Pentax Optio 550

Announced Feb 18, 2003 •
5 megapixels | 1.5 screen | 38 – 188 mm (5×)
Glenn Butler

Do not buy this camera if you care about quality pictures! There are three problems that caused me to return this camera and go back to my 2 year old 3MP Sony P-5! 1) Basically, the lens distortion (fishbowl) is terrible and noticeable at all zooms. 2) Distortion is terrible on indoor shots without really bright light. You can make this better by leaving ISO on 64, but then your focal abilities and shutter times stink. 3) The camera cannot focus practically indoors in low light situations. F ...

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I'd advise anyone who plans on taking shots indoors not to consider this camera. The noise is shockingly bad. I bought this camera as a step up from a 4MP Olympus and as soon as I saw the LCD pictures I knew something was wrong. It is almost impossible to get it to focus in moderate to low light. My 4MP beats it on focus, noise and image quality. VERY disappointed. Fortunately I was able to return the camera. Its plus points are its great zoom and battery life. In bright conditions the zoom ...

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