Pentax Optio RZ18 Review

December 12, 2011 | Mark Goldstein |


Camera Type Digital zoom compact camera
Type CCD
Size 1/2.33’’ CCD
Total Pixels approx. 16.56 megapixels
Still 16M (4608x3456), 12M [1:1] (3456x3456), 12M [16:9] (4608x2592), 7M (3072x2304), 2M [16:9] (1920x1080), 640 (640x480)
Movie Resolution: Compatibility AVI (Motion JPEG), with HD: 1280(1280 x 720), 640(640 x 480) 320(?320 x 240): approx. 30/15 ips.
Sensitivity Auto ISO, manual (80 ? 6400 ISO)
Shake Reduction CCD-shift Shake Reduction
Focal Length Focal Lenth: 4.5-81mm, equ. to 25-450mm in 35mm 
Digital Zoom
  • Optical Zoom:18 X
  • Digital Zoom: Approx. 7.2 X
  • Smart Zoom Approx. 27x en 7M, approx. 130X à 640 (with zoom optical)
Construction 12 elements in 11 groups (4 asphérical elements )
Focusing System
Type TTL autofocus with contrast détention
Functions Multi?AF 9 spots zones , AF Spot, mouvment detection.
Focus Range (automatic) Focusing Options:
Manual Focusing, infinite landscape, hyper focal

0,4 m ? infinite (in wide?angle),
0,13 m ? infinite (in tele)

0,1 m ? 0,5 m (in wide?angle),

Super Macro:
0,04 m ? 0,3 m (in wide-angle).

Type 3’’ LCD Colour screen, TFT, approx.460K points

Program controlled electronical shutter

Speed 1/2000  - 1/4 sec.  4 sec at most. (Night Scene mode setting)
Exposure system

TTL Metering: Matrix Metering choice, centre weighted or spot

Exposure Modes Auto Picture, Program, Portrait, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Movie, Landscape, Blue Sky, Sunset, Flower, Sport, Pet, Digital SR, Natural Skin Tone, Kids, Fireworks, Frame composite, Party, Food, Candlelight, Text, Surf & Snow, Digital Wide, Digital Panorama, Green ?
Compensation +/-2EV (1/3 EV steps)

Integrated flash control in serie.

Automatic shutter release in low light conditions.

Modes Flash-on and Flash-off modes
"Red-eye" reduction function
Effective Range

Flash range

Wide: approx. 0.2 ? 4.3m (ISO Auto)
Tele: approx. 1.3 ? 2.6m (ISO Auto)

Exposure Parameters
Modes Mode: Standard, self timer,burst shooting, high speed burst (L,M,H****), Remote control

DRE: "Dynamic Range Enlargement", shades compensation: high lights 
Face Recognition

Face recognition AF&AE is available for all modes up to 32 faces, Smile Capture, Blink Detection, animal recognition

White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Manual setting
Recording Sound : WAV (PCM), mono
Movie “Shake reduction” ? stabilized video
Duration : Depends on memory card capacity
Editing Record as pictures, spilt movies.
Digital Filter B&W, Sepia, Toy camera, Retro, Colours, Extract colour, Colour Emphasis, High Contrast, Soft, Starburst, Brightness?
Options Slideshow, Image Rotation, Small Face filter, Digital Filter, Frame composite, Movie Edit, Red-Eye compensation, Resize, Cropping, Image / Sound copy, Voice memo, Protect, DPOF, Face close-up playback, Startup image
Internal Approx. 96MB
External Compatible with SD, SDHC, SDHC
Special Features

Text size: Standard, large

World clock: Date and hour print


English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Thai, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese

Format Format d’image:
JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF 2.0, DPOF,
PRINT Image Matching III

Format de vidéo:
AVI (Motion JPEG)

Format Audio:
WAV (PCM), mono
Interface USB2.0 (Hi-Speed), PC/AV terminal (NTSC/PAL, mono)

Rechargeable D?LI92 Lithium?ion battery

Other: AC Adapter, optional

Performance *recording capacity approx. 240 pictures*and 230 mins ** in vide mode.
Height 60 mm
Width 108 mm
Depth 34mm
Weight 191 g (charged with battery) Approx. 170 g (naked body)
PC Windows XP SP3, (SP3), VistaTM and 7
Mac OS X 10.3.9 or above
Included Software Software: (CD-ROM) S-SW121
Kit Content USB cable I-USB7, AV-IAVC7 video cable,  rechargeable battery Li-ion D-DLI92, battery charger D-BC92, O-ST104 strap and software.
Optional Optional AC adapter