Pentax Optio LS465 Digital Camera Review

Daniel Bell reviews the ultra tiny Pentax Optio LS465 digital camera.

24/08/2012 - 13:10

Features
Handling
Performance
Verdict
Specification
Pentax Optio Ls465 Lens Extended

The Pentax Optio LS465 is a tiny digital camera where you can replace the front panel with a different skin. It has a 16 megapixel sensor, 5x optical zoom lens and is available in black, pink and purple for £84.95. The Pentax website shows the camera alongside a lipstick, so does this mean it's a camera for the ladies?
Highres Pentax Optio Ls465 2 1341829002

Pentax Optio LS465 Features

The LS465 has a 16 megapixel sensor and 5x optical zoom lens, which is a 35mm equivalent of 28-140mm. Intelligent zoom extends the zoom range 36x. The dress-up sheets on the front can be exchanged to match your preferred look, with 10 provided with the camera.

To make picture taking easy there is Auto Picture mode, which automatically selects the correct settings for the scene, choosing from 14 modes. There is also Face Detection AF & AE which detects human faces and optimises the focus and exposure. Smile Capture automatically releases the shutter when the camera detects the subject’s smile with Natural Skin giving the subject a smooth, healthy skin tone.

When you have finished shooting you can apply nine different digital filters through the playback menu with effects such as Toy Camera, HDR and Miniature.

The LS465 records videos in 720p HD at 30 fps with Movie SR (Shake Reduction) there to compensate for camera shake during recording.

Pentax Optio Ls465 Top

Key Features

  • 16 megapixel sensor
  • 5x optical zoom (35mm equiv: 28-140mm)
  • Digital shake reduction
  • 2.7 inch 230k dot LCD wide-screen monitor
  • Customisable with interchangeable provided skins
  • 720p HD video recording
  • ISO 64-6400
  • 5cm minimum focusing distance
  • Nine digital filters
  • Available in black, pink and purple
Pentax Optio Ls465 Rear

Pentax Optio LS465 Handling

The design of the camera is fairly unique, it's not particularly tall, but this hasn't meant that Pentax haven't been able to find room for a fair number of buttons. The rear of the camera hosts the zoom rocker, playback, movie record, d-pad with OK, menu and green buttons. The latter allows access to Green mode which automatically optimises all camera settings (exposure, sensitivity, etc.) for a given scene. On the top is the on / off button and shutter release.

To change the skin you just have to pop the rubber ring off which surrounds the lens, there is a clear plastic cover which then comes off, take out the skin and put a new one in. Then you have to replace the clear cover, easy, the fun comes when putting the rubber ring back on, this is a bit of a fiddle.

The body is made from plastic, with access to the battery and memory card on one side, with both ends ridged which makes it a little easier to grip. One issue we did find, when you attach the camera to a tripod plate, the camera won't fully switch on! The screen is decent, although 4:3 pictures do look a little small (due to large black borders either side of the photo), but it's easy to see even in sunny conditions. The menu system is simple enough to navigate, with options placed in logical places.

The battery has a CIPA rating of 200 shots, we managed over 500 during testing. We tested the camera's performance at focusing, shutter response, shot-to-shot time, continuous shooting etc. and have posted the results below. To test this we took 6 or more shots and calculated the average.

Shutter Response   0.2 secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response
  0.55 secs
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response
1.6 secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo   2.8 secs
Shot to Shot (without flash)   2.8 secs
Shot to Shot with Flash   5.4 secs
Continuous Shooting
  0.9 fps
Burst Shooting
  2.9 fps

Continuous shooting records at full 16 megapixel resolution, with burst shooting at either 4 or 5 megapixels.

