Pentax Optio S4 digital camera review

Small size plays an important role in the modern world of portable digital electronics. Most manufacturers strive not only to reduce the dimensions of the equipment they produce, but also to try to fit all the latest new technologies and developments in a small case. Of course, big-name PHOTO brands do not miss the chance to bring ever smaller cameras to the market. So, in today's review, we will consider a representative of cameras of a small, if not "pocket", size - Pentax Optio S4.

Indeed, the dimensions of the camera are not too large. If not for the width of the camera, then the front side of the S4 is no more than a standard credit card. And the weight of the camera, about 100 grams, does not interfere with wearing the device in the breast pocket of a shirt or jacket. Moreover, the manufacturer has provided a hole in the camera body for threading the cord. Thus, despite its small size, the camera will not slip out of your hand. By the way, the body itself is aluminum, with circular grooves only exacerbating the ease of wearing and using the camera. Let's get acquainted with the brief technical characteristics of the novelty:

Effective pixels Matrices / total pixels

4.0 megapixels (effective) / 4.23 megapixels total

Matrix

1/2.5 inch. CCD - sensor

Supported resolutions

2304x1728, 1600x1200, 1024x768, 640x480

Sensitivity

Equivalent - ISO50, 100, 200

Frame compression ratio

"Good", "increased", "best"

Data carriers

11MB built-in memory, SD / MMC memory cards

White Balance

Auto, daylight, cloudy, artificial light, fluorescent, manual

Lens

Focal length: 5.8mm - 17.4mm

Aperture: f2.6- f4.8

6 elements in 5 groups (two aspherical elements)

Zoom

LCD monitor

1.6" TFT color LCD monitor

Focus

7-zone TTL system

Normal mode: 0.4m to infinity

Macro: 0.18m to 0.5m

Super Macro: 0.06m to 0.2m

Shutter

Shutter speed range: 1/2000 to 4 seconds

Power supply

Lithium - ion battery D-Li8 710 mAh or AC adapter

Interface

USB / AV port ( USB 1.1), external network adapter port

Dimensions

Weight

98 g without memory card and battery

So, the case is quite small and compact, but despite this, all the necessary controls are located "at hand", more precisely, "under the fingers". The upper side of the camera is given to the shutter button and the power button of the camera. Holding down the power button for a long time puts the camera into voice recorder mode. It is worth noting that this button is framed by an LED ring that displays the operating mode of the device - photography - green glow, voice recorder - red glow.

The rear surface of the camera is not too different from other digital cameras - there is a 1.6-inch LCD monitor, an optical viewfinder with two diode lamps - red and green, as well as the main control buttons: the camera menu button, display control , flash, switch between macro and landscape. The joystick, again located on the rear surface of the camera, also bears a functional load - the choice of the main shooting modes by pressing the down arrow, in addition, the joystick is responsible for moving between menu items.

The front surface of the camera is decorated with a flash, a viewfinder eye, a lamp - an indicator of the voice recorder, a microphone and, directly, a lens with a 3x optical zoom. When you press the power button, the lens smoothly leaves the body by about two centimeters.

The shooting mode selection menu looks like this:

Here you can switch between panoramic shooting, digital filter mode, shooting 3D frames, recording movies.

The menu screens for the settings of the camera itself and the parameters of the frame are arranged quite simply - the structural division into three groups: "shooting", "playback", "settings". In the first submenu, everything is configured related to setting the image resolution, white balance, sensitivity:

In the "playback" submenu, you can edit the received frames, reduce the size, trim the borders, adjust the slide show:

Well, in the last “settings” menu, you can configure the side parameters of the camera that are not related to shooting - time, date, sound, menu language:

The digital viewfinder screen looks like this:

Shooting mode, flash, battery indicator, type of memory used (built-in memory or flash card) are displayed here.

Shooting

Smoothly moving on to the description of shooting modes and parameters, it is worth noting the fact that the entire process of preparing for recording frames takes about five seconds. From pressing the camera's power button to the click of the shutter.

