Pentax Optio S5i

  |   by DigitalCameraReview Staff

Combining advanced Pentax lens technology with a detailed digital imaging system, the Optio 30 is an appealing choice for those who want good-looking pictures from a camera that’s easy to use.

Optics and Resolution
The Optio 30 has a 3.2-megapixel CCD sensor, which can capture images with enough detail to print photo-quality at sizes up to 10 by 14 inches. It comes with a Pentax high-efficiency 3x optical zoom, which coupled with the camera’s 4x digital zoom, allows you to a combined zoom of 12x.

Movie Mode
Like many other digital cameras in its class, the Optio 30 can capture short, silent video clips in movie mode. The maximum length of the movies this camera can capture is governed by resolution settings (either 320×240 or 160×120 pixels) and memory card size, but generally these movies are just a few minutes in length. While not camcorder quality, these types of video clips are fun and convenient, and they’re perfect as e-mail attachments. The camera does not come with a video output terminal, which is often used to connect the camera to a TV, but you can move them to your PC via the camera’s USB port.

More Features

  • Compact, stylish body
  • Bright LCD monitor that’s easy to see even in direct sunlight
  • Black & White and Sepia digital filters for nostalgic, artistic effect
  • Three image-quality settings
  • Focus Free mode allows you to place a focus point anywhere in the image area
  • Single-touch playback quickly shows you the photos you’ve taken
  • Easy mode with help button allows easy operation for beginners

Storage and Transfer
Images and video are stored in 16 MB of internal memory, but the camera also has a slot for optional use of Secure Digital (SD) memory cards (memory card not included). Files can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB connectivity, which means it can be connected to any USB-based Windows 98/Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

Power and Size
The camera is powered by two AA-size batteries (alkaline included, rechargeable lithium ion recommended). The camera measures 3.7 by 2.4 by 1.4 inches and weighs 4.6 ounces without memory card or batteries (approximately 6.3 ounces with).

What’s in the Box
Optio 30 digital camera, two AA alkaline batteries, USB and video connection cables, strap, ACDSee image-management software

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