Pentax Optio Z10

Announced Aug 23, 2007 •
8 megapixels | 2.5 screen | 38 – 266 mm (7×)

I have two Pentax SLRS. When I lost my little Pentax Optio S5i, being a Pentax fan, I got this to replace it. It isn't as good as the S5i (no viewfinder)but I am getting used to it. I had some difficulty with camera shake because theZ10 has neither IS nor a viewfinder. After using it more I am learning to hold it steadier and discovered that it has a decent lens (not as good as the S51, which was remarkably good for a pocket camera) and the pictures are acceptably sharp when held steady. I ...

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I bought this camera to be a pocket-carried model that could produce high quality photos using the 7x magnification. The anti shake feature is a post processing function that must be performed on each photo individually. There is no viewfinder so when using the camera in bright sunlight, it is almost impossible to accurately frame a photo. The adaptive focus often selects a feature other than than the main point of interest in the picture. Lost of noise in ISOs over 200. This camera is ...

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This camera is one of the few P&S cameras that sports a longer than usual 7x optical zoom within the body of the camera rather than extending outside of it. Image quality outside is decent when used at ISO 64 and 100. Indoor flash pictures are good as long as you shoot from ISO 64-200. Above that, noise is quite apparent. There are the usual preprogrammed scene functions for different shooting conditions, including a novel digital wide shot that allows you to shoot two vertically held ...

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The Z10 is very easy to use, with animated menus and help features. It is small, big LCD and the on-off swich is nice. The x7 inside zoom attracted me to buy it, and it is neat and cool to operate. Outdoors pics are great, especially for its size. Yet, indoors w/flash images are BAD. worse than a cell phone built in camera. Problems: Poor quality of indoors w/flash

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Handling: Great menus (even more ergonomic than Casio) and access to camera settings (excluding T/A/M priotity) considering a small number of control buttons. AUTO ISO range can be set. Genious widephoto-mode, triggered by zoom lever. Missing a _functional_ shake reduction system, video stabilisation is good, zooming and taking photo during video is a great feature. IQ: Compared to Casio V7, much better sharpness at 7x zoom, although it seems the optics are the same. Color reproduction/WB is ...

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