Conclusion: People need inexpensive and adequate digital cameras, and Pentax produced the Optio S1 to meet that need. There’s nothing revolutionary or mind blowing about its technology, but it is easy to use and takes decent to above-average photos, if you’re willing to learn a little and use manual settings where you can.
Pros: Simple, clean design, Easy to use, Built-in editor, filters are great for entry-level shooters
Cons: Noisy above ISO 800, Poor low-light performance
Summary: The Pentax Optio S1 is small, affordable and doesn't skimp on the specs. Picture quality isn't spectacular but those looking for a simple, stylish compact in the sub-£100 price bracket should definitely give it a shot.
Pros: Small, slim design; easy to use; 5x optical zoom; good value.
Cons: Some picture issues; poor video quality; small buttons.
Summary: The Pentax Optio S1 is a very stylish camera with the features you would expect at its price point - with the exception of a panorama mode - plus it has a remote control receiver, a feature few Point and Shoot cameras have. The camera is solidly built and seems like it will stand up to normal use (and even some abuse).
Excerpt: The leader in the production of a variety of digital cameras, Pentax has introduce its new elegant and classy Pentax Optio S1 compact camera, which features 14 megapixel sensor, 2.7 inch LCD display, capable recording High Definition video in 720p, HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos, and 5x wide angle optical zoom lens that allows flexible image framing.
Excerpt: The average person shopping for a £100 camera probably just wants three things: a brand they've heard of, a high megapixel rating and a smart design. Pentax's latest budget snapper ticks all those boxes, but it also includes a few features to impress more discerning shoppers. There's optical stabilisation built into the sensor, which allows slower shutter speeds in low light without succumbing to camera shake.
Excerpt: The budget option doesn't automatically have to mean second best when it comes to camera design. At least if the new 14 megapixel, 5x optical zoom Pentax Optio S1 point and shoot compact is anything to go by. Reminding us of a Dualit classic toaster by virtue of featuring a laser engraved logo and a mirrored chrome finish front, back and sides, which means that you can see your face in it from just about any angle, the Pentax Optio S1 has the requisite wow factor as you...
Excerpt: The Pentax Optio S1 is available in four different colours - pastel blue, red, black or silver. With a functional button arrangement at the rear your thumb is never far from where it needs to be, and this helps when navigating the menu system. The Optio S1 holds its own in terms of focusing and write-to-card speeds, and you're offered a versatile 5x optical zoom lens that provides a 28-140mm equivalent.