Pentax Optio S10

Last update: Review by DevHardware (11 March’08)

The Pentax Optio S10 is a 10 Megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera features 3x optical zoom (38-114mm in 35mm film camera), ISO setting 64-3200, and a 2.5” TFT color LCD. The camera measures 3.4 x 2.1 x 0.8 inch and weighs 4.1 oz. (Full Specs)

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Check Availability

Pentax Optio S10 Price Comparison

Pentax Optio S10 Reviews

DevHardware reviews the Pentax Optio S10 and writes;
“For the most part, the performance and image quality of the S10 are its greatest assets. That’s a good thing, because those attributes are probably the two most important things to look for when buying a digital camera.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Pentax Optio S10 and writes;
“It’s small, can take good looking 10-megapixel-sized images and it’s easy to use. It’ll struggle a little in low-light conditions, as most cameras do, but it’s still a decent compact camera for all occasions.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

RegHardware reviews the Pentax Optio S10 and writes;
“Yes, the LCD screen is a lovely size, but you really struggle when using it in bright sunlight. All LCD screens suffer from this problem, but the Optio S10’s was particularly bad… Capable of offering a good performance, but unless you’re prepared to do a bit a tweaking, you won’t get the full potential from this camera…”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DigitalCameraReview reviews the Pentax Optio S10 and writes;
” In the timing category, the S10 was excellent. Startup took a few seconds, but shutter lag, when taking a shot after a partial press of the shutter was less than 0.5 seconds. If you do a full press, you need to wait for the camera to autofocus – if focusing happens quickly, shutter lag was as fast as 0.2-0.3 seconds. ”
Rating: N/A

CNET reviews the Pentax Optio S10 and writes;
” The good: Excellent photo quality for the price; generally fast performance; no frills but well-chosen snapshot feature set. The bad: USB port and charger connector under battery cover; limited focal range for macro shooting. The bottom line: A surprisingly nice budget ultracompact, the no-frills Pentax Optio S10 delivers excellent photo quality and decent performance for relatively little cash.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Pentax Optio S10 and writes;
“Combined with the continued overall good image quality, makes this a very good choice in the “ultra-compact” market. The only down side is it can be a little slow focusing so it is not recommended for shooting fast moving actions or subjects. All things considered, it offers a very good value with an MSRP of US$250 or less.”
Rating: N/A

ePhotozine reviews the Pentax Optio S10 and writes;
“You will still be happy with the ISO200 results as only a marginal amount of noise has started to seep through the image to the low key areas which then, predictably, start to get more defined from ISO400. ISO800 has definite noise with Red, Purple and Green dots appearing in the low and mid-key areas while ISO1600 has definite noise and the edges have started to decay.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Pentax Optio S10 and writes;
“The S10’s lens producing excellent edge-to-edge sharpness and minimal barrel distortion at wide angle…the Pentax Optio S10 combines excellent build quality, simplicity of design and good all-round performance with a user-friendly ease of use. If you’re looking for a camera to record the office Christmas party it should definitely be on your shortlist.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Pentax Optio S10 Samples

Pentax Optio S10 Sample Photos @ RegHardware
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Pentax Optio S10 Sample Photos @ CNET
Pentax Optio S10 Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
Pentax Optio S10 Sample Photos @ ePhotozine
Pentax Optio S10 Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews

Pentax Optio S10 User Manual (PDF)

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Pentax Optio S10 Press Release

GOLDEN, CO. (August 22, 2007) PENTAX Imaging Company has announced two digital compact cameras including the Optio Z10 with a high-magnification 7X optical zoom lens.

PENTAX also announced the stylish PENTAX Optio S10 compact digital camera with 10.0 effective megapixels. This latest model in the popular PENTAX Optio S series offers digital Shake Reduction and a high-speed Face Recognition AF&AE function for fast, high quality portraits. The Optio S10 is the seventh DivX Certified® digital camera from PENTAX. Now enhanced with digital Shake Reduction, the DivX format enables users to create high-quality video files that may be played back on a wide-variety of DivX DVD players and other devices. The PENTAX Optio S10 digital camera is one of the smallest, lightest 10 megapixel digital cameras in the world.


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