Pentax Optio S50 Review

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Record Modes & Menu Options



Pentax Optio S50

The "point-n-shoot" Auto mode screen. Beginners or anyone that just wants to take a picture without setting anything will like this mode. The only menu option is shown in the next frame.



Pentax Optio S50

In Auto mode the only menu option is for image quality, the S50 will recognize several shooting scenes and select appropriate settings for landscape, portrait, night scene, or general subjects.



Pentax Optio S50

Auto mode has an informative Help function that is invoked by depressing the ?/Fn button. All functions of the Mode dial, 4-way controller and buttons on the camera's back cover are described.



Pentax Optio S50

Program recording mode is also an automatic mode but the user has many menu and function options available. Onscreen icons indicate space for another 105 pictures on the SD card and the battery level is full. The white brackets in the center is the auto focus area.



Pentax Optio S50

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



Pentax Optio S50

Pressing the DISPLAY button turns the color LCD on/off and also controls how much information is shown on top of the live image. Here we have all the exposure information enabled including the real time histogram.



Pentax Optio S50

Pressing the ?/Fn button in other than Auto mode brings up this shortcut menu to quickly change image size, image quality or exposure compensation. The functions assigned to the 4-way controller are registered via the Setup menu.



Pentax Optio S50

Press the MENU button to access these options:

    Recorded Pixels - 2560x1920, 2304x1728, 2048x1536, 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
    Frame Rate - Movie frame rate of 30 or 15fps
    Digital Zoom - On/Off
    Instant Review - 0.5, 1, 2, 3, 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
    EV Compensation - +/-2.0 in 1/3EV steps

If you find the menu options difficult to read, touching the telephoto zoom control enlarges the font.



Pentax Optio S50

The PICTure Modes available are: Flower, Self-portrait, Surf, Snow, Sunset, Museum, Text, Food, Landscape Portrait, Marine.



Pentax Optio S50

The Digital Effect Modes are: Black and white, sepia, Red, Green, Blue, B&W + red, B&W + green, B&W + blue, 2 in 1, Panorama assist.



Pentax Optio S50

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



Pentax Optio S50

Movie mode lets you record motion JPEG at 320 x 240 resolution at 30 or 15fps; monaural audio is also recorded. The length of movies is limited only by available memory space.



Pentax Optio S50

The S50 can be used as a voice-only recorder too.







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