As already mentioned, Pentax Optio S4 supports several shooting modes. The first of them and the simplest is automatic, when the user only needs to select an object for shooting and press the shutter button. Unfortunately, in such a simple and inexpensive device, the manufacturer did not provide for almost any manual shooting settings, be it shutter speed or aperture. The flight of creative imagination of a novice user will be limited only by exposure compensation, white balance adjustment, choice of ISO sensitivity equivalents and focusing options.

The quality of static photos is quite average for digital cameras. If you do not increase or resize the image, then it is almost impossible to notice noise and other flaws in the matrix. A detailed examination of the frame revealed flaws in both the optics and the camera matrix itself - noise, unjustified blurring of the frame, shadows and hazy fragments. Shooting indoors is aggravated by insufficient lighting of the frame, with the flash off and the use of artificial lighting. There is even more noise here than with street photography.

It is worth noting that the automatic white balance sometimes also fails. So, Auto mode incorrectly chose the illumination, and the frame turned out to be oversaturated blue.

Of the shooting modes, it is worth noting the possibility of using digital filters of various colors - blue, red, yellow and others. This allows you to saturate the frame with any one color, that is, to betray the feeling of shooting through colored glass.

Macro photography also stands out from the overall feature set. In addition to just macro mode, there is also super macro shooting. In this mode, the distance to the object being shot is reduced from 18 centimeters to 6 cm. Of course, the macro shooting of the Pentax Optio S4 is not as sophisticated as that of the Sony DSC T1, but it is also of quite acceptable quality. The quality of macro photography can be estimated from the following example:

While talking about shooting modes, it's impossible to skip "3D Mode". Even just opening the box with the camera, the construction of glasses and stands for them immediately catches your eye. Having assembled this structure, we get a device for viewing "three-dimensional images", that is, the camera is able to shoot just two frames in one. By printing the resulting photo and installing glasses, you can enjoy the effect of a three-dimensional image.

In addition to still frames, the S4 can also record short videos with sound. So, on the built-in memory of the camera - 11 megabytes - 60 seconds of video material.

No special video codecs are required to view the captured video, and the standard features of Windows XP turned out to be sufficient.

Long holding the power button puts the camera into voice recorder mode. Forty-five minutes on 11 megabytes of memory, the device records with ease. The microphone does not differ in the direction of its action, therefore it records almost all the surrounding sounds.

Power and connection to the computer

In general, such miniature cameras are designed to be carried in the pocket all the time and allow the user to create something like a "photo diary". It is easy and natural to take a small camera out of your pocket and use it to quickly capture the right moment of life around you.

Pentax Optio S4 digital camera review

Small size plays an important role in the modern world of portable digital electronics. Most manufacturers strive not only to reduce the dimensions of the equipment they produce, but also to try to fit all the latest new technologies and developments in a small case. Of course, big-name PHOTO brands do not miss the chance to bring ever smaller cameras to the market. So, in today's review, we will consider a representative of cameras of a small, if not "pocket" size - Pentax Optio S4.

Indeed, the dimensions of the chamber are not too large. If not for the width of the camera, then the front side of the S4 is no more than a standard credit card. And the weight of the camera, about 100 grams, does not interfere with wearing the device in the breast pocket of a shirt or jacket. Moreover, the manufacturer has provided a hole in the camera body for threading the cord. Thus, despite its small size, the camera will not slip out of your hand. By the way, the body itself is aluminum, with circular grooves only exacerbating the ease of wearing and using the camera. Let's get acquainted with the brief technical characteristics of the novelty:

Effective pixels Matrices / total pixels

4.0 megapixels (effective) / 4.23 megapixels total

Matrix

1/2.5 inch. CCD - sensor

Supported resolutions

2304x1728, 1600x1200, 1024x768, 640x480

Sensitivity

Equivalent - ISO50, 100, 200

Frame compression ratio

"Good", "increased", "best"

