Pentax Optio RZ10 Review

Review posted 01/10/2011

Quick Take
  • Compact, Lightweight body
  • Easy to use
  • Versatile 10x optical zoom
  • Four colors: Black. Lime, Violet, White
  • Good battery life
  • Noise throughout images at all ISO settings
  • Sub-par performance for $200+ camera
  • Poor HD video quality
  • No HDMI port
Bottom Line
The Pentax Optio RZ10 is an affordable and compact 14-Megapixel digicam. It is versatile and easy to use thanks to its 10x optical zoom and Smart Auto shooting mode. Its a decent option for an introductory digital camera. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

In addition to the RS1000 announced by Pentax, they also released details about the Optio RZ10 compact digital camera. The RZ10 has a 10x optical zoom and uses the 14-megapixel image sensor to take pictures. In addition, it's capable of shooting 720p HD video and has an automatic shooting mode for consumers looking for the camera to make the decisions about the picture settings. Other features include a 2.7-inch LCD screen, digital filters, face detection, shake reduction and a digital panorama mode for stitching together shots.

We are looking forward to testing this unit in the weeks to come, so stay tuned as we update this page once we get our hands on a full production unit.

Pentax Optio RZ10 Major Features:
  • 14-megapixel image sensor
  • 10x Optical Zoom lens (28mm to 280mm)
  • Dual Image Stabilization
  • Automatic Shooting Mode
  • 720p HD video with Movie Shake Reduction Mode
  • Mechanical Shake Reduction mechanism
  • 2.7-inch, 230K dot display
  • Face Detection
  • Burst Shooting up to 9.1 images per second
  • Digital filters, including Toy Camera and Retro
  • Digital Panorama mode
  • Li-ion battery pack (up to 260 photos per charge)
  • SD/SDHC card slot (Eye-Fi Complaint)

The Pentax Optio RZ10 is available now with a MSRP of $219.95 US. It comes in four different colors: matte black, lime, pure white and violet.

What's in the box?:
  • RZ10 camera
  • USB Cable I-USB7
  • AV Cable I-AVC7
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery D-LI92
  • Battery Charge Cradle D-BC92(A)
  • AC Plug Cord
  • Strap O-ST104
  • Software CD-ROM S-SW111

Additional Product Views
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