Pentax Optio RZ-18

Last Updated (21 November’12):
– Review & Sample Photos @ Photographyblog

Pentax Optio RZ-18 is a 16 MP Digital Camera with 18x Optical Zoom ( 25-240mm equivalent) with slim foot print. It features include Widescreen HD video recording in 720p at 30, Special effects filters, Face detection, PENTAX Shake Reduction, 9-point autofocus, and a 3 inch LCD with HVGA resolution (460,000 dots). The camera measures (W x H x D): 4.3 x 2.4 x 1.4 inch. and weight 6.0 oz. without battery or removable memory.

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info: discount up to $153.97 (51%)

Expert Reviews

Pentax Optio RZ-18 Reviews

Photographyblog reviews the Pentax Optio RZ-18 and writes;
“The Pentax Optio RZ18 handled chromatic aberrations well, with limited purple fringing effects appearing only in high contrast situations. The built-in flash worked well indoors, with no red-eye and good overall exposure”
Rating: ★★★½☆

CNET reviews the Pentax Optio RZ-18 and writes;
“It has an impressive zoom and a sensor that knows how to handle 16 megapixels without producing noisy results. Even as sensitivity crept up to around ISO 500, at which point we would expect to see grain, the results were clean and full of detail.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Ephotozine reviews the Pentax Optio RZ-18 and writes;
“For its price, the RZ18 packs a versatile zoom lens and produces decent pictures. Video quality is good but there is no optical zoom available during video recording.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Digitalversus reviews the Pentax Optio RZ-18 and writes;
“The autofocus is reasonably speedy, working in under half a second in good light and under a second in low light.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

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User Opinions

Pentax Optio RZ-18 User Reviews

Those far-away people
“I love the 18x optical zoom. I can take pictures of my family and friends even from across the yard, soccer field, etc. I like that it is small and lightweight and easy to use. Having a rechargeable battery is great, too. ” – By wags
Rating: ★★★★☆

Excellent Point and Shoot for Large Hands
“Got this camera a few days ago and my first impression is this is a great camera, it starts up really fast, takes pictures really fast, has fast auto focus and has very nice zoom. It has lots of options to play with and the size of the camera is perfect for those like me with larger than average size hands. I love it! For the price it is an excellent buy.” – By ChubbyMonkey49
Rating: ★★★★★

Love the camera
“The camera is just what I had in mind for all around photography and specifically for closeups for selling products. Thanks for a great transaction! Camera was shipped quickly and safely. Would recommend seller. ” – By Susan P. Weiss
Rating: ★★★★★

Love it
“This camera is a little bigger than most point-and-shoot cameras, but it’s not as big as I thought. It’s light. There are a lot of shooting modes and it’s easy to use. I love manual focus and manual white balance. I recommend this to everyone whho wants a good point-and-shoot camera.” – By Junichi Kakutani
Rating: ★★★★★

bought it a week ago and…
“its a little bigger than i expected it would be, but i’m very impressed with the Macro functions..for years i was using my kodak zd8612IS and the macro was…eh…at best… out standing..i’ve taken pictures of rain drops on the windshield, my lizards eyeball in awesome detail and managed to get a cute shot of the freckle my daughter has in the corner of her eye,” – By Amberly C. Wilcocks
Rating: ★★★★★

Pentax Optio RZ-18 16 MP Digital Camera with 18x Optical Zoom
“great , great camera.. i just got the camera for Christmas and i love it, the pictures are so sharp and the camera is very easy to use.” – By D. Rub
Rating: ★★★★★

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Pentax Optio RZ-18 User Manual (PDF)

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Pentax Optio RZ-18 Features

The Pentax Optio RZ-18 comes with high resolution 16 megapixel sensor which allows users to get large prints or aggressive image cropping. It has an outstanding wide angle optical zoom lens that offers zoom range up to 18X zoom (equivalent to 25-450mm) enables the camera to capture subjects near and far. Moreover, the camera has a PENTAX Shake Reduction feature which offers an image stabilization options to reduce the blur image that caused by camera shake when you are shooting, including sensor-shift SR. This feature allows users capture sharp image in any shooting conditions.

There is an automatic shooting modes enable users capture beautiful image by use an Auto Picture and scene modes that can be selected with a press of the centrally located ‘OK’ button. The Pentax Optio RZ-18 is equipped with a 3-inch LCD screen which has a good resolution of 460,000 dots with 4:3 of aspect ratio for composing and review the images. In addition, the camera also offers comes with variety of interesting feature which supports users to capture great images such as:

+ Slim footprint for outstanding portability and inconspicuous use.

+ Creative special effects filters add artistic flair to the common snapshot.

+ Face detection for perfectly focused and exposed portraits, includes a dedicated pet recognition feature.

+ Advanced 9-point autofocus with a 4cm super macro mode.

+ HD video recording in 720p at 30 frames per second.

+ ISO sensitivity 80-6400

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