Pentax Optio S30 Digital Camera [3MP 3x Optical]
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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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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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To sum up, exceptional value, quality finish, easy to use and slips easily into the pocket.
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.
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.
It fits perfectly into your handbag making it perfect to take out, on nights out with the girls!
It take high quality pictures and looks stylish too!
Go on treat yourself.... BUY IT!!!
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