Pentax Optio S camera
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  • So small, in fact, that it will even fit into an Altoids tin - I bought a tiny myself to test this out, and it really is true
  • It's amazing to see it extend when you turn the camera on, and I love watching it do that
  • There is quite a lot of barrel distortion at the edges, and I've noticed that big straight-edged structures like trees or chimneys can look distractingly curved, but for general snapshots it's okay
  • I would not recommend the Pentax Optio S for situations where picture quality is absolutely paramount, but it is a very useful thing to carry with you every day, just in case you see something unmissable

    • by fredhound
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      The Pentax Optio S is a remarkable little digital camera - and “little” is the operative word, as the camera really is tiny. So small, in fact, that it will even fit into an Altoids tin - I bought a tiny myself to test this out, and it really is true! Unlike many cameras, even some advertised as ultra-compact, this Pentax is truly small enough to slip comfortably into a trouser pocket.

      Despite its tiny size, the Optio S still packs in a full 3x zoom lens, which folds up inside


      the camera body to save space. It’s amazing to see it extend when you turn the camera on, and I love watching it do that. It’s a little noisy, but nothing too bad - it just wouldn’t do as a spy camera for silent conditions, that’s all! There is a bright green ring around the power button when the camera is switched on, which can be slightly distracting.

      Controls and features are pretty good, though inevitably the buttons are very small and can be difficult to operate if you have large ...


      • fingers. The LCD is only 1.5 inches in size, but has a good resolution and clear menus. That is important, because the Optio S has a lot of features, including some I was surprised to see on a camera like this, such as manual white balance and in-camera adjustment of sharpness, contrast and saturation. There is even a 3D mode, though it is very fiddly to get working.

        Considering its quite low 3.2 megapixel resolution, picture quality from this camera is acceptable. There is quite a lot of barrel distortion at

        the edges, and I’ve noticed that big straight-edged structures like trees or chimneys can look distractingly curved, but for general snapshots it’s okay. The small LCD makes it tricky to frame photos, but putting in that effort does pay dividends.

        Although this camera is quite old now, I still use mine a lot, since it is so small. I would not recommend the Pentax Optio S for situations where picture quality is absolutely paramount, but it is a very useful thing to carry with you every day, just in case you see something unmissable.




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