Pentax Optio S5i Review
Announced in August 2004, the Pentax Optio S5i is an upgrade of the popular S4i with an extra million pixels, some minor styling changes and a couple of new features. The S5i is almost unfeasibly small — thanks in part to the innovative sliding lens first seen at the start of 2003 in the Optio S (and since in several Pentax and Casio models) — yet is more feature-packed than most other ultra-compacts. In an ever-growing market, and with a handful of outstanding competing models (see recent reviews of the Canon PowerShot SD300 and Panasonic DMC-FX7 for example), does the Optio S5i have what it takes to become the pocket camera of choice? Let's find out. Here's a few of the S5i's headline features to get us started:
- 5.0 million effective pixels
- 35-105mm equiv. sliding zoom lens
- 1.8-inch LCD monitor
- 21 shooting modes, including new Sports mode
- New Pan Focus mode
- 0.01-second shutter lag time
- SD card-compatible and 10MB internal memory
- Live histogram
- 6cm Super Macro mode
- Battery charger stand can charge two batteries at once
Pentax Optio S5i Key specifications
|Street price|| US: $360
|Sensor|| 1/2.5" CCD, 5.25 million total pixels
5.0 million effective pixels
• 2560 x 1920
• 320 x 240 (15 fps)
• 35.6 - 107 mm equiv. (3x zoom)
• TTL autofocus
• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
|White Balance|| Auto
Cloudy, daylight, incandescent, shade, tungsten light, fluorescent light (neutral white and white), fluorescent light (daylight) and manual (custom)
|Image parameters||• Sharpness (5 settings)
• Saturation (5 settings)
• Contrast (5 settings)
|Flash|| Built-in flash
Auto, on/off, auto + red-eye reduction, on with red eye reduction
Range (ISO 200): Wide 0.2m - 3.5 m (0.65 - 11.5 ft) /
Tele 0.2m - 2.0m (0.65 - 6.6 ft)
|LCD monitor|| 1.8 " TFT LCD
|Connectivity|| USB 1.1
|Power||• D-L18 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
• Battery Charging Stand D-BC25 included
|In the box*||
Optio S5i camera
|Weight (inc batt)||120 g (4.2 oz)|
|Dimensions||88 x 52 x 20.5 mm (3.4 x 2.0 x 0.8 in)|
* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area
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