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Pentax Optio S

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DP Review
27 June 2003
  • Conclusion: Here's my rating of the Pentax Optio S: (3 megapixel ultra-compact) The Optio S is a camera which has immediate 'consumer appeal'. By this I'm talking about its design, size and weight. The ultra-slim lightweight aluminium body and flat front and rear mean the Optio S truly is a carry anywhere camera that is so light you'll hardly notice you're carrying it.
  • Pros: Average three megapixel resolution, Good reliable metering, if slightly conservative (worth checking live histogram), Low image noise at ISO 50 and 100, Excellent macro focus performance (for an ultra-compact), Wide range of focus options including manual focus, Good image parameter control (5 levels per option), Histogram display in live view and play modes (not record review), Good auto focus speed (less so in low light), Good flash exposure, no color cast, Ultra co...
  • Cons: Lens softness, especially at corners and bottom of frame, Some chromatic aberrations visible (although average for this size of camera), Some vignetting / light fall off in right-hand corner of frame at maximum aperture, Power and shutter release buttons are in my opinion the wrong way around, Four way controller can be difficult to use, too easy to press 'SET', No 'next shot buffer' means you must wait for image to be saved before taking next, Only 10 MB internal fla...
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Dc Resource
29 April 2003
  • Excerpt: The most stunning camera this year has to be the Pentax Optio S ($399). This 3.2 Megapixel camera (along with its cousin, the Casio Exilim EX-Z3) packs a real 3X optical zoom into an ultra-slim body. In case you haven't heard, it fits into an Altoids tin. It's the DiMAGE X of 2003.
  • Pros: Incredible design and engineering, Good value at under $400, Good battery life for a tiny camera, Quite a few controls for a point-and-shoot, Impressive playback mode, Unique 3D photo, fast forward movie features
  • Cons: Photo quality -- blurry edges/corners, some noise, Poorly designed four-way controller; Power/shutter release buttons too close together, too similar, No AF illuminator, Redeye, Body scratches easily, No memory card included; paltry 11MB of built-in memory.
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Pentax Optio S

Steve's Digicams
19 April 2003
  • Excerpt: Continue on to Page Two Optio S Specifications Effective Pixels 3.2 megapixels Image Capture Device Type - 1/2.5 inch interline transfer CCD with a primary color filter Total Pixels - 3.34 megapixels Color Depth - 10 bit x 3 colors Focus System Type - TTL contrast detection autofocus system Autofocus - 7 point AF, Spot AF & Infinity Landscape Mode Manual Focus - 2.4 inches (0.06m) to Infinity Focusing Range - Normal: 1.31 ft (0.4m) to Infinity; Macro: 7.1 inches (0.18 m)...
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Overall 7

Pentax Optio S

Pocket Lint
16 December 2003
  • Pros: Movie prop-styled looks; good performance
  • Cons: No memory card
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Röviden: Pentax Optio S

8 July 2003
  • Summary: A Pentax idei öt új digitális fényképezőgépei közül az Optio 33L-et már górcső alá vettük. Most a világ legkisebb, 3x-os zoomobjektívvel szerelt digitális fényképezőgépet mutatjuk be.
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Meer dan zomaar een gadget

2 June 2003
  • Summary: De beelden van de Pentax Optio S zijn correct belicht en de kleurweergave is vrij neutraal. Ook als je de beste beeldkwaliteit en hoogste resolutie kiest, zie je echter wel een zekere korrelstructuur in beeld. De foto’s van de Pentax Optio S zijn zonder meer bruikbaar. Deze kleine camera is dus zeker meer dan zomaar een gadget.
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Pentax Optio S

28 May 2003
  • Conclusion: Excessivement petit, l'Optio S à 3,2 mégapixels de Pentax est doté d'un zoom 3x rétractable. Pour ses 113 g, cet appareil photo numérique propose de nombreuses fonctionnalités et une qualité d'image satisfaisante.
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