Great piece of gear
Has a powerful zoom although difficult to keep steady without tripod. Still great function. Takes great pics. Bought it for my wife who really loves the look and feel. Very tough and versatile and we are not afraid to take it kayaking, backpacking, or biking. Still learning all the functions.
Capable of a low-resolution burst mode
On the whole, the Pentax WG-3 just doesn't stand out in any notable way from any other waterproof cameras this year. It finished right in the middle of the pack in our 2013 Waterproof Showdown, and we don't think that it's the best option for any kind of photographer. The Pentax WG-3 isn't anything more than a run-of-the-mill point-and-shoot that you can put through some extracurricular abuse.
Good photo quality, with respectable high ISO performance, Very rugged body
The Pentax WG-3 GPS offers a curvy, rugged design that can handle tough conditions with aplomb. Its lens is faster than most of its peers at its wide end, which allows for better low light photos. It also features a unique macro ring lamp, front-mounted LED clock/altimeter, and wireless battery charging support. Image quality is typical for a compact camera, meaning good, not great. Low light focusing is quite sluggish, and the flash is weak and slow to recharge. Battery life is below average.
Ideal camera body for using in extreme weather conditions
A lot of thought has gone into the design of the WG-3, it looks like an outdoors camera and it certainly acts like one. You can drop it, freeze it and even go down to 14m underwater, this is as deep as any other waterproof cameras will go. Unfortunately image quality isn't as good as we hoped, detail isn't great and we found the images suffered with noise from ISO 200 upwards, although the bright lens will mean you can stay away from the higher ISO settings, unless you're in really dark...
Waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof and crushproof
The Pentax WG-10 offers decent picture quality at a reasonable price a waterproof camera. There are better waterproof cameras available, but if you're on a limited budget, or the camera is for a child, you can't go wrong. You can create unique pictures with the Digital Microscope mode, as well has the range of digital filters available for editing pictures in playback.
Clever industrial design
Ultimately, shoppers interested in the Q10 should understand that they're essentially buying into a very well-built, very expensive toy camera system. Maybe the large selection of toy lenses was already tip-off enough, but if not, understand this: the Q system exists for the sake of quirk, and quirk alone.
Lot easier to use, Handgrip a definite improvement
Thankfully Pentax seem to have realised that the Q10 can't take on DSLRs or CSCs and priced it accordingly. While £379.99/$599.95 for the single-lens kit with the 5-15mm lens is still a big outlay, it does make the Q10 cheaper than some high-end compacts, against whom it more naturally competes.
Reasonable price, Compact size, Good build
When compared to advanced compact cameras, the Pentax Q10 has a lot going for it. Image quality falls short of cameras equipped with a larger sensor. This camera is better suited to those who value compactness above all else.
Those looking for a quirky alternative to the current crop of compact system cameras, with portability being their main concern, may be well served by the Pentax Q10, so long as you're well aware of its strengths, and its weaknesses.
Extremely small interchangeable lens camera
The Pentax Q10 has a good set of features and has extremely solid, well-built body. Clearly a lot of thought has gone into its design and it's one of the best looking Pentax cameras you're likely to find, particularly in red! Unfortunately image quality isn't fantastic, about as good as you'll find on an average compact camera, but colour reproduction is good. If you are interested in a mirrorless camera with improved image quality you'd be better looking at those with larger sensors.
Intuitive to use, Reasonable price
We've been conditioned to believe smaller is better when it comes to consumer electronics, and the Pentax Q10 is the kind of camera you'd be happy to have on you at all times.
But naturally, that convenience and portability doesn't come without caveats. Here the biggest stumbling block is that the Q10's sensor at 1/2.3-inch in size is no larger than that found in the majority of point and shoot compacts some £150 cheaper on average.
Compact dimensions and a fairly solid construction in spite of them
What we found most fun about the Pentax was the ability to select on-board Lomo camera-like digital effects at the point of capture by turning a customisable dial on the Q10's faceplate. There are 19 to choose from in total, with 11 applied at the time the photo is taken, and the other 8 when reviewing images. If chosen wisely the likes of brilliant or vintage colour add contrast and visual oomph to the otherwise flat, snapshot-like appearance of JPEGs straight from the camera.
