Pentax Optio Z10 Review

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Review posted 1/3/2008

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The PENTAX Optio Z10 is equipped with a 7X optical zoom lens, the highest magnification among current PENTAX compact digital camera models. Designed with a refraction lens system so the lens never protrudes from the camera while zooming, the 7X optical zoom covers a broad range, from wide-angle to telephoto zoom, and offers an ultra high-magnification of up to approximately 35.7X when combined with digital zoom. With 8.0 megapixels, the Optio Z10 also features high speed detection time Face Recognition for improved portraits and digital Shake Reduction that allows ISO to 3200 to capture sharper images even in low light settings. The sleek, stylish PENTAX Optio Z10 body design also features a sliding lens cover for extra protection that also operates the on/off camera setting.

With 8.0 effective megapixels and a high performance PENTAX lens, the Optio Z10 delivers high resolution photos. While compatible with SD memory cards and SDHC memory cards, the Optio Z10 also offers a generous 52 MB of built-in-memory. With such a compact design, it's more comfortable and convenient not only in travel and leisure but also in the daily snapshots and business scenes. The aluminum alloy body is not only durable, but also gives a sophisticated texture to the camera.

The Optio Z10 is equipped with a Face Recognition AF&AE function* that automatically adjusts the focus and sets the exposure so users may capture photos of people easily. In addition, this function can detect the faces of up to 15 people at once, and the detection time has been reduced to approximately 0.03 seconds at minimum. *Available when the picture mode is Natural Skin Tone, Portrait, or Kid, and the camera is directed at people from the front.

Digital SR (Shake Reduction) mode reduces camera shakes and blurring of the subject when photographing still images. The sensitivity is adjusted automatically to as high as the ISO 3200, matching the brightness of the subject(s). This enables the use of faster shutter speeds, resulting in images with less blur.

The Optio Z10 captures .AVI format (Motion JPEG) movies at sizes up to 640x480 (15/30fps) In addition, Movie SR effectively corrects blurring in images through software, so it enables users to easily enjoy movie recording.

Optio Z10 Features:

  • Ultra compact 3.7 x 2.3 x 1.0 inches, weighs just 4.4 ounces
  • 8-megapixel CCD imager for images up to 3264 x 2448
  • Stylish and durable aluminum alloy body
  • Internal 7x Pentax zoom lens (38-266mm in 35mm equivalent)
  • Digital Shake Reduction for blur free images
  • Face Recognition AF&AE
  • 2.5" color TFT LCD monitor with 100% frame coverage and 170° viewing angle
  • Records 640x480 .AVI video & audio at 30fps with Movie SR (Shake Reduction)
  • 30 second voice memos can be attached to images
  • Shooting modes selected from a virtual mode dial
  • Three metering choices: multi-segment, center weighted and spot
  • Audio-Video output for TV display
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery and charger included
  • ~52 MB of internal memory plus SD/SDHC card slot
  • PictBridge, Epson PRINT Image Matching III and Exif Print compatible
  • USB Mass Storage compliant

The Optio Z10 is available now with an MSRP of US$249 and ships with USB Cable, AV Cable, Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery D-LI72, Battery Charge Cradle D-BC72(A), AC Plug Cord, Strap, and Software CD-ROM.