Pentax Optio Ls465 Battery And Memory Card

Pentax Optio LS465 Performance

Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Pentax Optio LS465 Sample Photos

Portrait | 1/80 sec | f/5.8 | 16.9 mm | ISO 125<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-portrait_1345647162.jpg">High-Res</a>

Portrait | 1/80 sec | f/5.8 | 16.9 mm | ISO 125
High-Res

Landscape | 1/500 sec | f/3.9 | 5.1 mm | ISO 64<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-landscape_1345647084.jpg">High-Res</a>

Landscape | 1/500 sec | f/3.9 | 5.1 mm | ISO 64
High-Res

Miniature | 1/160 sec | f/5.4 | 14.0 mm | ISO 64<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-miniature_1345376019.jpg">High-Res</a>

Miniature | 1/160 sec | f/5.4 | 14.0 mm | ISO 64
High-Res

Drive | 1/100 sec | f/3.9 | 5.1 mm | ISO 64<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-drive_1345647013.jpg">High-Res</a>

Drive | 1/100 sec | f/3.9 | 5.1 mm | ISO 64
High-Res


Sample Photos - Images tend to be well exposed with decent colour reproduction. Skin tones are good when shooting portraits, they are also free of red-eye when using the flash.

Pentax Optio LS465 Lens test images

Wide Angle | 1/800 sec | f/3.9 | 5.1 mm | ISO 64<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-wide-angle_1345647264.jpg">High-Res</a>

Wide Angle | 1/800 sec | f/3.9 | 5.1 mm | ISO 64
High-Res

Full Optical Zoom | 1/400 sec | f/6.3 | 25.5 mm | ISO 64<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-full-optical-zoom_1345647049.jpg">High-Res</a>

Full Optical Zoom | 1/400 sec | f/6.3 | 25.5 mm | ISO 64
High-Res

Digital Zoom | 1/400 sec | f/6.3 | 25.5 mm | ISO 64<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-digital-zoom_1345646978.jpg">High-Res</a>

Digital Zoom | 1/400 sec | f/6.3 | 25.5 mm | ISO 64
High-Res

Macro | 1/10 sec | f/3.9 | 5.1 mm | ISO 64<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-macro_1345211440.jpg">High-Res</a>

Macro | 1/10 sec | f/3.9 | 5.1 mm | ISO 64
High-Res


Lens Performance - Detail is decent enough when shooting at both ends of the lens, the pictures will look fine if you are into sharing images on social networks. The camera also controls purple fringing well. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 5cm, this allows you to get close enough for a good macro shot. There is noticeable barrel distortion as well, which is more obvious in our white-balance test shots and the text mode examples below.

Pentax Optio LS465 ISO test images

ISO64 | 1/8 sec | f/5.2 | 11.5 mm<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-iso64_1345745930.jpg">High-Res</a>

ISO64 | 1/8 sec | f/5.2 | 11.5 mm
High-Res

ISO100 | 1/13 sec | f/5.2 | 11.5 mm<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-iso100_1345746004.jpg">High-Res</a>

ISO100 | 1/13 sec | f/5.2 | 11.5 mm
High-Res

ISO200 | 1/25 sec | f/5.2 | 11.5 mm<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-iso200_1345746076.jpg">High-Res</a>

ISO200 | 1/25 sec | f/5.2 | 11.5 mm
High-Res

ISO400 | 1/50 sec | f/5.2 | 11.5 mm<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-iso400_1345746146.jpg">High-Res</a>

ISO400 | 1/50 sec | f/5.2 | 11.5 mm
High-Res

ISO800 | 1/100 sec | f/5.2 | 11.5 mm<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-iso800_1345746218.jpg">High-Res</a>

ISO800 | 1/100 sec | f/5.2 | 11.5 mm
High-Res

ISO1600 | 1/200 sec | f/5.2 | 11.5 mm<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-iso1600_1345746302.jpg">High-Res</a>

ISO1600 | 1/200 sec | f/5.2 | 11.5 mm
High-Res

ISO3200 | 1/400 sec | f/5.2 | 11.5 mm<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-iso3200_1345746337.jpg">High-Res</a>

ISO3200 | 1/400 sec | f/5.2 | 11.5 mm
High-Res

ISO6400 | 1/800 sec | f/5.2 | 11.5 mm<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-iso6400_1345746378.jpg">High-Res</a>

ISO6400 | 1/800 sec | f/5.2 | 11.5 mm
High-Res


ISO Noise Performance - Images are free of noise at ISO 64, but just stepping up to ISO 100 does introduce a little and again at ISO 200. Noise at ISO 400 causes images to become softer, with a few black dots appearing. Image quality is further reduced at ISO 800, with images becoming significantly worse at ISO 1600. If you use ISO 3200 and 6400, image size is limited to 5 megapixels, but they are best avoided, even for use on the web, with a purple cast appearing at ISO 6400.

