Pentax Optio S50

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by Chris D, Apr 13, 2005.

  1. Chris D

    Chris D Guest

    ANyone know what these are like? $349 from
    digitalcamerawarehouse.com.au, just seems too cheap to be true
    for a 5MP camera, 3x optical zoom. What's the catch? I Can
    find plenty of reviews for the more expensive Optio models, but
    not the S50. Anyone got any hands-on with one?

    I'm starting to research a second camera - we have an A95, I
    want a second to take away with me for 10 weeks, which needs to
    be smaller than the A95 - I really do need it to fit comfortably
    in a pocket (airforce recruit training, the're not gonna let me
    have a camera case slung over my shoulder or strapped to my
    belt), I'd like 4 or 5 MP, as I'm not the greatest photographer
    on the planet, and I'd like to be able to have some room for
    decent crops to make a good photo. Some sturdyness would be
    nice, as it might get a little roughness through training. One
    thing I love about the A95 is 2 shots per second in burst mode,
    for a few shots - I'd really like something similar in anything
    else I get. Manual exposure controls also a big plus.

    I've still got about 3 months to research, look about, and see
    what else hits the market, but so far, the Optio S50 looks
    pretty good, unless someone has seen otherwise. (New A510 could
    be a winner as well..) Budget is probably going to be about $400
    -$450.

    TIA

    -Chris D
     
    Chris D, Apr 13, 2005
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  2. Chris D

    Guest Guest

    Image quality is "second rate" according to Steve's Digicams...

    http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_reviews/optios50_pg5.html

    "If you're in the market for an easy to use compact 5-megapixel digicam, I
    recommend that you spend a few more dollars and consider the SONY Cyber-shot
    DSC-P93 or the Canon PowerShot A95 instead."

    Dirtcheap has the Sony for $476 and the Canon for $532, which obviously
    makes the Pentax more attractive pricewise.

    MM
     
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    corks Guest

    ive got a s30 , i used for werk, throw in my bag and chuck in the car, works
    fine, piccies are good , no probs there at all

    the s40 didnt get as good a reviews and neither did the s50 - case of jsut
    upping the mp size in the camera and doing nothing else - mp race.....

    firnd of mine has the canon ixus 5 and that does take a nice tho - prolly be
    in your price soon
     
    corks, Apr 13, 2005
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    Ken Chandler Guest

    I've not got any personal experience with the camera but Steves-DC has a
    review you might be interested in:

    http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_reviews/optios50.html

    regards,

    Ken
     
    Ken Chandler, Apr 13, 2005
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  5. Chris D

    Chris D Guest

    Now why didn't I find that when I was looking for it? <sigh>

    Thanks for the feedback folks, sounds like I'll avoid this one
    :) I'll see what the Ixus prices do in the next few months.

    -Chris D
     
    Chris D, Apr 13, 2005
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