The Pentax Optio RZ10 is an inexpensive travel-compact digital camera with a long 10x optical zoom wide angle lens offering a versatile focal range of 28-280mm. The Pentax RZ10 also features a 14 megapixel sensor, a Dual Shake Reduction system, a 2.7 inch LCD screen, 720p HD movie recording, 1 cm macro mode, a range of digital filters and an Auto Picture Mode. It is available in five different colors - black, white, purple, green, orange.
Don't let the toy-like body design of the Pentax Optio RZ10 fool you. It is exceptionally durable and easy to handle. Not only was the Optio RZ10 comfortable to hold while shooting and filming but it also proved to be highly portable as well.
The Pentax Optio RZ10 makes taking great pictures easy and fun. There is a mode button on the back of the camera right next to the LCD display screen that allows you to select the best possible settings for whatever environment you are in without having to go into the menu. By pressing this mode button once, your image will appear on the LCD screen in the various different scene settings (Portrait, Outdoor, Landscape, Night Scene, Kids, Fireworks, Surf & Snow, Party, Food, Pet, etc.) You can choose whichever setting or filter that you feel makes for the best possible image.
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If in Auto Picture mode some settings (governing the likes of white balance, metering and exposure compensation) are automatically deselected, so switch to Program instead to access the full gamut. It's here that one can adjust movie resolution and quality levels - as well as that of stills - plus access a D-Range setting so the camera automatically corrects for shadows, for highlights - or for both. This isn't an automatic default feature, you have to select it.
Surprisingly, some compacts have a little lag time
when surfing through their menus and options, but the Pentax Optio RZ10 has a speedy response time when pressing any of the cameras buttons. Well, expect for the initial start-up, there was a bit of a slower than expected response when turning the camera's power on. But aside from that minor inconvenience, the Pentax Optio RZ10 has some other highly desirable features. For example, the Optio RZ10 comes equipped with 1 cm Macro Mode which allows you to take shots of your subjects as close as 1 cm from the front of the camera.
|1 cm Macro Mode|
The 10x optical zoom is also a commendable feature as well. Images remained sharp and clear when using the full 10x optical zoom. Although images did blur a little once zoomed in using the 6.7x digital zoom. But that is expected, not even in the most advanced point-and-shoots take stills with full clarity when surpassing the optical zoom focal length. I also noticed that the Optio RZ10's zoom button is on the top right but the control nob is towards the back of the camera as opposed to the top right towards the front of the camera as most point-and-shoots are constructed. At first, this placement difference was a tad difficult to get used to, but I eventually adjusted!
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The 720p HD video capture is of a decent and standard quality especially for the cameras price range. Additionally, it's Shake Reduction Image Stabilization served to be beneficial especially while recording video.
You can store your stills and videos taken with the Optio RZ10 on a SD/SDHC card or a wireless capable Eye-Fi card.
Lastly, the Pentax Optio RZ10 comes with a lightweight and rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Most budget cameras require AA batteries, so this extra detail definitely gives the Optio RZ10 an advantage over its competitors.
Overall, the Pentax Optio RZ10 delivers perfectly satisfactory performance with little to be compromised or sacrificed. The Pentax Optio RZ10 is a good choice for a beginner point-and-shoot user or as a travel companion for your trip.
For pricing and availability, you can go to our Pentax Optio RZ10 product page or visit us at our H and B Digital storefront in Midtown, Manhattan.