Pentax Optio 5si

When backpacking, I take this tiny digital camera with me for snap shots.

It's a compromise for me. I'd rather be getting excellent shots with a digital SLR but a) it's hard to justify the weight and b) I find when I'm backpacking I don't want to be faffing around with all the setup needed to get those killer shots.

I went with the Optio as is only weighs 4.2 oz. and has a lot of features. It's a 5 megapixel camera, so has decent resolution and with a 512 mb SD card, I can take about 140 shots. Even with all the opening and closing of the lens, I have never drained a fully charged battery on a single trip.

You can't buy this camera anymore – it's a old model, I think the Pentax Optio 750z has replaced it (an 8 megapixel version), but the weight has gone up.

If you're in the market for a new ultralight camera, I'm sure there are better options at this point in time. Anyone care to suggest?

Read the digital photography review on the Pentax Optio S5i.

4 thoughts on “Pentax Optio 5si

  1. K. Talbot

    I have this camera and actually bought it over the current model due to the fact it has a view finder. View finders have pretty much been eliminated on small cameras. Advantage of a view finder: saves the juice, you don’t have to energize the screen to take pictures!Great camera crammed full of features. Use the voice recorder as a journal.

  2. Dan

    Canon’s SD780 IS is a great choice for a lightweight camera. It weighs the same as this camera (4.2oz) but it’s 12.1mp, has image stabilization, shoots real high def video (very cool) and a brand new generation of software that is really slick. It automatically detects faces and makes sure they are in focus etc. It’s also quite reasonably priced at about $150-$175.

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