Data carriers

11MB built-in memory, SD / MMC memory cards

White Balance

Auto, daylight, cloudy, artificial light, fluorescent, manual

Lens

Focal length: 5.8mm - 17.4mm

Aperture: f2.6- f4.8

6 elements in 5 groups (two aspherical elements)

Zoom

LCD monitor

1.6" TFT color LCD monitor

Focus

7-zone TTL system

Normal mode: 0.4m to infinity

Macro: 0.18m to 0.5m

Super Macro: 0.06m to 0.2m

Shutter

Shutter speed range: 1/2000 to 4 seconds

Power supply

Lithium - ion battery D-Li8 710 mAh or AC adapter

Interface

USB / AV port ( USB 1.1), external network adapter port

Dimensions

Weight

98 g without memory card and battery

So, the case is quite small and compact, but despite this, all the necessary controls are located "at hand", more precisely, "under the fingers". The upper side of the camera is given to the shutter button and the power button of the camera. Holding down the power button for a long time puts the camera into voice recorder mode. It is worth noting that this button is framed by an LED ring that displays the operating mode of the device - photography - green glow, voice recorder - red glow.

The rear surface of the camera is not too different from other digital cameras - there is a 1.6-inch LCD monitor, an optical viewfinder with two diode lamps - red and green, as well as the main control buttons: the camera menu button, display control , flash, switch between macro and landscape. The joystick, again located on the rear surface of the camera, also bears a functional load - the choice of the main shooting modes by pressing the down arrow, in addition, the joystick is responsible for moving between menu items.

The front surface of the camera is decorated with a flash, a viewfinder eye, a lamp - an indicator of the voice recorder, a microphone and, directly, a lens with a 3x optical zoom. When you press the power button, the lens smoothly leaves the body by about two centimeters.

The shooting mode selection menu looks like this:

Here you can switch between panoramic shooting, digital filter mode, shooting 3D frames, recording movies.

The menu screens for the settings of the camera itself and the parameters of the frame are arranged quite simply - the structural division into three groups: "shooting", "playback", "settings". In the first submenu, everything is configured related to setting the image resolution, white balance, sensitivity:

In the "playback" submenu, you can edit the received frames, reduce the size, trim the borders, adjust the slide show:

Well, in the last “settings” menu, you can configure the side parameters of the camera that are not related to shooting - time, date, sound, menu language:

The digital viewfinder screen looks like this:

Shooting mode, flash, battery indicator, type of memory used (built-in memory or flash card) are displayed here.

Shooting

Smoothly moving on to the description of shooting modes and parameters, it is worth noting the fact that the entire process of preparing for recording frames takes about five seconds. From pressing the camera's power button to the click of the shutter.

As already mentioned, the Pentax Optio S4 supports several shooting modes. The first of them and the simplest is automatic, when the user only needs to select an object for shooting and press the shutter button. Unfortunately, in such a simple and inexpensive device, the manufacturer did not provide for almost any manual shooting settings, be it shutter speed or aperture. The flight of creative imagination of a novice user will be limited only by exposure compensation, white balance adjustment, choice of ISO sensitivity equivalents and focusing options.

The quality of static photos is quite average for digital cameras. If you do not increase or resize the image, then it is almost impossible to notice noise and other flaws in the matrix. A detailed examination of the frame revealed flaws in both the optics and the camera matrix itself - noise, unjustified blurring of the frame, shadows and hazy fragments. Shooting indoors is aggravated by insufficient lighting of the frame, with the flash off and the use of artificial lighting. There is even more noise here than with street photography.

It is worth noting that the automatic white balance sometimes also fails. So, Auto mode incorrectly chose the illumination, and the frame turned out to be oversaturated blue.

Of the shooting modes, it is worth noting the possibility of using digital filters of various colors - blue, red, yellow and others. This allows you to saturate the frame with any one color, that is, to betray the feeling of shooting through colored glass.

