Pentax Optio RS1500 Review

August 1, 2011 | Matt Grayson |


Camera Type Digital zoom compact camera
Type CCD
Size 1/2.33''
Effective Pixels 14 megapixels
Still 14M (4288x3216), 10M (16:9) (4224x2376), 7M (3072x2304), 2M (16:9) (1920x1080), 640 (640x480 pixels)?
Movie HDTV (1280x720), 30/15 fps
VGA (640x480) 30/15 fps
QVGA (320x240), 30/15 fps
Colour Depth 12 bits x 3 colours
Sensitivity Auto or Fixed (100-6400 ISO)?
Shake Reduction CCD-shift Shake Reduction
Focal Length PENTAX zoom lens 4.9 - 19.6mm f/3.2 (W) - 5.9 (T), equ. to 27.5-110mm in 35mm format
Digital Zoom Optical zoom: 4x
Digital zoom: approx. 6.7x
Intelligent zoom: Approx. 5.6x at 7M, approx. 26.8x at 640 (including optical zoom).
Construction 6 elements in 5 groups (3 aspherical elements)
Focusing System
Type Contrast detection TTL Autofocus system
Functions Multi-AF 3-point zone, Spot AF, Auto-tracking AF (anticipating moving subject)
Infinity-landscape, Pan focus
Focus Range (automatic) Normal: 0.4m - infinity (whole zoom area)
Macro: 15cm to 50cm (at wide setting), 25cm to 50cm (at medium magnification length)
Super Macro: 8cm to 25cm (at focal length of 5.8mm)
AF assist AF assist lamp at front
Type 3'' (7.62cm diagonal) colour LCD monitor
Resolution 230.000 dots
Playback Slideshow, Image Rotation, Small Face filter, Natural Skin Tone, Digital Filter, Frame composite, Movie Edit, Red-Eye compensation, Resize, Cropping, Protect, Image copy, DPOF, Start-up image, Face close-up playback?
Type Electronic shutter with automatic exposure program controlled
Speed 1/2000 to 1/4 sec. 4 sec max. (Night Scene mode)
Exposure system
Metering Multi-segment metering
Exposure Modes Auto Picture, Program, Natural Skin Tone, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Movie, Landscape,Blue Sky, Sunset, Flower, Sport, Digital SR, Kids,Pet, Portrait, Food, Candlelight, Surf & Snow, Half-length portrait, Frame composite, Text, Digital Panorama, Green
Compensation +/- 2EV (1/3EV steps)
Type Built-in flash: Integrated auto flash control
Automatic activation in low lighting conditions ??
Modes Flash-on, flash-off and soft flash modes. "Red-eye" reduction function
Effective Range Wide: approx. 0.15 - 4.8m (ISO Auto)
Tele: approx: 0.4m - 2.6m (ISO Auto)
Exposure Parameters
Modes One shot
Self timer (2 or 10 sec)
Continuous shooting
Burst Shooting (3.2 fps for up to 10 frames)
Multi-Burst (takes 16 VGA-size pictures at approx. 7.5 fps and creates a contact sheet)
Face Recognition Face recognition (detects up to 10 faces)
Smile capture (smile detection and auto-picture)
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light, Manual setting
Digital Filter B&W, Sepia, Toy camera, Retro, Colour, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Brightness
Recording Digital shake reduction - stabilized video
Duration: Depends on memory card capacity
HDTV (1280x720) at 30/15 fps
VGA (640x480 pixels) at 30/15 fps
QVGA (320x240 pixels) at 30/15 fps
Editing Video Editing available
Digital Filter B&W, Sepia, Toy camera, Retro, Colour, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Brightness
Options Slideshow, Histogram, Calendar, Resize, Cropping, Image rotation, Original frame, Frame composite, Red-eye compensation, Subscreen input, Voice recording, Protect, DPOF, Image recovery, Selection as Start image, Date printing, Pet recognition, Face close up playback
Internal 21.6MB
External SD and SDHC memory cards
File Format JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF 2.0, DPOF, PRINT Image Matching III
AVI (Motion JPEG)
Special Features
Features World time (75 cities, 28 time zones)
Digital Shake Reduction
Noise reduction when shutter speed is slower than 1/4 sec
DRE available: shadow adjustment
Language English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Thai, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
Interface USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, PC/AV output (PAL/NTSC, mono)
Source Rechargeable Li-ion D-LI108 battery? ? ? ?
Performance Approx. 210* shots and 260** min. in playback mode with Li-ion rechargeable battery.
*Recording capacity shows approximate number of shots recorded during CIPA-compliant testing.  Actual performance may vary depending on operating conditions.
**According to the result of PENTAX in-house testing?.
Height 56mm
Width 92mm
Depth 22.5mm
Weight 110 g unloaded, 127 g loaded and ready?
PC Windows XP SP3, VistaTM and 7
Mac Mac OS X 10.3.9 or above
Included Software PC: Arcsoft Media Impression 3.0 for PENTAX
Mac: Arcsoft Media Impression 2.1 for PENTAX
Kit Content USB cable, Li-ion rechargeable battery, battery charger kit, strap, software, set of 10 pre-printed skins, set of 5 pre-cut printable sheets of 10x15 photo paper, set of 2 interchangeable lens rings
Optional Leather or neoprene cases, leather strap, AC adapter kit