The Pentax Optio E50 is an 8 megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens. This is a starter camera that comes in at the lower end in terms of price.
Why Buy The Pentax Optio E50
The two main attractions of the Optio E50 are likely to be ease of use and shutter delay times. It has a very basic set of functions and this helps to keep the camera very simple.
60 x 96.5 x 22mm
Image Quality - See Sample Images Below
Outdoor Scenic Shots in Good Light
Outdoor 1 (Medium Zoom):
I had hoped that although this is one of the cheaper cameras picture quality would still be reasonable. The Optio E50 falls at the first hurdle. The photo is out of focus and there is far more detail lost on the boats than I am used to seeing. This suggests any photos where there is a lot of light and dark areas could be a problem.
Outdoor 2 (No Zoom): This picture is a real struggle for the Optio E50. Noise is a serious issue and can be seen even on smaller prints. There is also a problem with darkness creeping into the corners of the shot. Focusing is well below average.
Outdoor 3 (Maximum Zoom): There is no point in me trying to pretend otherwise, this is a poor shot. Even taking the price of the camera into consideration you should be able to expect more from a photo taken in more or less optimum lighting conditions.
Outdoor 4 (Building): This is the best effort so far, but even so the picture is below average. Sharpness is about what I would have expected before I had seen any of my other test shots, but the photo does become very soft towards the edges.
The Optio E50 has produced a dark photo. This has lead to some noise showing. Normally this is a relatively problem free photo.
Indoor Portrait with Flash: There is a green tinge to this photo. It is the first time in a long time a camera has not been able to focus sharply for this test.
Indoor Portrait without Flash: This is another poor effort. There is a lot of noise showing in the photo and the pink in the skin tones is too strong.
Macro, Colours and Noise
Compared with my other test shots, this is probably the best one. The camera can only focus when it is 15cm away from the subject and my tests shot has been cropped for display.
Colours: The colours are o.k., but from time to time the Optio E50 has a problem. Noise and lack of sharpness are a far greater concern than any colour issues.
ISO 400 and ISO 1600: You do not need to push the ISO setting up to 400 before the photos start to suffer from noise. Noise levels are higher than I am used to seeing.
I am very disappointed. I was not expecting the Optio E50 to match up to some of the more expensive cameras, but picture quality is surprisingly poor.
This is quite a standard cheaper, digital camera. It has a plastic body and a raised area on the front to help you grip the camera when taking a photo. It is available in black and silver.
Shutter Lag Times
Single Shot With Flash
Five Shots With Flash
Turn on Time
Ease of Use
With a limited set of features there are not too many places to get lost. I did find some of the writing in the menus small.
Points I Like
Ease of use - shutter delay times
Where it Could Improve
Even when compared to other inexpensive digital cameras the Pentax Optio E50 is some way off in terms of quality. Yes it is cheap, but I'm not convinced it offers value for money.
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