Pentax Optio S12

Last update (22 January’09):
– Review by GoodGearGuide

The Pentax Optio S12 is a 12.0 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera features 3x optical zoom (38-114mm in 35mm film camera), Face Recognition, ISO setting 64-3200, High-quality extended movie mode, and a 2.5” TFT color LCD. The camera measures 3.6 x 2.2 x 0.9” and weighs 4.6 oz.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Pentax Optio S12 Reviews

GoodGearGuide reviews the Pentax Optio S12 and writes;
“Good picture quality and a very small size make the Optio S12 a great camera for parties, day trips or travelling overseas. It’s well-worth considering.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

ePhotozine reviews the Pentax Optio S12 and writes;
“For the money, the S12 is a very well featured, high quality compact that can yield great results. Images have great colour, and sharpness, with the bizarre choice of aperture in the landscape setting being the only caveat.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PCMag reviews the Pentax Optio S12 and writes;
“I was impressed with still-image quality from the S12 and found it to be on a par with what you get from other well-rounded compact cameras.. Most nonprofessional photographers will find the S12’s still-image and video quality quite pleasing. ”
Rating: ★★★½☆ reviews the Pentax Optio S12 and writes;
“Another impressive style camera from Pentax, the S12 continues its tradition of combining sublime ease of use with decent — if not staggeringly good — image quality. For a real bargain, hunt out the S12’s predecessor, the 10-megapixel Pentax Optio S10, for around £50 less.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Pentax Optio S12 and writes;
“The level of fine detail is very impressive, as good as any of the more expensive 12MP compacts…image noise at higher ISO settings is more or less the same as the S10, with noise visible at 200 ISO and significant loss of detail at 400 ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

RegHardware reviews the Pentax Optio S12 and writes;
“the Optio S12 delivers pretty good pictures, but we have to confess that we really didn’t see any improvement over the S10, even when images were printed out.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Pentax Optio S12 Samples

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Pentax Optio S12 User Manual (PDF)

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Pentax Optio S12 Press Release

This new digital compact camera offers the highest technology in the smallest possible body. Ultra-compact dimensions and high-quality design are immediately recognizable in the typical PENTAX style.

Inside the 12 megapixels resolution with digital “Shake Reduction” and “Face Recognition” function complete the superb features for this state-of-the-art compact camera.


* Ultra-compact, high-end lavishly equipped digital camera in a stunning aluminium body
* Easy to understand menus for simple operation

Data at a glance:

* 12 Megapixel CCD; 1/1.7’’ CCD
* Ultra-compact with 2.5’’ TFT Monitor
* 3x optical zoom: f/ 2.8-5.4 / 7.9-23.7mm (38 – 114mm in 35mm film format)
* Digital “Shake Reduction“ for picture and video modes; automatically sets the sensitivity to ISO 3200
* Full automatic mode and 18 Picture Modes
* Available in attractive colours: silver, black, pink and metallic blue
* 21 MB internal memory
* Dimensions: 87 (W) x 54 (H) x 21 (D) mm; Weight 130g operational
* Recommend Retail Price: £199.99
* Available: March 2008

Modifications from previous model (Optio S10):

* Resolution 12 Megapixel
* 6x digital zoom
* Sensitivity: ISO 50 to ISO 3200
* Digital Shake Reduction and Face Recognition AF & AE in all modes of operation
* 18 different Picture modes
* Available in four attractive colours

Additional information at a glance:

* Clear and bright 2.5’’ TFT Colour LCD Monitor with 232,000 pixels and Anti-reflection Coating
* Movie Function with 30 fps
* Portrait recognition with Face Selector: Fully automatic focusing and exposure – automatic object recognition within the autofocus frames. The autofocus and exposure set according to the object position so that exact focus and proper skin tones are assured, even in backlighting conditions.
* There is a suitable programme for any shooting situation – Program Automatic, Night scene, Video, Sound recording, Landscape, Flowers, Portrait, Natural Skin Tones, Sand+Snow, Sport, Kids, Pets, Food, digital “Shake Reduction“ (SR), Text, Frames.

One Response to “Pentax Optio S12”

  1. The camera has a 1/1.7″ sensor. That is unique at this price class. The pictures are fabulous!

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