Battery Performance

Our general method for battery testing is to reset the camera to its default settings and change the recording mode to the highest quality option. Then, we take 5 pictures without the flash and 2 pictures with the flash until the battery is dead. For more information on our battery test, please refer to our Testing Procedures page. The battery was fully drained before charging for the test.

Number of shots taken in one battery charge
Sony DSC-F88 1,480
Casio QV-R51 1,431
Nikon Coolpix 5200 965
Pentax Optio X 451

The Optio X uses a rechargeable D-LI8 Lithium Ion battery 3.7V 710mAh. In our battery test, the Optio X showed a sub-par performance compared to other compact 5 megapixel cameras that we've tested. At 451 shots in a single charge, you should expect the battery to last through a day of heavy use, but don't plan on leaving for the weekend without the charger. Extra batteries sell for $20 and up.

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  • vshah - Thursday, February 10, 2005 - link

    my dad has the s410, i have the optio x. i have to admit, the canon is faster and has better image quality. usually what i end up doing is setting the res to 4mp, which is still plenty for printing. this speeds up the camera a bit...

    why use 4mp on a 5mp camera you ask? i just love the design, and this thing is so easy to carry around with you. i end up taking a lot more photos than i would with another camera. my primary purpose for taking photos (with this camera) is to record memories, and it excels at that.
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  • semo - Monday, February 07, 2005 - link

    thanks Souka, that camera looks sweet
    here in the uk it is about £200 btw.
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  • Souka - Monday, February 07, 2005 - link

    #4 Look at the Canon S410. Great image quality, small size, li-ion recharageable batt, CF cards, durable, and good software to boot.

    I see pricing at about $240 on-line from a variety of vendors....



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  • Quiksel - Monday, February 07, 2005 - link

    nice pix of NCSU.... :-D

    i miss my state days... :'(

    ~niko ^_^
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  • semo - Monday, February 07, 2005 - link

    from last paragraph on page:
    "However, considering all the downfalls and a price tag of $300+, it might be a better idea to consider other cameras."
    what other cameras? i'm absolutely clueless when it comes to cameras. all i know is that i don't want a thin (compact) camera because that means high price and lower quality. i don't care too much about video and a rechargeable battery is a big plus for me. any ideas?
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  • kcma - Monday, February 07, 2005 - link

    maybe there'll be a cheaper 3/4 MP version that's almost as good in image quality =P Reply
  • Souka - Sunday, February 06, 2005 - link

    Why buy a high MP camera if image quality is poor?

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  • TinyTeeth - Sunday, February 06, 2005 - link

    310 bucks is cheap for a 5 MP camera. Promising, though it seems to lack some image quality. Reply

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