Camera: Pentax Optio RZ18
The Pentax Optio RZ 18 Digital Camera (Black) is a point-and-shoot that keeps things simple while giving you today's most sought after features. What might those be? High def 720p video capture, face detection, image stabilization, and advanced 9-point autofocus are chief among them. More than just slim and convenient, however, the RZ 18 also packs in 16Mp, for high-quality, enlargement-friendly photos.
Helping to make those stellar images would be the camera's Pentax zoom lens with a 4.5-81mm 35mm equivalent focal length (25-450mm). The lens also features an 18x optical zoom, plus a 27x Intelligent Zoom, and Pentax's Shake Reduction image stabilization. The camera also has a built-in flash for capturing stills in low-light or night-time situations. Another useful aspect of the RZ 18 is the large 3.0" LCD screen. You can compose, review, and navigate without having to squint with this, fast-becoming, industry standard size display.
When it comes to getting the best shot for each individual situation the RZ 18 has modes like Auto Picture, which take the guesswork out of getting it right. Other features such as creative special effects filters add a unique and fun bent to your images. And using the optional remote control you can take your pictures even further by getting yourself in the shoot, photographing large groups, or tinkering with self-timer, continuous, or burst modes, with ease. No matter how or what you shoot, though, the Optio records your files to compatible SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards (sold separately).
- Generous 18x zoom (equivalent to 25-450mm) with extra wide angle lens captures subjects near and far
- High resolution 16 megapixel sensor for large prints or aggressive image cropping
- Slim footprint for outstanding portability and inconspicuous use
- Multiple PENTAX Shake Reduction (SR) image stabilization options, including sensor-shift SR, for sharp images in any lighting
- Large 3 inch LCD with HVGA resolution (460,000 dots)
- Powerful automatic shooting modes such as Auto Picture and scene modes take the guesswork out of great photography
- Creative special effects filters add artistic flair to the common snapshot
- Advanced 9-point autofocus with a 4cm super macro mode
- Face detection for perfectly focused and exposed portraits, includes a dedicated pet recognition feature
- Widescreen HD video in 720p at 30 frames per second
- Remote control sensor works with any optional PENTAX infrared remote control (optional)
- Compatible with SD, SDHC, and modern SDXC memory cards
* Just a few comments about this camera - This camera was very lightweight and easy to carry. From it's body alone you might not realize it's amazing wide angle, zoom and picture quality ability. But I was surprised at the clarity and quality of the images taken.
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