Summary: The Pentax Optio S1 is a small, stylish, compact camera that is the latest version of Pentax’s venerable Optio S series. It is apparently designed to compete with Canon’s ELPH and Nikon’s “S” series of small cameras.
Pros: Attractive styling, Solid build quality, Interesting art filters
Cons: Some overexposure, No optical zoom in video, Images soft at corners
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 the S1...
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