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Pentax Optio S40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 252 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the price and size. The portability and performance are also mentioned favorably. The low light performance and shutter get critical reviews, while opinions are divided on the reliability.

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image quality, screen, flash, shutter, low-light

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio S40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Stuart Miles (pocket-lint.com)

Pentax Optio S40

 

Graphics card companies have been doing it for ages. Take a successful top of the range model, pare it down and then sell it as a “lite” version to people who can't afford your top of the range model and in a nutshell that's what Pentax has done here....

Small, metal case, AA batteries,

AA batteries, no memory card in box

Pentax has taken the polished S4 model and manage to offer this “lite” version for newcomers that still offers the goods. Our only main concern is the level of noise we found in some of the pictures, however this aside, this is s a strong model at a...

Jul, 2004

Expert review by : David D. Busch (cnet.co.uk)

Pentax Optio S40 review

 

Intro Flexible automatic-exposure options, easy manual focus, and histogram-assisted exposure adjustments will please snapshooters who want to fine-tune pictures on the fly, but the Pentax Optio S40 lacks the manual controls enthusiasts look for. This...

Compact; excellent macro capabilities; easy-to-use manual focus.

Tiny, inaccurate optical viewfinder; LCD panel difficult to view in bright sunlight; average performance.

Its viewfinder shortcomings affect outdoor use, but this ultracompact model for the point-and-shoot set is versatile and user-friendly.

Dec, 2004

Expert review by : What Digital Camera Magazine (whatdigitalcamera.com)

Review of the Pentax Optio S40 - Digital SLR Reviews

 

Pocket powerhouse from the ever-swelling Optio stable with high quality lenses mounted in slimline bodies...

Expert review by : David D. Busch (cnet.com)

Pentax Optio S40 review

 

Intro Flexible automatic-exposure options, easy manual focus, and histogram-assisted exposure adjustments will please snapshooters who want to fine-tune pictures on the fly, but the Pentax Optio S40 lacks the manual controls enthusiasts look for. This...

Compact; excellent macro capabilities; easy-to-use manual focus.

Tiny, inaccurate optical viewfinder; LCD panel difficult to view in bright sunlight; average performance.

Its viewfinder shortcomings affect outdoor use, but this ultracompact model for the point-and-shoot set is versatile and user-friendly.

Dec, 2004

Expert review by : Tracey Capen (pcworld.com)

Pentax Optio S40 Digital Camera

 

Photograph: Rick Rizner

Jun, 2004

Expert review by : Tony Hoffman (pcmag.com)

Pentax Optio S40

 

Compact and reasonably priced for its feature set, the 4-megapixel Optio S40 suffers when it comes to image quality and, above all, speed.

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May, 2004

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (steves-digicams.com)

Pentax Optio S40

 

Continue on to Page Two Optio S40 Specifications Effective Pixels 4.0 megapixels Image Sensor Type - 1/2.5 inch interline transfer CCD with a primary color filter Total Pixels - 4.23 megapixels Color Depth - 12 bit x 3 colors Recorded Pixels 2304x1728,...

May, 2004

Expert review by : David D. Busch (cnet.com.au)

Pentax Optio S40

 

A flexible 4-megapixel snapshot camera with a few notable flaws.

Compact ; Excellent macro capabilities ; Easy-to-use manual focus

Tiny, inaccurate optical viewfinder ; LCD panel difficult to view in bright sunlight ; Average performance

Dec, 2004

Expert review by (photoreview.com.au)

Pentax Optio S40

 

Key controls on Pentax's Optio S40 are accessed via the top-mounted mode dial, which has a central on/off switch and settings for full auto ('Easy Mode', which is identified by a green smiley face icon), program AE, Picture Mode (which accesses the...

12x playback zoom ; Compact, lightweight body ; Histogram display

Weak flash ; Noise in low light shots ; Restricted dynamic range [BG05

Key controls on Pentax's Optio S40 are accessed via the top-mounted mode dial, which has a central on/off switch and settings for full auto ('Easy Mode', which is identified by a green smiley face icon), program AE, Picture Mode (which accesses the...

Oct, 2004

Expert review by : Darren (digital photography blog)

Pentax Optio S40

 

The Pentax Optio S40 is a 4 megapixel, 3x optical zoom camera that comes bundled up in an attractive and sturdy metal casing. It has a 1.6 inch LCD. It has 11MB of built in memory as well as an SD-MMC slot. Its has the option of being powered either by...

GOLDEN, Colorado (February 2, 2004) Will 2004 be the year you go digital? The new PENTAX Optio S40 is a 4 megapixel, 3X zoom digital camera that is loaded with the features to help you on your way! Sporting a sleek aluminum design and the signature,...

Feb, 2004

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