(Pocket-lint) - The Pentax Optio LS465 continues the trend of offering owners the chance to customise their compact camera and Pocket-lint's had a quick hands-on play with the camera ahead of it going in shops in the UK in the next couple of weeks.

Priced at £89.99 the biggest fun fact about the Pentax Optio LS465 is that you can change the look of the camera - well the front of the camera to be precise - by removing the front cover and switching it out for something that is more fitting with your wardrobe.

As seen here we've opted for a cow pattern, however there are around half a dozen designs in the box including one that just lets you write your name and contact details if you are expecting to lose the camera.


Pentax has offered this feature before, and it works well with the rubberised lens ring acting as the element that holds it all together. While you can't get more designs from Pentax there is nothing stopping you making your own. 

Simple in its approach, this is Pentax at its very basic and the camera has been designed to extenuate the 16:9 aspect ratio of the cameras video recording capabilities.

That's fine for video but - as you'll soon realise - to get the screen to be filled out when shooting stills you'll need to drop the megapixel rate down to 12 megapixels rather than the boasted 16 megapixels on the box. Basically shooting 16 megapixels means you've got black strips down the side of the view screen - images you take are unaffected by this. 


On the technical side, the Pentax Optio LS465 packs in a 5x optical zoom (28-140mm in 35mm terms) lens into that frame.

This is every inch a point-and-shoot camera, offering a range of auto picture modes and creative filters for those essential retro and miniature effects. You also get normal features such as face detection and smile capture. 

Colour-wise it is available in black, purple, or pink, and the pink, as you can see from our hands-on shots, is really pink.

Unlikely to suit most, but if you want something cheap and fun, this will be one of those cameras you can probably afford to lose and not worry too much about it. 

Writing by Stuart Miles.