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Pentax Optio S30 Digital Camera [3MP 3x Optical]

by Pentax

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  • 3x Optical zoom with 'sliding lens system'
  • 3.2M pixel camera
  • 9 position mode dial
  • 10 PICT modes
  • 1.6" TFT LCD Screen
  • Metal body
  • PictBridge compatible

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 8.9 x 5.8 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Batteries 2 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: S30
  • ASIN: B0001VJ86U
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,761 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Latest digital technology - for each and every application

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.


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263 of 267 people found the following review helpful By M. Dexter on 22 Nov 2004
I bought the Pentax Optio S30 because I wanted a compact camera that would fit in my pocket and would be easy to carry around, and it certainly fulfils that requirement- its very slim-lined and portable. Other features I particularly like about this camera are the fact that it takes ordinary AA batteries rather than the Li-ion ones, so it's much cheaper to power, and if you are ever stuck in a situation on the move, where your rechargable batteries have run out but there's an important photo opportunity coming up, you can just nip to the nearest shop and get some regular ones. It also has some very nifty, although not strictly necessary, 'fun' modes, such as black and white filter, panorama assist, super macro and many others. However, I have found that it is very slow at actually taking photos- there's a big time delay between pressing the button and actually taking the photo- almost 2 seconds I'd say, which is a big annoyance, especially if you're trying to take a photo of something that's moving. I have found a way around this though- if you set it to manual focus it takes the photo almost instantly, but of course with that there's the added problem of having to fiddle around with the focus before taking the photo and having a greater chance that it'll be blurred. So, my conclusion is, this is a great camera if you want something that's easy to use and easy to carry around, and if you'll be mainly photographing landscapes, people, flowers- things that don't move much. But if you're thinking of taking a lot of action shots, go for something else.
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125 of 128 people found the following review helpful By JOHN E CARROLL on 30 Nov 2004
For £99 I now have a really good camera that is packed with useful features. Take time out to read the instructions and you will get the best out of it. I cant believe I have a 3.2 megapixal camera with a 3 x zoom lens for such a good price. It is smaller than a pack of 20 cigs but feels substantial in the hand. A nice big shutter release button makes it easy to use. I used the video setting last night and the quality was good enough and it has sound! It does have built in memory but I also bought a ByteStor (secure Digital) 256MB card for about £16 and a couple of sets of good rechargable batteries.
To sum up, exceptional value, quality finish, easy to use and slips easily into the pocket.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By ChrisH on 15 Dec 2004
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I was amazed to see this camera for £99 and snapped it up (missed out on the free case though - my mistake - pretty please Amazon?). I was looking for something of decent quality I could carry around with me and still use after five pints (my standard test of usability) - this one fits the bill perfectly, though I've only used it sober so far.
Construction feels pretty robust, though the aluminium is only a cosmetic veneer (I was aware of this from other reviews), and its size is just right - I'd previously had a Canon Ixus APS camera which I'd missed since going digital as I couldn't afford / justify one at that size.
My main camera is a 2mp Fuji with a 6x lens, and shots taken on the same Pentax don't have quite the same impact, but the Fuji is bulky. (By the way - I hardly ever print anything out, but even at 2mp I've found 8x10 prints to be perfectly acceptable for framing - don't get too obsessed with the 'resolution').
The Pentax does have its flaws, the main one being some slowness, especially recovering between shots, but I find that pre-focusing means I can get action shots perfectly easily. It does have an 'infinity' focus setting (aimed at taking portraits with landscapes in the background) - I haven't tried this yet, but it effectively fixes the focus so should also speed things up.
If you can get hold of this for £99 don't hesitate - it is well up to the job as a main camera for most people - particularly if you're only just on the point of converting from a compact 35mm or APS camera.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Sayer on 29 Dec 2004
Well, where do I start. This camera is great for someone who just takes holiday photos or just day to day pictures out and about. I bought this after my other Pentax was stolen. 3 Years ago it cost me £400 to buy a Pentax camera, now only £99! Plus amazon also gave me a free camera case, which was very nice of them! This camera fully deserves the 5 stars that i have given it. With its movie mode, with sound it excels other cameras in its class! A Great Buy for Anyone!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Postie on 29 Dec 2004
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I bought a Pentax Optio S about 18 months ago on a trip to the US. At the time it cost over £300. We've had wonderful use from it, taking plenty of holiday photographs, and were convinced that it was one of the best buys we'd ever made.
Unfortunately it was dropped on Christmas Day and stopped working. We needed a camera to take on a skiing holiday so we looked at Amazon and discovered that the equivalent current model, the S30, was available for £99 and that a free camera case came with it. We ordered it on the 26th and it arrived on the 29th.
The S30 is slightly larger than its predecessor and no longer fits in an Altoids tin but appears to be better specified. It's a fantastic little camera and an absolute bargain at £99.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 Dec 2004
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What an excellent camera - I've had cheap digital cameras before, but they have always lacked features - this one is packed with features in a tiny package, with built-in lens cover and stylish design - a bargain.
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