Pentax Optio LS465 White-balance test images

AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/13 sec | f/4.7 | 7.8 mm | ISO 100<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-awb-incandescent_1345745701.jpg">High-Res</a>

AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/13 sec | f/4.7 | 7.8 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/13 sec | f/4.7 | 7.8 mm | ISO 100<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-incandescent-preset_1345745851.jpg">High-Res</a>

Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/13 sec | f/4.7 | 7.8 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/5 sec | f/4.7 | 7.8 mm | ISO 100<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-awb-fluorescent_1345745630.jpg">High-Res</a>

AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/5 sec | f/4.7 | 7.8 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/5 sec | f/4.7 | 7.8 mm | ISO 100<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-fluorescent-preset_1345745772.jpg">High-Res</a>

Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/5 sec | f/4.7 | 7.8 mm | ISO 100
High-Res


White Balance Performance - The AWB setting takes a good picture under the incandescent lights, producing a very similar image when using the incandescent preset. Under the fluorescent lights there is again a very similar image produced with the AWB and fluorescent presets, there is a very slight green cast.

Pentax Optio LS465 Scene modes

HDR | 1/500 sec | f/3.9 | 5.1 mm | ISO 64<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-hdr_1345376004.jpg">High-Res</a>

HDR | 1/500 sec | f/3.9 | 5.1 mm | ISO 64
High-Res

Blue Sky | 1/640 sec | f/3.9 | 5.1 mm | ISO 64<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-blue-sky_1345375966.jpg">High-Res</a>

Blue Sky | 1/640 sec | f/3.9 | 5.1 mm | ISO 64
High-Res

Landscape With Building | 1/500 sec | f/3.9 | 5.1 mm | ISO 64<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-landscape-with-building_1345647116.jpg">High-Res</a>

Landscape With Building | 1/500 sec | f/3.9 | 5.1 mm | ISO 64
High-Res

Text | 1/60 sec | f/4.9 | 9.5 mm | ISO 640<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-text_1345211454.jpg">High-Res</a>

Text | 1/60 sec | f/4.9 | 9.5 mm | ISO 640
High-Res


Above are some further examples using some of the scene modes available. HDR mode takes a colourful, artistic image. Blue Sky mode is designed to enhance a blue sky, but we didn't see much difference from the landscape mode. The last image uses text mode.

Pentax Optio LS465 Digital filters

Digital Filter Black And White | 1/4 sec | f/5.8 | 16.9 mm | ISO 64<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-digital-filter-black-and-white_1345211246.jpg">High-Res</a>

Digital Filter Black And White | 1/4 sec | f/5.8 | 16.9 mm | ISO 64
High-Res

Digital Filter Brightness | 1/4 sec | f/5.8 | 16.9 mm | ISO 64<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-digital-filter-brightness_1345211259.jpg">High-Res</a>

Digital Filter Brightness | 1/4 sec | f/5.8 | 16.9 mm | ISO 64
High-Res

Digital Filter Colour | 1/4 sec | f/5.8 | 16.9 mm | ISO 64<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-digital-filter-colour_1345211272.jpg">High-Res</a>

Digital Filter Colour | 1/4 sec | f/5.8 | 16.9 mm | ISO 64
High-Res

Digital Filter Colour Emphasis | 1/4 sec | f/5.8 | 16.9 mm | ISO 64<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-digital-filter-colour-emphasis_1345211285.jpg">High-Res</a>

Digital Filter Colour Emphasis | 1/4 sec | f/5.8 | 16.9 mm | ISO 64
High-Res

Digital Filter Extract Colour | 1/4 sec | f/5.8 | 16.9 mm | ISO 64<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-digital-filter-extract-colour_1345211297.jpg">High-Res</a>

