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Pentax Optio S50
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Pentax Optio S50

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We've given the S50 a grade of F.

Editor's Review

The Pentax Optio S50 combines remarkable ease of use with the power of 5-megapixel resolution. Modeled on previous Optio S models, the Pentax S50 packs a wide variety of controls into a small metal body. A control dial on the top of the camera makes accessing the most commonly-used controls incredibly simple, and its 1.8 inch LCD screens makes it easy to review and share your photos.

Specifications

  • 5.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical zoom/2.6x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program exposure only
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO range 50-400
  • 2 AA batteries
  • movie mode with sound
  • Part Number: 18041
  • UPC: 027075086654
  • Release Date: Aug 18, 2004

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Pentax Optio S50 Reviews

Pentax Optio S50 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
"Battery Depleted" - A Camera From The Amateurs (Enda Bracken — 09/12/2010)
What an abomination of a camera. Who in Pentax"s R & D team field-tested it. "Battery Depleted" shows up whenever it is turned on and the camera turns off.. New rechargable and "normal" batteries have bee used. Still Nothing. The camera has been meticulously cared for and never dropped. Pentax ought to focus on technology they are comfortable with - rat traps.
  • 3.0 out of 5
Needs CR-V3! Display fits the S60 also. (Filip — 07/13/2008)

Only the S60 and S50 share the same 2.5" display, Pentax part nr 764400505, says the Pentax service in Linkoeping. So I am about to buy a S50 with sd card problems to get a display for my broken S60. If unsatisfied, try to sell yours to S60 owners with broken display.

As for batteries, my S60 took less than 1 picture to deplete the enclosed AA alkalines. So I bought a CR-V3 lithiumjon battery wich gives me more than 50 pictures per recharge, possibly 80? I use only the most pixels and least compression with 6 megapixels.

My mother-in-law has some 5 megapixel Pentax with smaller display and a real seeker. She has four pairs of NiMh AA:s. She always carry two extra pairs and keeps shuffling them frequently.

Conclusion: 2004 and 2005 Pentax models clearly require a real CR-V3 lithiumjon battery and nothing else.

Buy a CR-V3 or sell your display!

And yes, my S60 also has a terribly slow shutter. I will buy a Ricoh Caplio R7, whose quickness influenced my choice heavily. Various Pentax models used to be "slowest in test" in magazine rewiews during 2006.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Batteries deplete (mary — 06/19/2008)

I bought this camera for my daughter. It worked fine for a few months, then the battery would not hold a charge. We sent it in to be fixed and they charged us for the repair. Now it will not hold a charge for longer then 10 pictures. We have tried all kinds of batteries, this camera is is a big disappointment. I think Pentax should recall this camera. I paid over $300.00 for it. I will never buy another Pentax.

  • 1.0 out of 5
battery problems (richard m — 03/13/2008)

I was just searching for some info on this problem and surprised to see other people with exactly the same trouble.
I put new batteries in immediately the camera says their depleted and switches off. Tried several batteries all the same.
Now I have only been a light user of this camera so I wouldn't expect it to have this kind of problem. No doubt the cost of trying to get it fixed will outweigh simply buying a new camera. Well it won't be a pentax!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Warning: this camera is a time bomb!!! (tom downing — 03/01/2008)

Suddenly the "Battery Depleted" shows up whenever I try to turn it on and the camera turns off.... useless!!! I've tried new batteriess both rechargable and conventional with no change. Never dropped, well taken care of, all the right things and this is the thank you I get. Folks - stay away from this camera!!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
NO BATTERY LIFE (Kevin Cabral — 11/24/2007)

I bought this camera a few years ago and worked fine. Not to long after, I started having problems w/ it holding battary charges. Had it sent in for repair thinking it was the internal capacitor (it holds charges). They said they replaced the lens and shutter. Still having problems. Went out and got good rechargable batteries. Helped a little, but not for long. I've given up waisting time and money on this awefull camera. I will never purchase a Pentax again.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Owned this camera for a couple of years... not that bad (Aldine — 10/28/2007)

Ok, I own this camera and have used it faithfully for almost two years..... I must say that it was mostly used for my Ebay auctions and my pics were GREAT......Took a few pics on/off around the house w no problems but.....I did have the occasion to use it Sept 30th for a friends wedding and that is when I said it was time to buy a new camera, especially w my upcoming vacation I wanted a camera w a zoom lens and larger LCD monitor..... the camera was very Slowww to take pics and sometimes the shutter button did not want to click.....The wedding pics were Beautiful...... I have never had a problem w the pics the camera produced...my items on Ebay stood out from other pics but once I tried using camera to do other stuff then Ebay is when I realized it was not the camera I should be using for vacations or timely events..ie...weddings ect.......Oops....forgot about the battery life.....NOT GOOD......Still..... great pics I have achieved w my Pentax S50

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Pics, easy to use, but buy GOOD rechargeable batteries (JBdigital — 09/18/2007)

I loved this camera. It was stolen early this year, along with the rechargeable batteries and bettery pack. Cheap recharge batteries died VERY quickly, and taking pics on the ski slope was tough if the batteries got cold. The pictures from this camer were amazing though. I couldn't take a bad shot. It took pics in the dark, and on bright snow. I really miss this camera...

