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The Optio S30 is the ideal all-round digital camera for anyone for whom versatility, seductive design, perfect ergonomics and simple operation are of equal importance. The Optio S30 with 3.2 megapixels offers the perfect resolution for stingingly sharp prints up to 13 x 18cm. The Optio S30 lies extremely well in the hand and is captivating with its slim, responsive aluminium housing. It utilises a highly efficient 3x zoom lens with 2 double-sided aspherical lens elements and features PENTAX's exclusive super-multi-coating. Brilliant photographic results with superb colour accuracy are without question - even in this tiny wonder. And it is all made possible through the unique design of PENTAX's space saving "Sliding Lens System".
A too-small camera body can be an annoyance if miniaturisation impairs operability. Not so with the Optio S30. Particularly remarkable on this ultra-compact model is a very generously dimensioned shutter release button and Mode Dial located on the top where the 9 different photographic mode options can be selected. It couldn't be any clearer. The concept continues in the menu guide. All features can be found and accessed quickly and simply. Among them are 8 Picture Mode programs including the new Text Mode for photographing documents and the Marine Mode, which provides for outstanding underwater photographs when the camera is used with the optionally available underwater housing. Large TFT LCD Display for an absolute view whether before, during or after recording: the sharp TFT LCD Display provides for a total view. After recording you get an immediate display for a fast evaluation. And if you need to see more detail then you can magnify the image up to 16 times. Or you can view 9 images at a time to quickly evaluate your combined work. You can even do a bit of work right on the screen and save the changes. Details that leave nothing to desire from the various functions that the camera makes automatically to the individual user's selection of sharpness, saturation, and contrast: the most diverse options are open. The 5-Point Autofocus is switchable to Spot Focus providing for best-possible focus accuracy in difficult situations. Ten digital filters, a macro mode for detailed photographs as near as 6cm away, the individualising of different functions as set by the user, the optionally available remote control as well as a protection function that guards against the inadvertent deletion of specified images round out the features - leaving you nothing more to desire in a digital camera.
This is a good camera, which produces good shots, but it is outdated. You can get a camera which is tice as good for the same price. Read morePublished on 23 May 2007 by Chloe
I've had this camera for two years and I'm now ready to move on. It was a gift from my dad - and I've been using it pretty regularly.
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Unlike the review below, I bought my optio S30 2 years ago and I have now replaced it with a camera with higher pixels for my A levels. Read morePublished on 11 Jun 2006 by Ms. Joy E. Stacey
I bought a Pentax Optio S 30 camara in 2003 which was used approximately six times. It failed to work this April and was returned to Pentax who wanted £102.00 to repair it. Read morePublished on 1 May 2006 by M. Seaton
This camera was a present at christmas and my dad liked the look of it so much he shortly bought another one for my brother. this camera is the boss. Read morePublished on 2 Mar 2005 by C. J. Smith
I've been contemplating buying a digital camera for some years now, but realised that I'm gonna have to take the plunge and go for it. Read morePublished on 12 Feb 2005
the pentax is a great digi cam but taking pictures can b abit slow as the flash takes ages to load and the cam has an est 5 sec delay, it also needs very strong bats as it sucs out... Read morePublished on 4 Feb 2005 by john
I bought this cemera on behalf of a internet sceptic who isn't happy with buying on line. The camera arrived and it was great. Read morePublished on 4 Feb 2005 by Brooky
Its my first digital camera - it's nice.
Problem is the batteries literally last five minuets.
Rather annoying really - apparently it's the LCD screen on dig cams that... Read more