Pentax Optio S4 Review

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Record Modes & Menu Options



Pentax Optio S4


Typical still image recording screen in the default Program AE shooting mode. There's space for another 81 pictures on the SD card and the battery level is full. The white brackets in the center is the auto focus area.



Pentax Optio S4


When the shutter is half-pressed and the auto focus is locked the AF point will shrink and turn green and the selected shutter speed and aperture value is displayed.



Pentax Optio S4


Pressing the DISPLAY button will turn the color LCD on/off and also controls how much information is overlayed on top of the live image. Here we have all of the information enabled including the realtime histogram display.



Pentax Optio S4


Still image menu options:

    Recorded Pixels - 2304x1728, 1600x1200, 1024x768 or 640x480
    Quality Level - Best, Better or Good
    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorecent or Manual
    Focusing Area - Multi. or Spot
    AE Metering - Multi segment, Center-weighted or Spot
    Sensitivity - Auto, 50, 100 or 200

    Digital Zoom - On/Off
    Instant Review - 0.5, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 secs. and Off
    Fast Fwd Movie - Sets speed (x2, x5, x10, x20, x50, x100 and Off)
    3D Mode - Parallel Mode or Cross Mode
    Memory - Saving shooting function settings when camera is turned off
    Sharpness - Hard, Normal or Soft

    Saturation - Hard, Normal or Soft
    Contrast - Hard, Normal or Soft
    EV Compensation - +/-2.0 in 1/3EV steps





Pentax Optio S4


The shooting modes are selected from a virtual Mode Dial that is activated by pressing Down on the 4-way controller. The selection includes: Program, Picture mode, Night scene, Movie, Panorama assist, 3D image, Digital filter and User.



Pentax Optio S4


The Picture (Scene) mode selection includes: Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Self-portrait, Surf & Snow, Autumn color and Sunset.



Pentax Optio S4


The Digital Filter mode includes: Slim and Wide for distorting the image height and width and a host of color effect filters (Black & White, Sepia, Red, Pink, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple)



Pentax Optio S4


In the Super Macro Mode you can focus from 2.4 to 8 inches with excellent results. The regular Macro mode covers a range from 7 to 20 inches.



Pentax Optio S4


Manual focus mode lets you set the focus distance manually with an onscreen distance gauge and the center 50% of the image is enlarged while focusing.



Pentax Optio S4


Manual AF point selection lets you override the automatic focus system and place the active AF point anywhere in a 7 x 7 grid on the screen.



Pentax Optio S4


3D mode helps you to capture two images with the proper offset so that they can be printed and then viewed with the included stereoscopic viewing aid.



Pentax Optio S4


Panorama Assist mode lets you take a series of images and then join them to create a panoramic image. There are four types of modes available: Join the images on the left, right, top or bottom. After the first image is captured you will see a transparent portion of the first image, this is used to achieve the proper overlap for a good panoramic image. The images captured in Panorama Assist mode can be "stitched" together using the supplied ACDSee software.



Pentax Optio S4


Movie mode lets you can record up to 60 secs (per clip) of motion JPEG at 320 x 240 resolution at 15fps. Monaural audio is also recorded.







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