Pentax Optio RS1000 Review

December 10, 2010 | Gavin Stoker |


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

Auto or Fixed (100-6400 ISO)

Focal Length PENTAX zoom lens 4.9 - 19.6mm f/3.5 (W) - 5.9 (T), equ. to 27.5-110mm in 35mm format
Digital Zoom Digital zoom: approx. 6.7x
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)
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)
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 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 Available functions: Face recognition, Smile capture
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 HDTV (1280x720) at 30/15 fps
VGA (640x480 pixels) at 30/15 fps
QVGA (320x240 pixels) at 30/15 fps
Editing Video Editing available
Internal 18.4MB
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 20.5mm
Weight 113 g unloaded, 130 g loaded and ready?
PC Windows XP SP2, VistaTM and 7
Mac Mac OS X 10.3.9 or above
Included Software Arcsoft Media Impression 2.0 for PENTAX
Kit Content USB cable, Li-ion rechargeable battery, battery charger kit, strap, software, set of 3 alternative skins, hex wrench (diameter: 1.6mm), set of 5 pre-cut printable sheets of 10x15 photo paper), tracing stencil