Oct 12, 2005

Pentax Optio S55 Review

The Pentax Optio S55 is a compact camera that packs a 5 megapixel imager and a 3X optical zoom lens in a sleek aluminum design. It featuring a smc Pentax lens coupled with their Sliding Lens system that allows the lens to fully retract inside the camera when it is turned off. Equipped with PictBridge technology, the S55 connects directly to any PictBridge compatible printer so you can print images without the use of a personal computer.

CNET have posted their Pentax Optio S55 Review and rated the digicam a 6.0 out of 10 or Good.
"The Pentax Optio S55 is a fun ultracompact camera with some handy features, but the camera's slow continuous shooting and inconsistent image quality might compromise your enjoyment
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Like the S5z, the Optio S55 offers a large 2.5-inch LCD, point-and-shoot simplicity, and a 30 frames-per-second (fps) movie mode limited only by the capacity of your camera's memory card. Some features--a maximum movie resolution of only 320x240, for instance--are less impressive than the S5z's, and the S55 retails for about $50 less. This Optio offers slightly more than point-and-shoot control, and while its image quality won't wow most judges, it usually produces pleasing photos."

Pentax Optio S55 Features:
  • Ultra compact 3.5 x 2.3 x 1 inches, weighs just 4.4 ounces

  • Stylish and durable aluminum alloy body

  • 3x Pentax zoom lens (35.6-107mm in 35mm equivalent)

  • 5.0-megapixel CCD imager for images up to 2560 x 1920 pixels

  • 320 x 240 motion JPEG with audio at 30/15fps, length limited to media capacity

  • 30 second voice memos can be attached to images

  • Shooting modes selected from a convenient mode dial

  • Super macro mode coverage down to 2.4 inches

  • Three metering choices: multi-segment, center weighted and spot

  • 28-zone, 62-city, world time with alarm clock.

  • Audio-Video output for TV display

  • 2.5" color TFT LCD monitor with 100% coverage

  • Powered by CR-V3 or 2xAA batteries

  • 11 MB of internal memory plus SD card slot

  • PictBridge, Epson PRINT Image Matching II and Exif Print compatible

  • USB Mass Storage compliant