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Pentax Optio S55

Pentax-Optio-S55-2'The Pentax Optio S55 is a 5.0 megapixel digital camera with a 3x Optical Zoom lens. It has a 2.5inch LCD display, 11 megabytes of internal memory, SD Card memory expansion, PictBridge compatability, in camera digital filters and a macro mode that allows shooting as close as 6cm.

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Pentax Optio S55 Reviews

Lets Go Digital Previews the Pentax Optio S55 digital camera and writes - 'The Pentax S55 Easy mode makes photography a cinch for those not used to taking pictures. Selectable from the mode dial, it gives users access to the Auto Select function that automatically selects the best shooting mode for the scene at hand from a choice of Program, Portrait, Landscape and Night Scene. Furthermore, it also provides optimal settings for white balance, AF area, exposure metering, sensitivity and more. And promoting even easier operation still, the Pentax Optio S55 features a handy Help function that displays explanations of button functions on the screen for shooting and playback too, making it easy to understand and operate the camera even without the manual.'

Steves Digicams reviews the Pentax Optio S55 and writes - 'The Pentax Optio S55 offers a good value with its under-$300 MSRP, 5-megapixel resolution, ease of fully-automatic operation, useful scene modes, durable compact design, built-in help screens, 2.5-inch LCD monitor and good image quality. It trails the competition, however, with its relatively sluggish performance, low resolution movie mode and the lack of both a focus-assist lamp and an optical viewfinder. '

Digital Camera Info reviews the Pentax Optio S55 and writes - 'Many fundamental aspects of the Optio S55 � its size, 5 megapixel CCD, 3x optical zoom lens, 115,000-pixel LCD, $250-or-so street price � are decidedly middle-of-the-road. There are loads of cameras with those specs, because many, many snapshooters will get the results they want with cameras like that. The camera is easy to use in automatic mode and built well enough to survive rough handling � if you forget about it in the bottom of your backpack for a while, it will probably emerge okay. The on-screen help features should be useful to casual users as well. Unfortunately, the S55 also contains some glaring flaws that will frustrate even the most complacent snapshooter. Pentax heavily markets the camera�s large LCD screen, omitting the fact that its quality is extremely substandard, making it difficult to accurately perceive the frame and review images. There is also no manual mode included, forcing those beginner users looking to grow into the medium to look elsewhere or buy multiple cameras. Furthermore, the S55 eats through batteries faster than any other camera that we have reviewed, and for those who like the freedom of AAs, the seemingly affordable point-and-shoot will soon become a constant cash-consumer. Therefore, those users looking to learn more about photography should look at other cameras that offer more manual control, but for the snapshooter on a tight budget, with a slight decrease in price (below $200), the S55 would be a reasonable choice. '

DigiCam Reivew has reviewed the Pentax Optio S45 and S55 and writes - 'The Pentax Optio S45 and S55 are both good all round digital cameras - easy to fit into pockets, full of features to suit all level of photographer. The cameras take AA batteries, and have a metal body so would make a great travel camera. The easy to use camera is capable of good results, although there is some purple fringing and images are slightly soft. The super macro mode is good. Both cameras are very good value for money at around �110 for the S45, and �165 for the S55. I would recommend this camera to someone looking for a versatile, highly pocketable digital camera. If you were to choose between the two, my preference would be towards the 4 megapixel Optio S45 which will produce photos capable of being printed at upto A4 and offers excellent value for money - for slightly more detail then I'd recommend the Optio S55.'

Trusted Reviews has posted a review of the Pentax Optio S55 digital camera and writes - 'As a budget compact, the Optio S55 has a lot going for it, but unfortunately it is let down by image noise problems and a very confusing list of modes and options. It is rugged and well made though, so you could do worse for your winter holidays.'

CNET Reviews has a review of the Pentax Optio S55 digital camera and writes - 'Pentax currently has a slew of 5-megapixel cameras on the shelves. Among them is the Pentax Optio S55, an ultracompact model with a 3X zoom, tailored slightly more toward the novice than the company's S5z. Though remarkably similar to that model, the Pentax Optio S55 is a smidge larger and touts a help function to better explain its various modes and buttons without sending you to the operating manual. 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 News Release:

PENTAX Imaging Company has announced three new digital camera additions to its popular Optio digital camera lines. The PENTAX Optio S5z, the Optio S55 and the Optio S45 as well as the manufacturers sixth DA lens will ship to dealers in June 2005.

The PENTAX Optio S5z is the fifth iteration in the most popular compact and lightweight PENTAX digital camera series. Like its predecessors, the Optio S5z is loaded with features and boasts a 2.5 inch monitor to optimize image composition and playback. With a 3X optical zoom and the power of 5.0 effective megapixels, the Optio S5z features an aluminum alloy exterior and a rounded corner design and rubber grip. Measuring just 3.3 x 2.2 x 0.8 inches and weighing only 3.7 ounces (without battery), the small size of the Optio S5z is made possible through the innovative PENTAX Sliding Lens system that moves the powerful lens up and away as it retracts into the camera.

This S series of Optio digital cameras that are as small as an Altoids tin continues to be one of our most popular digital cameras, said Ned Bunnell, director of marketing, PENTAX Imaging Company. Stylish, compact and full-featured, this series is the benchmark for the go everywhere digital user. The PENTAX Optio S5z will be available for under $350 US.

Two more PENTAX digital cameras have been announced that follow in the no experience required tradition that makes digital a little less daunting for newcomers. The PENTAX Optio S55 delivers powerful 5.0 megapixel resolution, a 3X optical zoom and a 2.5 inch LCD monitor. Easy to understand and use, the Optio S55 features a Help mode that displays function explanations to reduce operating manual dependency. The Optio S55 will be available for under $300 US.

The third PENTAX digital is the Optio S45, a compact digital camera featuring 4.0 megapixels, a 3X optical zoom and a large 2.5 inch LCD monitor. With the large monitor that simplifies composition and playback, the Optio S45 is well suited to any user. The Optio S45 will be available in limited distribution for under $230 US.

PENTAX also will ship the latest compact, lightweight 4X telephoto zoom DA lens for use with digital SLR cameras. First announced at the Photo Manufacturers Association (PMA) trade show in February 2005, the smc PENTAX-DA 50mm-200mm F4-F5.6 ED is developed for exclusive use with PENTAX digital SLR cameras for both mid-range telephoto applications and serious long-range applications. Mounted on the PENTAX *ist D or PENTAX *ist DS, this lens offers focal lengths equivalent from 76.5mm to 306mm (in the 35mm format). This wide coverage is ideal for a variety of telephoto applications, including portraiture, sports and scenery. The lens will be available at $300 US.

Posted by Darren in our Pentax category on May 11, 2005


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