Ricoh Optio S6 6 Megapixel Compact Camera

2.5" LCD - 3x Optical Zoom - 4x - 2816 x 2112 Image - 640 x 480 Video - PictBridge - MPN: 18493
Product Details
Description
All grown up. The Pentax Optio S6 is all grown up with 6.0 megapixels and a gorgeous chassis, but it never outgrew the mint tin. The new Pentax Optio S6 slides right in. This latest tiny digital features a generous 2.5 inch monitor, 6.0 megapixels, and a powerful 3X zoom sliding lens system. Slim is still in, and the Optio S6 offers the slimmest Pentax digital body available. Expect substance and style to blend perfectly in the Pentax Optio S6.
Quick Glance
Memory Card Support Secure Digital (SD) Card
LCD Screen Size 2.5 in
Camera Type Compact Camera
Effective Megapixels 6 Megapixel
Lens Mount Fixed
normalized-Weight 4.20
normalized-Optical Zoom 3
Expert Reviews
pentax optio s6 digital camera
3 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Pentax Optio S6 Digital Camera receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 2.47 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #309 Compact digital camera of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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User Reviews
LCD screen cracked somehow!
1 Star Review     

I purchased this camera new about 5 months ago and really enjoyed it for the compact size, ease of use, very decent pictures it took and large LCD screen. The only negative I'd have to say about it was that the batteries drained pretty quickly (though I don't know how it compared to similar cameras that might have the same issue). A day after having used the camera at length and w/o incident... I took it out of the leather case (where it had been sitting on a dresser top) and turned it on to see a smudge on the screen, but no image. I later learned (through internet searches) that it is a cracked LCD screen that pretty much makes it worthless. I noticed this seems to be a not so uncommon problem and wondered if it has happened to anyone else. It really seems to have cracked without any external influence! From what I gather, it is useless to try to get the manufacturer to do anything about it and though I have resigned myself to having to just get a new camera... I worry about getting one with an LCD screen. It's a big risk to take with a $300+ item and no recourse if the problem occurs again! Needless to say that I'm very disappointed with my purchase - especially if this is not an isolated case.

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divx, small
3 Star Review   By member jonz510 - Dec 30, 2006   

Strengths: divx, small form factor

Weakness: 1gb sd limitation

So I bought this as an X-mas present for myself. I've own an Canon SD100, 450, 600 and Casio EX-Z60 so I'm totally not a newbie to the digital world. I'm not going to repeat with others have stated in this review. I'm really impress by the Optio S6 form factor; it really is compact. The response is quite quick turning on/off, zooming, viewing captured pict/video. After playing with the camera for several hours, I was really disappointed in the following areas: - temperature; the camera get warm/very warm (cool, warm, very warm, hot) after 1.5 hrs of continuous use - continuous rapid shooting was slow; I was getting 1 pix every ~1.8sec - can NOT read 4gb SD; I tried two different 4gb SD card I had laying around (PQI & Ridata) and received an "memory card error." All of my other cameras (even my 3 yr old Canon SD100) was able to use it just fine. - the usb cable is propriety; why can't Pentax use a normal mini usb? In sum, I like the camera size and its ability to record video in Divx format. The Divx function was the main impetus for purchasing this camera, but the SD limitation negate all the benefits the Optio S6 has to offer. I received confirmation from Pentax Tech Support affirming my initial conclusion of the sd limitation. Indeed the maximum sd the Optio S6 can only read/write is a 1gb memory.

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Great camera but missing my fave feature
4 Star Review   By member lightstarangel - Aug 30, 2006   

Strengths: Size and picture clarity -- my photos come out great!

Weakness: Can't shoot in B&W. It was something I loved about my previous camera the Optio s4i. Also cannot zoom while filming a movie, also a feature that was in the s4i.

Overall, it is a fantastic little camera. Gets a lot of attention coming out of the Altoids tin. I would purchase an extra battery, but otherwise, you're golden with this one :)

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Frustrated
2 Star Review   By member hug_benzo - Aug 10, 2006   

Strengths: small, good macro, great in general

Weakness: MAKES MY COMPUTER SHUT DOWN WHEN I CONNECT IT!

this is driving me completely insane. I'm running windowsXP with at least 20Gig free, the computer recognises the camera then freezes up. this computer can run photoshop CS and has no problem with other cameras, JUST MINE! I have to put my card into other ppl's cameras just to get the pics off it. CRAP.

