Pentax Optio RS1500 Review

By

Review posted 5/25/2011

Quick Take
Pros

  • Lightweight, and compact in size
  • Left finger indent for better gripping
  • Interchangeable front face plate "Skin" designs, and a variety to choose from
  • Easy to understand button layout, and a lot of cartoon menu icons for preprogrammed exposure settings
  • Short descriptions of each exposure setting
  • Face detection button also doubles as smile detection
  • In camera photo editing
  • Excellent shooting performance
  • Captures average 14-megapixel photos
Cons
  • Weak Flash
  • Zoom has less steps, making precise framing difficult
  • Default setting of backlight timeout is too short
  • Looks kind of cheap like a disposable camera
Bottom Line
The Pentax RS1500 is a stylish and fun digital camera that boast typical specifications for a sub $150 digicam. It can produce nice 14-megapixel photos, boasts speedy shooting performance, and offers the most unique customization system seen to date (as of 05/2011). Read more in our Full Conclusion.
pentax_rs1500_colors.jpgPentax has released the second generation of their customizable RS-series of fashion savvy digicams, with the Optio RS1500. This model replaces the RS1000 from last year, carrying over several of the same key features. Pentax has incorporated an easier, and quicker way to change the "Skin" of the front of the camera, along with the addition of colored lens bezels that can be swapped in place of the standard black one.

This is an affordable camera aimed at the younger generations, or anyone who's artistic or fashion oriented. With a wide variety of included "Skin" choices, you can easily match the RS1500 to your daily attire. They even offer way to create custom skins that can be downloaded from the Pentax Website, and you can also upload your own artwork.  Once you get past this camera's style, it's a pretty standard 14-megapixel digital camera, with a 4x optical zoom lens, 720p HD video recording, intelligent Auto Picture mode, and a 3.0-inch LCD screen.


Pentax Optio RS1500 Major Features:
  • 14-megapixel image sensor  
  • 4X zoom lens with 27.5 - 110mm wide-angle coverage
  • Intelligent Auto Picture mode
  • Face and Smile detection
  • 720p High-Definition Video recording with Movie Shake Reduction mode
  • 3-inch, 230K dot display  
  • Auto-tracking AF mode
  • PENTAX-original SKIN change system for personalized designs
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot (21.6MB of internal storage)
  • Li-ion battery pack (capture up to 210 photos per charge)

The Pentax Optio RS1500 is available now with a MSRP of $149.95 US. You can choose a White or Silver base color, and Pentax includes several skins to get you started; with custom skins available with the Pentax Personal Skin Designer. 

Additional photos
pentax_rs1500_skins.jpg
pentax_rs1500_back_550.jpg

Visitors of Steves can visit the stores below for real-time pricing and availability. You can also find hot, soon to expire online offers on a variety of cameras and accessories at our very own Camera Deals page.

Buy related cameras and accessories from Amazon.com
Related Product Description Price
Vivicam Retro Classic 12.1MP Digital Camera T327 Black Vivicam Retro Classic 12.1MP Digital Camera T327 Black $219.99
Blueskysea Free Gift Happiness Grass Ring Bracelets *2+ SJCAM Original Sj4000 Wifi Action Camera Diving 30m Waterproof Camera 1080p Full Sport Camera Underwater + Extra 2 Batteries (Blue) Blueskysea Free Gift Happiness Grass Ring Bracelets *2+ SJCAM Original Sj4000 Wifi Action Camera Diving 30m Waterproof Camera 1080p Full Sport Camera Underwater + Extra 2 Batteries (Blue) $113.00
Blueskysea Free Gift Gel Pen + New Car DVR Mirror Rearview Mirror + Dual Swivel Front Cameras+Rear Backup Camera + Ultra Wide Angle 360 Degrees + 4.3 Blueskysea Free Gift Gel Pen + New Car DVR Mirror Rearview Mirror + Dual Swivel Front Cameras+Rear Backup Camera + Ultra Wide Angle 360 Degrees + 4.3" LCD + HD 1920*720P + G-Sensor (F10 camera) $113.00
Samsung ST30 10.0 MP Digital Camera Worldwide International Warranty Import Model - Black Samsung ST30 10.0 MP Digital Camera Worldwide International Warranty Import Model - Black $112.99
8 Inch HD TFT-LCD Digital Movies Frame MP3 MP4 Player Remote Control 8 Inch HD TFT-LCD Digital Movies Frame MP3 MP4 Player Remote Control $112.92
Evecase Canvas Digital DSLR Camera / Tablet / Lens Messenger Carrying Case Bag (Water Resistant Material) Evecase Canvas Digital DSLR Camera / Tablet / Lens Messenger Carrying Case Bag (Water Resistant Material) $79.99
iKross Monopod Selfie Handheld Extendable Stick Pole with Mount Holder and Tripod Adapter For Gopro HERO 1 2 3 3+ 4 Hero4, iPhone 6 6 Plus, Smartphone, Window Phone, Compact Digital camera iKross Monopod Selfie Handheld Extendable Stick Pole with Mount Holder and Tripod Adapter For Gopro HERO 1 2 3 3+ 4 Hero4, iPhone 6 6 Plus, Smartphone, Window Phone, Compact Digital camera $39.99