As sensors gain pixels and compacts get more compact, combining style and performance can prove to be a tricky task

Product Overview

Overall rating:

79%
Overall score:79%
Features:75%
Value:80%
Performance:75%
Image Quality:80%
Design:80%

Pros:

  • The front

Cons:

  • The rest

Product:

Pentax Optio S10

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£170.00

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As sensors gain pixels and compacts get more compact, combining style and performance can prove to be a tricky task. At first glance, Pentax’s S10 seems to be the answer, with a 10MP sensor, face detection and a tri-tone aluminium fascia marking it as a compact of the moment. This is, sadly, where the fun stops.

For this price, at least, an ISO-based image stabilisation mode is somewhat unsatisfactory and with no other immediate stand-out features it seems hard to recommend it on any other basis. Design-wise, it’s a real pity that the clunky plastic rear doesn’t quite match the sleek aluminium styling of the front, which together with a child-oriented interface gives the impression of ‘My First Camera’. Image quality is by no means the worst we’ve seen, though purple fringing is evident throughout the ISO range.

Verdict

Headline-grabbing pixel count and its compact form eclipses an otherwise mediocre performer.

Full Specification

Power:
Li-ion
Connectivity:
USB 2.0

Memory Card:
SD/SDHC + 22MB internal memory
Flash Modes:
4

White Balance:
6 modes
ISO Range:
64-3200

Metering System:
TTL, Choice of Multi-segment metering, Center-weighted metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes:
Programmed AE

Shutter Speeds:
1/2000 sec – 4secs
File Formats:
JPEG

LCD:
2.5in
Lens:
38-114mm

Sensor:
10mp
Dimensions:
54 x 87 x 20.5mm

Weight:
110g
Other:
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