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...
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 brings together a capable zoom range and user-friendly features inside a tiny body, and in fine lighting conditions it can record noise-free images with good detail and colour.
Pros: Small, competitively priced, stylish next to many of its peers, brisk operation, good exposures
Cons: Unattractive plastic covering, white balance issues, corner softness, prone to flare
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...
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.
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.
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.
Conclusion: There’s not much to the Pentax Optio S1; it’s your average, easy to use “auto everything” £100 pocket snapper disguised as the chrome domed Silver Surfer. Ironically, this flash exterior led us to unwisely hope for a much better performance when it came to still images and video than...
Pros: Attractively mirrored chrome-finished aluminium alloy body, solid feel build, inexpensive, relatively easy to use, a couple of fun effects filters
Cons: Images overall are ropey, optical zoom inaccessible when recording video