is also usable, but some noise removal with photoshot afterwards is recommended.

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