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Pentax Optio LS465 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £90
inc VAT

A fun design, but better image quality is available at this price


1/2.3in 16.0-megapixel sensor, 5.0x zoom (28-140mm equivalent), 122g

Just in case there was any doubt as to who the LS465 is aimed at, Pentax’s website shows it next to a stick of pink lipstick. It’s available in a choice of black, purple or pink finishes and comes with 10 front panel designs. These acrylic inserts fit under a clear plastic cover, and include polka dots, Dalmatian print, a leather effect and a relatively dull address label. Thirty-something IT journalists aren’t best placed to second guess the tastes of teens and tweens, but for what it’s worth we think Pentax has done a fine job with the design, even if it makes no secret about the low price.

Pentax Optio LS465

The rounded ends and low height make it easy to slip into jeans pockets. This also limits the screen size, which is a 2.7in widescreen affair. That’s great for the 720p video mode, but it means that photos appear just 2.2in across on the screen. The small design also limits the battery size and life – 200 shots isn’t much.

Children and teenagers aren’t likely to be interested in manual settings but the LS465 offers surprising amount of control, with ISO speed, white balance, exposure compensation, focus area, contrast, sharpness and saturation controls. They only appear when Program mode is selected, though. Auto Picture mode limits control to ISO speed and little else.

Pentax Optio LS465

There’s a wide selection of scene presets, such as landscape, flower, food and kids, and short on-screen descriptions explain when to use them and what the effect will be. The Natural Skin Tone scene preset worryingly promises to “Enhance skin tones while smoothing blemishes”. This sends a terrible message to children, so we were relieved to find that it had no discernible effect whatsoever. The Miniature Filter preset is more wholesome and effective, blurring the top and bottom of the frame to give photos the appearance of macro photography.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
CCD effective megapixels 16.0 megapixels
CCD size 1/2.3in
Viewfinder none
Viewfinder magnification, coverage N/A
LCD screen size 2.7in
LCD screen resolution 230,000 pixels
Articulated screen No
Live view Yes
Optical zoom 5.0x
Zoom 35mm equivalent 28-140mm
Image stabilisation none
Maximum image resolution 4,608×3,456
File formats JPEG; AVI (M-JPEG)


Memory slot SDXC
Mermory supplied 42MB internal
Battery type Li-ion
Battery Life (tested) 200 shots
Connectivity USB, AV
Body material aluminium, plastic
Lens mount N/A
Focal length multiplier N/A
Kit lens model name N/A
Accessories USB and AV cables
Weight 122g
Size 47x101x22mm

Buying Information

Warranty one-year RTB
Price £90

Camera Controls

Exposure modes auto
Shutter speed auto
Aperture range auto
ISO range (at full resolution) 64 to 1600
Exposure compensation +/-2 EV
White balance auto, 4 presets, manual
Additional image controls contrast, saturation, sharpness
Manual focus No
Closest macro focus 5cm
Auto-focus modes multi, centre, face detect, tracking
Metering modes multi, face detect
Flash auto, forced, suppressed, red-eye reduction
Drive modes single, continuous, self-timer