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PENTAX maximized the responsiveness of the Optio555 including reduced lag time so the camera is instantly ready when the power is turned on. In addition, a single touch of the playback button brings up recorded images and just a touch of the shutter button is all that is required to return to shooting. With enhanced operation capability and maximized responsiveness, the Optio555 allows satisfying shots to be taken with extreme ease. Add a powerful 5X optical zoom (4X digital zoom for a combined 20X total zoom), and the superb clarity of 5.0 effective megapixels, the Optio555 offers extreme versatility with superb detail and accuracy.
The Optio555 includes an ACDSee software package designed exclusively for PENTAX Optio digital cameras that includes ACDSee 5.0. Valued at more than $150, the ACDSee(TM) digital camera software makes it easy to retrieve, view, manage, print, enhance and share your digital photos. The Optio555 will ship with the software in October in plenty of time for the Holiday 2003 buying season.
The Optio555 also features PictBridge compatibility that eliminates the need for PC connectivity during printing by allowing the camera to be connected directly to a compatible printer. This feature allows direct control over printing and a full range of other functions.
>>The cover for the USB is a bit questionable. It has a rubber hinge which does work but tends to feel a bit loose. (This is just being very picky though)
>>You will need to buy a larger memory card than the one supplied but you can expect to have to do this with almost all digital cameras.
Overall, great camera with a wealth of manual options for the enthusiast and excellent results from the Auto settings for the amateur. It has also fixed all the problems with the Optio 550 - speed etc.
I really recommend this camera. Other cameras may equal it's performance in some areas but it is unmatched in overall performance and quality. Hope this helps.
I can't recommend this camera enough, but you really need to think about what you want and how much you want to spend. Maybe go and hold a few cameras, try a few in a camera shop because what feels nice for one person might feel really awkward for the next. Any Pentax, Nikon or Canon camera is going to be of good quality, but for me it was worth paying a bit more for this Optio 555 and the 5MP. I'm sure 3MP is fine for most people with affordable prices, but if you're prepared to pay a bit more for a small, compact, well built 5MP camera with lots of functions, manual control and the flexibility to print A3 size images if you ever want to, then this is your camera. You won't be disappointed!