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Pentax Optio 50 Digital Camera [5mp 3x Optical Zoom]

by Pentax
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • 5 Million pixel resolution
  • 3x Optical zoom
  • Compact, lightweight design
  • Mode dial for simple mode selection
  • Impressive image quality
  • AA battery compatibility
  • 1.8-inch LCD monitor
  • PictBridge compatibility for direct printing
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 9.1 x 6.1 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 680 g
  • Item model number: Optio 50
  • ASIN: B0007IS6RO
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 7 April 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,262 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The Optio 50, a compact, lightweight digital camera that makes digital photography easy for virtually anyone. Offering the power of 5 megapixels and a 3x optical zoom, and founded upon an ease-of-use platform, the Optio 50 sees digital photography truly move to within reach of all consumer audiences.

Incorporating a handy Simple mode, the Optio 50 allows users to quickly choose an icon that matches the subject at hand and have the camera select all the optimal settings automatically for the best possible results. In addition, and to ensure easy use continues no matter where you go, the Optio 50 has also been designed to be powered by AA batteries, which are widely available internationally. However, in keeping with the Pentax tradition, ease of use is simply not enough. By combining the power and clarity of a 3X optical zoom lens with the sheer detail and high-level resolution of 5.0 effective megapixels, the Optio 50 is as sharp at shooting as it is easy to use.

Box Contains

  • Optio 50 camera
  • Software (CD-ROM)
  • 2xAA Battery
  • Strap
  • AV cable
  • USB Cable

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    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A GREAT FIRST TIME CAMERA 15 Sep 2005
    I have seen many reviews on this camera some good and bad, but i think its great!!!!
    If your like me and want everything simply but have a great picture at the end of the day this camera is for you. Its:-
    1)Light weight (very good for holidays)
    2)You can make a home movie (record your mates drunk)
    3)Has a nice case, very good zoom
    4)Very good battery life (dont keep buying batterys, get a charger and re-use)
    One thing i will say you must buy a 54mb card as you can get around 170 photos on that, or 35mins of film. If you have loads of money get yourself 1gb.
    Hope this review helps.
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    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars RESPONSE TO THE ONE-STAR REVIEW 5 Oct 2005
    I have been entirely happy with my recently purchased example, which is an improvement (time has marched on) over my Olympus C4040z, mainly because it is much easier to carry and is lighter. I have used it in all lights in a variety of situations and am very pleased with all the results. As it only takes 2 AA's and I charge-up four Ni-MH's AA 2500's at a time, carrying two spares is not a problem. I have not seen the equivalent Ricoh referred to. I have been taking photos for nearly 50 years and have had Rollie, Olympus OM and Minolta SLR systems. This is the camera that has led me to finally abandon using 35mm film.
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A great little camera for the price 29 Dec 2005
    Verified Purchase
    I bought this as a 2nd digicam as 103 pounds was so cheap for the size & spec. I'll keep my bigger, older Kodak DX6340 for its longer zoom and stronger flash (and a film SLR for occasional use). The Optio 50 is genuinely shirt pocket size, has a good zoom which goes wider than many and I could get going immediately with spare NiMH rechargables and SD card. The images are nice and sharp with good colour balance. The low light performance is OK rather than great but what do you expect from such a small camera? I also find the controls easy and about right in terms of the number of options. And I like having a viewfinder, unlike on many small digicams. So, an ideal take anywhere camera for those on a budget.
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    72 of 78 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great little camera 9 July 2005
    First digital camera - bought it off Amazon last month, & got a 1GB SD card for about 50. and used it while on holiday. Very easy to use, nice LCD monitor. Pictures taken look great at 5MP.
    Great as a quick, simple point-and-shoot camera.
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    15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Point & Shoot Camera 17 Jan 2006
    I don't normally bother writing product reviews, but felt I had to in this situation. After reading some of the comments about this camera I though I had looked up the wrong model.
    I can only assume that the low ratings about this camera are because they have genuinely received faulty units, or they have not bothered to read the manual correctly. My camera has been excellent. The images are pin sharp, the optical zoom is brilliant on a camera of this size, and the battery life has been excellent (I put this down to only ever using duracells, I presume the other reviewer probably uses Car Boot Sale specials which any digital camera will consume within minutes) As for blurry pictures, I can only imagine that this is due to the feature on this camera, which allows you to focus by partially holding the shoot button until you get a green light and then taking the picture. If you just point and shoot it will be blurred. You can turn this off, but I suppose that involves reading the manual and then navigating a few menus. Anyway, take my word for it this is a good camera for the price - as long as you can operate basic electrical equipment and don't mind looking at the instructions for ten minutes to set it up correctly.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Now I shall contradict myself 1 Jan 2006
    Changing my mind, now - perhaps it is me and not the camera. Put it this way - if you want t apoint and click - this is probably too futtery. I'll upgrade to 3 stars now.
    Voting buttons? Are they not added automatically?
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great 24 Nov 2005
    Having previously owned a Pentax 35mm Camera I thought I would upgrade my Olympus Digital to a Pentax Digital. I have been really pleased with it. The pictures are sharp, the delay isn't too long as with other Digital CAmeras. It is really simple to use which is a must for me being a 'techno' phobic. It is nice and small/light weight. Great. Would point out as not too clear that you do need to buy a memory card as an extra.
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    15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Battery Life - feature or flaw? 3 Jan 2006
    By A Customer
    The manual suggests 80 pix from a set of batteries. OK - I know this is an approximation, but on the model we received at Xmas we've been getting no more than 10! I'm sure this one must have defective power management, but I don't want to get into lengthy arguments about what is, or is not, acceptable - and whether this is a fault or a feature. I'm returning the camera as it is completely unacceptable, and will replace it with something more reliable - and less hungry.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
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    Published 10 months ago by Hetty
    1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
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    Published on 9 Oct 2007 by Red Dragon
    1.0 out of 5 stars Only lasted 14 months
    Never liked this camera from the moment I bought it. Yes it eats batteries, I'd say you get about 25 photos before it gives up. Read more
    Published on 17 Sep 2007 by Alibali
    1.0 out of 5 stars The worst ever!
    This is my second review I write about this poor camera. They never published the first one. The battery issue makes this camera unworkable. Read more
    Published on 17 Sep 2007 by Mr. J. Luna
    1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy his camera
    Yes, I ignored the warnings about the power consumption of this camera and yes I wish I hadn't. Very poor. Read more
    Published on 7 Sep 2007 by F. Quinn
    2.0 out of 5 stars Lovely cheapy but doesnt last long
    Thought I'd level the score on this camera as theres been quite a few mixed reviews! I was bought this camera by parents at christmas after asking for a camera that was easy to use... Read more
    Published on 24 Mar 2007 by C. Thomas
    2.0 out of 5 stars Ok... but not great
    I've had this camera for about a year having bought it to replace a Kodak one whose battery had stopped charging. Read more
    Published on 6 July 2006 by Vix
    1.0 out of 5 stars awful power mangement
    I bought the Pentax Camera Optio 5.0. I can't take more the than 2-3 batteries and the camera run down of the power.
    Dont waste your money on this camera.. Read more
    Published on 22 Jan 2006
    1.0 out of 5 stars Having Similar Problems
    Perhaps I'm doing something wrong, but I have to agree with the one star review. I'm no great shakes as a photographer - but I have owned a couple of inexpensive cameras... Read more
    Published on 28 Dec 2005 by David Sims
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