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Needs something
2 Star Review   By member rfweir - Jul 9, 2006   

Strengths: What can I say. great pics, adjustability, smooth movies lots and lots of settings and menues.

Weakness: BATTERY The battery life in plain english is bad. 15 minutes or 30 pics, which ever comes first.

I like the camera, but who wants to spend $80 more dollers for two extra batteries cause that is what you will need if you expect to take the baby anywhere to use it. Maybe if it had a viewfinder where you can turn off the LCD may help the battery last longer. I went back to the store four times with this puppy getting another battery, another camera but, nothing helped. I returned it and got a canon and now in the process of testing it.

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Nice, but...
2 Star Review   By member ggalanti - May 28, 2006   

Strengths: Small, light, with a large viewing screen. Nice features.

Weakness: Bad shutter; doesn't work well with Macs.

I have to press pretty hard on the shutter, and since the camera is so light, that means the picture often comes out blurred. There's also a long delay between pressing the shutter and taking the picture. When I first started taking videos with it, I wasn't getting any sound when I transferred it to my Mac. I solved that problem by getting a program called ffmpegX. I have to put the movies through that program, and then I get the sound. I've had occasional problems downloading into iPhoto. Perhaps I just got one with a bad shutter, but I would NOT recommend it for Mac users.

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Still fits in a mint tin, but looses some nice features from earlier Optio S cameras
4 Star Review   By member pjharrison - May 19, 2006   

Strengths: Super-compact (all but fits in an Altoids mint tin), 3x lens retracts & protect optics, sharp pics, fast power-on, big&sharp LCD, easy-to-use controls with a great set of scene modes, good auto focus.

Weakness: No viewfinder! Manual controls hard to access. "Trash can" button resets exposure controls to default in shooting mode, but you can't set your own "defaults." Barrel & chromatic edge distortion.

My last camera was a 4 megapixel Optio S4, which has just about everything you could want out of a pocket-sized camera. I loved the fact that I could use an Altoids mint tin as a camera case (I lined my mint tin with felt so I could toss it and my S4 in my pocket and not worry about it getting banged up), and it took darned good pictures for such a small camera. A really great point-n-shoot that does a truly outstanding job for such a compact camera. The S4's biggest downside was small & hard to read LCD. Alas, my wonderful S4's LCD display got cracked, so I had to replace it. I liked the S4 so much I just automatically replaced it with the newer 6-megapixel S6. The Optio S6 maintains almost all of the earlier Optio S line's charm. The daylight pictures are clear with great detail, though there's some barrel distortion and darkening at the corners of the S6's wide-angle pictures (a price I think pay with any of the super-compact cameras; there's only so much you can do with a lens that's crammed and folded into such a small package when it closes down). The auto-focus light, a new feature, is a great ad and allows for well-focused flash pictures, though I thought the S6s low-light pictures without the flash were a little grainy. The thing I do miss from my old S4 is the viewfinder. The S6's LCD may be big and clear, but that doesn't help me when I have to either put my glasses on or hold the camera a arm's length to properly see how my picture is being framed. A minor complaint is that the finger-ridge on the front of the camera under the shutter button, which makes the camera easier to hold, also makes it just slightly thicker in that spot than an Altoids tin. I fixed the problem by embossing a ridge in my Altoid-tin case using a nut-pick as an embossing stylus to create a ridge in the altoids tin finger ridge on the camera is. Problem solved. My recommendation If you're looking for a camera that fits in your pocket and don't mind a camera that doesn't have a viewfinder, it's hard to do better than the S6.

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Great Camera!
5 Star Review   By member woyaofa - Apr 5, 2006   

Strengths: Small, light and nice looking. Please note this camera has a 230K high resolution LCD. Very easy to use and connect to PC.

Weakness: None found.

