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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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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Jim Kaniclides
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I've had this camera for a week and plan to return it. It seemed like the perfect camera - 5mp, 5x optical zoom, and compact. However, image quality on indoor shots is very poor and the auto focus in low light seemd a bit tempermental. Outdoor shots were excellect; however, with a 6 month old child as my primary photo object, I need a much better low light/indoor camera. I also tested the Cannon s400 for a week and believe it is a better option for me.

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