Macro photography also stands out from the overall feature set. In addition to just macro mode, there is also super macro shooting. In this mode, the distance to the object being shot is reduced from 18 centimeters to 6 cm. Of course, the macro shooting of the Pentax Optio S4 is not as sophisticated as that of the Sony DSC T1, but it is also of quite acceptable quality. The quality of macro photography can be estimated from the following example:

While talking about shooting modes, it's impossible to skip "3D Mode". Even just opening the box with the camera, the construction of glasses and stands for them immediately catches your eye. Having assembled this structure, we get a device for viewing "three-dimensional images", that is, the camera is able to shoot just two frames in one. By printing the resulting photo and installing glasses, you can enjoy the effect of a three-dimensional image.

In addition to still frames, the S4 can also record short videos with sound. So, on the built-in memory of the camera - 11 megabytes - 60 seconds of video material.

No special video codecs are required to view the captured video, and the standard features of Windows XP turned out to be sufficient.

Long holding the power button puts the camera into voice recorder mode. Forty-five minutes on 11 megabytes of memory, the device records with ease. The microphone does not differ in the direction of its action, therefore it records almost all the surrounding sounds.

Power and connection to the computer

Pentax Optio S4 draws energy from a 710 mAh lithium-ion battery. Approximately 150 shots using the LCD monitor and flash, the camera shoots with ease, that is, a partial battery lasts for 2-3 days of use.

Recharging the battery is carried out in the charger and takes approximately two hours.

Communication with the computer is made via the USB 1.1 interface. The connected camera is defined as an external storage device and the user gets at his full disposal all the memory of the flash card and the camera itself.

Impressions and conclusions

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Along with its small size and durable aluminum body, the Pentax Optio S4 has a good "hint" of a serious soap box - a four-megapixel matrix, a good lens design and a light control system in its structure. Of course, one cannot but find fault with the quality of the pictures and the functional set. But, despite this, the camera pleased with a number of interesting discoveries, such as the ability to capture three-dimensional images for viewing with special glasses.

Effective pixels Matrices / total pixels

4.0 megapixels (effective) / 4.23 megapixels total

Matrix

1/2.5 inch. CCD - sensor

Supported resolutions

2304x1728, 1600x1200, 1024x768, 640x480

Sensitivity

Equivalent - ISO50, 100, 200

Frame compression ratio

"Good", "increased", "best"

Data carriers

11MB built-in memory, SD / MMC memory cards

White Balance

Auto, daylight, cloudy, artificial light, fluorescent, manual

Lens

Focal length: 5.8mm - 17.4mm

Aperture: f2.6- f4.8

6 elements in 5 groups (two aspherical elements)

Zoom

LCD monitor

1.6" TFT color LCD monitor

Focus

7-zone TTL system

Normal mode: 0.4m to infinity

Macro: 0.18m to 0.5m

Super Macro: 0.06m to 0.2m

Shutter

Shutter speed range: 1/2000 to 4 seconds

Power supply

Lithium - ion battery D-Li8 710 mAh or AC adapter

Interface

USB / AV port ( USB 1.1), external network adapter port

Dimensions

Weight

98 g without memory card and battery

So, the case is quite small and compact, but despite this, all the necessary controls are located "at hand", more precisely, "under the fingers". The upper side of the camera is given to the shutter button and the power button of the camera. Holding down the power button for a long time puts the camera into voice recorder mode. It is worth noting that this button is framed by an LED ring that displays the operating mode of the device - photography - green glow, voice recorder - red glow.

The rear surface of the camera is not too different from other digital cameras - there is a 1.6-inch LCD monitor, an optical viewfinder with two diode lamps - red and green, as well as the main control buttons: the camera menu button, display control , flash, switch between macro and landscape. The joystick, again located on the rear surface of the camera, also bears a functional load - the choice of the main shooting modes by pressing the down arrow, in addition, the joystick is responsible for moving between menu items.

