Excerpt: The entry-level ultra compact camera market has always been fierce, and now even more so with high-end smartphone cameras now rivalling the image quality of a dedicated point and shoot camera.
Summary: Overall, the performance is best described as adequate. Start-up time is around 3.5-seconds, while image processing times are quite slow with single-shot mode taking around 10-seconds to shoot three images, each shot taking just under three-seconds to process. It’s probably obvious by now that the Pentax Optio LZ 465 is unlikely to suit most people, but it is inexpensive, fun to use, looks great and has enough kit to keep you happy.
Pros: Small, features, ease of use, price, value
Cons: Image noise at high sensitivities, using the entire screen only at reduced resolution of 12-megapixels, images are soft at full zoom
Conclusion: For those who just want a simple and cheap point and shoot camera, the Pentax Optio LS465 will deliver and should be a solid and reliable companion. However, the shortcomings in image quality are clear to see, and are likely to disappoint even casual users. Image quality must also stand up to close scrutiny, and in this area the Pentax Optio LS465 just can't compete with similarly priced offerings from brands like Canon or Panasonic, such as the Canon IXUS 115 HS or...
Excerpt: The Pentax Optio LS465 is a tiny digital camera where you can replace the front panel with a different skin. It has a 16 megapixel sensor, 5x optical zoom lens and is available in black, pink and purple for £84.95. The Pentax website shows the camera alongside a lipstick, so does this mean it's a camera for the ladies?
Pros: Customisable skins is a fairly unique feature, Extremely compact body with plenty of buttons, Good value for money, Decent image quality, Easy-to-use
Cons: Won't switch on when attached to a tripod / tripod plate, Poor noise performance from ISO 400 upwards, 4:3 pictures look really small on screen
Excerpt: Just in case there was any doubt as to who the LS465 is aimed at, Pentax's website shows it next to a stick of pink lipstick. It's available in a choice of black, purple or pink finishes and comes with 10 front panel designs. These acrylic inserts fit under a clear plastic cover, and include polka dots, Dalmatian print, a leather effect and a relatively dull address label.