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Pentax Optio RZ18: Review

The new Pentax Optio RZ18 is the latest compact camera from Pentax came on the market, with a zoom on wide and a compact body. The optical zoom wide-angle 18x high-performance smc Pentax is characterized by wide-angle thrust and especially by a large excursion. The camera has a 16 MP sensor, a 3-inch LCD display and 460,000 pixel resolution.

The Pentax Optio RZ18 has a dual Shake Reduction system that ensures extremely sharp and blur-free. The camera is also available in various colors: black, pearl white or metallic orange.

Pentax Optio RZ18: Design

The Pentax Optio RZ18 is an ultra-compact camera with a 18x optical zoom with 25mm wide-angle coverage. The camera of this size (60x108x34 mm) with a not too light weight of 191 grams (170 grams net). On the back of the camera is placed a color TFT LCD display 3-inch with a resolution of 460k dot. Overall, the design of the camera has a compact and sturdy. Both to the touch during the grip, restoring some confidence in handling.

Pentax Optio RZ18: Features and Functionality

The Pentax Optio RZ18 is the latest camera that has been adding to the series of Pentax Optio RZ, keeping some prerogatives of the previous models, including the dependable dual shake reduction system and the Auto Picture mode for automatic choice of the mode of recovery.

The device is equipped with a CCD sensor 1/2, 33″ with a total resolution of 16.56 MP in combination with an objective with a focal length of 4.5-81mm and an optical scheme to 12 elements in 11 groups (4 items spherical.) The fantastic dual blur reduction in practice combines a system of a CCD shift Shake Reduction with dedicated software Pixel Track SR, allowing the user to get the most from their photographs.

Pentax Optio RZ18 Digital Camera
Pentax Optio RZ18 Digital Camera

The main feature of the camera is the amazing 18x optical zoom lens with a zoom range from wide-angle 25mm to super-telephoto 450mm (equivalent in 35mm format). The camera also allows macro shooting at a distance of 4 cm from the subject, in addition to the functionality Digital Wide to get an ultra wide-angle (equivalent to the image taken with a lens of about 19 mm in 35 mm format) thanks to the union of two separate images, last but not least the functionality Panorama Digital that allows you to create without any effort a single panoramic picture from three shots.

On the back of the camera has a large 3-inch LCD display with a resolution of approximately 460K points that allows the photographer to quickly assess and as efficiently as their shots, and the display also offers the option of enlargement of fonts displayed in order to further improve the readability of the menu and the operation of the camera.

The Pentax Optio RZ18 has a sophisticated Face Detection AF & AE that instantly detects and with great accuracy, up to 32 different human faces in the image field, then optimizes the focus and exposure to half of these in just 0.03 seconds. The device also features the Small Face filter, Smile Capture and Blink Detection.

As almost all compact cameras and not of the latest generation, the Pentax Optio RZ18 allows you to record movies with high-definition TV (1,280 x 720 pixels) with hand-shake compensation function through the Movie SR (Shake Reduction). Among the many features to improve the image of the camera, we cannot mention the D-Range to prevent burned areas (overexposed) and the shadows closed (underexposed) in the realization of high-contrast images.


The Pentax Optio RZ18 is an excellent compact camera of the latest generation with an impressive 18x optical zoom that allows you to take pictures of all subjects, even those further afield. Perfect double the Shake Reduction system that allows you to always get sharp images without blurring. Extremely comfortable and efficient Auto Picture mode that automatically selects the appropriate shooting mode according to the subject or scene, all via an accurate assessment of the condition of the photographic subject by the camera itself.

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Pentax Optio RZ-18 16 MP Digital Camera with 18x Optical Zoom - Black
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Pentax Optio RZ-18 16 MP Digital Camera with 18x Optical Zoom - Black
  • 16 mega pixel sensor
  • 18X optical zoom ( 25-240mm equivalent) with slim foot print
  • Large 3" LCD screen and a 4cm super macro mode
  • Widescreen HD video in 720p @ 30 fps. Face detection for perfect exposure
  • Pentax sensor shift image stabilization
Easy of Use
Value of Money

PROS : 3-inch LCD screen, 16 MP sensor, 18x wide angle zoom, HD video (1,280 x 720 pixels) with sensor shift Shake Reduction.

CONS : Battery Pack.

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