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Without a doubt, the first thing youll notice about the Optio S4i is its incredibly compact dimensions that make it even easier to carry than a modern mobile phone! Take a few shots with it, however, and youll start to notice so much more. Embracing PENTAX ingenuity, all controls have been placed within easy reach from the ready-to-shoot position. Enabling simpler composition, focusing, and viewing, its equipped with an advanced 1.8-inch TFT LCD monitor that offers a 100% field of view. It even delivers truly satisfying clarity with the power of 4.0 effective megapixels and extends real compositional freedom through 3X optical zoom, which combines with 4X digital zoom for total zoom capacity of an incredible 12X. A camera that makes digital photography more enjoyable, more simple, yet more refined, the Optio S4i from PENTAX delivers sophistication beyond its dimensions.
Ultra-compact, refined design
With a newly developed multi-chip module system and an innovative sliding lens that retracts to be flush with the body of the camera, the Optio S4i achieves exceptionally compact dimensions of just 83 (W) x 52 (H) x 20.5 (D) mm. It also has a body of attractive aluminum alloy that offers a sense of sophistication and is built with bold, straight lines that serve to communicate sheer, expressive functionality.
Easily worn about the neck or slipped in the pocket, its the elegant choice in compact digital cameras for sophisticated shots at any time.
High-quality smcPENTAXlens offering 3X zoom
The Optio S4i features a lens from the smc PENTAX series a lineup renowned throughout the world for sheer imaging excellence. With 3X zoom with a focal range covering angles of view equivalent to those of a 35-105mm lens in 35mm format, it delivers the freedom to zoom out for shots of scenic beauty and move in for telephoto shots that offer flatter, kinder perspective. All 5 groups of 6 elements are crafted entirely from glass, with two lenses crafted to be aspherical on each side, and optical zoom can also be augmented with 4X digital zoom, which takes the cameras total zoom capability to an impressive 12X.
4.0 effective megapixel clarity
For superior clarity that extends from macro shooting to the capture of expansive landscapes, the Optio S4i is equipped with the power of 4.0 effective megapixels. It also employs the benefits of a primary color filter and advanced imaging technologies, which together bring out brighter, more natural colors and achieve a significant enhancement in general image quality.
Exceptional user-friendly operability is achieved largely through use of newly designed processing circuitry and an innovative software algorithm elements which work hand in hand to take responsiveness to a new level and support a shutter time release lag of a mere 0.01 seconds*. Independent buttons are also at hand to allow easy access to frequently used shooting and playback functions and modes can be selected in a virtually effortless manner through use of the handy virtual mode dial. The Optio S4i also offers the further advantage of allowing functional customization to suit different needs, enabling the user to gain access to their favorite capabilities with maximum convenience in minimal time.
* Time taken from the moment when the shutter release is fully depressed following focus lock to the moment the shutter opens, when the flash is switched off.
High-precision LCD monitor
Composition is made significantly more convenient with a 1.8-inch LCD monitor that offers a 100% field of view. Its also exceptionally useful for the viewing of recorded shots on the spot.
Compatibility with lithium ion batteries means its easy to recharge the Optio S4i whenever power runs low. In fact all you have to do is simply sit the camera in the compact, lightweight recharge unit.
Green mode allows you to simply press the shutter button to achieve stunning shots, while the camera automatically takes care of all the necessary settings.
Should the user decide to exit the menu screen and move into simple shooting, all they have to do is press the Quick button and theyre instantly taken back to Green mode. The Quick button can also be configured to take the user direct to Mode Matrix (tentative name), White balance, Mode memory, Trimming, Resizing, other menus, and even sub menus should the user desire.
A selection of versatile shooting modes
The Mode Matrix (tentative name) offers a graphic display of all the following 21 shooting modes on the LCD, allowing the user to select the most appropriate and leave exposure, white balance and other settings to the Optio S4i.
Voice recording mode
In addition to its range of imaging capabilities, the Optio S4i also has audio recording capability that rivals many standalone devices. This can be incredibly handy in a wide range of situations, offers index ability, and can be used to record audio to the capacity of the available memory.
