On September 12 2011, Pentax announced a 16 Megapixels 18x SuperZoom camera called the Pentax Optio RZ18. It features a 18x optical zoom lens covering focal lengths from 25mm wide angle to 450mm super-telephoto (in the 35mm format). An Intelligent Zoom function further extends the zoom range to approximately 130 times to cover the focal length of an approximately 3250mm super-telephoto lens. It also supports macro shooting down to 4 cm from the subject and a digital wide function for an ultra-wide-angle image (equivalent to 19mm lens in the 35mm format) from two separate images. The RZ18 is a slim and lightweight camera with 3-inch LCD screen with a resolutoin of 460K dots. The Face Detection AF & AE function can detect as many as 32 faces within the image field, then catches them in sharp focus and optimum exposure in 0.03 seconds. The RZ18 also comes with sensor-shift image stabilization, Auto Picture mode, 720p 1280 x 720 HD movie recording, Smile Capture mode and Blink Detection function. The Optio RZ18 is available in black, pearl white or metallic orange for $299.95.
Pentax Optio RZ18 Camera Reviews Roundup
|Photography BLOG: "The Pentax Optio RZ18 is an appealing travel-zoom camera with a truly versatile 18x zoom lens, but it's unfortunately let down by average image quality, no-frills build quality and slow processing times. The RZ18 takes a similar approach to previous Pentax compacts that we've reviewed, being an inexpensive point and shoot camera that won't turn heads either with its looks or specification, but which is cruciall..." - Dec 13 2011 More »|
|ePhotoZine: "The RZ18 produces images with pleasing colour reproductions and good detail, without too much blurring in the corners. The lens has a minimum focus distance of 4cm which allows the camera to take a detailed macro image. Noise at ISO 80 and ISO 100 is minimal with only a small amount appearing at ISO 200. Noise starts to kick in at ISO 400 with a slight loss of sharpness appearing as a result. Noise becomes very prom..." - Nov 30 2011 More »|
|CNET UK: "The RZ18 consistently impressed us with the sharpness and clarity of its results, particularly when shooting complex scenes. The shot below of a tree full of red leaves has a lot of fine detail in the foliage, with a definite sweet spot in the centre of the frame where the focus is particularly sharp. The areas behind and ahead of this are both slightly blurred due to the fairly wide aperture of f/4.4, drawing the e..." - Nov 11 2011 More »|
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