Question about Pentax Optio S40 Digital Camera
I acctually was able to play with an Optio S40 today. Overall it seemed like a good camera. It has featues I want including.. 1. using AA batteries 2. being small and compact 3. 4mp and 3x optical zoom 4. manual features 5. able take good pictures - low noise My problem lies within the bad acpects I noticed.. 1. The camera took a long time to start up. 2. The delay between pictures was completely horrible - at least 6 seconds. 3. The rapid shot mode was not very rapid. So I was wondering if I should deal with the bad things and buy the camera or wait for another with all the features I want? Is there another similar camera that may be better? Is it possilbe that the picture write time is bad because of a slower SD card? Does anyone know of any other problems that I should be aware of?
Posted by Anonymous on
I took all of the pictures at the highest quality and size, and then resampled them with GIMP after downloading them. If it has the _med, on the picture, then I also resized it before posting. Damned 10 Mb limit on the guest account.. Also, I just tried the rapid shot. It takes an average of one picture per second on the highest settings. On medium quality/size, it's about 2-3 per second. I think it's more of a selling gimick than a useful feature. For memory, I'm just using a 256Mb standard Lexar card. It seems to handle the job pretty well.
Posted on Sep 08, 2005
I'm an early adopter of this camera precisely because of the features you listed. I also have some travel coming up and I need a decent point-and-shoot where charging batteries will be difficult. I have a gallery of some pics that I took within the first couple of days here: http://www.pbase.com/cryptodigm/misc These have all been resampled for storage space, and I'm not much of a photographer. I just wanted to take some pictures with the sample settings. If you'd like any originals for comparison, I can post those for you. I only notice the delay between pictures when using the artistic effects or when taking movies. Otherwise it's been 1-3 seconds for me. Not great, but not too horrible. I haven't tried the rapid shot mode yet, but these compact Pentax cameras aren't known for their ability to take action shots. My biggest gripe so far is batteries. The battery life indicator is often wrong (full one shot, empty the next). Ad on cheap AAs, it gets about 30-40 shots before they need to be replaced. I'm going to buy a rechargeable CRV3 battery to see if it helps at all. Also, since it is a compact camera there is *some* barreling when taking close pictures, but it's not as bad as the S4i pictures that I've seen.
Posted on Sep 08, 2005
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