Extremely sharp, Amazing pancake kit lens
In a world of ever-shrinking interchangeable lens cameras, the mirrorless Pentax K-01 stands out from the crowd with a unique design that eschews the idea of a compact mirrorless camera. The camera defies conventional classification, as it's technically neither a DSLR nor a compact system camera. That leaves it out on its own, seemingly destined for the island of misfit cameras.
Good still image quality, Great high ISO performance
The Pentax K-01 is the first camera I have reviewed in quite a while that has left me with such a wide disparity of opinion on its performance. On the one hand there is very good still image quality - on a par with the best cameras in the class - and high ISO noise performance as good or perhaps a bit better than the best APS-C sensor cameras at present.
Excellent photos quality, Eye-catching design
If you're with a bunch of photographers and want to get noticed, just pull out a Pentax K-01. Love it or hate it, the Marc Newson-designed camera has a one-of-a-kind style that'll certainly turn heads. The K-01 is about more than just looks, though -- it's a capable interchangeable lens camera, with some of the best photo quality you'll find on an ILC. Its biggest problem is autofocus performance -- but more on that in a minute.
Very impressive results
The Pentax K-01 is a bravely different but ultimately flawed entry into the mirrorless compact system camera market. Love it or hate it looks aside, the main issue with the K-01 is its sheer size - it's not that much smaller than a regular DSLR and is much larger than any other CSC currently available, prompting the question Why?
Autofocus system lags behind the competition, especially in low light
The Pentax K-01 is a bit of an odd duck. It's a mirrorless camera that's as big as digital SLRs, which sort of defeats the purpose of being mirrorless in the first place. Photo quality is among the best out there, but other cameras offer better AF performance and more compact/usable designs.
Plenty of image-shaping options
The Pentax K-01 is a relatively unique looking compact system camera that has already divided opinion over its bold styling. You'll either love the look of it, or write it off as a bit of a brick. As this is really a matter of personal taste it's not for us to say either way. Judged purely on its merits as a digital camera though the K-01 has much going for it but also comes with some fairly major flaws.
The Pentax K-01 is a bold new camera from Pentax and is certainly different to anything else made by anyone else - and perhaps that's what Marc Newson and Pentax intended with the design of this new camera. It's also the first mirrorless camera ever to use a full Digital SLR lens mount, supporting existing Digital SLR lenses.
Easy to handle
The Pentax Optio WG-2 is an impressive adventure-cam that simply doesn't shy away from its rugged persona. Its design may not be pretty, and Pentax definitely has some work to do on its button layout and menu interface, but the camera succeeds where it counts. When we first checked out the WG-2, we were disappointed by the lack of innovation and new features compared to last year's WG-1 from Pentax.
Good image quality
When the WG-1 was released last year we were impressed with Pentax's first rugged digital camera, although we don't think much has changed with this upgrade. The sensor has been upgraded from 14 megapixels to 16, with the LCD screen now 3 inch, up from 2.7 inch. Issues we would have like to have seen addressed are the poor noise performance above ISO 200, poor tripod socket and optical zoom when recording videos, although it is good to see that videos are now full 1080p HD.
There's a little more noise than might be expected in some shots, but on the whole, the Pentax Optio WG-2 puts in a good performance. Its looks are unconventional and the shutter release is a little dull, but otherwise it's a comfortable, lightweight and versatile choice for the budget-conscious buyer looking for a rugged waterproof snapper.
Destruction proof spec
You're paying a premium here for the 16 megapixel, 5x optical zoom WG2's rugged construction, and then an extra £50 on top of that for the GPS facility, to bring us to its manufacturer's suggested £349 sale price. It doesn't make sense therefore to consider this Optio model as your next camera unless you really are looking to make use of both those facilities on a regular basis.