Digital Filter Extract Colour | 1/4 sec | f/5.8 | 16.9 mm | ISO 64
High-Res

Digital Filter Retro | 1/4 sec | f/5.8 | 16.9 mm | ISO 64<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-digital-filter-retro_1345211310.jpg">High-Res</a>

Digital Filter Retro | 1/4 sec | f/5.8 | 16.9 mm | ISO 64
High-Res

Digital Filter Sepia | 1/4 sec | f/5.8 | 16.9 mm | ISO 64<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-digital-filter-sepia_1345211322.jpg">High-Res</a>

Digital Filter Sepia | 1/4 sec | f/5.8 | 16.9 mm | ISO 64
High-Res

Digital Filter Soft | 1/4 sec | f/5.8 | 16.9 mm | ISO 64<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-digital-filter-soft_1345211335.jpg">High-Res</a>

Digital Filter Soft | 1/4 sec | f/5.8 | 16.9 mm | ISO 64
High-Res

Digital Filter Toy Camera | 1/4 sec | f/5.8 | 16.9 mm | ISO 64<br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Optio-LS465-4146/highres/pentax-optio-ls465-digital-filter-toy-camera_1345211348.jpg">High-Res</a>

Digital Filter Toy Camera | 1/4 sec | f/5.8 | 16.9 mm | ISO 64
High-Res


Digital Filters - There are nine different digital filters which can be applied to your image, some of which have different options, there are examples of each above.

Video - Below is a video shot at 720p HD, you can't use optical zoom during recording, although there is the option to use digital zoom.



Value For Money

The Pentax Optio LS465 is available for just £84.95, making it one of the cheaper compact cameras available. A number of similar cameras are shown below, with their score and latest price information:

Olympus VG-170 Canon PowerShot A1300 Nikon Coolpix S3300 Canon PowerShot A3200 IS Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS45
Olympus VG-170
Canon PowerShot A1300
Nikon Coolpix S3300
Canon PowerShot A3200 IS
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS45
£79.95 £89.95 £94.95 £99.00 £99.95

You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

Pentax Optio LS465 Verdict

It does appear that Pentax have very much designed this camera with the ladies in mind, it's picture with a lipstick on their website and is available in pink and purple, possibly not the ideal choice for many men! But for the gents, there is the black version and it certainly won't leave you feeling embarrassed. The LS465 isn't the most feature packed camera, but it is easy to use and takes a decent shot.

Pentax Optio LS465 Pros

Customisable skins is a fairly unique feature
Extremely compact body with plenty of buttons
Good value for money
Decent image quality
Easy-to-use

Pentax Optio LS465 Cons

Won't switch on when attached to a tripod / tripod plate
Poor noise performance from ISO 400 upwards
4:3 pictures look really small on screen

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Pentax Optio LS465 Specifications

ManufacturerPentax
Lens
Max Aperture No Data
35mm equivalent 28mm - 140mm
Optical Zoom 5x
Image Sensor
Pixels 16Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W) 4608
Pixels (H) 3456
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.3
Sensor Size (width) No Data
Sensor Size (height) No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor 2.7in
Screen resolution 230,000
Touch Screen No
Focusing
Min Focus 5cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Infinity
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest 1/1200sec
Shutter speeds longest 4sec
Bulb mode No Data
Exp modes
  • Scene modes
  • A
Metering
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • Centre Spot
ISO sensitivity 64 - 6400
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp +/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting No Data
Video
Movie mode Yes
Video Resolution
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
  • 320x240 QVGA
Video FPS 30
Stereo Sound No
Optical Zoom with Video No
Other Features
Image Stabilisation No Data
Interface
HDMI No
USB USB 2
Wi-Fi No
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery Type D-LI108
Battery Life (CIPA rating) 200shots
Box Contents
Box Contents USB cable, Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, Battery Adaptater, Alternative Skin (10 types)
Dimensions
Weight 105g
Width 101mm
Height 46mm
Depth 22.5mm



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