Pentax Optio S1 Review

June 22, 2011 | Gavin Stoker |


Camera Type Digital zoom compact camera
Type 1/2.3'' CCD
Size 1/2.3''
Effective Pixels Approx. 14 megapixels
Still 14M, 10M (1:1) 10M (16:9), 7M, 2M (16:9), 640 (640 x 480 pixels)
Movie HDTV 720p (1280x720), VGA (640x480), QVGA (320x240)? at 30 or 15 fps
Colour Depth 12 bits x 3 colours
Sensitivity Auto, Fixed (ISO 64 - 6400)
Shake Reduction CCD-shift Shake Reduction
Focal Length 5?25mm f/3.9(W) - f/5.7(T), equ. to 28?140mm in 35mm
Digital Zoom Optical zoom: 5x
Digital zoom: approx. 6.7x
Intelligent zoom: approx. 7x at 7M, approx. 33.5x at 640 (including optical zoom)
Construction PENTAX zoom lens, 9 elements in 8 groups (4 aspherical elements)
Focusing System
Type TTL Contrast detection Autofocus system
Functions 9-point Multi?AF, Spot AF, Auto?tracking AF (anticipating moving subject)
Focus Range (automatic) Normal : 0.4m ? infinity (at wide setting), 1m ? infinity (at tele setting)
Macro : 0.1m ? 0.5m (at wide setting), 0.3 m ? 0.5m (at medium magnification)
Super macro : 0.05m ? 0.30m (at wide setting)
Infinity-landscape, Pan Focus, Manual Focus: available? ?
AF assist AF assist lamp at front
Type 2.7'' (6.86cm) colour LCD, extra wide angle viewing with AR coating
Resolution approx. 230k dots
Playback Blink detection, Slideshow, Miniature Filter, Image Rotation, HDR Filter, Digital Filters, Frame Composite, Movie Edit, Red eye Compensation, Resize, Cropping, Image/Sound Copy, Voice Memo, Protect, DPOF, Start-up Image
Type Program controlled electronic auto exposure with electronic shutter with CCD
Speed 1/6000  - 1/4 sec.  4 sec max. (Night Scene mode)
Exposure system
Metering Multi-segment metering, Centre-weighted metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Auto Picture, Program, Blue Sky, Landscape, Flower, Sunset, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Portrait, Natural Skin Tone, Food, Digital SR, Kids, Pet, Sport, Surf & Snow, Fireworks, Frame Composite, Party, Candlelight, Text, Miniature Filter, HDR Filter, Movie, Green
Compensation +/- 2EV (1/3EV steps)
Type Integrated auto flash control
Modes Flash-on and Flash-off modes
"Red-eye" reduction function
Effective Range Wide: approx. 0.3 ? 3.6m (ISO Auto)
Tele: approx. 1.0 ? 2.5m (ISO Auto)
Exposure Parameters
Modes One shot, Self-timer (2 or 10 sec), Continuous shooting, Burst shooting, Remote Control
Face Recognition Face recognition (detects up to 16 faces), Smile capture, Smile detection and auto-picture)
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light, Manual setting
Digital Filter B&W, Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Colour, Extract Colour, Colour Emphasis, Soft, Brightness?
Recording Sound : Yes
Movie “Shake reduction” ? stabilized video
Duration : Depends on memory card capacity
Resolution : HDTV (1280x720), VGA (640x480), QVGA (320x240), at 30 or 15 fps
Dedicated REC button at the camera's back
Editing Yes
Options Slideshow, Image Rotation, Miniature Filter, HDR Filter, Digital Filter(B&W , Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Color Emphasis,  Soft, Brightness Filter), Frame Composite, Movie Edit, Red-eye Compensation, Resize, Cropping, Image/Sound Copy,  Voice Memo, Protect, DPOF, Startup Screen?
Internal Approx 42.7 MB
External Compatible with SD, SDHC and SDXC cards
File Format JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF 2.0, DPOF
Print image Matching III
AVI (Motion JPEG), WAV (PCM) mono
Special Features
Features World time: 75 cities, 28 time zones Others:
CCD-shift Shake Reduction
Digital Shake Reduction
Movie Shake Reduction
Noise reduction if shutter speed exceeds 0.25 sec ?
Language English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Thai, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
Interface USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed), PC / AV terminal (PAL / NTSC)
Source Rechargeable D?LI78 Lithium?ion battery
Performance Approx. 180 shots and 120 min in play mode  
Height 54 mm
Width 90 mm
Depth 20 mm
Weight 110 g unloaded, 126 g loaded and ready
PC Windows XP SP3, VistaTM and 7
Mac OS X 10.3.9 or above
Included Software Arcsoft Media Impression for PENTAX
Kit Content AV cable, USB cable, Li-ion battery, power adapter, strap and software
Optional Leather case, leather strap, weatherproof remote control, battery charger