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Specification for Aiptek Pentax Optio 50

Main Features
Resolution 5
Optical Zoom 3
Battery Type Alkaline
Main characteristics
Image Sensor Type: CCD
Resolution: 5.25 Megapixel
Optical Zoom: 3x
Camera Type: Compact
Lens
Interchangeable Lens: Not Interchangeable Lenses
Optical Zoom: 3x
35mm Zoom Lens: 32 - 96 mm
Digital Zoom: 4x
Focus Type: Autofocus
Focus Range: 19.69 in. to Infinity (w)
Macro Focus Range: 2.36 in. to Infinity (w) / 13.78 in. to Infinity (t)
Focal Length: 5.4 - 16.2 mm
Image Quality
Camera Resolution: 5.25 Megapixel
Image Resolutions: 640 x 4802560 x 19202048 x 15361280 x 960
Video
Video Resolutions: 320 x 240 (QVGA)
Video Speed: 20 fps
Video Format: AVIMotion JPEG
Exposure Control
Aperture Range: f2.8/f4.8 (w/t)
Shutter Speed: 1/2 - 1/1000 sec
White Balance: AutoManualDaylight / Sunny (Preset)Cloudy (Preset)Shade (Preset)
Storage
Memory Type: Built-inSD Card
Built-in Memory Size: 12 MB
Compression Type: JPEG
File Size (High Res.): 2.81 MB (46 images on 128MB card)
File Size (Low Res.): 0.2 MB (about 640 images on 128MB card)
Flash
ISO Speeds: Auto50100200
Flash Type: Built-In
Flash Functions: Flash OffAuto FlashFill-in FlashRed-eye Reduction Flash
Viewfinder / Display
Viewfinder: Optical
LCD Panel: With LCD Panel
LCD Panel Size: 1.8 in.
LCD Screen Resolution: 13,000 pixels
LCD Protected Position: Without LCD Protected Position
Interfaces
Interface Type: USB
Video Interface: Video Out
Power Supply
Battery Type: 2 x AA Batteries
Battery Life: 800 Images
Included Features
Mp3 Built In:
System Requirements
Operating System: Apple Mac OS 9Apple Mac OS XMicrosoft Windows 2000Microsoft Windows 98Microsoft Windows 98SEMicrosoft Windows MEMicrosoft Windows XP
Other
Height: 6.1 cm
Width: 9.1 cm
Depth: 2.7 cm
Weight: 0.1 kg
Included Accessories: 2 x AA BatteriesSoftwareUSB CableVideo CableStrap
Release Date: April, 2005

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★★★☆☆
Aiptek Pentax Optio 50

“I miss film.....wait a minute, I still use film!”

Written on: 14/04/2012

Yes I have the Optio 50, and yes, it does go through batteries..... If you use rechargeables and bring spares you are fine. It is pretty easy to use, and does take reasonable pictures. My old Rollei 35 is much better (film), smaller, needs no batteries, and is simpler to use. Plus, you have negatives or slide film that will last endlessly instead of digital pixels that vanishe into the air when deleted, and digital hardware which is being upgraded every five minutes, cannot be serviced… Read Full Review

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Aiptek Pentax Optio 50

“I paid £ 3 for this at a carboot,looks GOOD, small,...”

Written on: 24/10/2010 by peter raven (1 review written)

I paid £ 3 for this at a carboot,looks GOOD, small, compact, easy to use,nice build quality, BUT OH DEAR,the battery life, lucky i have 4 sets of 2600 AA batteries and a charger !! i have an Olympus c-3000 and an Olympus c-55 cameras, both take 4 AA batteries, also a Minolta AF 7000 camera all take 4 AA batteries and go on for ever , Pentax get your act togeather ! i also have a Pentax Spotmatic ! which has never let me down,what has happened !… Read Full Review

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Aiptek Pentax Optio 50

“This is an appalling camera, and has to be the worst...”

Written on: 19/07/2008

This is an appalling camera, and has to be the worst digital camera ever. We bought it because of the famous name 'Pentax' and it's reputation for SLR quality cameras. This was a big mistake and I'll never buy another pentax. This was a disastrous choice and this camera truly deserves to be thrown away. In fact it hardly ever switches on anyway, so we don't even try to use it now… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆
Aiptek Pentax Optio 50

“Would never buy a Pentax again ”

Written on: 02/05/2008

Would never buy a Pentax again
Poor build quality
Serial # = 1169106 if Pentax Corp ever want to know that this review is not a fake… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆
Aiptek Pentax Optio 50

“Standard AA batteries won't last 5mins. You need to...”

Written on: 29/01/2008

Standard AA batteries won't last 5mins. You need to get 2500Ni-CD 0r Ni-MH ones and they last much longer - about 40/50 shots I guess… Read Full Review

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Aiptek Pentax Optio 50

“Pentax claims this is not a common problem but read...”

Written on: 10/09/2007 by thomas a gamber (1 review written)

Pentax claims this is not a common problem but read for yourself… Read Full Review

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Aiptek Pentax Optio 50

“Not sure. I have had Pentax cameras for many years and...”

