Pentax Optio RZ10

Announced Sep 9, 2010 •
14 megapixels | 2.7 screen | 28 – 280 mm (10×)
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Pentax Optio RZ10 14 MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom with CCD Shift Stabilization and 2.7-Inch LCD (Violet)
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Product description
Announced Sep 9, 2010

On paper, the Pentax RZ10 has a lot going for it. It features a 28-280mm equivalent stabilized zoom lens and 14 megapixel CCD sensor. It can shoot 720p HD video and up to 9.1 five megapixel frames per second. It also includes a 2.7" 230k dot LCD and comes in a variety of vibrant colors and is designed to be compatible with Eye-Fi wireless memory cards. The RZ10 is also one of the cheapest and lightest cameras in its class, and its comparatively basic feature set makes it one of the easiest cameras to get to grips with. There is no doubt that for some, this camera will fulfill their photography needs. On the other hand, it has the most restrictive zoom, the lowest resolution LCD and most limited video specification, lacks 'bells and whistles' such as built-in GPS, and it has the least powerful flash. As much as we struggled with the RZ10 camera at times, it is one of the most comfortable cameras to hold in the group test. And while they are not the prettiest we've seen, the camera's somewhat pixilated menus are easy to navigate and very functional.

In day-to-day use, what frustrates us most about the RZ10 are its poor rear LCD, slow performance, and the sub-par quality of its JPEGs when observed critically. Ultimately, we might be more prepared to overlook some of the camera's handling weaknesses if its image quality was above average, but sadly it isn't.

Product timeline
Group review, Jul 19, 2011
Quick specs
Body type Compact
Max resolution 4288 x 3216
Effective pixels 14 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm)
Sensor type CCD
ISO Auto (80-1600), 80, 100, 200, 400,800, 1600, 3200, 6400
Focal length (equiv.) 28–280 mm
Optical zoom 10×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 2.7
Screen dots 230,000
Min shutter speed 4 sec
Max shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Format Motion JPEG
Storage types SD/SDHC, Internal
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 178 g (0.39 lb / 6.28 oz)
Dimensions 97 x 61 x 33 mm (3.82 x 2.4 x 1.3)
GPS None

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Our review

The Pentax Optio RZ10 is Pentax's first 'travel zoom' and it gets a lot of things right. Images are bright, contrasty and saturated, its interface is simple and unintimidating, and lens performance is very good considering its low cost. Corners have been cut though, and while it is excellent value, there are better-specified, and better performing cameras available in this class.

Good for: Everyday, fair weather photography

Not so good for: Anything where critical image quality is a priority, and bright outdoor shooting, where rear LCD is useless

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