The front surface of the camera is decorated with a flash, a viewfinder eye, a lamp - an indicator of the voice recorder, a microphone and, directly, a lens with a 3x optical zoom. When you press the power button, the lens smoothly leaves the body by about two centimeters.

The shooting mode selection menu looks like this:

Here you can switch between panoramic shooting, digital filter mode, shooting 3D frames, recording movies.

The menu screens for the settings of the camera itself and the parameters of the frame are arranged quite simply - the structural division into three groups: "shooting", "playback", "settings". In the first submenu, everything is configured related to setting the image resolution, white balance, sensitivity:

In the "playback" submenu, you can edit the received frames, reduce the size, trim the borders, adjust the slide show:

Well, in the last “settings” menu, you can configure the side parameters of the camera that are not related to shooting - time, date, sound, menu language:

The digital viewfinder screen looks like this:

Shooting mode, flash, battery indicator, type of memory used (built-in memory or flash card) are displayed here.

Shooting

Smoothly moving on to the description of shooting modes and parameters, it is worth noting the fact that the entire process of preparing for recording frames takes about five seconds. From pressing the camera's power button to the click of the shutter.

As already mentioned, Pentax Optio S4 supports several shooting modes. The first of them and the simplest is automatic, when the user only needs to select an object for shooting and press the shutter button. Unfortunately, in such a simple and inexpensive device, the manufacturer did not provide for almost any manual shooting settings, be it shutter speed or aperture. The flight of creative imagination of a novice user will be limited only by exposure compensation, white balance adjustment, choice of ISO sensitivity equivalents and focusing options.

The quality of static photos is quite average for digital cameras. If you do not increase or resize the image, then it is almost impossible to notice noise and other flaws in the matrix. A detailed examination of the frame revealed flaws in both the optics and the camera matrix itself - noise, unjustified blurring of the frame, shadows and hazy fragments. Shooting indoors is aggravated by insufficient lighting of the frame, with the flash off and the use of artificial lighting. There is even more noise here than with street photography.

It is worth noting that the automatic white balance sometimes also fails. So, Auto mode incorrectly chose the illumination, and the frame turned out to be oversaturated blue.

Of the shooting modes, it is worth noting the possibility of using digital filters of various colors - blue, red, yellow and others. This allows you to saturate the frame with any one color, that is, to betray the feeling of shooting through colored glass.

Macro photography also stands out from the overall feature set. In addition to just macro mode, there is also super macro shooting. In this mode, the distance to the object being shot is reduced from 18 centimeters to 6 cm. Of course, the macro shooting of the Pentax Optio S4 is not as sophisticated as that of the Sony DSC T1, but it is also of quite acceptable quality. The quality of macro photography can be estimated from the following example:

While talking about shooting modes, it's impossible to skip "3D Mode". Even just opening the box with the camera, the construction of glasses and stands for them immediately catches your eye. Having assembled this structure, we get a device for viewing "three-dimensional images", that is, the camera is able to shoot just two frames in one. By printing the resulting photo and installing glasses, you can enjoy the effect of a three-dimensional image.

In addition to still frames, the S4 can also record short videos with sound. So, on the built-in memory of the camera - 11 megabytes - 60 seconds of video material.

No special video codecs are required to view the captured video, and the standard features of Windows XP turned out to be sufficient.

Long holding the power button puts the camera into voice recorder mode. Forty-five minutes on 11 megabytes of memory, the device records with ease. The microphone does not differ in the direction of its action, therefore it records almost all the surrounding sounds.

Power and connection to the computer

The Pentax Optio S4 draws energy from a 710 mAh lithium-ion battery for operation. Approximately 150 shots using the LCD monitor and flash, the camera shoots with ease, that is, a partial battery lasts for 2-3 days of use.

Recharging the battery is carried out in the charger and takes approximately two hours.

Communication with the computer is made via the USB 1.1 interface. The connected camera is defined as an external storage device and the user gets at his full disposal all the memory of the flash card and the camera itself.

