Pentax Optio SVi Camera

This is currently our favourite compact digital camera - two strong selling point: the Pentax name, and the facts that it's the only compact camera we could find with an impressive 5 x optical zoom. Most compact digitals come with 3 x optical zoom, but after using 3 x zoom camera, we found we wanted more, and the SVi delivers.

The Pentax Optio SVI offers great performance, and has a good balance of being easy to use as a point-and-shoot, as well as offering strong picture customisation for those looking for greater control.

Pentax OptioSVi

With a 5x optical zoom, 5 megapixel sensor and macro range starting at 3 cm, the Optio SVI will allow you to get the best shots in any situation. the camera has thirteen preset picture modes will provide you with the parameters for different lighting conditions and types of shot, and includes a video mode with sound with a fluid motion of 30 frames per second. The Optio SVI offers a maximum range of possibilities in a minimalist compact body.

Rear of Option SVi


On our photography page, we offer advice on choosing a digital camera - this Pentax ticks all of our boxes, as it has:

  • A manual viewfinder (the screen is great but in bright light, you can't beat a manual viewfinder)
  • 5 Megapixel
  • Good zoom (5 x Optical in a compact is very impressive!)
  • A removable, rechargeable battery, so you can keep a spare on you, and not eat up AA batteries

The handy svi

The Specs:

  • Dimensions: 92 x 28 x 56 mm
  • Weight: 150 g
  • Supports: SD Memory Card (32Meg supplied)
  • Resolution: 5.0 Megapixel
  • Movie: Yes (AVI format, with audio)
  • Lens Aperture: F/2.8-4.7
  • Min Focus Range: 60 cm
  • Focal Length: 5.8 mm - 29 mm
  • Zoom: 5 x Optical / 4 x Digital
  • Display: LCD TFT active matrix - 1.8" - colour
  • Battery: Li-ion rechargeable battery - 710 mAh

Indoor Pic 01
Indoor pic taken on the SVi

Indoor Pic 01 Zoom
The eye, zoomed in to show detail

In summary, there's a lot to recommend this camera - the only real downside, is that it's not the fastest camera around, as it makes 3 or 4 seconds to warm up when switched on... otherwise our initial trials of this Optio model have been very impressive.

Help? If you're thinking of buying this camera and have any questions about its features, please ask us, and we'll try to help

Frequently asked questions


SVi batteryIf you're looking for accessories for the OptioSVi, there's quite a range available - we'd certainly recommend you invest in a spare rechargeable battery . You can also get a case, card reader, extra leads, docking station and case, as well as extra SD cards.

Removing SD card To remove the SD card, open the battery compartment (there's a slider underneath - bottom right). This reveals the battery and SD card slots. Press the top of the Sd card down with your thumb, and it should pop out.

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