The Optio S4i supports PictBridge, a new direct-print standard released by the CIPA (Camera and Imaging Products Association). This advance allows the Optio S4i to be connected to a printer that supports PictBridge directly via USB cable for control over printing, resizing, trimming, digital filters, and other functions without the need for a PC.
USB mass storage class compatibility
USB cable connectivity allows multiple recorded shots to be quickly and easily imported into common PC applications, opening up a whole new world of imaging opportunities.
Useful software included
The Optio S4i comes bundled with a CD-ROM that features an exclusive USB driver as well as the popular ACDSee for PENTAX, which can be installed on both Windows and Macintosh systems.
Built-in auto flash
The Optio S4i has a built-in flash, which can be set to fire automatically when shooting in low-light conditions. For greater control, the camera also features Flash-on, Flash-off, and red-eye reduction* modes, and theres also the option of Slow shutter sync which is useful when shooting in Night Scene mode.
*This feature does not eliminate red eyes in all instances.
Use of the optical viewfinder confers the advantage of being able to switch off the LCD monitor in order to conserve power.
Nine-image and Zoom display
Nine recorded shots can be displayed on the screen simultaneously to speed the search for recorded shots. Once the user has found the image they were looking for, the LCD monitor also allows them to zoom in on it with 4x magnification which makes it easier to check for focus and examine intricate detail.
The handy self-timer lets you get in the frame whenever you want, enabling the shooting of self-portraits and allowing the user to enter into group shots.
Optional remote control
Two remote control units are optionally available for the Optio S4i. Named remote control E and remote control F, they offer remote immediate shutter release, the advantage of a three-second timer, and the former can even control zooming.
Just keep the shutter button held down and continuous shooting is activated, allowing fast-paced action to be recorded in a satisfying manner.
The Interval shooting function allows sequential sets of shots to be recorded for playback as a short film. This can be used to achieve impressive effects, such as scenes of clouds rushing across the sky, for example, and offers a selection of recording speeds X2, X5, X10, X20, X50, and X100.
Macro mode, Landscape mode
Macro mode allows the user to compose shots from as close as 18cm from the subject, while selection of super macro shooting allows composition from as close as just 6cm! The Optio S4i is also ideal for capturing truly expansive scenes, achieving sharp focus all the way up to the horizon through selection of Infinity-landscape mode.
When manual focus is selected, the central area of a potential shot on the LCD monitor is automatically enlarged to make it easier to achieve accuracy.
Options for autofocus
The Optio S4i even offers a choice in terms of autofocus, allowing the user to select Spot AF to place the center of focus on any one of 49 spots in the frame, or 7-point autofocus which allows simultaneous focusing on multiple subjects in different parts of the frame.
White balance settings
A range of white balance modes makes the Optio S4i well suited to shooting in different types of light. It features settings for Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, and Fluorescent light, and there is also a manual setting that lets the user take control of the selection.
A histogram display accurately represents light levels during both shooting and playback, which allows the user to make a more educated evaluation of each shot.
Multiple choices for metering
With the ample choice of multi-segment metering, center-weighted metering, and spot metering, the Optio S4i can achieve the most appropriate exposure in myriad situations.
Light sensitivity is easy to adjust, with a selection of ISO50, 100, 200 and 400 (TBD), as well as an auto setting.
Some photographers like the effects of slight overexposure, while others feel a touch of underexposure can be particularly attractive. Thats why the Optio S4i offers exposure compensation that can be set across a range of +2EV in 1/3EV steps.
Settings for sharpness, saturation, and contrast
With five grades of settings for sharpness, saturation, and contrast, the Optio S4i provides the user with a satisfying degree of control over each and every shot.
The Optio S4i has also been designed to prevent the accidental deletion of images, with a special function that allows the user to specify particular shots that should be kept.
Mode memory function
The handy mode memory function allows a combination of settings to be saved at once, then automatically returned to when the power is next switched on.
