The 750Z's retro look is limited primarily to the front of the camera, a rubber front with a fake rubber pattern stamped on it, a chromed lens surround and chrome piping around the edge. At the back the flip-out and twist LCD monitor dominates the left side, to the right and above are various controls. Styling wise it's not as sophisticated as some of the competition and the magnesium alloy body doesn't feel as thick as some, although there are no creaks or rattles.
Side by side
Below you can see the complete line up of $700 seven megapixel digital cameras available now (at the end of 2004). All of these cameras feature a 1/1.8" seven megapixel CCD sensor, have four times or better zoom lenses and manual control features. There's a clear split between the Casio, Pentax and Olympus and the larger Sony and Canon. The C-7000 and Pentax 750Z are the two lightest cameras here and have very similar volumes.
(inc. batt & card)
|Casio Exilim EX-P700||98 x 68 x 45 mm (3.8 x 2.7 x 1.8 in)||299 cm³||261 g (9.2 oz)|
|Pentax Optio 750Z||100 x 62 x 42 mm (3.9 x 2.4 x 1.7 in)||260 cm³||254 g (9.0 oz)|
|Olympus C-7000 Z||102 x 59 x 43 mm (4.0 x 2.3 x 1.7 in)||258 cm³||254 g (9.0 oz)|
|Sony DSC-V3||120 x 63 x 72 mm (4.7 x 2.5 x 2.8 in)||415 cm³||401 g (14.1 oz)|
|Canon PowerShot G6||105 x 73 x 73 mm (4.1 x 2.9 x 2.9 in)||432 cm³||465 g (16.4 oz)|
In your hand
The 750Z's all rubber front means that you can hold the camera pretty much any way you wish and you should always get a good grip. The rear is sculpted to take your thumb and all the controls are within reach.
Of the five seven megapixel digital cameras we're group testing the Canon G6 and PEntax 750Z are the only ones with flip-out and twist LCD monitors. Attached to the rotating mechanism is a fairly standard 1.8" 134,000 pixel LCD monitor with a pretty good anti-reflective coating. It has to be said that the hinge mechanism itself isn't the best I've ever seen, it feels a little fragile (especially compared to the G6) and doesn't hold the LCD monitor perfectly straight when folded out (or against the camera body).
Once more another 'optical tunnel' type of viewfinder found on almost all compact digital cameras. Looking through the eyepiece there are no center-of-frame target marks or parallax error correction lines. The viewfinder does have a dioptre adjustment (a slider on the top of the eyepiece). The two lights beside the viewfinder indicate auto focus status, camera startup / writing and flash charging.
Battery & Storage Compartment
Just like many other digital cameras the 750Z has a combined battery and storage compartment which is located in the base of the camera. Once the door is open you get an SD slot near the front of the camera, behind this the 750Z's D-LI7 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery which provides an impressive 1800 mAh at 3.7 V (6.6 Wh); around 50% more capacity than its competitors.