I researched all 5MB+ digital cameras on the market with 2.5in LCD. The Pentax S6 and Kodak v550 are the only ones that is high resolution LCD (230+k pixel). ALL other brands come with 130K or less pixel LCD which comparatively look like crap. The S6 has the lowest price and 6M. (Kodak v550 is 5M).

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The perfect Man's (or ladies) point and shoot camera
5 Star Review   By member Red4444 - Apr 3, 2006   

Strengths: The perfect mans camera (we don't carry handbags for heavy cameras) Fits in an Altoids mint tin. Very light (you don't really know its in your pocket) Image quality is A1. Movie mode A1 Voice rec A1

Weakness: None that I can see.

I had a Canon Powershot/Ixus 500 until I bought this. The Canon was 5 Mp and the pictures were OK... (but there was significant corner distortion). The main problem for me was that it was just too heavy! At about 210 grammes it was annoying to carry around without using a bag. The Pentax Optio S6 is about 120 grammes including battery, and when enclosed in the Altoids mint tin (made by Callard and Bowser) it must weigh 130 in total. The Altoids mint tin is a must... The camera fits snuggly into it and can be padded out with a thin layer of band aid on all sides for extra protection. Once you've made your camera case it looks cool, and people won't fail to be impressed by your cool little gadget and your ingenuity in making a case for it out of a mint tin. As for image quality etc... Absolutely no complaints despite reading some dubious things about the movie mode and the voice recorder... Movie mode is about a zillion times better than the Canon and the voice recorder works well also, even outside (in wind you've got to expect a bit of noise). All in all, I'd say I hit the jackpot by getting this camera... Maybe the Sony T9 or the Casio Exilim are good, but allied with the mint tin, I reckon this is unbeatable... Get one.

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Beware - Pentax Service is abyssmal
1 Star Review   By member dontbuypentax - Mar 21, 2006   

Strengths: It's small, but useless if it doesn't work.

Weakness: No service.

Two years ago I purchased the Optio. I loved the camera, until it began opening and closing on it's own, wearing out the battery. It eventually opened so far the casing on the lens cracked. I returned it, payed to have it repaired and they sent it back. Same problem. Sent it back, they asked for $168.00 for repairs saying that it was different damage, it was not. I even packed it in the same box they had returned it to me in. It was out of the box for 24 hours. I refuse to pay for repairs and am now out about $560.00 and they have the camera. Buyer beware!

