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Pentax Optio S / S4


Category: Point-and-Shoot

At last, a Pentax digital camera we can include in our favorite list. The folks at Pentax has managed to make a digital camera that fits into a shirts pocket. The Pentax Optio S is only 3.3 (W) x 2.0 (H) x 0.8 (D) in. and weighs 4.1 oz. Pentax has managed to include a 3x optical zoom into such a thin body (move cursor over picture above for a top view) by some clever engineering: the middle portion of the lens moves up and slides back as the lens retracts into the body.

Pentax has cleverly marketed the Optio S as the digital camera that fits in a tin of Altoids mint. This catchy image is reminiscent of some of Pentax's Spotmatic F ads way back: one image that is worth a thousand words. With the Optio S, Pentax seems to be signalling its return as an innovative camera manufacturer.

We award our OriGenial™ Seal of Approval to the Pentax Optio S because it has suceeded in squeezing a lot of features (expecially that 3x optical zoom) into an ultra compact and handsome aluminum alloy body: 3.2 megapixels resolution, a F2.6 maximum aperture, 3x optical zoom (unheard of in that small size), Program AE and Scene Modes to automate most picture-taking situations.

If you're looking for an ultra compact point-and-shoot digital camera with big, uncompromising features, the Pentax Optio S might just be what you've been waiting for. We bet it will not stay in that Altoids tin can for long. The Optio S is JeansPocket™ Certified.

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Pentax Optio S / S4
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Pentax Optio S Specifications  
  Megapixels 3.2  
  Lens SMC Pentax  
  Maximum Aperture F2.6  
  Optical Zoom 3x  
  35mm Equivalent 35-105mm  
  Macro 6 cm / 2.4 in.  
  Shutter Speed 1 - 1/2,000 sec.  
  White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Manual  
  Exposure Control / Shooting Modes Program AE, Picture (Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Self-portrait, Surf & Snow, Autumn Color, Sunset), Night Scene, Movie, Panorama Assist, 3D image, Digital Filter, User.  
  Light Metering Multi-segment, Center-Weighted, Spot  
  Storage Media SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card, MultiMedia Card  
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 83 x 52 x 20 mm / 3.3 x 2.0 x 0.8 in.  
  Weight 115g / 4.1 oz. (with battery & SD memory card)  
  Other 1.6 in. LCD; Rechargeable Lithium-ion D-LI8 Battery; ISO 50, 100, 200; Movie Mode - Up to 30 seconds with sound; Alarm clock with World Time in 62 cities.  
  MSRP $399.99  

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