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Optio Z10 Specifications

Type: Compact digital camera
Sensor: Type - 1/2.5" Interline Transfer CCD; Effective pixels - 8.0MP; Total pixels - 8.29MP; Recorded resolutions - Still: 8M (3264x2448), 5M (2592x1944), 4M (2304x1728), 3M (2048x1536), 2M (1600x1200), 1024 (1024x768), VGA (640x480); Movie: VGA (640x480), QVGA (320x240); Quality levels - *** (best), ** (better), * (good)
Lens: Type/construction - PENTAX zoom lens (12E, 9G, 2 dual aspherical elements, 2 single aspherical elements); Optical zoom - 7x (6.3-44.1mm); Focal length (equiv.) - 38-266mm; Digital zoom - 5.1x; Combined zoom - 35.7x; Aperture - f/3.5-5.4
LCD/Viewfinder: LCD screen - 2.5" TFT Color LCD; LCD resolution - 230,000 pixels; Wide angle viewable - YES, IPS technology allows for 170 degree angle viewing; Optical viewfinder - n/a
Focus System: Type-TTL Contrast Detection Autofocus; Autofocus - 9 point autofocus, Spot Autofocus, Auto Tracking Autofocus, Face Priority Autofocus available (0.03s recognition time, 15 faces); Manual focus - YES; Macro focus - YES; Focus lock - Available by pressing the shutter release button half way; Focus range (wide angle) - Normal 1.31' to infinity, Macro 0.26-1.64', Manual 0.33' to infinity
Flash: Type - Built-in, series-control, auto flash; Flash modes - Auto, on, off, redeye reduction; Effective range (auto ISO) - TBA
Storage Media: Internal memory - 52 MB; Removable memory - SD, SDHC
Interfaces: Ports - USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV, DC input; Video out - NTSC, PAL; Printer interfaces - PictBridge
Power Supply: Power source - D-LI72 rechargeable Li-Ion battery; Recordable images - approx TBA; Playback time - approx TBA min; AC adapter available: Optional
Physical Specifications: Dimensions (W x H x D) - 3.7 x 2.3 x 1.0"; Weight without battery or removable memory - TBA oz; Loaded and ready - TBA oz; Construction material(s) - TBA; Operating temperature: 32-104 degrees F
Timing: Startup - approx TBA; Release lag - approx TBA
Language Support: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Russian, Thai, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese
Image Stabilization: Still - Digital SR Mode up to ISO 3200; Movie - Movie SR Modes
Metering System: Type - TTL; Multi-segment - YES; Center weighted - YES; Spot - YES; Exposure compensation - +/- 2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
ISO Sensitivity: Auto - Adjustable, default 64-400 (up to 3200 in Digital SR Mode); Manual - 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
White Balance: Auto preset modes - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent; Manual mode(s) - YES
Shutter: Type - Programmed AE electronic lens shutter w/ CCD electronic shutter; Shutter speed - 1/1440 to 4 sec
Capture Modes: Mode selection - Auto Picture, Program, Night Scene, Movie, Voice Recording, Landscape, Flower, Natural Skin Tone, Portrait, Surf & Snow, Sport, Digital SR, Kids, Pet, Food, Frame Composite, Digital Wide Angle (5M); Green simplified mode available - YES; Face recognition available - YES, up to 15 faces, 0.03s recognition time, in Portrait, Natural Skin Tone, and Kids modes; P/A/S/M/B - P; Date/time stamp - YES; Digital filters (capture) - n/a
Drive Modes: Mode selection - one shot, self timer (10s, 2s), continuous (standard, high speed); Continuous FPS - approx TBA; Self-timer - 10s, 2s; Remote control - n/a
Playback Modes: Mode Selection - one shot, index, magnification, movie playback, sound playback, histogram, bright/dark indication, folder display, select & delete, calendar; Mode Palate - Digital SR, slideshow, resize, trimming, image & sound copy, image rotation, digital filter, movie edit, frame composite, redeye edit, voice memo, protect, DPOF, image recovery, startup image; Magnification - up to 8x, scrollable; Digital filters (playback) - b&w, sepia, color filter (6 colors), color extract (b&w with red, green, or blue) soft, fisheye, brightness; Movie edit - save as still image, divide movies, stitch movies
File Formats: Still - JPG (EXIF 2.2), DCF, DPOF, Print Image Matching III; Movie - AVI (Motion JPG), 30/15 FPS w/ sound, Movie SR; Sound - WAV (PCM), monaural
Computer Requirements: For device connectivity. Bundled software requirements may vary. Windows - Windows ME/2000/XP/Vista, USB port; Mac - MacOS 9.2, X (10.1 or later), USB port
Specifications as represented by the manufacturer

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