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Product Details
Description
All grown up. The Pentax Optio S6 is all grown up with 6.0 megapixels and a gorgeous chassis, but it never outgrew the mint tin. The new Pentax Optio S6 slides right in. This latest tiny digital features a generous 2.5 inch monitor, 6.0 megapixels, and a powerful 3X zoom sliding lens system. Slim is still in, and the Optio S6 offers the slimmest Pentax digital body available. Expect substance and style to blend perfectly in the Pentax Optio S6.
Quick Glance
Memory Card Support Secure Digital (SD) Card
LCD Screen Size 2.5 in
Camera Type Compact Camera
Effective Megapixels 6 Megapixel
Lens Mount Fixed
normalized-Weight 4.20
normalized-Optical Zoom 3
Summary
Product Title Ricoh Optio S6 6 Megapixel Compact Camera
Manufacturer Ricoh
Power Score 3.5 | 18 Reviews
Image Processor
Total Pixels: 6400000
Image Sensor: CCD
Other Features
Maximum Video Capture Resolution: 640 x 480
Interface Connection: 1 x USB, 1 x Audio/Video Out, 1 x DC Power In
Flash: Auto Flash, Red-eye Reduction, Flash ON, Flash OFF
Lens Features
Optical Zoom: 3 X
Digital Zoom: 4x
Focal Length: 6.20 mm to 18.60 mm
Max Aperture: 2.7 1/f
Storage
Installed Memory: 23 MB
Dimensions
Height: 2.1 in
Weight: 4.20 oz
Width: 3.4 in
Depth: 0.7 in
Reference
Warranty Information: 1 Year Limited
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Viewfinder Type: No
Image Format: DCF, DPOF, EXIF, JPEG, PIM 3
Continuous Shooting Speed: 3 frames/s (fps)
Product Line: Optio
Max Focal Length: 18.6 mm
Shortest Shutter Speed: 1/2000 Second
Video Capture Format: AVI, MPEG-4
Longest Shutter Speed: 4 Second
Product Model: S6
Brand Name: Pentax
Number of Resolution Modes: 6
Autofocus Points: 5
Number of Scene Modes: 15
Metering Characteristics: Center-weighted, Multi-Segment, Spot, TTL
Minimum Shutter Speed: 4 sec.
White Balance Modes: AutoDaylightShadeTungsten LightFluorescent LightManual
Min Focus Distance: 5.9 in
Description: Optio S6 (6MP, 3x Zoom)
Max Zoom: 12 X
Camera Modes: Shooting Modes:ProgramNight sceneMovieVoice recordPanorama assistLandscapeFlowerPortraitSurf & SnowSunsetTextFoodSportColor Modes:Black & whiteSepiaBlack & white + RedBlack & white + GreenBlack & white + Blue
HD Movie Mode: No
Shutter Lag: 0.01 second(s)
Frequency Band: Movie: MPEG-4 approx. 30fps/15fps with soundCamera casing: Aluminum alloySensitivity:AutoManual:ISO 80ISO 100ISO 200ISO 400Language Support:EnglishFrenchGermanSpanishItalianRussianChineseKoreanJapaneseSwedishDutchPortuguese
Maximum Shutter Speed: 2000 1/f
PictBridge: Yes
Exposure Settings: Auto Exposure, Exposure Bracketing, Multiple Program Modes
Battery Include: Yes
Maximum Frame Rate: 30 frames/s (fps)
White Balance: Preset Modes, TTL Auto
Focus Features: Auto Focus, Manual Focus, Multiple Point Focusing, Spot Focus
GPS: No
General Features: Flash Cancel (On/Off), Photo Date/Time Stamping, Red-Eye Reduction, Self Timer, Voice Recorder
Lens Construction: 6 Elements in 5 Groups
Maximum Image Resolution: 2816 x 2112
Included Components: Carrying Strap, Charger, PC Connection Cable, Power Adapter
Image Sensor Quantity: 1
Exposure Control: Program AE
Image Sensor Size: 0.4 in
Power Source: DC Input, Lithium Ion, Rechargeable Battery
Min Aperture: 8 1/f
SKU: D18493
Parent Retsku: B000ARG4IK
Battery Built-in: No
ISO Equivalencies: 100, 200, 400, 80
Min Focal Length: 6.2 mm
Max Horizontal Image Resolution: 2816 pixels
Max Vertical Image Resolution: 2112 pixels
Expert Reviews
pentax optio s6 digital camera
3 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Pentax Optio S6 Digital Camera receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 2.47 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #309 Compact digital camera of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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User Reviews
LCD screen cracked somehow!
1 Star Review     

I purchased this camera new about 5 months ago and really enjoyed it for the compact size, ease of use, very decent pictures it took and large LCD screen. The only negative I'd have to say about it was that the batteries drained pretty quickly (though I don't know how it compared to similar cameras that might have the same issue). A day after having used the camera at length and w/o incident... I took it out of the leather case (where it had been sitting on a dresser top) and turned it on to see a smudge on the screen, but no image. I later learned (through internet searches) that it is a cracked LCD screen that pretty much makes it worthless. I noticed this seems to be a not so uncommon problem and wondered if it has happened to anyone else. It really seems to have cracked without any external influence! From what I gather, it is useless to try to get the manufacturer to do anything about it and though I have resigned myself to having to just get a new camera... I worry about getting one with an LCD screen. It's a big risk to take with a $300+ item and no recourse if the problem occurs again! Needless to say that I'm very disappointed with my purchase - especially if this is not an isolated case.

