Pentax Optio S5z

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Pentax OptioS5z digital still camera


Small, sleek 5 megapixel digital camera with 3x optical zoom lens.



5 Megapixel sensor helps ensure high quality images

Large 2.5 inch LCD 110,000 pixel screen

Smaller than a pack of playing cards

Solid build quality


Uses very affordable SD memory cards

Capable of recording movies at 640x480 resolution at 30 frames per second

Movie duration limited only by available memory capacity

In camera movie editing features including divide, Cut and Stitch and Save as still image.

Time Lapse Movie function

Has a text mode for photographing printed materials, very James Bond!

Provision for comment space to let you write handwritten notes on printed photos

Connectors are protected by small sliding doors rather than the more common rubber flaps

Hi Speed USB 2.0 interface

Weighs 120g with battery and SD card installed

Dimensions: 83mmx55mmx21.5mm

Competitive price




Does not support any uncompressed formats such as TIFF or RAW

Only 9.3 MB of built in storage (budget for a large capacity XD card)

No removable memory card provided as standard

Uses a proprietary rechargeable battery

Battery has to be charged using an external charger (supplied as standard)

No case provided as standard


Competitive Internet Price: £210.35 inc. VAT


Star Rating: 8.5 Stars  An excellent high quality camera from a good stable. A solid evolution from Pentaxs earlier offerings, however competition is strong; check out the excellent Nikon Coolpix S1, the Sony T33 and the Sony T7 before you buy.

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