Impressions and conclusions

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Along with its small size and durable aluminum body, the Pentax Optio S4 has a good "hint" of a serious soap box - a four-megapixel matrix, a good lens design and a light control system in its structure. Of course, one cannot but find fault with the quality of the pictures and the functional set. But, despite this, the camera pleased with a number of interesting discoveries, such as the ability to capture three-dimensional images for viewing with special glasses.

In general, such miniature cameras are designed to be constantly carried in the pocket and allow the user to create something like a "photo diary". It is easy and natural to take a small camera out of your pocket and use it to quickly capture the right moment of life around you.

Pentax Optio S4 digital camera review

Small size plays an important role in the modern world of portable digital electronics. Most manufacturers strive not only to reduce the dimensions of the equipment they produce, but also to try to fit all the latest new technologies and developments in a small case. Of course, big-name PHOTO brands do not miss the chance to bring ever smaller cameras to the market. So, in today's review, we will consider a representative of cameras of a small, if not "pocket", size - Pentax Optio S4.

Indeed, the dimensions of the camera are not too large. If not for the width of the camera, then the front side of the S4 is no more than a standard credit card. And the weight of the camera, about 100 grams, does not interfere with wearing the device in the breast pocket of a shirt or jacket. Moreover, the manufacturer has provided a hole in the camera body for threading the cord. Thus, despite its small size, the camera will not slip out of your hand. By the way, the body itself is aluminum, with circular grooves only exacerbating the ease of wearing and using the camera. Let's get acquainted with the brief technical characteristics of the novelty:

Matrix effective pixels / total pixels

4.0 megapixels (effective) / 4.23 megapixels total

Matrix

1/2.5 inch. CCD - sensor

Supported resolutions

2304x1728, 1600x1200, 1024x768, 640x480

Sensitivity

Equivalent - ISO50, 100, 200

Frame compression ratio

"Good", "increased", "best"

Data carriers

11MB built-in memory, SD / MMC memory cards

White balance

Auto, daylight, cloudy, artificial light, fluorescent, manual

Lens

Focal length: 5.8mm - 17.4mm

Aperture: f2.6- f4.8

6 elements in 5 groups (two aspherical elements)

Zoom

LCD monitor

1.6" TFT color LCD monitor

Focus

7-zone TTL system

Normal mode: 0.4m to infinity

Macro: 0.18m to 0.5m

Super Macro: 0.06m to 0.2m

Shutter

Shutter speed range: 1/2000 to 4 seconds

Power supply

Lithium - ion battery D-Li8 710 mAh or AC adapter

Interface

USB / AV port ( USB 1.1), external network adapter port

Dimensions

Weight

98 g without memory card and battery

So, the case is quite small and compact, but despite this, all the necessary controls are located "at hand", more precisely, "under the fingers". The upper side of the camera is given to the shutter button and the power button of the camera. Holding down the power button for a long time puts the camera into voice recorder mode. It is worth noting that this button is framed by an LED ring that displays the operating mode of the device - photography - green glow, voice recorder - red glow.

The rear surface of the camera is not too different from other digital cameras - there is a 1.6-inch LCD monitor, an optical viewfinder with two diode lamps - red and green, as well as the main control buttons: the camera menu button, display control , flash, switch between macro and landscape. The joystick, again located on the rear surface of the camera, also bears a functional load - the choice of the main shooting modes by pressing the down arrow, in addition, the joystick is responsible for moving between menu items.

The front surface of the camera is decorated with a flash, a viewfinder eye, a lamp - an indicator of the voice recorder, a microphone and, directly, a lens with a 3x optical zoom. When you press the power button, the lens smoothly leaves the body by about two centimeters.

The shooting mode selection menu looks like this:

Here you can switch between panoramic shooting, digital filter mode, shooting 3D frames, recording movies.