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divx, small
3 Star Review   By member jonz510 - Dec 30, 2006   

Strengths: divx, small form factor

Weakness: 1gb sd limitation

So I bought this as an X-mas present for myself. I've own an Canon SD100, 450, 600 and Casio EX-Z60 so I'm totally not a newbie to the digital world. I'm not going to repeat with others have stated in this review. I'm really impress by the Optio S6 form factor; it really is compact. The response is quite quick turning on/off, zooming, viewing captured pict/video. After playing with the camera for several hours, I was really disappointed in the following areas: - temperature; the camera get warm/very warm (cool, warm, very warm, hot) after 1.5 hrs of continuous use - continuous rapid shooting was slow; I was getting 1 pix every ~1.8sec - can NOT read 4gb SD; I tried two different 4gb SD card I had laying around (PQI & Ridata) and received an "memory card error." All of my other cameras (even my 3 yr old Canon SD100) was able to use it just fine. - the usb cable is propriety; why can't Pentax use a normal mini usb? In sum, I like the camera size and its ability to record video in Divx format. The Divx function was the main impetus for purchasing this camera, but the SD limitation negate all the benefits the Optio S6 has to offer. I received confirmation from Pentax Tech Support affirming my initial conclusion of the sd limitation. Indeed the maximum sd the Optio S6 can only read/write is a 1gb memory.

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Great camera but missing my fave feature
4 Star Review   By member lightstarangel - Aug 30, 2006   

Strengths: Size and picture clarity -- my photos come out great!

Weakness: Can't shoot in B&W. It was something I loved about my previous camera the Optio s4i. Also cannot zoom while filming a movie, also a feature that was in the s4i.

Overall, it is a fantastic little camera. Gets a lot of attention coming out of the Altoids tin. I would purchase an extra battery, but otherwise, you're golden with this one :)

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Frustrated
2 Star Review   By member hug_benzo - Aug 10, 2006   

Strengths: small, good macro, great in general

Weakness: MAKES MY COMPUTER SHUT DOWN WHEN I CONNECT IT!

this is driving me completely insane. I'm running windowsXP with at least 20Gig free, the computer recognises the camera then freezes up. this computer can run photoshop CS and has no problem with other cameras, JUST MINE! I have to put my card into other ppl's cameras just to get the pics off it. CRAP.

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Needs something
2 Star Review   By member rfweir - Jul 9, 2006   

Strengths: What can I say. great pics, adjustability, smooth movies lots and lots of settings and menues.

Weakness: BATTERY The battery life in plain english is bad. 15 minutes or 30 pics, which ever comes first.

I like the camera, but who wants to spend $80 more dollers for two extra batteries cause that is what you will need if you expect to take the baby anywhere to use it. Maybe if it had a viewfinder where you can turn off the LCD may help the battery last longer. I went back to the store four times with this puppy getting another battery, another camera but, nothing helped. I returned it and got a canon and now in the process of testing it.

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Nice, but...
2 Star Review   By member ggalanti - May 28, 2006   

Strengths: Small, light, with a large viewing screen. Nice features.

Weakness: Bad shutter; doesn't work well with Macs.

I have to press pretty hard on the shutter, and since the camera is so light, that means the picture often comes out blurred. There's also a long delay between pressing the shutter and taking the picture. When I first started taking videos with it, I wasn't getting any sound when I transferred it to my Mac. I solved that problem by getting a program called ffmpegX. I have to put the movies through that program, and then I get the sound. I've had occasional problems downloading into iPhoto. Perhaps I just got one with a bad shutter, but I would NOT recommend it for Mac users.

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Still fits in a mint tin, but looses some nice features from earlier Optio S cameras
4 Star Review   By member pjharrison - May 19, 2006   

Strengths: Super-compact (all but fits in an Altoids mint tin), 3x lens retracts & protect optics, sharp pics, fast power-on, big&sharp LCD, easy-to-use controls with a great set of scene modes, good auto focus.

Weakness: No viewfinder! Manual controls hard to access. "Trash can" button resets exposure controls to default in shooting mode, but you can't set your own "defaults." Barrel & chromatic edge distortion.

