Pentax Optio S5i Review posted|
(Saturday, December 18, 2004 - 00:37 EST)
The Pentax Optio "S" series digicams have long been favorites of mine, ever since the original Optio S first appeared, nestled in an Altoids(tm) tin.
The latest model is the 5-megapixel Pentax Optio S5i, delivering the same level of features and functionality (amazing for a subcompact digital camera model) that have made the line such a huge success. In our testing, the Pentax S5i delivered good (although slightly understated) color and tone, better than average battery life (for a subcompact), and better than average image noise levels relative to much of the competition.
Rank beginners will find it trivial to use in full auto mode or one of its many preprogrammed "scene" modes, while more advanced users will love its full exposure control and adjustments for color, contrast, and sharpness.
Overall, if you're looking for an ultra-compact camera with a full feature set, the Optio S5i is hard to beat. Excellent for travel and as a "take anywhere" camera, the Pentax Optio S5i arguably packs more photographic capability per cubic inch than anything else on the market. Read our review of the Pentax Optio S5i for all the details!