Looks to be a very nice camera. That said, the best bang for the buck camera and sweetened with 2 lenses is the Kodak S-1. Been shooting mine for 6 months and very happy with the results from either jpeg or raw. I see it now on Costco (USA) for $379. for both the 12-45mm and 42.5-160mm. Smoking deal. Note that one does not need to be a Costco member to order, but their is a 2% up charge, but offset by free shipping. Love my Kodaks. https://www.flickr.com/photos/125889350@N03/albums/72157648784061280
Dougbm_2: FZ200??????Surely this is a must consider. More so than the short zoom Oly.
So Jeff, why no Kodak PIXPRO AZ522 (52x) or AZ651 (65x)? Also, why no Oly SP100 since it's also 50x? I think you would be pleasantly surprised with the AZ522's output.
Wish DPR had included the tried and true Fuji X-S1, Fuji S1, Kodak AZ522, Kodak AZ651 (65x), Panasonic FZ70, Panasonic FZ200, and the Oly SP100. I've shot most of these and they are all contenders with various trade offs. The IQ "sleeper" cam is the Kodak AZ522 IMO.
Pandimonium: Ah the Kodak Pixpro AZ522
My Kodak mix: https://www.flickr.com/photos/125889350@N03/
Macro Nutrients: I just don't see how anybody can be happy with this kind of IQ. Must never look at any screen besides their 5" phone.
I'm a K50 shooter (formerly nikon D90) and have a few of these power zoom cams. Had this XG-1 and while macros and up to 400mm were fine, it had a definite focus problem..a bad copy, which can happen. I also have the Kodak AZ522 and it's a very good camera in it's class. I picked up a Panasonic FZ70 and while it's video is beautiful, the IQ is a let down. My all around favorite grab and go camera is my Fuji XS-1 as it's colors and EXR feature really work well. And speaking of IQ on a screen: I print 11x13 and mostly 13x19 on my Canon Pro 100 printer and it's very difficult to see any loss of detail between my K50 and any of my small sensor cams. Above that size, yes there is a difference since the K50 holds lots of fine detail. At normal viewing on my monitor, they look fine. It's when I view them on my 27" Asus hd monitor I can then see the detail differences.
Wow, I like your style and use of color. Well done sir.
thx1138: Wow 200kp EVF, same as my 11 year old Fuji S7000. Good work Pentax. Same for the massive 240 shot battery. I mean what's using the juice with so few pixels on the EVF and even LCD is trailing edge res.
Knock 600mm off the FL and put more money on the important features Pentax.
They borrowed the EVF from Canon SX50, Panasonic FZ70, Sony HX400, and Nikon P50..all the same resolution!
evogt500: I am guessing this camera is made in the same cheap chinese factory as all the other small sensored super zooms from Kodak, Fujifilm, Afga, and Samsung.
Oh, and don't forget Panasonic, Nikon, Canon, etc.!
phazelag: I got it excited for a second but the EVF and screen tell me it's not worth worrying about.
Yup, some low rez EVF as the Canon SX50, Nikon P510/520/530, Sony 300/400, and Panasonic FZ70.
George Veltchev: Surprisingly similar in every way to the Kodak Pixpro AZ522 released last year ... the same pea bean like size sensor, the same optical zoom, features and shape ... extraordinary way to bring some life into a failed project ... Bravo Ricoh ... Bravo Pentax !
Humm, share some of the same features and components? For shame...wait, you mean just like Nikon, Olympus, others using Sony sensors?? The horror!
W5JCK: Super yawn....Another camera with a small sensor and little to offer. Putting a long zoom on a lackluster camera doesn't make it good or make it worthy of being on this site. This kind of cheap camera is going to be bought by people who don't read sites like this, or they would know better. I'm not sure why DPReview still brings us information on these little sensor cameras or for that matter smartphone cameras. Maybe their newest members have been dumbed down to that level. This used to be a site for enthusiasts and professionals, not so much now...
Such opinionated ignorance. Try some Midol for those cramps..
Wye Photography: A lot of "yawn" and negative comments and perhaps rightly so. I suppose this makes an ideal camera for a terrorist or pervert unless you happen to be a terrorist pervert then you'll be rubbing yourself all over with glee, or baby oil or disgusting body fluids. On that thought I won't be buying this camera. :-)
You have issues dude.
Wye Photography: Sample images http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/products/xg-1/ex/ at ISO 100.
I really don't have to say anything more...
You mean with it's 500mm, expensive lens and TC converter to get to 1000mm? The IQ of this XG-1 will serve many very well.
craig707: Okay, this camera, not too cool. Although it does pass my first acid test for point-and-shoot cameras. It has an electronic viewfinder. But it flunks the test with only 230,000 dots. My seven year old Kodak P 880 has 230,000 dots. Most everything else on this camera is mediocre. Not even and 1/2 inch sensor. It's a rather poor attempt for Pentax getting into the bridge camera market.
Ummm, you mean the same 230,00 dot count as the Canon SX50, Nikon P510/520/530, and the Panasonic FZ70?? Yup, they are all low rez.
Good gracious..seriously beautiful women captured perfectly.
Sorry, my vote goes for the second place winner..mama mia!!
panpen: Whenever I hear Kodak, I think Walmart. Super cheap, crappy stuff for $5 per hour McDonalds workers. Match Kodak with a Blackberry phone and the whole neighborhood will laugh at you.
Really? Where does McDonalds pay someone $5. hour? You are obviously not aware that WalMart also sells Canon, Nikon, etc. too.
I just was in BB and played with this phone..excellent images and to me, quite a bit better than iphone 4/5. The detail (including macro) was amazing.
Yawn. Ok, a few new colors, another LCD light on the flash, still no 4.5-5" screen. Is it any wonder that Android continues to pull ahead. Former iphone 4 user here who got tired of squinting at a 3.5" screen and then that annoying itunes..pass. Rocking on a SIII that gives me better photos, bigger screen, and no itunes!So the iphone has been mentioned too frequently that it will cause the demise of a good p&s cam? Nope. Not even close.
Looking forward to seeing the IQ on this phone. I'm finding myself more and more in situations where I can't take my p&s camera.