World time function
The Optio S4i can display the time for 62 different cities around the world. It can also record the time and date for each shot taken to make sorting much simpler.
The Optio S4i is additionally equipped with an alarm function too. This can be set to sound accompanied by a selected image so that users can be woken up to the sight of a friendly face or reminded of something in their schedule by the display of something relevant.
DPOF compatibility gives the user a further degree of control over printouts, letting them take control of the date function and decide the number of copies*.
* Some printers may not support the above function. Please consult the supplier of your printer for more information.
Exif Print and PRINT Image Matchin? compatibility
When used with Exif Print (Exif 2.2) and PRINT Image Matching?-compatible printers, the Optio S4i can produce prints that are more faithful to the original subject.
Approximately 11 MB of built-in memory
The Optio S4i can also take shots when used without additional media. Indeed it has approximately 11 MB of built-in memory that allows the recording of a substantial amount of images.
SD memory card and Multimediacard compatibility
The Optio S4i is compatible with both SD memory cards and Multimedia cards, both of which can be purchased virtually anywhere. Such media also support the easy transfer of data to PCs.
The data size of recorded shots can be reduced through use of a handy Resize function. This frees up space for the capture of more shots without forcing the user to delete ones already taken. The reduced-size files can then overwrite their heavier versions or be saved as entirely separate files. Moreover, all images can be selected for resizing at once, freeing up a larger amount of memory in one easy action.
The Trimming function allows unwated elements in images to be cropped out, or important parts to be selected on their own for storage as individual files.
Voice memo function
Up to 30 seconds of sound can be attached to recorded images, allowing situations to be captured in a much more memorable manner.
Two frequently used functions can be selected from a choice of nine. These can then be assigned to the left and right positions of the four-way controller for easier access in the future.
An image stored in the Optio S4i can be used to appear on the cameras start up screen. The user can also customize the camera further by selecting a sound to accompany shutter release and a range of other actions.
AV (video/audio) output terminal
The Optio S4i makes it easy to display images on the larger dimensions of a TV screen through use of an AV output terminal and the provided AV cable.
With the Optio S4i, choice even exists in terms of power, through compatibility with the commonly available batteries, the exclusive rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and an optionally available AC adapter.
Operation in 9 languages
All menus and messages of the Optio S4i can be set for display in the users choice of English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese (both traditional and simplified), Korean, or Japanese.
The Optio S4i can be easily housed in an optionally available waterproof case, opening up the exciting world of underwater photography.
AC adapter kit
The handy AC adapter makes the Optio S4i better suited to worldwide travel, allowing battery power to be saved when shooting near a power outlet anywhere in the world.
3D image viewer
Images can be shot in 3D mode to achieve a real sense of depth and perspective when the results are seen through the special viewer.
|Sensor|| 1/2.5" CCD
4.23 million pixels total
|Effective pixel count||4.0 million|
|Image sizes|| 2304 x 1728
1600 x 1200
1024 x 768
640 x 480
|Image format||JPEG (EXIF 2.2)|
|Movie clips|| 320 x 240,
|Lens|| 3x optical zoom
35mm - 105mm equiv.
F2.6 - F4.8
|Digital zoom||Up to 4x|
|Focus|| 7 point AF
Infinity Landscape Mode
|Focus distance|| Normal: 0.4 m - Infinity
Macro: 18 cm - 50 cm
Super macro: 6 cm - 20 cm
|Exposure compen.||+/-2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps|
|Shutter||4 - 1/2000 sec|
|White balance|| Auto
|LCD monitor|| 1.8" TFT LCD
Modes: Auto, Flash On, Flash Off
Red-Eye Reduction: On, Off
|Picture modes|| Landscape
Surf & Snow
|Connectivity|| A/V out
USB 1.1 (mini-B)
|Storage|| 10 MB built-in memory
16 MB SD card supplied
Lithium-ion battery (rechargeable)
|Dimensions||84 x 52 x 21 mm (3.3 x 2.0 x 0.8 in)|
|Weight (no batt)||105 g (3.7 oz)|
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