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Old Oct 8, 2003, 1:40 PM   #1
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Default OPTIO S4 - anyone know anything about it?

Does anyone know:

a) When the Optio S4 will actually be available in the US?

b) If Pentax improved the shot-to-shot cycle time over the (appallingly
slow) cycle time of the Optio S?

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Old Oct 8, 2003, 5:01 PM   #2
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There are plenty currently available: http://www.nextag.com/serv/main/buye...page=1&click=n

Unfortunately I haven’t seen a full review by a competent site like Steve’s, Imaging Resource or dpreview. Pentax claims the shutter lag and shot time have been improved, but I would wait for a good review.

From sample images I have seen the pincushion and vignetting is apparent, along with some blur in the corners. But I think it would be fine for most shots. The vignetting is subtle enough to emulate the old photographer’s trick of slightly darkening the edges to give an image more zip.

You can see the vignetting dramatically in the upper right of this one: http://www.cyberphoto.se/bildexempel/s4/IMGP0012.JPG
And the blur in the upper left here: http://www.cyberphoto.se/bildexempel/s4/IMGP0023.JPG
Source: http://www.cyberphoto.se/index.php?h...gital/ops4.php

Since you would tend to carry the camera more often, the images are a lot better than none at all. I would wait for a good review, but it looks good to me for a tiny camera with a 3X zoom and 4Mp.
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Old Oct 22, 2003, 12:29 PM   #3
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Our Optio S4 review is currently in-progress, look for it soon.

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