The menu screens for the settings of the camera itself and the parameters of the frame are arranged quite simply - the structural division into three groups: "shooting", "playback", "settings". In the first submenu, everything is configured related to setting the image resolution, white balance, sensitivity:

In the "playback" submenu, you can edit the received frames, reduce the size, trim the borders, adjust the slide show:

Well, in the last “settings” menu, you can configure the side parameters of the camera that are not related to shooting - time, date, sound, menu language:

The digital viewfinder screen looks like this:

Shooting mode, flash, battery indicator, type of memory used (built-in memory or flash card) are displayed here.

Shooting

Smoothly moving on to the description of shooting modes and parameters, it is worth noting the fact that the entire process of preparing for recording frames takes about five seconds. From pressing the camera's power button to the click of the shutter.

As already mentioned, the Pentax Optio S4 supports several shooting modes. The first of them and the simplest is automatic, when the user only needs to select an object for shooting and press the shutter button. Unfortunately, in such a simple and inexpensive device, the manufacturer did not provide for almost any manual shooting settings, be it shutter speed or aperture. The flight of creative imagination of a novice user will be limited only by exposure compensation, white balance adjustment, choice of ISO sensitivity equivalents and focusing options.

The quality of static photos is quite average for digital cameras. If you do not increase or resize the image, then it is almost impossible to notice noise and other flaws in the matrix. A detailed examination of the frame revealed flaws in both the optics and the camera matrix itself - noise, unjustified blurring of the frame, shadows and hazy fragments. Shooting indoors is aggravated by insufficient lighting of the frame, with the flash off and the use of artificial lighting. There is even more noise here than with street photography.

It is worth noting that the automatic white balance sometimes also fails. So, Auto mode incorrectly chose the illumination, and the frame turned out to be oversaturated blue.

Of the shooting modes, it is worth noting the possibility of using digital filters of various colors - blue, red, yellow and others. This allows you to saturate the frame with any one color, that is, to betray the feeling of shooting through colored glass.

Macro photography also stands out from the overall feature set. In addition to just macro mode, there is also super macro shooting. In this mode, the distance to the object being shot is reduced from 18 centimeters to 6 cm. Of course, the macro shooting of the Pentax Optio S4 is not as sophisticated as that of the Sony DSC T1, but it is also of quite acceptable quality. The quality of macro photography can be estimated from the following example:

While talking about shooting modes, it's impossible to skip "3D Mode". Even just opening the box with the camera, the construction of glasses and stands for them immediately catches your eye. Having assembled this structure, we get a device for viewing "three-dimensional images", that is, the camera is able to shoot just two frames in one. By printing the resulting photo and installing glasses, you can enjoy the effect of a three-dimensional image.

In addition to still frames, the S4 can also record short videos with sound. So, on the built-in memory of the camera - 11 megabytes - 60 seconds of video material.

No special video codecs are required to view the captured video, and the standard features of Windows XP turned out to be sufficient.

Long holding the power button puts the camera into voice recorder mode. Forty-five minutes on 11 megabytes of memory, the device records with ease. The microphone does not differ in the direction of its action, therefore it records almost all the surrounding sounds.

Power and connection to the computer

Pentax Optio S4 draws energy from a 710 mAh lithium-ion battery. Approximately 150 shots using the LCD monitor and flash, the camera shoots with ease, that is, a partial battery lasts for 2-3 days of use.

Recharging the battery is carried out in the charger and takes approximately two hours.

Communication with the computer is made via the USB 1.1 interface. The connected camera is defined as an external storage device and the user gets at his full disposal all the memory of the flash card and the camera itself.

Impressions and conclusions

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Along with its small size and durable aluminum body, the Pentax Optio S4 has a good "hint" of a serious soap box - a four-megapixel matrix, a good lens design and a light control system in its structure. Of course, one cannot but find fault with the quality of the pictures and the functional set. But, despite this, the camera pleased with a number of interesting discoveries, such as the ability to capture three-dimensional images for viewing with special glasses.

In general, such miniature cameras are designed to be constantly carried in the pocket and allow the user to create something like a "photo diary". It is easy and natural to take a small camera out of your pocket and use it to quickly capture the right moment of life around you.