Good image quality, although not consistent
Unfortunately I can't wholeheartedly recommend the Q series cameras to those debating on choosing an ILC system. The Q7 just isn't consistent at giving the user a high quality image straight out of camera. With the Olympus E-PM2 being $50 less than the Pentax Q7 it makes more sense for the average ILC user to choose the Olympus unless a smaller camera with more physical buttons trumps image quality and AF speed.
Looks great and is a lot of fun
In conclusion if you equate small with beautiful then the retro-styled Pentax Q7 is worth further investigation. This may also mean you'll take it out with you more and achieve shots you might not otherwise have attempted. Yet whilst it looks great and is a lot of fun, predictably there are still better compromises between image quality and smaller form factor to be found elsewhere.
Truly compact system camera and easily pocketable lenses
The Pentax Q7 does well in everyday shooting, delivering image quality that's generally as good as the best enthusiast compacts. However, it under delivers for the entry-level ILC class in terms of resolution and high ISO performance. Though we had few serious complaints about its performance, it's hard to recommend among so many excellent fixed and interchangeable lens cameras that cost about the same.
Extremely small body, Good sized screen with decent resolution
If you're a fan of small gadgets, the Pentax Q7 is going to appeal to you, particularly with the range of colours it is available in. It's extremely small, yet packs all the features you'd expect to see on a DSLR, including the ability to change lenses. You've full manual controls, RAW shooting and 5 fps continuous shooting. The screen size and resolution hasn't been compromised and the body and 5-15mm lens have plenty of rubberised grip.
Small proportions, Large sensor, Respectable image quality
The fact that compared with larger, pricier CSC rivals the 12 megapixel Pentax Q7 appears like a bit of a toy may actually appeal to those who like their tech on the cute side. Plus on a creative note your subjects will certainly feel less self-conscious when you poke the Q7 in their face than when confronted with a full size DSLR.
The result is that you'll take shots that you maybe wouldn't have attempted with a larger camera.
Portability, Handling, Features, Build quality
It is undeniably a good quality product capable of excellent results, but will probably struggle to find a grip in a market dominated by larger, more capable rivals. It's probably worth a sober reflection that the Auto 110 was discontinued after seven years, with only two camera models and five lenses. Will the Q system go the same way?
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...
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.
Small and quite stylish
The Pentax Optio LS465 is a no-frills budget compact that offers 16MP of effective resolution. While it's not going to set the world alight in terms of features or build quality, the flexibility offered by its 5x optical zoom coupled with the superior image quality it's capable of producing at lower ISO settings make it a more reliable image capturing tool than a cameraphone or smartphone.
Customisable skins is a fairly unique feature
It does appear that Pentax have very much designed this camera with the ladies in mind, it's picture with a lipstick on their website and is available in pink and purple, possibly not the ideal choice for many men! But for the gents, there is the black version and it certainly won't leave you feeling embarrassed. The LS465 isn't the most feature packed camera, but it is easy to use and takes a decent shot.
A fun design, but better image quality is available at this price
This camera doesn't make for a significant upgrade to a camera-phone. The 5x optical zoom is one feature that phones can't match, but the unreliable focus when zoomed in and the lack of optical stabilisation limit its appeal. Unless the interchangeable designs are too tempting to resist, we'd recommend the Canon PowerShot A3200 IS instead.
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.
Autofocus easily confused
Despite looking enticingly flashy in the press shots with its broader than average zoom lens extended, when placed before you the Pentax Optio VS20 is a bit of a lump compared with travel zooms costing a little more, such as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 and other Panasonic TZ series cameras.
The Pentax Optio VS20 offers a lot of zoom as well as a unique dual shutter and zoom control feature, that is normally reserved for professional Digital SLRs. Another unique is the second tripod socket found on the side. However, we tend to find most tripods have a built in ability to rotate to portrait shooting, so we suspect the portrait shot mode will be used without a tripod. Apart from this, the camera is quite large in comparison to other pocket zoom cameras.
Disappointing movie performance
You'll struggle to find a new camera with such impressive specs any cheaper. Sadly, the Pentax Optio VS20's performance didn't stand up to close scrutiny. The dual shutter buttons are a neat feature, but you may be better provided by a high-end camera from last year, which will come close to matching the specs at a similar price.
Image quality isn't great, especially upwards of 800 ISO
In the end, the same conclusions can be drawn about the VS20 as last year's RZ18 - the camera is easy to use, has a powerful zoom lens and sells at a competitive price. Unfortunately, picture quality is only really up to scratch in very good lighting conditions ... In a similar price range, we prefer the Olympus SZ-20, which doesn't zoom quite as far but which generally takes better-quality pictures.
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.
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