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Pentax Optio S40

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We've given the S40 a grade of F.

Editor's Review

The Pentax Optio S40 is an ideal camera for travelers -- its tiny body makes it a cinch to carry, and its AA batteries can be easily replaced anywhere in the world. Though the body of the Optio S40 is slightly larger than that of Pentax's other Optio cameras (its dimensions were increased to accommodate the AA batteries), it is still a remarkably small camera that makes a great companion on any adventure. The S40 comes equipped with a 3x optical zoom and a movie mode with sound.

Specifications

  • 4.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical zoom/2.6x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program exposure only
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO range 50-200
  • 2 AA batteries
  • movie mode with sound
  • Part Number: OPTIO S40
  • UPC: 27075079830
  • Release Date: Mar 26, 2004

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Pentax Optio S40 Reviews

Pentax Optio S40 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
Sturdy little camera... (Eliza — 10/20/2007)

I've had this camera for at least 2 years, maybe 3. I ordered on a whim from QVC during a bout of insomnia as an affordable entry into the world of digital photography.

I have been pleased so far with this camera. It's easy to carry about (fits into your pocket), fairly simple to use (take a few moments to review the user's manual) and I've always gotten compliments on my photos, be they portrait or landscape.

My only complaint is that the camera is SLOW. Fine when you are taking landscape shots or photographing patient friends but if you want to take action shots, or shots of children or animals, it's hit or miss at best.

The Optio s40 is hardly the most sophisticated compact digital camera out there but certainly a suitable camera for someone new to digital.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I love my S40 camera (Linda Mills — 08/11/2007)

I love my Pentax Optio S40 camera, and it is the only one I use for digital. I do have an older Kodak EasyShare digital, from 2002—only 2 megapixels I don't use since I have this Optio S40. I am not a technical whiz or into real expensive digital stuff (I am a long-time 35mm film camera user and was slow to convert to digital, although I still use film too).
I get very good quality pictures with my camera and very nice prints. The pix look great as screen savers too. I suppose one day I will get a new one in the future, but will keep this one also! Yes, it does eat battery power very fast, but I have a battery charger and several batteries so I don't mind.

  • 1.0 out of 5
It's a BATTERY VAMPIRE! (MP — 04/03/2007)

Camera works great when using an AC adapter; as a travel unit, better a looooong extention cord.
You're prettymuchscrewed if you bought one... toss it and get a real camera from Olympus, you'll be a lot happier. What a horrible way to ruin a once great marque in photography... goodbye Pentax!

m.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Do not buy this camera (Kristy Phillips — 03/09/2007)

I agree with everyone else about the battery problem. My camera worked fine for a while, but I probably spent at least a hundred dollars on batteries, since my camera would use them for about 10 pics and that was it. Now, my camera does not work at all and it wont even close. I am so mad because obvioiusly this problem has been going on for a long time before I bought the camera, when it should have been taken off the shelves.

  • 2.0 out of 5
kc (J. K. Conlon — 01/08/2007)

I bought this for a trip to Europe. It worked well for a couple of months. Very good photo quality. Then the battery problems started. For a while I used the Nickel rechargeable, but gave up on those. On a recent trip to Boston, we were able to get between 15-20 pictures per set of AA batteries I have had to carry 4-6 batteries with me at all times to be prepared for battery burnout! Bad camera - I will never buy another Pentax.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Great quality, but way too slow. (Jonathan — 11/20/2006)

The image quality is superb considering its age, price point and size. It's short coming is its speed. TOO SLOW. The screen is also kind of small. Good quality, and built very well. I've dropped it many times before and it has survived.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Shame on Pentax (Kjell-Ove Skare — 10/30/2006)

Same battery problem as too many others. If Pentax was a serious company we would be able to upgrade to an other Pentax camera - one proven to enjoy those hundreds of shots you expect when you buy the most modern technical items available. Be serious Pentax - if this had any thing to do with safety the camera would be called back to factory and the customer would get a new item. Sorry - with this attitude from Pentax there will be no more Pentaxes here!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Same Power Issues as the Others (David Williams — 10/26/2006)

Same problems with batteries. Fine for the first year or so—then would drain quickly, now camera will not power up at all even with the spunkiest Energizer. Done with Pentax.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Battery Problems Big Disappointment (Fay — 08/28/2006)

After using the batteries that it came with I bought a set of rechargeable NiMH ones...that's when the problems started.

