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 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 letter "S" stands for stylish, at least that's what we believe with the Optio S1. This is an ultra-compact digicam that has three major offerings: compact size, stylish looks, and ease of use.
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.
Excerpt: Looking for an inexpensive bauble with which to turn heads every time you take a snap? Photography stalwart Pentax is better known for practicality than trend setting, yet recent(ish) pocket snapshots including the Optio I-10 and RS1000 have bucked that expectation with cool retro styling and funky swappable faceplates respectively. Pentax, it appears, is suggesting that yes you can have style on a budget.
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