Pentax Optio S6

Announced Aug 31, 2005 •
6 megapixels | 2.5 screen | 38 – 113 mm (3×)
Marc Mutsaers
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Excellent pocket camera for daily snapshots. With a camera this size, you can always have it with you. if used outdoor, excellent image quality, indoor quality is mediocre at best, even with flash.

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BeckyinCO
 
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I purchased this camera on vacation as a reasonably priced point and shoot. The image quality, especially during evening, night shots is very poor. Many times, it won't focus in low light at all, even when the night mode is on! Not having an eye viewfinder also makes it very difficult to use in a sun glare situation. You are pretty much shooting blind, as you can't see for the glare on the screen. The back viewing panel went out about a month after I purchased it and the manufacturer ...

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AlanTham91
 
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I purchased S6 about 3 three months ago, S6 has a very solid body and comfortable to hold in hand, and I like the 2.5" LCD very much, it is very bright and clear to view. Problems: Below are some problems:- 01) Short Battery life 02) Very poor image quality. 03) Bad efficiency of Auto ISO. (In low light condition user must set the ISO manually, this has happened to my previous DC Pentax 33L too) 04) 15cm for macro, too far! 05) Poor movie quality, very noisy. 06) Dust very easy to get ...

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gslrider
 
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Tested the Optio S6. Great in it's compactiblity, and simple to use interface. I would even give kudos some of it's extra "after shot" effects. But I expected a little more out of this camera. I was looking for a simple point and shoot camera, that was ultra compact. Wasn't really even concerned about amazing quality pictures. But this camera was a little disappointing in ways of that. My Canon A520 4MP, takes better quality pics. The Optio S6 has poor image quality in low light ...

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Brucer1
 
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I bought the camera because I own a Pentax Optio S (3.2 mp). The 3.2 has a very small LED--so small you cannot make out details. So when I saw the screen size of the S6 I was delighted. The controls are larger and easier to use, and it seems to ramp up much more quickly. Problems: The key problem with this camera is that the viewing screen. Although large, it totally fades out in moderately bright light. I took the camera on 2 trips to Whistler and was unable to use it because I could ...

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Bobby Soprano
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I used this camera extensively for a week. This was my 9th digital camera … which I bought mainly for it’s small size. I wound up returning it because of poor image quality. Although it was a no brainer to use … the auto focus just didn’t cut it IMO. Unless the focus was dead on, the pictures were horrible. Even the best photos were nowhere near as sharp as my Nikon’s or Canon’s. I was kind of disappointed because I really wanted to like this camera. I kept looking here and elsewhere for ...

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ppd319
 
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Great construction and features with a huge LCD. Price was average but worth it. Problems: -Freezes up -Blury pictures -Long startup and cycling between shots

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MARK H LEWIS
 
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Well constructed - impressive features considering the compacxtness of this camera. The main benefit apart from it's size is it's ease of use. Especially if you usually need glasses to read - the large screen & way the menus are oportrayed are excellent. Only slight downfall is the slight delay in the time it takes to focus & prepare to take photo. Very happy with it's features & overall design.

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popmail34
 
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I have chosen this camera for its design only. It is very compact and lightweight. Compared to my previous Fujifilm 6800 it has much bigger display and ability to shoot with IR remote control. I suppose it may be useful for travelers and amateurs who want to have camera everywhere. On the other hand do not expect from Optio S6 good results... Problems: The main problems are usual as for other cameras of the same class but I emphasize the following: 1. images are out of focus; using tripod or ...

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edscribbler
 
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This is an update from a previous post after using the camera more. I bought the original (3 MP) Optio S and carried it around with me everywhere in the Altoids tin. When it finally broke (lens got stuck in the extended position) I immediately got the S6. The increase to 6 MP seems a bit much for the tiny lens (I use 4MP) but the improved video at 640x480 with MPEG4 compression for as long as you have memory and battery is HUGE, the image stabilization is just ok (crops the outside edges). ...

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