Written on: 24/07/2007 by Nockolds (1 review written)

Not sure. I have had Pentax cameras for many years and they have been excellent and almost trouble free, but I think build quality has dropped, but then it has with all makes unless you pay a high price! The Pentax Optio 50 well under the cost of a similar Canon or Nikon at the time and I have heard reports of failures with them, so what do you do?… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆
Aiptek Pentax Optio 50

“This would no doubt be an acceptable camera but for...”

Written on: 26/08/2006 by Dan from Dinas (4 reviews written)

This would no doubt be an acceptable camera but for the number of shots you get from perfectly decent batteries. One to avoid… Read Full Review

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Aiptek Pentax Optio 50

“Beware of the Aiptek Pentax Optio 50 - battery life is...”

Written on: 10/06/2006 by kevin bolt (1 review written)

Beware of the Aiptek Pentax Optio 50 - battery life is non existent even when the camera is switched off a full set of batteries (mAh2500) will discharge completely over night. You can only get 30 or 40 photo's out of a set of batteries in a day in normal conditions. Pentax tell me that they have 'tested to specification' my camera so this would appear to be standard performance for the camera… Read Full Review

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Sourdust's Response to 246571_kevin bolt's Review

Written on: 30/12/2006

Must endorse the above. The Aiptek Pentax Optio 50 is not a bad camera otherwise, but battery life is unbelievably bad. Even brand new, fully-charged 2700mAh NiMH's only last about 25 - 30 shots. Compact size is no advantage if your camera requires twice its own weight in batteries for a days shooting!

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Aiptek Pentax Optio 50

“I returned my Pentax Optio 50 digital camera today. I...”

Written on: 01/12/2005 by adamsueshawca (1 review written)

I returned my Pentax Optio 50 digital camera today. I told them at the camera shop that I did not get ONE SINGLE good picture out of this camera. Of course, I didn't take it outside in broad daylight, but THEN it's likely to be OK. They were not surprised by what I said, and they had nothing good to say about the camera. I guess when I bought it they were more interested in commission then getting me a good camera. I have always liked Canon, and the A520 is ultimately what I got. This camera… Read Full Review

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Patita's Response to adamsueshawca's Review

Written on: 15/12/2005

I agree with Adam.
I also bought an Optio 50 and af first sight I liked the size of it. It was very compact and I was told that it took very good pictures and since it had 5.0 megapixels I thought why not...
<br>It was the worst choice I made!!! I took pictures indoor with plenty of sun light and the result was a black image. The pictures I took outside were acceptable but only if the sun was right on our faces otherwise the faces will always appear as a black stain.
<br>The colors of the outside pictures also had a yellow coloured look...
<br>I returned the camera 2 days after I bought it and replaced it by the Sony DSC-S60 which was a very good choice!!!!

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Adamsueshawca's Response to adamsueshawca's Review

Written on: 11/07/2006

If your within in your return period, just insist on a refund, or an exchange at least. Bring in some of the pics. The person at the camera store told me these cameras are like this, that it is ONLY good for sunny, outdoor pictures. Makes it a little useless! I since got the canon A610, with the flip out lcd screen, i LOVE that camera. Pentax I don't recommend, although my neighbor bought a Pentax SLR that he seems to love. I bought my pentax at a camera store, not Walmart or Best Buy or the like, an actual camera store, and the girl gave me no warnings. But when I went back, I delt with a guy, and he said yeah, these are only good for outdoor shots, was not the least bit surprised that I said all pics were dark!

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246851_Isobel Ashton's Response to adamsueshawca's Review

Written on: 12/06/2006

Your review seems spot on! My problem is getting PC World to acknowledge that they have sold me something that is not fit for the job. Any ideas?

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Adamsueshawca's Response to adamsueshawca's Review

Written on: 16/12/2005

Actually this is Sue, not Adam, but close enough! I at first replaced this with the Canon A520, but since have also bought the Sony S60! The A520 has great stills, quite happy, but the movie mode is a little lacking and there is a 10 second lag between being able to take pictures. So if I miss a shot then I have to wait 7-10 seconds before I can try again. Very frustrating while my daughter was on Santa's lap! The Sony has some decent stills, movie mode is definitely better, but I got some blurry shots with it yesterday, which happened to be shots of my friend picking up her first brand new car at the dealership and driving it out of the showroom, so shots I can never replace! No idea why they were blurry. But with this Pentax, I wouldnt get ANY useable shots, I didn't get any useable shots from it! Not one! I didn't try it outside at all, I thought maybe that was one place it just might pull off a few useable pics. Guess not! When I returned it the guy at the camera store said, yeah it's mainly for outdoor bright sunlight pictures. (and to stick to Canon). I hope Pentax sees these reviews and just pulls this camera off the market.

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★★★★★
Aiptek Pentax Optio 50

“This review is for the Pentax Optio50 digicam, which...”

Written on: 27/05/2005 by vsrich (1 review written)

This review is for the Pentax Optio50 digicam, which is a very easy to use camera. It has manual controls, but my experience tought me to leave it mostly on the "Simple" mode and the internal computer will adjust it properly for you, in the most situations, especially at the parties, in low light environment. I tested it for close-ups too and it made great photos, with outstanding detail.
For the movie mode, make sure you get enough light, as there is no flash during video recording (that's… Read Full Review

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