Batteries would be shown as depleted after only a few shots. Even with freshly charged batteries it would show up as half depleted when I turn the camera on.

Also it was very slow in taking photos.

Now no matter what types of batteries I put in it won't even start up.

The photos look great but what's the point if you can't even turn it on!

I am never buying Pentax again. And I would advice you to look at other brands too.

  • 5.0 out of 5
this product is great..... dont listen to the others! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

ok.. i would start with saying that every1 that complined here so far dont know anything about cameras.. i actually own a nice professional film slr but i also have this digital for quick point-and-shoot opportunities... some ppl complained that it is slow at taking pictures and that it takes too long to get itself ready for the next shot.. that is only because of the sd memory card... ppl, now there are some new sd memory cards out.. they are called high speed sd cards (150x).. with those you can take pictuers faster since it can write them to memory faster.. also, if you still think ur waiting too long to take the shot, turn down the resolution.. cuz when u turn it @ max resolution, it takes longer to write it into memory.... also, about the batteries... ppl complained that they drain out quickly... guys, stop using the cheap alkaline batteries... for digital cameras, u need nickel alkaline rechargable batteries ($20 for 4 batteries with a charger)... after that, the batteris should last u a long time.. i only recharge my digital once every 2 months.... also, dont show every1 all the pics if u have, since when using the screen, the batteries drain quicker.. however, if u have nickel rechargable, u should be good... i also read that a person had trouble with the fact that it took long until it actually took the pic... dudes.. that is cuz when u half press, the camera self focuses and then u press it all the way to take the pictures... now, what i want to say... this camera is simply amazing.. my cousing has a ca**n 6 MP camera, and my pictures are WAY WAY better than hers.. that is cuz the lens on this pentax is simple amazing.. unfortunatelly, i cant find the specs of the lens, but this is as good of a lens for a point-and-shoot camera as itz gonna get.. of course, itz the angle itz not very wide, and then u use the zoom, u drastically reduce the quality of the pic.. but if u want wide angle and zoom on a camera, get a digital SLR (the onces when u can remove the lenses)... then, u can take pictures as clear as u can see them.. however, they are at least 1000$ for the camera body alone and a few hundres (or even thousands) of dollars for nice lenses... what i'm trying to say it that for the pirce, this camera itz amazing.. u wont find a better point-and-shoot digital forthis price.. i suggest u buy them until they still last... and then in a couple of years, after the digital SLR get cheaper, u can get one of those

  • 4.0 out of 5
GOOD BUT.......... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have used 1.2 volt NiMh rechargeables for almost 2 years when suddenly they would not work. RECOGNIZE this camera is designed to operate on 3 volts ( AA x 2)not on the 2.4 volts from NiMh. That said, NiMh batteries give about 1.4 volts each when fully charged and this is often enough to operate the camera but not always. According to Pentax there is a capacitor in the camera and NiMh may not have enough to charge a discharged capacitor. I am now trying a rechargeable lith ion crv3 from Radio Shack.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Great Photos - persistant battery problems (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I own 2 of them. One got double the photos from a single lithium battery than the other. Both have problems with alkaline. I personally think the cameras have a low-level internal short that drains the batteries. Install a battery one night, and it will be dead the next day. I didn't figure out the probem until the warranty was over. I'm having MUCH better luck with the Casio cameras - and their movie mode is much better also.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Battery life is not worth it! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Pictures i think come out great. Very slow after you take a picture to take another one right afterwards. I have burned through so many batteries. I then bought rechargeable, I can't even count on my camera lasting a night. I came on here looking to see if there were different kinds of batteries I can buy. Such a bummer.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Batterylife: 10-15 Minutes! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Alkaline batteries last 10 to 15 minutes!
Ni-Mh batteries are not mutch better...
Some types does not even last one minute!
I'we had this camera for 5 moths, and its been returned two times to Pentax. They send it back telling me that everything is ok.
In this time I have mostly been using my old camera. Do not buy it!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Batteries Deplete in minutes (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This was a great little camera for the first 9 months. Then the batteries started depleting after a few pictures. I bought new rechargables & even a new charger. Same problem. What's going on?

