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Pentax Optio S6 Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 6.33 (out of 10)
The aluminum-alloy, 6-megapixel Pentax Optio S6-which the company bills as small enough to fit inside a tin of Altoids (it will also fit inside a pack of cigarettes, if that's your weakness)-is a well-designed digital camera that will please casual shooters with its ease of use and build quality. Though some photo-quality shortcomings and sluggish shooting mar its overall value, Pentax's slimmest offering is a good choice for anyone looking for a pocketable camera that produces decent snapshots and looks great while doing it.

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Trusted Reviews 8.00  02-27-06 Read Full Review
"A couple of weeks ago I nearly froze my toes off testing the waterproof Pentax Optio WPi, so this week I thought I’d have an easier time with its non-amphibious sibling the Optio S6. Unfortunately our wonderful British weather had other ideas. This time I froze the rest of my body, and wished that I was as waterproof as the WPi. Anyone who tells you we’re having a mild dry winter is lying through their teeth. It’s cold and wet out there, and has been all week.

If you’re looking for an ultra-compact camera that can deliver good quality pictures with a minimum of fuss, the Optio S6 should certainly be near the top of your list. It is well made, attractively designed, and is one of the smallest and lightest cameras on the market. It has enough options to cope with virtually any shooting conditions, and its excellent low light focusing and flash performance are a big bonus. Considering its very competitive price and the S6 is hard to beat."

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DigiCam Review 7.00  03-03-06 Read Full Review
"..the Pentax Optio S6 is an ultra-compact 6 megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens and a high resolution 2.5" screen with 232k pixels. The lens is a new version of Pentax's SMC lens,and is the smallest they've ever made, as a result the silver aluminium clad camera is the thinest Optio S camera yet, measuring 19mm thick by 85.5mm wide, and 53.5mm high.

The Pentax Optio S6 is an ultra compact digital camera featuring 6 megapixels, a 3x optical zoom lens, and a high resolution 2.5" screen. The easy to use camera offers several useful scene modes and features such as custom white balance, manual focusing, panaromic assist. The cameras MPEG4 / DIVX video mode is good as it allows you to fit longer videos on your memory card, however battery life is an achilles heel in this regard as you are limited to a maximum recording time of 50 minutes, and then the battery goes flat! Image quality was good outdoors, but poor indoors due to focusing problems and the flash overexposing the subject."

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