Pentax Optio S4i Review

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Record Modes & Menu Options



Pentax Optio 30

Typical still image recording screen in the default Program AE shooting mode. There's space for another 79 pictures on the SD card and the battery level is full. The white brackets in the center is the auto focus area.



Pentax Optio 30

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 30

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 real-time histogram display.



Pentax Optio 30

Still image menu options:

    Recorded Pixels - 2304x1728, 1600x1200, 1024x768 or 640x480
    Quality Level - Best, Better or Good
    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent or Manual
    Focusing Area - Multi. or Spot
    AE Metering - Multi segment, Center-weighted or Spot
    Sensitivity - Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400
    EV Compensation - +/-2.0 in 1/3EV steps
    3D Mode - Parallel Mode or Cross Mode
    Fast Fwd Movie - Sets speed (x2, x5, x10, x20, x50, x100 and Off)
    Digital Zoom - On/Off
    Instant Review - 0.5, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 secs. and Off
    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





Pentax Optio 30

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, Night scene, Movie, Panorama assist, 3D image, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Self-Portrait, Surf & Snow, Autumn Color, Sunset, Art museum, Text, Cuisine, Soft, Posterization , Digital filter, User, Marine, Marine Movie



Pentax Optio 30

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 30

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 30

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 30

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 30

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



Pentax Optio 30

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 30

Movie mode lets you record motion JPEG at 320 x 240 resolution at 15fps, monaural audio is also recorded. The length of movies is limited only by available memory.







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