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The best Pentax digital camera under $100 are cheap compact cameras useful for capturing photos on the go by beginners during vacations. Also, our list of such Pentax cameras have up to 14 Megapixel camera resolution.

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Pentax Optio S1

Pentax Optio S1 Digital Camera


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Pentax Optio S1
Pentax RS1500
Pentax Optio RS1000
Pentax Optio RZ10
Pentax Optio E90
Pentax Optio S1 Digital Camera
Pentax Optio RS1500 Digital Camera
Pentax Optio RS1000 Digital Camera
Pentax Optio RZ10 Digital Camera
Pentax Optio E90 10 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom and 2 7-Inch LCD  Wine Red
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Release Date
Mar 2011
Mar 2011
Sep 2010
Sep 2010
Feb 2010
Camera Type
Ultra-Compact,Standard Point and Shoot
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Standard Point and Shoot
Standard Point and Shoot
Standard Point and Shoot
Optical Zoom
5.0 x
4.0 x
4.0 x
10.0 x
3.0 x
Resolution
14.0 Megapixel
14.0 Megapixel
14.1 Megapixel
14.5 Megapixel
10.1 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CCD
CCD
CCD
CCD
CCD
LCD Screen Size
2.7 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
2.7 in.
Image Sensor Size
7.7 mm
7.7 mm
7.66 mm
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    The Pentax Optio S1 has a brilliant exterior that caught the eye of our entire imaging team. Yet in the same way that a middle-aged, underemployed man might go out and buy a sports car to overcompensate for his insecurities, Pentaxâ??it seems, is also overcompensating for their just-average camera, by coating it in a metallic sheen. The comparison is doubly true considering its pictures are literally overcompensated, thanks to artificial sharpness, saturation, and contrast enhancements.

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    We liked Pentax's low cost snappers of last year in the RS1000 (superceded by the RS1500) and i-10, which like the S1 majored heavily on funky design but for us delivered a more consistent imaging performance than the S1, which is slightly more variable in terms of quality and reliability than we would have hoped for.

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    The Pentax Optio S1 is a stylish ultra-compact camera that is made to slip into the smallest of pockets or handbags; while at the same time offer simple operation. If you're looking for a Sub $200 US camera that takes nice photos for mid to large sized prints, the S1 will more than likely please you. However, it's slower shooting performance when compared to its siblings (even less expensive models) might deter some.

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    You've got to hand it to Pentax, they certainly have a clear definition of this camera's audience. The most casual user cares about the following: how do my pictures look, and how few buttons do I have to press? In this regard, the Optio RS1500 is sort of a dream come true. Shots do look nice. will flatter subjects, and excellent sharpness means plenty of detail. Not even a pro could argue with that.

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    Kids of the 80's and comic fans will love the super hero collector's pack available with the Pentax Optio RS1500. It makes the camera a lot more fun to use and the interchangeability of the skins give it an interesting slant that can be a focal point for times out with friends. Like a mood ring, the RS1500 can reflect your personality of that day although we feel that it would be nice if the skins were made out of better material such as card or thin plastic. Paper will tear far too easily â??

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    The Pentax RS1500 is a stylish and fun digital camera that boast typical specifications for a sub $150 digicam. It can produce nice 14-megapixel photos, boasts speedy shooting performance, and offers the most unique customization system seen to date (as of 05/2011).


  • If you're looking for an inexpensive yet stylish pocket camera for occasional snapping at parties and when out and about without your more 'professional' camera, then the Pentax Optio RS1000 steps forward as a capable and affordable option. If you want to do anything other than take snaps however, you'll be frustrated.


  • - There's a limit to how far image processing can go to compensate for a bad lens, and the RS1000 exceeds it.
    - Colours are pale and washed out, dynamic range is very poor even with the Shadow Correction feature, and to make matters worse exposure metering is unreliable, under-exposing some shots and over-exposing others.
    - Images look over-processed, and lack fine detail.


  • I admit that I like the idea of making photography fun. If the various skins add to that enjoyment and attract people to buy what is basically a very fine little camera, then that has to be a good thing. None of this would be any good though if the performance was not up to scratch, but the RS1000 actually turns in a very impressive performance. Fun and Quality combined get my vote and this comes Highly Recommended.

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    The Optio RZ10 offers the same value for money as other recent Pentax compacts, combining the main attraction of a 10x zoom lens with a small and easy-to-use design. Sadly the below-par image quality and no-frills approach make the RZ10 hard to recommend.

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    The Pentax Optio RZ10 is an affordable and compact 14-Megapixel digicam. It is versatile and easy to use thanks to its 10x optical zoom and Smart Auto shooting mode. Its a decent option for an introductory digital camera.


  • The Pentax Optio RZ10 is a surprisingly good little camera. Although it looks like a toy and is priced to match, it offers superior build quality, good performance and excellent handling, with more features than you'd expect for the money. Image quality is generally good as long as you stay away from the higher ISO settings. All in all, outstanding value for money.

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    - Its 31.5mm wide-angle coverage is particularly handy when in a confined space but photographing breathtaking landscapes, magnificent structures or group snapshots.


Top 5 pentax digital camera under $100:

  1. Pentax Optio S1 Digital Camera
  2. Pentax Optio RS1500 Digital Camera
  3. Pentax Optio RS1000 Digital Camera
  4. Pentax Optio RZ10 Digital Camera
  5. Pentax Optio E90 10 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom and 2 7-Inch LCD Wine Red