  • 4.0 out of 5
just what i needed (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

it's small, perfectly pocket sized, works on both mac-osx and pc-xp, takes sd memory but has internal memory, quick to use albeit had to read the manual to learn about the modes.

supports many resolutions, and videos/sound too. i was prepared to buy another for more, but this was so inexpensive i just had to bite, given my fondness for pentax.

we're having fun with this inexpensive camera (i got for $140 at kmart!) and i'm very pleased with my older pentax film camera which has similar features of size and zoom.

wish it had a solid lens cover as now i feel i need to buy a case to protect the fragile plastic eye. very common issue with traditional digital cameras.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Very convenient and versatile (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

For the size of the camera (any smaller and manipulation would be a problem,)this product can do some amazing things ... so many things in fact it seems necessary to have access to the instruction book if you intend to do much more than the basics. The 'movie mode' is naturally not as good as a regular video camera, but for something the size of a pack of cards in your top pocket it is very useful. Like all digital cameras power consumption is high and rechargeable batteries are the best option. A positive feature is that it uses 'AA' bateries which can be obtained worldwide if necessary. I have printed A4 size photos from this camera and cannot really tell the difference when compared with similar prints from my old Pentax SLR film camera. The optical zoom could be a little more powerful but would probably increase the size of the unit. On auto settings the shots often seem a little darker than desireable but this could well be my doing. Overall it's an extremely compact camera that is not intended to replace a decent SLR but then you are more likely to have the S40 in your top pocket.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Broke the first day (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

wouldn't power on after the first time i tried to use it. Batterry died constantly and the manual doesn't offer help for common problems. Customer service is terrible

  • 4.0 out of 5
A nifty little package (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Its compact, rechargeable batteries make it a good little toy tot carry around and snap away during the holidays. The key to using this toy - mind you it is no more than a toy - is to experiment with its settings, and take hundreds of test photos till the camera feels like a part of you. If you don't know your camera, you cant take any decent pictures. Very true with this one. But once you know what the limitations are, you can get the most amazing and original snaps from this baby. Forget the movie mode, its a cool gimmick to fill up your memory with fuzzy animation that no one needs. Forget about the digital zoom, it fuzzes into pixilation. Keep the optical zoom at max- this allows you to see everything through the viewfinder in the propper size. Looking at the little lcd is impossible in bright sunlight. Keep still, aim and frame, and snap away. Its not a camera for highspeed sports and snow actions, its a cool toy for recording holidays, nothing more. I've used better, but I really give this little camara a thumbs-up for what it was designed for. Oh yes, to catch those magic moments, don't be afraid to use the multi-photo feature, its really work well. Definitely not meant for indoor use, unless you intend to take photos at close range where the weak flash can lighten up that face. Outdoors is where this one works best.

  • 5.0 out of 5
so good the Rome pickpockets wanted it (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

it was a fantastic camera could go anywhere in your pocket, or the wife's handbag - battery life not a problem, just take a recharger with and use new battery's every day - downloading so easy (pictures only disappear if you set it up that way) - slow response possibly, but never got the chance to use the new fast sd card as a pickpocket took a liking to it in Rome so now looking out for a S50 to replace it.

  • 3.0 out of 5
poor quality pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

great size, good battery life with rechargeables, poor quality of pictures(blurry)no exposures settings, slow to operate, could use a few features to make it happy, otherwise, get something else.

  • 2.0 out of 5
SLOW SLOW SLOW (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my third digital camera and I am so very disappointed in it. You press down on the shutter bar wait many seconds before it takes the picture or it may decide to not take it at all. Now after the picture is taken you expect a small wail until you are able to take the next picture but this one may take up to 8 seconds before its ready. Now it sounds minor but not when you are trying to take pictures of the kids opening presents and you want to catch that special moment. If you move the camera during this time then all you get is blur. Lots of features but what good are they if it takes to long to capture the picture. I am going to Cancun with my son, daughter in law and granddaughter and didn't want to miss any pictures so I had to go and buy another camera. You can bet I spent a lot of time going from store to store checking out the recovery from one picture to another. Now the picture I did take are quite nice. Never had any problems down loading them but the frustration over road the final product.

  • 4.0 out of 5
love it, but there are a few draw backs (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i have found it to be a great camera, excellent size, nice resolution. only drawbacks were slow shutter speed (i couldn't capture snow falling) and the way it chews through batteries. if i run it on lithium batteries it lasts a long time, but normal batteries don't stand a chance. when i was at disney land i was unable to use it because they only sold run of the mill batteries, i couldn't even get the camera to turn on!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Power Problems and Non Existent Warranty (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Beware of this too cheap to resist camera. Mine developed power problems after 8 months of very light use. Return under warranty they stated "the camera is operating at factory specifications". Basically you get what you pay for. Take my advise and buy a Sony for a couple of bucks more.

