Pentax Optio RZ10 Review

In the market for an easy-to-use compact camera with a very fair price tag? Those seeking versatility on a budget will find the RZ10 a solid choice. Why 6/10? Find out after the break.

With competitors such as the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10 and the Fujifilm FinePix F300 EXR, can the Pentax Optio RZ10 really compete? The simple answer, no.

Yes, it has good build quality for a budget camera, yes, it is thin and compact for what it’s got, but short battery life and a questionably colouful user interface just brings the bar right down for the RZ10. Boot up for the RZ10 is incredibly quick, less than one second, and snapping photos is a breeze.

However, even though the RZ10 sports a 14 megapixel sensor, the detail it manages to capture is shocking, in a bad way. Macro shots are weak and panoramic shots are unintuitive, having to line up each picture manually is a chore.

The verdict? Simply put, more experienced photographers will find the RZ10’s feature set limiting, but casual photographers will have their creative horizons broadened. [AC]


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