Pentax Optio S6 Review

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Record Modes & Menu Options



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Here you can see Program AE mode. This is a fully automatic exposure mode that also allows you to select from many menu or function options like ISO, White Balance, etc.



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When the shutter is half-pressed and the autofocus locks, the active AF point bracket will shrink and turn green. Shutter speed and aperture values are also displayed.



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Pressing the OK button toggles the amount of overlay information displayed on the LCD. Here you can see extended exposure information with the live histogram.



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Press the 4-way controller down "MODE" to change the exposure mode. Choices are: Program AE, Night Scene, Movie, Panorama Assist, Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Candlelight, Surf & Snow, Sport, Pet, Text, Food, and Frame Composite.



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Record Menu options:

    Recorded Pixels - 6M, 5M, 4M, 3M, 2M, 1024, 640
    Quality Level - Best (***), Better (**) or Good (*)
    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent or Manual
    AF Setting - Choose focusing area, focus limiter, and turn the AF-assist lamp On or Off
    AE Metering - Multi segment, Center-weighted or Spot
    Sensitivity - Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400
    EV Compensation - ┬▒2.0 in 1/3EV steps
    Movie - Adjust movie mode settings (shown below)
    Digital Zoom - On/Off
    Instant Review - 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 secs. and Off
    Memory - Saves shooting function settings when camera is turned off
    Green Button - Define function of the GREEN button
    Sharpness - Hard, Normal or Soft
    Saturation - Hard, Normal or Soft
    Contrast - Hard, Normal or Soft





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The Memory option allows you to set the parameters you want remembered from power off to power on.



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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. Because it does capture sound, the optical zoom may not be used while recording. However, you can preset the focal length before you begin. It also features a digital anti-shake system to reduce the occurrence of camera shake in your movies.

The Optio S6 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.



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Movie options found under the Rec. Menu.

    Record Pixels - 640x480 or 320x240
    Quality Level - Best (***), Better (**) or Good (*)
    Time-lapse Movie - Off, 2x, 5x, 10x, 15x, or 30x
    Movie anti-shake - On or Off





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The Optio S6 lets you get up close and personal with its Macro focus mode. You can focus on subjects as close as 5.9 inches (0.15m) away.



Pentax Optio S6

To focus manually -- Press the Focus mode button and select "MF". Then press the OK button and adjust the focus distance by using the Up and Down positions of the 4-way controller. While you are actively changing the focus, the center portion of the LCD display is magnified and a distance scale is shown on the left.



Pentax Optio S6

Setup options:


    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
    Power Saving - Off, 5sec, 15sec, 30sec, 1min, 2min
    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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