  • 4.0 out of 5
The size is right (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my first digital camera, I got it as a gift. I also was very disappointed with the battery life until I started using the CRV3 lithium battery pack, it last very long. I have took at least 300 pic's. with the same battery pack. you can buy them at most drug stores like
Longs, Rite aid and even safe way. they cost about
$18.00 for a 2 pack. I'm still learning how to use the camera , so that means I play with it a lot. These battery's work great. The camera does way more then I will ever need, and down loading is super easy. all and all the pictures come out pretty good. Good luck with yours.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Compact, easy to use (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Love the size and feel of this camera. Can take it anywhere. Takes great pictures and is very easy to use. I downloaded them to my computer with ease and I have never done this before. Lots of cool features to use.

  • 3.0 out of 5
a bit disappointed (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I agree with another user.......pics come out rather dark......perhaps I need to take the instruction book with me wherever I go!
I downloaded pics last night, had trouble opening them up...... then all of a sudden, they disappeared...... disappeared from the computer....and GONE from the camera! what gives?

  • 4.0 out of 5
Absolutely Perfect!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am amazed at what this small compact thing is capable of, I have never seen such clear easily accessible pictures before, easy to carry, easy to use and just great for capturing pictures of the little ones. Extras are easy to find and for the price I paid I am more than satisfied and happy to recommend it!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Very Impressed (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I have been a dedicated SLR user for 30 years and whilst I have used digital cameras in my work place this is the first that I have actually owned. I have found it to be very satisfactory in all areas and I am pleased with the quality of the photos. The camera has the flexibility of shooting as an automatic or a manual. I only use rechargeable batteries so the issue of battery life is not a problem for me. A good introduction to digital photography in my opinion.
  • 4.0 out of 5
Great "little" package (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I have moved up into this camera from 3 others from nikon and vivitar. So far I am very impressed with this product. I find it's size my favorite feature but have come to appreciate all of it's attributes. It has a much quicker shutter response than many of its more expensive counterparts and is loaded with many well thought out capture and editing modes. I have read many people's reviews and it seems that the biggest complaint is the battery life. I have always purchased two sets of nickel metal hydride batteries for any electronic devices that I own and this camera is no exception. With these batteries I have taken as many as 75 shots at high resolution and always have my second set with me ready to go. With a travel charger you simply plug them in overnight and you have fresh batteries the next morning. Good job Pentax!
  • 4.0 out of 5
Overall quite good BUT the biggest disappointment I experienced is the BATTERY LIFE (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
Image quality is pretty good. shutter lag and start up time a bit of disappointment - slow. Flash is not powerful enough. Overall quite good BUT the biggest disappointment I experienced is the BATTERY LIFE. At fully charged 2100 mah Nimh batteries the S40 can only take about 40 shots and battery life on lcd screen from green(full) changes to yellow (half capacity life). I am so very disappointed with this. I bought it as new and only had it for 10 days. What is Pentax going to do about this???
  • 3.0 out of 5
boy was I disappointed (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I bought this camera for my trip to Italy. I filled up my 256mb card. I love the way the camera looks and feels...but boy was I disappointed when I uploaded and had my pictures printed! They were all dark! I had taken the pictures in various different settings and times of the day!
  • 5.0 out of 5
The very small size has allowed us to carry it in a pocket or purse wherever we go (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
We're very happy with this choice in our search for a point and shoot digital. Many professional features are also available later as our needs may grow. The very small size has allowed us to carry it in a pocket or purse wherever we go- in fact we would like to hear from anyone who has found an "Altoids" or similar case to hold it- as it is slightly larger than the S4i.) We also like the underwater capability and are shopping for the OWP-3 underwater housing which so far appears to retail for almost as much as the camera itself! Try Ebay.
  • 4.0 out of 5
Batteries run out very quickly - so get rechargeable ones (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
Very slick camera, with excellent facilities. Either let the camera do the work for you, or if you're into cameras then you can manually control a good number of features. :( Batteries run out very quickly - so get rechargeable ones. :( Nothing comes as an extra - so expect to pay for a SD card, camera case etc.
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