Pentax Optio S5z Review

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Record Modes & Menu Options



Pentax Optio 30

The "Green" mode is for quick and simple point-n-shoot operation, no experience is necessary. There are no menu or function options available.



Pentax Optio 30

Program AE mode is also automatic but you can select from many menu or function options (see below). When the shutter is half-pressed and the autofocus locks, the active AF point bracket will shrink and turn green. The shutter speed and aperture values are also displayed.



Pentax Optio S5z

Press the MODE button to change exposure mode, choices are: Program AE, Night Scene, Movie, Panorama Assist, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Self-Portrait, Sunset, Food, Pet, Text, Sports, Surf&Snow, Special Effect, User configurable.



Pentax Optio 30

Record Menu options:

    Recorded Pixels - 5M, 4M, 3M, 2M, 1024, 640
    Quality Level - Best, Better or Good
    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent NW (Neutral and White ), Fluorescent D (Daylight), or Manual
    Focusing Area - Wide or Spot
    AE Metering - Multi segment, Center-weighted or Spot
    Sensitivity - Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400
    EV Compensation - ┬▒2.0 in 1/3EV steps
    Time-lapse Movie - x2, x5, x10, x20, x50, x100, Off
    Digital Zoom - On/Off
    Aux AF Light - Focus-assist lamp On/Off
    Instant Review - 0.5, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 secs. and Off
    Memory - Saves shooting function settings when camera is turned off
    Color Mode - Full color, B&W, Sepia
    Fn Setting - Define function of the GREEN button
    Sharpness - Hard, Normal or Soft
    Saturation - Hard, Normal or Soft
    Contrast - Hard, Normal or Soft





Pentax Optio 30

Movie mode lets you record MPEG-4 motion video in 640x480 resolution at 30fps, monaural audio is also recorded. The length of movies is limited only by available memory.

It also features a Time-lapse movie mode, which allows you to take movies at a delayed frame rate. When they are played back, action appears sped up. It is enabled via the Record menu. No sound is recorded.



Pentax Optio 30

Macro focus mode covers from 7.1 in. (0.18 m) to 1.64 ft (0.5m), while Super Macro mode get you as close as 2.4 inches (0.06m).



Pentax Optio S5z

To focus manually -- Press the Focus mode button until "MF" is displayed and then adjust the focus distance by using the Up and Down positions of the 4-way controller. When you are actively changing the focus, the center portion of the LCD display is magnified and a distance scale is shown on the left. The focus can also be locked at infinity.



Pentax Optio S5z

One other focusing feature is the ability to freely move the active AF Area to any one of the 49 possible positions within the frame.



Pentax Optio S5z

Memory and Setup options:

    Memory - Set parameters you want remembered from power off to power on.
    Format - Format the SD card
    Sound - On/Off
    Date Adjust - Set Date/Time
    World Time - Set World Time
    Language - Set user Language
    USB Connection - PictBridge, PC
    Video Out - NTSC or PAL
    Brightness Level - Adjust LCD back light
    Quick Zoom - On/Off
    Quick Delete - On/Off
    Sleep Timeout - Off, 30sec., 1min. or 2min.
    Auto Power Off - Off, 3min. or 5min.
    Guide Display - Enable the brief popup labels when switching modes
    Reset - Reset to Default




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