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Pentax Optio S4i
Pentax Optio S4i

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Pentax Optio S4i

Editor's Review

The tiny Pentax Optio S4i is perfect for photographers on the go — its body is so small that it can be stored in an Altoids tin or slipped almost unnoticed into a pocket! As an updated version of the popular Pentax Optio S4, the S4i features a larger LCD screen than its predecessor (1.8 vs. 1.6 inch) and a new charging cradle that makes recharging the camera easier than ever. Despite the S4i's small size, it features a 3x optical zoom and a movie mode with sound.


  • 4.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical zoom/4x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program exposure only
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO range 50-200
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • Release Date: Mar 26, 2004

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Pentax Optio S4i Reviews

Pentax Optio S4i Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 3.0 out of 5
Good while it worked (David Parker — 02/11/2009)

Eventually stopped working after 3 years or so. But pretty good
camera when it worked!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not happy (Sheree Rainbolt-Kren — 08/28/2006)

The battery charger cradle stopped working after one year of use. It's $55.00 to replace. No warranty. Not impressed with the qaulity compared to the price. The fact that you can only store 3 pics at highest quality is just ridiculous.

I would move on.


  • 1.0 out of 5
breaking on the second day!!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i got this camera for a trip while i was on my trip i was touring. i was walking along with my camera in my sweater pocket with me hand over it, and i tripped on the sidewalk. i fell sidways and put my hand out, that would mean that i let go of my camera, my camera fell 7 inches from the ground, and it breaks. It will open and then closes immediately without letting me see the screen not black, so much for a nice small camera

  • 4.0 out of 5
great camera! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

great camera, in terms of layout, photos taken etc. The only problem i have had with it is that you cannot just plug the camera into any old computer when dowloading your photos, you have to have dowloaded the pentax software first! incredibly annoying when you are traveling!

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

Took the first one back after 3 weeks when it would no longer turn on. (It would try to open the lens, then close and shut off). Second one lasted about 6 months before the memory slot refused to retain the card. I now put a piece of popsicle stick between the sd memory and the cover to keep the sd card in.

  • 5.0 out of 5
reliable and nicee (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

the only bad reviews i've seen are by people knocking the S4 because it broke when it was dropped or when sand got in the lens. well here's a hint...DON'T DROP IT AND DON'T GET SAND IN IT! what camera is supposed to be dropped? if you're a klutz, get a kodak disposable.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Good camera, short lifespan (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We have enjoyed this camera—easy to use and carry, takes good quality photos. However, it recently died on us—lens cover won't open—and repair costs about $150. We have taken good care of this camera. We are VERY disappointed it hasn't lasted longer.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best camera ever! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera after doing a few months of research — what really sold me (besides being 4MP) was the size...and the fact that it fit into an Altoids tin! I've taken it everywhere (concerts..etc. and no one's ever found it!) and it just takes great shots again and again. I've dropped it once and part of the zoom lens mechanism cracked — but once I snapped it back into place, it worked fine. I'm hoping they make the new 6MP Optio a bit smaller so it'll fit in my tin ;)

  • 5.0 out of 5
It's A Camera not Beach Ball (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am very satisfied with my camera, it takes great pictures and it fits easily in my pocket. For those that complain about fragility you need to use common sense. Don't drop it on the ground, don't allow sand or dirt to enter the device. It's a camera not a beach ball.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Very fragile and sad warranty (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The camera performs well (mine's a Pentax Optio S5i), but after 6 months it refuse to turn on. I took it to an authorized repairer and was told that there's dirt/sand in the lens mechanism and that warranty won't cover the repair. I had used a Canon S200 under the same condition with no problem for a long time. The Pentax is just too fragile. Unless you can baby your camera, go with a Canon.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Repaired by factory twice (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I'm satisfied by the image quality of the camera, it's features, and it's small size. But the lens mechanism has failed twice, and always at the most critical times (charity event, holiday abroad). It's been at the Pentax factory repair shop as much as in my pocket. I would not buy a camera that uses this lens mechanism (Pentax Optio, Casio Elixim).

  • 2.0 out of 5
Too Fragile to be Practical (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

To its credit the camera takes great pictures and has lots of features that make it very cool, but it is the small size that is so so convenient. Nevertheless, trying to show-off its small size, I kept it in an Altoids container. I only dropped it once from a taxi (so maybe 1 or 2 feet to the ground at most) and it never fell out of the container, but it still has never worked again. The lens never fully extends and so the camera does not turn on. Never again....this camera is too fragile!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Winter Problems (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I loved my camera. It took great pictures, fitted in my handbag and I took it everywhere. However, it refuses to work when it is cold. I have two batteries, one Pentax and one other and unless I keep the camera in an inside pocket, it beeps at me and folds up, refusing to work below about 5 deg C

  • 4.0 out of 5
So Glad I Chose This One (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My Optio goes discreetly in my pocket with me, which makes me feel secure in taking it on my travels around the U.S. and Europe. It takes great quality pictures and was really easy for me to learn to use. My only complaint is that it does not take pictures back-to-back easily. Other than that, it's a great little companion on all my adventures, and I always get compliments on it wherever I go.

  • 2.0 out of 5
BREAKS VERY EASY!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purchased this camera and have already gone through three of them! The shutter on the lens breaks on ANY carefull with this camera or purchase at a store with an excellent return policy. I also found that the batteries do run low quickly in comparision to others like it...good luck but I ended up returning the camera in the end and going with a completly different brand.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Have loved this camera! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
Got this because I never took my big heavy digital Olympus camera with me anywhere. But this one is light and small, easy to take with you. Great pictures and I actually like their software that came with it. Good upgrade to the rechargeable batteries from the Optio 4S I believe.
  • 5.0 out of 5
Impressive convenient camera makes great 8" x 10" prints (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
This jewel fits in a 1/2 hard case in my top shirt pocket. The software for the various kinds of photographs (closeup, landscape, snow, etc) produces a better picture most of the time than I could make with my Nikon 35mm film camera (I'm not great with a film camera). The 8" x 10" prints from my computer using Photoshop Elements and ACDsee (included with the camera) are dazzling when the highest resolution images are captured. I bought the high speed 512 mb SD card and it takes some time to format, which I do after downloading the pictures to my computer. I find the complaints about the small plastic cover over the USB port not important. The battery never has run down but I recharge it often and have not had to worry about its charge. The "GREEN" mode for automatic operation is used most of the time as those "special moments" seem always to be fleeting. I take many pictures (this is a bit difficult to get used to) and then select the best on the computer. If you are a beginner or more advanced (there are many features that can be controlled/selected) I believe the convenience and quality of this camera can't be beat.
  • 4.0 out of 5
S4i review (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
nice size and photo quality... long battery life and an all around great buy