  • 2.0 out of 5
Can't keep a charge (Terry Deason — 06/04/2007)

I have been extremely disappointed with this camera. You cannot keep a battery charge going no matter what. I thought it was me until I read these reviews. I also hate waiting forever to take another picture. It was useless at the quilt show or for taking pictures outdoors.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Don't waste your money (Eava — 02/02/2007)

I bought this camera two years ago and have maybe used it 20 times. Last week I went to use it and it no longer works. Which makes me laugh because my old school camera which i've had for 8 years now works like a charm. They just don't make things like the use too.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Snappy-unhappy (K. — 12/11/2006)

What a let-down. Anytime I grab this camera to take photos, I have to wait ... and wait. Then I take a photo which is pretty good (as long as it's not of a moving child). Oh, another great photo op ... I wait ... and wait. Never mind. The batteries are dead. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! Stupid camera - who needs memories anyway I guess. Ugh.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Batteries (Terry Wendland — 12/06/2006)

very good camera. I took over three hundred pictures with two lithium batteries. Don't bother with rechargeable batteries

  • 1.0 out of 5
Absolutely PATHETIC camera!!! (Christine — 12/03/2006)

I have owned this camera for one year but only began using it this Thanksgiving (Nov. 06.) I thought something was wrong with MY camera until I read the reviews on this site. The delay between each snap/picture and the CRAPPY BATTERY LIFE could not have been more embarrassing and frustrating!!What a pathetic excuse for a camera! I am surprised, because I thought Pentax was a decent name/camera. Won't even consider using another model by this name. Waste of money, waste of time. Pentax should recall this camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens Jams (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera comes with a soft carrying case. While carrying the camera in it's case in your hand, there's a good chance your finger will power on the camera THROUGH THE CASE, without you being aware. When this happens, the lens extends, and the case prevents it from opening all of the way, so the lens jams half open and there's nothing you can do to fix it yourself - you're forced to send it back to a repair center. The first time is was barely still under warrantee, so I had to pay for shipping. It's happened again, and it's not under warrantee and I don't intend on paying for this - it's clearly poor design.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Battery life is terrible and long delay between pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I would never recommend this camera to anyone. The battery only lasts for a few pictures and there is about a 5 second delay between pictures before the camera is ready. I wish I could take it back.

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

Pros: Nice compact design; comfortable buttons; standard batteries and SD memory card slot
Cons: A problem with power consumption - the camera eats up my batteries in no time, which is very annoying; noise, especially in darker objects (if you zoom, you could see blue and red spots on a perfectly white wall); low detail in shadowed pictures

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't buy this camera!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Eats batteries after about 10 photos. Photos are blurry or dark. Subject must not be moving at all. Impossible to take photos of moving children. I hate this camera. Everytime I use it I become more and more frustrated and angry at the money spent ($340.00) that Pentax would not return. I am very disappointed that Pentax will not admit that they have a lemon. There should be a "lemon law" for this camera. Don't buy it and I recommend that you purchase a camera from a company that will stand behind their product. I would return it in a heart beat but they won't take it back!!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Depletes Batteries too quickly (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I received the Pentax Optio S50 for Christmas 2004. I appreciate many things about it, but have found it consumes batteries much too quickly. I have to carry spares and charger with me all the time. It is a pain to be at a party and have to change batteries much earlier than I did with my former camera (an Olympus digital). The pictures are decent, the video is good, but the power system reeks!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Not what I expected (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The camera has it's good and bad points. It depends upon the user. The battery drain was very annoying, and always at the worst times. I found that the AA Lithium batteries worked great. I used it for hours last night with no battery drain. Not great for motion pictures, but if you have a subject that doesn't move, it takes beautiful pictures. The best is the size. It's easy to throw in your pocket. It also has a problem with lighting. One moment the picture is too dark, and at another moment the same picture has plenty of light. Is it me? I always carry my backup 35mm camera when possible.

  • 2.0 out of 5
battery life sucks (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I thought it was just my crappy rechargeable batteries, but after reading the reviews... the battery life sucks... You can only take 10 pics with flash before it goes to yellow and then to red to dead shortly after it. I'm going back to canon.

  • 1.0 out of 5
DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is useless. It has a fundametal fault with its power system, as after about 6 months of perfect usage any battery that you put in the camera (and I mean any - I have tried every type of battery possible) will last for 10 shots.

