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Pentax Optio SV

alaTest has collected and analyzed 111 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the screen and usability. The size and zoom also get good views. There are some mixed opinions about the viewfinder and image quality, while the memory and reliability get critical reviews.

portability, zoom, size, usability, screen

performance, shutter, focus, reliability, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio SV is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Riyad Emeran (

Pentax Optio SV - Digital Camera


Pentax has managed to squeeze a 5x optical zoom into a very compact digital camera. The Optio SV looks set to take the compact digital camera market by storm.

Pentax has created an excellent camera in the form of the Optio SV and although it’s not completely perfect, it’s pretty close. The maximum four second shutter priority could be better and the detail resolution isn't quite on a par with the Ixus 500,...

Feb, 2005

Expert review by : What Digital Camera Magazine (

Review of the Pentax Optio SV - Digital SLR Reviews


The Optio SV's killer feature is the 5x zoom, plus a 5MP resolution covering the 35mm equivalent of 36-180mm.

Expert review by : David D. Busch (

Pentax Optio SV review


Pentax Optio SV A 5X optical zoom lens, excellent macro capabilities, and a burst mode that doesn't know when to quit differentiate the otherwise average Pentax Optio SV from the proliferation of 5-megapixel snapshot cameras. One of four 5-megapixel...

Compact and easy to use; indefatigable burst mode; excellent macro capabilities.

Average image quality; mediocre performance.

Though this snapshot camera has some admirable qualities, its poor performance and photo quality keep it from making the grade.

Mar, 2005

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (

Pentax Optio SV


Continue on to Features & Controls Pentax Optio SV Specifications Type: Fully automatic compact digital still camera with built-in zoom lens Effective Pixels: 5.0 megapixels Sensor: 1/2.5 inch interline transfer CCD with a primary color filter 5.36...

Nov, 2004

Expert review by : David D. Busch (

Pentax Optio SV


Though this snapshot camera has some admirable qualities, its poor performance and photo quality keep it from making the grade.

Compact and easy to use ; Indefatigable burst mode ; Excellent macro capabilities

Average image quality ; Mediocre performance

Mar, 2005

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Pentax Optio SV Digital Camera Review


Launched in 2004, it has been a camera with a revolutionary reduction in size with excellent portability and ease of use (aluminium alloy body, but the camera tripod mount is plastic). Red-eye reduction function does not always work for this digital...

Feb, 2007

Expert review by : Dc Resource (

Expert Review


At first glance, the PentaxOptio SV (street price around $360) looks likejust another ultra-compact metal camera. And forthe most part, that's just what it is -- with oneexception. Unlike nearly all of the competition,the SV packs a powerful 5X zoom...

Ultra-compact, stylish metal body with a 5X zoom lens, Full manual controls, Very good macro mode, Can save favorite settings to mode dial, Nice features: numerous bracketing options, interval shooting, digital filters, Camera charging cradle can...

Soft, fuzzy images; above average noise levels for a 5MP camera, Sluggish performance: average (or maybe worse) focusing and shot-to-shot times, unimpressive continuous shooting mode, Redeye, LCD difficult to see in low light, Poor low light focusing,...

Jan, 2005

Expert review by : Ilse Jurrien (

Pentax Optio SV


Pentax Corporation introduces the new OptioSV, a compact digital camera with 5X optical zoom and the image quality of 5.0 effective megapixels. It also has particularly compact dimensions, bringing such zooming power together with portability. Such...

Sep, 2004

Expert review by : Darren (digital photography blog)

Pentax Optio SV


The Pentax Optio SV is a 5.36 megapixel digital camera with a 5x Optical Zoom lens that has plenty of features to keep even the more serious digital photographer happy. It has 12 picture modes, a 1.8inch LCD and a aluminum alloy body. The Pentax Optio...

The Pentax Optio SV incorporates a sliding lens system with a sleek design that measures in at only 3.0 x 1.8 x 0.9 inches

Sep, 2004

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Pentax Optio SV


As I wrote in my review of the Epson L-500V elsewhere in this issue of Handheld Computing Magazine, the 4 to 5-megapixel subcompact has come to be the definitive all-purpose, take-everywhere digicam for virtually everyone whose needs do not extend into...

No matter how much we obsess over details and compare one camera's features to those of competing models, it all boils down to people wanting a subcompact digital camera to do two things: get the shot with minimal hassle, and produce attractive output...

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