Pentax S6 Review

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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Pentax Optio S6
Resolution: 6.00 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1/2.5 inch
(5.8mm x 4.3mm)
Kit Lens: 3.00x zoom
(38-114mm eq.)
Viewfinder: LCD
Extended ISO: 80 - 400
Shutter: 1/2000 - 4 seconds
Max Aperture: 2.7
Dimensions: 3.4 x 2.1 x 0.7 in.
(86 x 54 x 19 mm)
Weight: 4.2 oz (120 g)
includes batteries
Availability: 10/2005
Manufacturer: Pentax
Full specs: Pentax S6 specifications

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The Optio S6 combines Pentax's 'Sliding Lens System' technology seen in some of the company's past models (which removes elements from the optical path as the lens retracts, allowing a slimmer profile when the camera is powered off) with a 1/2.5" six megapixel CCD imager. There's also a Pentax-branded 3x optical zoom lens and 2.5" LCD display with a higher-than-average 232,000 pixels - but no optical viewfinder - in a compact body with smooth lines that should make for pocket-friendliness. The Pentax S6 is designed for simplicity and affordability first and foremost, and has a list price of just $350.

Other features include 23MB of built-in storage memory, NTSC / PAL video and USB 1.1 data connectivity (rather slower than the USB 2.0 High-Speed connections offered on many cameras these days), as well as a built-in flash and a macro mode that allows focusing as close as 15 centimeters. Power comed from a proprietary Lithium Ion rechargeable battery. The Pentax S6 ships from October 2005.

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