My last camera was a 4 megapixel Optio S4, which has just about everything you could want out of a pocket-sized camera. I loved the fact that I could use an Altoids mint tin as a camera case (I lined my mint tin with felt so I could toss it and my S4 in my pocket and not worry about it getting banged up), and it took darned good pictures for such a small camera. A really great point-n-shoot that does a truly outstanding job for such a compact camera. The S4's biggest downside was small & hard to read LCD. Alas, my wonderful S4's LCD display got cracked, so I had to replace it. I liked the S4 so much I just automatically replaced it with the newer 6-megapixel S6. The Optio S6 maintains almost all of the earlier Optio S line's charm. The daylight pictures are clear with great detail, though there's some barrel distortion and darkening at the corners of the S6's wide-angle pictures (a price I think pay with any of the super-compact cameras; there's only so much you can do with a lens that's crammed and folded into such a small package when it closes down). The auto-focus light, a new feature, is a great ad and allows for well-focused flash pictures, though I thought the S6s low-light pictures without the flash were a little grainy. The thing I do miss from my old S4 is the viewfinder. The S6's LCD may be big and clear, but that doesn't help me when I have to either put my glasses on or hold the camera a arm's length to properly see how my picture is being framed. A minor complaint is that the finger-ridge on the front of the camera under the shutter button, which makes the camera easier to hold, also makes it just slightly thicker in that spot than an Altoids tin. I fixed the problem by embossing a ridge in my Altoid-tin case using a nut-pick as an embossing stylus to create a ridge in the altoids tin finger ridge on the camera is. Problem solved. My recommendation If you're looking for a camera that fits in your pocket and don't mind a camera that doesn't have a viewfinder, it's hard to do better than the S6.

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Great Camera!
5 Star Review   By member woyaofa - Apr 5, 2006   

Strengths: Small, light and nice looking. Please note this camera has a 230K high resolution LCD. Very easy to use and connect to PC.

Weakness: None found.

I researched all 5MB+ digital cameras on the market with 2.5in LCD. The Pentax S6 and Kodak v550 are the only ones that is high resolution LCD (230+k pixel). ALL other brands come with 130K or less pixel LCD which comparatively look like crap. The S6 has the lowest price and 6M. (Kodak v550 is 5M).

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The perfect Man's (or ladies) point and shoot camera
5 Star Review   By member Red4444 - Apr 3, 2006   

Strengths: The perfect mans camera (we don't carry handbags for heavy cameras) Fits in an Altoids mint tin. Very light (you don't really know its in your pocket) Image quality is A1. Movie mode A1 Voice rec A1

Weakness: None that I can see.

I had a Canon Powershot/Ixus 500 until I bought this. The Canon was 5 Mp and the pictures were OK... (but there was significant corner distortion). The main problem for me was that it was just too heavy! At about 210 grammes it was annoying to carry around without using a bag. The Pentax Optio S6 is about 120 grammes including battery, and when enclosed in the Altoids mint tin (made by Callard and Bowser) it must weigh 130 in total. The Altoids mint tin is a must... The camera fits snuggly into it and can be padded out with a thin layer of band aid on all sides for extra protection. Once you've made your camera case it looks cool, and people won't fail to be impressed by your cool little gadget and your ingenuity in making a case for it out of a mint tin. As for image quality etc... Absolutely no complaints despite reading some dubious things about the movie mode and the voice recorder... Movie mode is about a zillion times better than the Canon and the voice recorder works well also, even outside (in wind you've got to expect a bit of noise). All in all, I'd say I hit the jackpot by getting this camera... Maybe the Sony T9 or the Casio Exilim are good, but allied with the mint tin, I reckon this is unbeatable... Get one.

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Beware - Pentax Service is abyssmal
1 Star Review   By member dontbuypentax - Mar 21, 2006   

Strengths: It's small, but useless if it doesn't work.

Weakness: No service.

Two years ago I purchased the Optio. I loved the camera, until it began opening and closing on it's own, wearing out the battery. It eventually opened so far the casing on the lens cracked. I returned it, payed to have it repaired and they sent it back. Same problem. Sent it back, they asked for $168.00 for repairs saying that it was different damage, it was not. I even packed it in the same box they had returned it to me in. It was out of the box for 24 hours. I refuse to pay for repairs and am now out about $560.00 and they have the camera. Buyer beware!

