This review is devoted to Optio S1 that Pentax has first introduced to the public in Mar 02, 2011. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 14.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CCD sensor.
In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #224 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 43/100 and it takes a rank of #551 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Pentax Optio S1 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Pentax Optio S1. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Compact cameras.
Pentax Optio S1 has the following external dimensions 114 x 114 x 28 mm (44.88 x 22.83 x 11.02″) with the weight of 157 g.
The typical weight for average Small Sensor Compact type cameras is 175g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Pentax Optio S1, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Pentax Optio S1 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 28mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Pentax Optio S1 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Pentax Optio S1 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Pentax Optio S1 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Pentax Optio S1 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Pentax Optio S1 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Pentax Optio S1 boasts of a resolution of 14.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CCD sensor.
The base of Pentax Optio S1 has the following ISO range 80 - 6400 .
Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Pentax Optio S1. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .
Pentax Optio S1 features a 14.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
Pentax Optio S1 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Pentax Optio S1 with other standard sensor sizes.
Pentax Optio S1 is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.7" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.
Some of the other highlights of Pentax Optio S1 are its 1.0 fps max speed and 1/1500 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, Optio S1 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.
As for the video quality characteristics of Pentax Optio S1, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1280 x 720 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Pentax Optio S1 allows you to save files in Motion JPEG formats.
Comparing the technical characteristics of this model with the modern standards, we have to admit that 1280 x 720 is a rather poor indicator of video resolution. However, if you are looking for a camera that has 4K video support, we recommend you to consider our Cheapest Camera with 4K video.
Pentax Optio S1 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
You can connect Optio S1 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Pentax Optio S1 provides a shooting life of 260, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 241 shots.
Compared to all models in the Small Sensor Compact category, Pentax Optio S1 offers the highest battery life that reaches 260 shots.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Pentax Optio S1’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Pentax Optio S1’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Optio S1 to the average Compact camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax Optio S1 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 20. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax Optio S1 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax Optio S1 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 17. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax Optio S1 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax Optio S1 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 23. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax Optio S1 can be called a 23 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax Optio S1 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 21. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax Optio S1 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax Optio S1 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 32. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax Optio S1 can be called a 32 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Mar 02, 2011|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||4 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/1500 s|
|Continuous Shooting||1.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-eye, Soft|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||14.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4288 x 3216|
|Max Native ISO||6,400|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||80|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||9|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1280 x 720|
|Video Formats||Motion JPEG|
|Physical Dimensions||114 x 58 x 28 mm|
|Battery Life||260 shots|
|Battery Type||260 shots|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal|