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Pentax Optio S1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 127 reviews of Pentax Optio S1. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People are impressed by the price and portability. The design and performance also get good reviews, whereas some have doubts about the flash and focus.

usability, performance, design, portability, price

battery, zoom, screen, focus, flash

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio S1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Pentax Optio S1


alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 user reviews of Pentax Optio S1 from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on People really like the color and reliability. The price and portability also get good feedback, but there are some mixed opinions about the performance and durability. The flash and focus get less positive views.

usability, portability, price, reliability, color

size, focus, flash

74% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Nov, 2019

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (

Pentax Optio S1


Looking for an inexpensive bauble with which to turn heads every time you take a snap? Photography stalwart Pentax is better known for practicality than trend setting, yet recent(ish) pocket snapshots including the Optio I-10 and RS1000 have bucked...

Attractively mirrored chrome-finished aluminium alloy body, solid feel build, inexpensive, relatively easy to use, a couple of fun effects filters

Images overall are ropey, optical zoom inaccessible when recording video

There’s not much to the Pentax Optio S1; it’s your average, easy to use “auto everything” £100 pocket snapper disguised as the chrome domed Silver Surfer. Ironically, this flash exterior led us to unwisely hope for a much better performance when it...

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Ben Pitt (

Pentax Optio S1 review


A competent low-cost camera with an impressive set of features, but paying just a little more brings big benefits

Aug, 2011

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The Pentax K-S1


If you're looking for high-end specs the PENTAX K-S1 really does have it all. From the PENTAX-developed AA (anti-aliasing) filter simulator (first introduced on the PENTAX K-3); and an optical viewfinder offering 100% field of view; to an built-in...

Aug, 2014

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New Colourful Digital SLR: The Pentax K-S1


The latest digital SLR to join the Ricoh Imaging UK family. Featuring outstanding imaging performance, progressive design and an innovative illuminated body, the K-S1 rivals even high-end models.

Aug, 2014

Expert review by : Matt Golowczynski (

Pentax Optio S1 review


With a 5x optical zoom, HD movie recording and plenty of processing options, is the Pentax Optio S1 the most capable sub-£100 camera available? Our Pentax Optio S1 review finds out...

Small, competitively priced, stylish next to many of its peers, brisk operation, good exposures

Unattractive plastic covering, white balance issues, corner softness, prone to flare

The Pentax Optio S1 brings together a capable zoom range and user-friendly features inside a tiny body, and in fine lighting conditions it can record noise-free images with good detail and colour. Sadly, image quality is let down by an unpredictable...

Jun, 2011

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Pentax - Optio S1


The Pentax Optio S range has always been popular, because it combines stylish good looks with a solid build and high-quality photo images. You won't be surprised to learn that the Optio S1 continues in the ...

The Optio S1 maintains the smart looks, high performance and solid build of its predecessors, while upgrading the detail and zoom and adding a host of new filters and system improvements. BEST POINT: Range of new and upgraded features. WORST POINT: No...

May, 2011

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Pentax Optio S1 Digital Compact Camera Review


Daniel Bell takes a look at the Pentax Optio S1 digital compact camera.

Really small camera and stylish design; Large ISO range; Good portraits; Easy to use; D-Range mode

Pictures are poor using some of the modes, such as HDR

May, 2011

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Pentax Optio S1 Preview


Pentax product manager, Steve Sanderson treated us to a glimpse of their new slim and stylish compact digital camera, the S1.

Mar, 2011

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Pentax Optio S1


The Pentax Optio S1 is slim enough to slip into your pocket with ease and features pleasingly smooth, rounded corners to its retro-styled plastic body.

Expert review by : Molly McHugh (

Pentax Optio S1 Review


The Pentax Optio S1 gets points for style, size, and convenience. And when paired with its adequate performance, it's a respectable choice.

People need inexpensive and adequate digital cameras, and Pentax produced the Optio S1 to meet that need. There’s nothing revolutionary or mind blowing about its technology, but it is easy to use and takes decent to above-average photos, if you’re...

Oct, 2011

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