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 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.
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 delivered, so the overall disappointment was that much greater.
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