The Pentax in your pocket: the Optio S1

By Naomi Mackay,

The Pentax Optio S1 not only boasts a super-slim body, but also manages to pack in a lot of modes for its £119.19 pricetag. Cameras at this level are considered entry-level – and yet you’re getting a 5x optical zoom lens and a 14 megapixel sensor. Plus, there’s the option to record high-quality HD video, which records at 30fps, and a 2.7in LCD screen.

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For newbies, there are plenty of shooting modes to choose from – so you should be able to let the camera do all the work for you – fantastic if you want to get good results in a multitude of conditions, without actually thinking about it!

There are Smile Capture and Face Detection modes, along with the usual Landscape, Night Scene, Pets and so on, along with Natural Skin Tone, Food, Candlelight, Party, Text, Miniature Filter and HD.

There are opportunities for in-camera editing – red-eye compensation, resizing, cropping, plus filters for black and white, sepia, retro, toy camera and lots more.

If you’re not sure how steady your hand is, the good news is there’s a Shake Reduction system, plus memory card support for SD/SDHC and SDXC.

The battery should last for about 180 shots, so if you’re going out for the day, it might be worth carrying a spare so that you don’t miss out on those memorable images.

Other cameras around the same price point include the Nikon Coolpix S3100, which had a lukewarm reception from many reviewers and the Canon PowerShot A3200 IS, which fared better on the review front. Your choice may come down to whether you have a preference to a certain camera manufacturer, and what you are familiar with, but if you’re looking for a compact, pocket-friendly, good looking snapper, for fuss-free photography, you could do worse than the Pentax Option S1

The camera comes in chrome or black. For more details head to www.pentax.co.uk