December 30, 2003

A short eternity

Pentax Optio S4 as photographed by a Largan ChameleonThat's how long it took for the battery for my new camera to charge this morning before I could start playing with it.

Back in August I was pining for a better pocket camera

The main thing holding me back was the price tag (oh and my usual obsessing about which one to settle on).

Five months later, the Optio S had dropped to as low as $275. But wait, the Optio S4 with 4mp resolution is out too. And available for $327 delivered. And an anonymous donor made a sizable contribution to my camera fund.

I tried out the controls at a local chain camera store and they seemed usable. Placed my order last week at a place with a good price and decent ratings, and it arrived today.

The Chameleon has served me well, but it's getting handed down to Becky's purse and my new pocket camera is this little wonder. Have to create a new category on the blog though since 4 mega-pixels isn't exactly low-rez...

Here's a couple of comparison shots (taken with the old warhorse Kodak DC290) with the Optio S on the left and the Chameleon on the right. They're actually pretty close to the same size, but if you compare features, the Pentax is relatively enormous.Optio vs. Chameleon sides (shot by Kodak DC290)Optio vs. Chameleon fronts (shot by Kodak DC290)
Posted by jeffy at December 30, 2003 02:03 AM

Congratulations on the new camera! I'm very fond
of the Pentax line. I suspect it has something to
do with my first SLR, which was a Pentax.
As to delaying a purchase because of indecision,
that works only in your favor when it comes to
digital cameras. I see cameras today that do almost
everything the dc290 does at one fifth the price
that I paid (then).

Posted by: Dan L at December 30, 2003 12:16 PM
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