Video: under-exposed image, low-quality sound
The Pentax Optio WG-2 is an update of last year's WG-1 with new electronics and improved sensitivity. However, this camera could really do with a new lens and a long-overdue stabilisation system ... which is ultimately why it missed out on a third star in our review.
Sporty camera for outdoor adventurers
The Pentax Optio WG-2 may be seen as ugly by some people and sporty by others but it is certainly a rugged adventure camera. The camera does what is required of it and is an improvement over last years model. It may not be a big improvement but the new CMOS image sensor and better LCD screen ensures that the 13th generation rugged camera is moving in the right direction.
A compact and interchangeable lens camera
Overall, the Q is a strong debut from Pentax despite its hefty price. We expect the company to continue to refine the design and lens system while bringing price down to a more palatable level on par with its competition. While that will take time, the diminutive Q line will continue to be a player in a field where compact is king.
Poor battery life
Overall, the Pentax Q is a pricey interchangeable lens camera whose biggest feature is its diminutive size and wide selection of special effects. Its photo quality, performance, and feature set certainly don't justify the price premium, so you're really paying for whatever Pentax did to make the Q so small. The Q isn't a great camera, nor is it a poor one -- it's somewhere in the middle. If you want the smallest thing out there, then it's worth a look.
Sky-high price tag
The Pentax Q may look like a toy camera at first glance, but it actually proves to be a lot more full featured and intuitive to use in practice. Compact-like image quality and a sky-high price tag, however, combine to seriously detract from what is otherwise a surprisingly well built and enjoyable camera.
Good image quality
Irrespective of its overall score, it's hard not to warm to the Pentax Q. Not only does it look different, it is different, and for that alone kudos must go to Pentax for daring to tread a different path. The Q can deliver solid results when used as a regular digital camera, but what it really excels at is the ability to deliver effects-laden photography on the fly.
Excellent noise performance for a compact sensor
The Pentax Q is a unique approach to the mirrorless / compact system camera market. With a tiny sensor, and tiny lenses, it almost seems like a "toy" camera, but with high quality metal body it feels like a premium compact, and the price is definitely in the premium camera category. The options available, with numerous colour, filters, and scene modes make it suitable for beginners, and manual controls give it appeal for more serious photographers.
True DSLR-like quality
Unique isn't a word that should be used lightly, but the Pentax Q more than fits the bill. However, amid a competitive Compact System Camera market it fails to encapsulate true DSLR-like quality in a compact body. Images may be sharp, but other imaging issues and lack of depth of field control hold the Q back. While the camera certainly looks sweet enough, it just doesn't have the inner guts to outperform its competitors.
Solid color accuracy
You've got to hand it to Pentax, they certainly have a clear definition of this camera's audience. The most casual user cares about the following: how do my pictures look, and how few buttons do I have to press? In this regard, the Optio RS1500 is sort of a dream come true. Shots do look nice. Solid color accuracy will flatter subjects, and excellent sharpness means plenty of detail. Not even a pro could argue with that.
Lightweight, and compact in size
The Pentax RS1500 is a stylish and fun digital camera that boast typical specifications for a sub $150 digicam. It can produce nice 14-megapixel photos, boasts speedy shooting performance, and offers the most unique customization system seen to date (as of 05/2011).
Fun to use
Kids of the 80's and comic fans will love the super hero collector's pack available with the Pentax Optio RS1500. It makes the camera a lot more fun to use and the interchangeability of the skins give it an interesting slant that can be a focal point for times out with friends. Like a mood ring, the RS1500 can reflect your personality of that day although we feel that it would be nice if the skins were made out of better material such as card or thin plastic.
Changeable skins are unique
Apart from having customisable and changeable skins, the RS1500 doesn't boast many features and is quite a plain looking camera without a skin. The image quality is fantastic for a camera which can be purchased for less than £70, although images are quite noisy throughout the ISO range. The camera will certainly make an ideal gift for a child who is interested in taking their first steps into photography.
Fun customisation, affordable
With a wealth of compact cameras to choose from, and some great performers for your money, the real appeal of the Pentax Optio RS1500 has to be the customisation option. It manages to escape being simply a novelty camera by virtue of its reasonable performance, but if performance is important to you, then perhaps forgoing the changeable covers for something more conventional would better suit your needs.
