Pentax Optio S

Announced Jan 9, 2003 •
3 megapixels | 1.6 screen | 35 – 105 mm (3×)
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this baby rocks. I used to use a Olympus C-730 from work, which is in fact a brilliant camera. The photo quality of the optio S seems to be identical and after getting used to the buttons is just as easy to operate. I bought the optio S as a light and small point and shoot while I have a great 35mm SLR for the picture perfect scenic shots. Hence why I didn't pay the extra $100 AUD for the S4. I still havn't had the chance to try out all the functions but I have had great results from what I ...

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amateurjim
 
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this baby rocks. I used to use a Olympus C-730 from work, which is in fact a brilliant camera. The photo quality of the optio S seems to be identical and after getting used to the buttons is just as easy to operate. I bought the optio S as a light and small point and shoot while I have a great 35mm SLR for the picture perfect scenic shots. Hence why I didn't pay the extra $100 AUD for the S4. I still havn't had the chance to try out all the functions but I have had great results from what I ...

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tefra
 
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enjoy bringing the camera anywhere i go. Problems: hard to buy extra batteries and all especially here in Cebu, Philippines

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Raanan Shabtai
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The camera is always with me. Already 4 months!! I have it in a small cellular pouch and it is always ready for shoot. Ammazing!! The battery is good! I have long turnover from charge to charge. And even when the battery was dead, waiting few minutes gave some more shots... One problem is the lag from shutter press to the capture of images. I am not used to it and misses some action when shooting. Battery is excellent. Overall quality is good. I care about the shutter cover and LCD as ...

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nick lamb
 
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This is my second camera , my first being the more bulky but still excellent Fuji S302 The main selling point of this camera is its size & weight , I have seen many reviews saying that its a camera you can take with you any where and not realise you have it with you , I have to agree I did think that the size may be too small and the features to fiddly to use but i was pleasantly surprised Features wise there appears to be more than the Fuji and the screen is very clear If you are after a ...

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Andy Gow
 
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As a Camera the Optio S has stood up well. In the few months I have used it it generally provides good images (providing care is taken to hold the shutter half way), and its movies and sound capabilities are better than some more expensive cameras, despite its small size. However, since the LCD screen broke after a month of usage and Pentax refused to repair it under warranty, my opinion of the camera, both in terms of the quality of construction and the customer support for it, is very low ...

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rick
 
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The voice record feature is a BIG bonus for me, saved the cost of buying a seperate recorder. I have a Canon G5 and a Casio QV300, both too big for casual use. As has been said, pictures from a camera that you take with you are always better than ones from a camera you don't take with you. So I love this camera with one small quibble. There is no manual mode for aperature or shutter. Not that big a deal, but still would have been nice. After two weeks, this camera is FUN FUN FUN .. Problems: ...

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aslia
 
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It's difficult to be objective, and consequnetly, my rating is based on simply wanting a small, but quality point and shoot. I'm a manual, 1980s Pentax ME super man myself (another very successful small camera, by the way), but lately have found the need for something that captures the moment whenever. The Optio S does just that superbly. Problems: Apart from often not being able to find the tiny thing, none. But again, if it's your only camera, you'll regret the limited image quality. Also, ...

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Roadrider
 
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Just got this camera 3 weeks ago and have took lots of photos with it. Prior to this, I was using a Fujifilm F402 but wasn't too pleased with the features(so-so picture quality, no optical zoom, a/v out and tripod mounting... bought the 402 in a hurry), so I sold it off and get this super Optio S. What a wonderful small camera. It's with me all the time and I am glad cause I don't miss all those "special" moment. It's truly a carry anywhere camera. I hv read it somewhere, someone said " a ...

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Superalpha
 
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GREAT FEATURES! I LOVE(d) THIS CAMERA. It has almost everything I need for a compact camera. Super macro is awesome. BUT.... Problems: The pictures are very pathetic. There is so much noise in them no matter what lighting conditions I use. I end up taking 640x480 or 1024x768 since it is so damn noisy! The battery door is flimsy, but it is more forgiving and probably less likely to break, but super easy to open when bumped accidentally. HUGE PROBLEM: The flash memory card sometimes loses ...

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