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Exellent Camera
5 Star Review   By member 007bobj - Mar 15, 2006   

Strengths: Super small but solid build takes very good pics and decent video even in low lit rooms with only a room lamp on which is usually a problem with many other cameras Lots user settings or easy full auto

Weakness: Battery life (you need two charged ready to go) Video sound quality (little background noise from camera itself)but acceptable given its size cant expect hifi from the wonder gadget Zoomless Video

Exellent all around camera for a novice or advanced user has more exta features (if you like to use them) then any camera I looked at in the $250-$350 Price range and even most in the 400-500 Range The pictures this camera takes warrant its purchase alone The 1 hr. of 640x480 video (on a 1 gig card) is a bonus and a amazing bonus given its incredible small size and sleek aluminum case You have to stop to zoom but so what your clips go together when you make your video into a dvd or vhs Bottom line: A small feature packed gadget easy enough for a kid (or wife/husband), yet advanced enough for a adult

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PENTAX Optio S6 digital camera, a very good Valentine gift for my mother.
5 Star Review   By member hnlai - Mar 9, 2006   

Strengths: Very good quality, Easy to use, Affordable price.

Weakness: Power switch button is too small.

I purchased this PENTAX Optio S6 digital camera as a Valentine gift for my mother. After I read through the user manual, and showed her how to operate. She likes it very much and enjoys many nice feathers, such as the camera is not too heavy, easy to carry with her to go everywhere, with large 2.5" LCD screen, very good picture quality, easy to take a picture, easy to install the battery, easy to install the memory card, very clear menu functions to manipulate. She told me she would definitely show it to her friends and highly recommend it. I am glad she likes her Valentine gift.

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I LOVE this camera!
5 Star Review   By member chajinhee - Mar 1, 2006   

Strengths: I like the size, design, and its user friendly options. It has a wide LCD and 23 MB internal memory. So you don't have to purchase a memory card right away.

Weakness: I haven't found one yet.

The manual is also easy to read so you can learn to use this camera right away. The size is smaller than a cigarette box. It's very compact and handy. You can literally put it in your pocket and pop it out when you need it the most!

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Great little Camera
3 Star Review   By member PriceGKeng - Feb 28, 2006   

Strengths: Size. DivX Movie mode. Bright HiRes 230K LCD screen. Light body

Weakness: Battery Life. Cannot zoom during movie mode!

Great movie mode. Even has digital image stabilization. Works with 2GB SD card. But the battery does not last as long as the capacity of the 2GB card. Better buy an extra battery for those long movies. Menu settings and onscreen icons are somewhat confusing so you'll need to read the manual. This is one of the few cameras I've used that makes reading the manual helpful in understand the full features of the camera's functions. This is especially true of what Pentax calls the "Green Mode". Mysterious, huh ? So better read the manual. = )

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Wow, great camera
5 Star Review   By member dly2k1 - Dec 6, 2005   

Strengths: 6 megs in a small package, great 2.5"LCD, the easiest/fastest learning curve for point and shoot, great descriptions of on-screen icons, extremely easy to use, very,very small (smaller then my wallet)

Weakness: maybe a (little) less then normal battery life, but to be expected in a camera of this size, buy a spare battery and problem solved

This camera has a great WOW factor when you pull it out!! and takes excellent pictures. I would highly recommend getting a screen protector for the large LCD, to help with fingerprints, I put one on and it makes a big difference

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Great Little Camera
5 Star Review   By member AlecDawson - Dec 6, 2005   

Strengths: Fantastic LCD Display, still fits in Mint Box.

I had the Optio S4 and liked it very much. This version is improved in many features, particularly the display. I love it. I take it every where with me. I bought a leather case which attaches to the belt, but I still like the mint box best for ease of carrying. (It gets attention as well.)

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Nice Camera
5 Star Review   By member earth777 - Nov 19, 2005   

Strengths: Smallest camera, big screen with high resolution, weight, features, retractable zoom

Weakness: average battery life (comes with the size), remove the Li-ion battery to charge it.

i used to own the Optio S4. Sold it and bought the S6. I love the big screen and the new features including the 640 MPEG video with unlimited time. The S4 was 320 and limited to 1 min. Very small camera. Recommend buying the leather case to protect the screen.

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