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Pentax Optio LS465 review

16MP, a tiny form factor and a very low price for a compact camera

Our Verdict

For

  • Good build quality
  • Simple operation
  • Reliable autofocus
  • Customisable front panel

Against

  • Substandard image quality
  • Imprecise zoom controls
  • No image stabilisation
  • Poor LCD viewing angles

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Pentax Optio LS465 with the Nikon S2600, Sony W690 and Canon A4000 IS. The Pentax has the widest sensitivity range of all the cameras here.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Pentax Optio LS465

As we can see from this chart, the Pentax Optio LS465's JPEG files have a relatively weak signal to noise ratio compared to the other cameras here, showing weaker signal to noise ratios than JPEGs from the Canon A4000 IS at every sensitivity setting but ISO 800, though the Canon's top sensitivity setting is only ISO 1600, compared to the Pentax's ISO 6400. The Pentax's JPEGs also show weaker ratios than the Nikon S2600 at every sensitivity except ISO 800 and 1600. The Pentax's JPEGs show weaker signal to noise ratios than the Sony W690's JPEGs at ISO 100-400, but they're stronger than the Sony's at ISO 800 and above.

JPEG dynamic range

Pentax Optio LS465

The Pentax Optio LS465's JPEGs are again beaten by the Canon A4000 IS's JPEGs, which contain greater dynamic range at every sensitivity setting, though the Canon's range only extends as high as ISO 1600. The Pentax's JPEGs show weaker dynamic range than those from the Sony W690 at every sensitivity except ISO 800 and 3200, but the Pentax's JPEGs score higher than the Nikon S2600's at every sensitivity except ISO ISO 3200.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyOptio
Image StabilizationElectronic
ColourPurple
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom7.2x
Brand NamePentax
FeaturesSelf-timer, Face Recognition, Continuous Shooting Mode, Face Detection
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)105 g
Flash Memory Capacity41.70 MB
Minimum Focus Distance50 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCCD
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedD-LI108
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height46 mm
Width101 mm
Depth22.5 mm
Autofocus Points9
Focal Length5 mm to 25 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsWAV
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerRicoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
Product ModelLS465
Product NameThe Ultraslim Compact Camera
Product LineOptio
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number14087
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.ricoh.co.uk
Marketing Information

The Optio LS465 not only offers a host of advanced, user-friendly features assuring the simple, effortless capture of beautiful, high-quality images, but also comes in a low profile body that is both compact and stylish; one you can carry along on every occasion.

The Optio LS465 is much smaller and lighter than conventional standard-class models, despite its outstanding basic specifications that include high-resolution images assured by 16 effective megapixels, an optical 5X zoom lens with a 28mm wide-angle coverage, and a pushbutton start of HD movie recording. Its unique low profile body is just 46.5mm in height, so the user can carry it even in a small pocket or the spare corner of a bag, as if carrying a fashionable accessory. By attaching a dress-up sheet to the camera's front panel, the user can easily change its look to match a particular fashion, mood or occasion. By combining outstanding portability and stylishness with a host of imaging tools, the Optio LS465 makes high-quality digital photography fun and effortless for all types of subjects and scenes.

The Optio LS465 also offers a choice of body colors: Sapphire black, Ruby pink and Amethyst purple.

Battery Life200 Shot
Package Contents
  • The Ultraslim Compact Camera
  • USB Cable
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
  • Battery Adaptater
  • Alternative Skin (10 types)
  • Software Media
Display Resolution230000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year