  • 5.0 out of 5
great underwater pictures! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The first underwater pictures I'd taken were on a dive trip January 2005 and they were outstanding! A professional photographer along on the trip was so impressed he went out and bought a point and shoot with U/w housing himself. Unfortunately he didn't buy the Optio and his pictures were disappointing. Even more unfortunately I decided to get rid if the Optio s50 because it eats batteries and has shutter lag. I bought a Fuji F10. It has great battery life and no noticeable shutter lag. However the pictures are no where near as good. I just ordered another Optio S50 (glad they are still available!)

  • 5.0 out of 5
excellent camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have owned other cameras but this one is definitely good for the price. The video mode is excellent.

  • 2.0 out of 5
I hate this camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Not only do the recommended rechargeable batteries start to give out after only a few pictures, the camera is slow. The shutter takes seconds to work after pointing and shooting. The outcome is never the picture I saw on the viewer. I wish I could take this back

  • 2.0 out of 5
have patience? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera was so slow i returned it. everything was slow about it..the start up was slow. viewing your pictures was slow i couldn't stand it i returned it! Couldn't pay me to keep it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
have patience? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera was so slow i returned it. everything was slow about it..the start up was slow. viewing your pictures was slow i couldn't stand it i returned it! Couldn't pay me to keep it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
have patience? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera was so slow i returned it. everything was slow about it..the start up was slow. viewing your pictures was slow i couldn't stand it i returned it! Couldn't pay me to keep it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great value (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

What makes this camera stand among equals in this size and features is the fact that it uses AA batteries and the generic SD memory which is low price. Forgot your charger? You can use AA batteries from at a local convenience store.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Real battery consumer! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Though I chose this camera by myself and really love its figure which is so suitable for a girl traveling alone like me, I have been annoyed with its batteries. It is supposed to be convenient using 2 AA batteries but it is a real battery consumer. I have never experienced this kind of problem before with other brand products. I can only review some taken pictures for less than 10 minutes while other camera can take more than 100 photos. I am so disappointed with this problem and I plan to change my pocket digital camera because it is not my real travel-mate.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Crazy Talk (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Why do people rate things based on apples and oranges? Reading the previous reviews I don't think they are fairly assessing the camera. This is an ultra compact model! This camera is the best camera I have owned. The picture quality and portability are the best in it's class. If you want a bulky camera sure buy an A95 or something larger.

  • 4.0 out of 5
pictures pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

well, I used to have one of the first Pentax Optio S cameras, but I dropped it and broke it. so I finally bought the new Optio 250, and found it way more user friendly than the old one, and I love the macro. menu's are easy, colors are close to real. I'm happy with it, except it needs a neck strap instead of a wrist strap. quality is much improved since the old one. it felt like tin foil. buttons are easy to use too, some people have big hands.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Not overly impressed (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I got this camera for my mom, primarily because of it's small size and use of AA batteries as she's an avid traveler, and faith in the Pentax name which has done me well in the past years of 35mm cameras. I now own the A95, and wish that I'd gotten her that instead. In comparison, the A95 is much less awkward to use the controls on, and the shutter on the Pentax is really annoying when trying to catch the moment (as it is with the Canon, though the Canon is a bit quicker, I think). The red eye is more troublesome on the Pentax than the Canon as well. We're past the time to exchange the Pentax, but I'm going to see if I can't talk my way into it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I had this camera for two months now and I take it everywhere I go! There are tons of features and they are all easy to use. I just took one look at the manual and experimented a bit with the camera, and now I use it to its fullest potential! Great camera, great price, great quality!!
  • 3.0 out of 5
Dissapointing (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
Having owned Pentax cameras for 30 years and currently using 4 slr bodies and some seriously expensive specialized lenses, brand loyalty led me back to Pentax. The Optio is a big disappointment. Despite the usual excellent Pentax ergonomics, the optics are very poor. At wide angle settings the pictures are notably soft from the corners to about a quarter of the way in. The camera opts to use the widest aperture it can at all times which makes the situation worse. The only way to improve this is to use the landscape mode forcing the camera to go for greater depth of field by means of using a smaller aperture.
  • 5.0 out of 5
It is easy to use (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
After 2 wks using this camera, I am impressed with the features and the quality of the pictures. The colors are vibrant and full, the depth is great. It is easy to use and has enough options to keep me happy.
  • 5.0 out of 5
First impressions of S50 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I got the S50 at my own risk as there never was a user review or a pro test of this model. I AM really happy about my purchase. Apart from the obvious cool design, the picture quality like, sharpness, detail and colours appear to be superb (and adjustable too!)Macro shots are particularly impressive. The only thing not being able to see clearly when taking a shot of a 5 pence coin was the metal's molecules :-)And a piece of advice: for best shooting results, unless you're a pro, take your time and read the cam manual first, it is nicely done too! CONS: shutter lag, if you care. I strongly recommend S50 to anyone out there, it's well worth the money.
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