Poor display quality, bad colours and viewing angles
The Pentax Optio RS1500 is a mid-range compact digital camera with a 14 megapixel CCD sensor and a 3" LCD display. It comes included with 10 unique, pre-made skins and five customizable skins as well as two different lens rings--one black, one orange.
Pentax is now selling its second generation of its chameleon camera, the Optio RS1500. With the RS1500, you can change the look of the camera at any time with a new faceplate, a new lens ring, or a customizable skin. Pentax designed the RS1500 to be easier to customize than its predecessor. You'll find 14 megapixels of resolution, a 4X optical zoom lens, 720p HD video capability, and a 3-inch LCD screen with the RS1500, which carries an MSRP of $149.99. (Compare Prices).
Stylish pocket camera
If you're looking for an inexpensive yet stylish pocket camera for occasional snapping at parties and when out and about without your more 'professional' camera, then the Pentax Optio RS1000 steps forward as a capable and affordable option. If you want to do anything other than take snaps however, you'll be frustrated.
high-speed continuous shooting mode
At the risk of using a cliche, the Pentax Optio RS1000 is an example of style over substance. The gimmick skinnable front is a cute idea, but unfortunately the camera behind it will disappoint anyone drawn in by the bright facade. Performance and build quality are decent for the price, but low-light ability and image quality are very poor, even compared to other budget cameras.
Fun alternative skins
I admit that I like the idea of making photography fun. If the various skins add to that enjoyment and attract people to buy what is basically a very fine little camera, then that has to be a good thing. None of this would be any good though if the performance was not up to scratch, but the RS1000 actually turns in a very impressive performance. Fun and Quality combined get my vote and this comes Highly Recommended.
TheÂ Pentax Optio RS1000 is a compact digital camera with interchangeable faceplates to match an individual's fashion sense. It features a 14.1 megapixel camera and a 4x optical zoom lens that is designed to cut down glare for a clearer picture. A combination of digital blur removal and high-sensitivity anti-shake mode help make handheld shooting possible. Auto-focus can be set to track moving subjects, be set by a point, or use face detection.
Good high-definition video quality
The Pentax Optio RS1000 is a "well-specified entry-level compact camera with a clever twist," says Gavin Stoker at PhotographyBlog.com. It comes with swappable faceplates that can be customized to suit each user. The camera ships with 11 designed skins, but Pentax gives you the option of creating your own using the included tracing stencil or the downloadable templates from the Pentax Skins Gallery.
relatively straightforward digital camera
The Pentax Optio i-10 is a throwback to old fashioned SLR cameras when it comes to looks. Pentax has produced a very distinctive design that marks it out as different to other digital cameras. It has 12 megapixels and a 5x lens. Aside from the design the Optio i-10 has a set of features that place it in the mid range of digital cameras.
such a self-consciously stylish camera
The Pentax Optio I-10 is so well made that it makes you expect a much higher level of performance than you actually get. Instead, it ends up feeling like a budget camera in a high-class body. There are plenty of filters and gadgets to play around with, but, without a good basic level of image quality, they all fall flat
For under Â£140 the Pentax Optio P80 is a very slim and stylish ultra-compact camera that is easy to use, well made and equipped with a decent list of features including HD video recording and a good wide-angle lens. However its overall performance is quite slow, and overall image quality leaves something to be desired.
surprisingly good image quality under good lighting conditions.
If you're on a budget and in the market for a good all-around point-and-shoot camera, the Pentax Optio P80 makes an excellent choice. Pentax has managed to incorporate an excellent feature set at a very reasonable price. Performance is perhaps not quite as good as the competition, but more than acceptable for a general purpose point-and-shoot. All in all a very good offering from Pentax.
We weren’t blown away, but considering the camera’s size and other features, we’d feel comfortable bringing it along on family trips or recommending it to casual shooters.
It's sleek, shoots at 720p, and takes decent-looking stills, but without image stabilization, video quality can suffer.
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