Feeds
80%

Pentax Optio S10 compact camera

Small and perfectly formed

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

The Optio S10 may be small, but it does offer a lot beneath its compact exterior. You get a ten-megapixel, 1/1.8in CCD; 3x optical zoom that’s equivalent to 38-114mm in a 35mm film camera; 22MB of internal memory; a 1/2000s to 4s shutter speed range; a sensitivity range from ISO 64 to ISO 1600 (ISO 64-800 in auto mode); 18 pre-set shooting modes; manual focus and white balance; and exposure setting from -2 to +2 EV in 1/3 steps. Oh, and it also records movies in the DivX format.

We’ve long been impressed with the ease of use offered by Pentax compact cameras and the Optio S10 is no exception. It soon powers up and is ready for shooting - and the LCD display isn’t cluttered with meaningless icons. The small size does mean there’s an increased risk in camera shake, but the S10 feels fairly solid in your hands and there is a (sort of) shake reduction system.

Pentax Optio S10 compact digital camera

LCD is a lovely size, but tricky to see in sunlight

Press the menu button and you can quickly change a number of parameters, including the number of recorded pixels. The 10MB setting gives a resolution of 3648 x 2736 pixels and you can go down to 640 x 480. You can also adjust the white balance, auto-focus setting, AE metering, ISO and exposure.

The multi-controller gives quick access to the flash mode; focus mode, including super macro, pan focus and manual focus; the timer; and the program modes. The latter include auto, night, pet, sport, food and natural skin tone.

But it’s not all tickety-boo. Yes, the LCD screen is a lovely size, but you really struggle when using it in bright sunlight. All LCD screens suffer from this problem, but the Optio S10’s was particularly bad. The focus system takes a while to lock on, and we missed a number of shots that required a fast response from the camera.

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE
Warning: Likely to cost a lot even for a Mac
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.