Pentax Optio Z10 Review

November 23, 2007 | Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG | 5 Comments | |

Pentax Z10The new Pentax Optio Z10 is a compact digital camera with a 7x optical zoom lens, something of a departure for a company who typically produce compacts with 3x zooms. About the same size as a pack of playing cards and weighing less than 150g, the diminutive Pentax Z10 squeezes in a 38-266mm lens, 2.5 inch LCD screen and 8 megapixel sensor. Also featuring a sliding lens cover, Face Recognition, ISO 64-3200 and available in black or silver, does the Pentax Optio Z10 deserve a place on your holiday shopping list? Read our review to find out.

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#1 Pentax Z10 infos

Here are my short review about Z10

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 colder than Canon's, but can be tweaked. Much manual post- and pre-processing options in menus.

Battery: only ca. 100 images shot without flash.

Ergonomy: Very small and slippery. Good for pocket, bad for longtime use/still holding.

1:43 pm - Friday, December 21, 2007

#2 Murray Snowdon

Could not agree more - wish I had read review before I bought camera - will be selling mine on ebay or giving it away.

6:48 pm - Friday, January 4, 2008

#3 Milos

How could reviewer take sample photos at 28 mm when specs say this Pentax Z10 has 38-266 mm zoom??

8:57 pm - Monday, January 7, 2008

#4 Mark Goldstein

Milos, thanks for spotting that typo, I've corrected it to say "38mm".

12:18 pm - Tuesday, January 8, 2008

#5 J. Newman

Article was very helpful and reinforced my reasons for disappointment with this camera--primarily with the quality of photos. I would return it if I could. I'll keep it for outdoor and zoom use but will have to invest in another camera for indoor and "people" shots. My recommendation to anyone considering purchasing this camera is--don't.

7:15 pm - Saturday, February 21, 2009