Pentax Optio S1

  • Pentax Optio S1
68
Based on 13 scores, 16 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    0
  • Good:
    3
  • Average:
    4
  • Bad:
    6

Pros:

  • Simple, clean design, Easy to use, Built-in editor, filters are great for entry-level shooters
  • Small, competitively priced, stylish next to many of its peers, brisk operation, good exposures

Cons:

  • Noisy above ISO 800, Poor low-light performance
  • Unattractive plastic covering, white balance issues, corner softness, prone to flare

Expert reviews and ratings

By Photo Answers on 60

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....

By Digital Trends on 70

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

By Computeractive on 60

The Pentax Optio S1 is a reasonably cheap compact camera with a stylish, slim design and several useful creative features but it's not the best model available in its price range....

By Expert Reviews on 80

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

By DigitalCameraInfo on -

The Pentax Optio S1 has a brilliant exterior that caught the eye of our entire imaging team. Yet in the same way that a middle-aged, underemployed man might go out and buy a sports car to overcompensate for his insecurities, Pentax–it seems, is...

By CNET UK on 70

The Pentax Optio S1 is small, affordable and doesn't skimp on the specs. Picture quality isn't spectacular but those looking for a simple, stylish compact in the sub-£100 price bracket should definitely give it a...

By PhotographyBLOG on 70

We liked Pentax's low cost snappers of last year in the RS1000 (superceded by the RS1500) and i-10, which like the S1 majored heavily on funky design but for us delivered a more consistent imaging performance than the S1, which is slightly more...

By DigitalCameraReview on 60

The Optio S1 presents itself as an attractive, basic point-and-shoot. We liked its good color reproduction and solid build quality, the S1 falls short of its stiff...

By Pocket-lint on 60

The S1’s flashy exterior suggests a camera that not only costs more than it does, but - and here’s the danger - indicates one that should perform better than it does. As a result the S1 is something of a let down, which is a real shame as we...

By Steves Digicams on -

Finally a night out with the friends, and you're sporting all your best fashions. Pimp clothes, check. Dope footwear, check. The ever-essential cellphone, check. Camera to capture all of tonight's adventures...well, do I really want to carry...

By What Digital Camera on 83

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...

By itreviews.com on 80

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....

By ePHOTOzine on 60

Priced at £99.99 the Optio S1 enters a very competitive market and performance wise can certainly hold its own. It's not exactly feature packed and one or two of the modes give strange results (HDR), but if you enjoy shooting landscapes and...

International Review By Magnus.de on -

Die Pentax Optio S1 ist eine schmucke Kamera für Gelegenheitsknipser, die einfach zu bedienen ist. Die Bildqualität ist leider nur...

International Review By Betabuzz on 69

Die Pentax Optio S1 schließt mit ihrem Kleinstformat eine gute Lücke für Gelegenheitsfotografen: Das Gerät ist unauffällig, sieht schick aus und produziert trotz Budget-Preis durchaus ansehnliche Ergebnisse. Bleibt zu hoffen,...

International Review By 01net on 60

Une vidéo HD de qualité médiocre et un bruit numérique marqué dès 800 ISO sont les deux faiblesses de l'Optio S1. Ses atouts : son prix attractif (on le déniche à 120 euros sur le Net), sa compacité, sa...