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Pentax Optio Z10 8MP Digital Camera with 7x Optical Zoom

by Pentax

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  • 8.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 16 x 22-inch prints
  • 7x optical zoom; Digital Shake Reduction
  • 2.5-inch LCD monitor; 170-degree viewing angle
  • High-speed Face Recognition; Auto Picture mode
  • Compatible with SD/SDHC memory cards (not included); 52 MB built-in memory
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Technical Details

  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • Video Capability
  • DC in Jack

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 2.3 x 1 inches ; 5.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000VCFF5M
  • Item model number: 19321
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,019 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004

Product Description

Manufacturer Description

With a 7x optical zoom, you'll get closer than ever! The Pentax Optio Z10 is equipped with a 7x optical zoom lens. Designed with a refraction lens system so the lens never protrudes from the camera while zooming, the 7x optical zoom covers a broad range, from wide-angle to telephoto zoom, and offers an ultra high-magnification of up to approximately 35.7x when combined with digital zoom. This sleek, stylish digital camera also features 8.0 megapixels, Face Recognition, Shake Reduction and a sliding lens cover for extra protection that also operates the on/off camera setting.

Optio Z10 Highlights

High magnification 7x optical zoom The Optio Z10 features a 7x optical zoom lens that covers focal lengths from 6.3 to 44.1mm (equivalent to 38-266mm for 35mm format) and features a refraction lens system so the lens never protrudes from the camera while zooming. This optical zoom covers a broad range, from wide-angle to telephoto zoom, and offers ultra-high magnification of up to approximately 35.7x when combined with digital zoom.

8 megapixels produce exceptionally fine-detailed photos With 8.0 effective megapixels and a high-performance Pentax lens, the Optio Z10 delivers high-resolution photos. Compatible with SD memory cards and SDHC memory cards, the Optio Z10 offers a generous 52 MB of built-in-memory.

High-speed Face Recognition AF&AE function of approximately 0.03 seconds The Optio Z10 is equipped with a Face Recognition AF&AE function* that automatically adjusts the focus and sets the exposure so users may capture photos of people easily. In addition, this function can detect the faces of up to 15 people at once, and the detection time has been reduced to approximately 0.03 seconds at minimum.
*Available when the picture mode is Natural Skin Tone, Portrait, or Kid, and the camera is directed at people from the front.

Digital Shake Reduction The Digital Shake Reduction mode reduces camera shake and blurring of the subject when photographing still images. The sensitivity is adjusted automatically, to as high a sensitivity as ISO 3200, to match the brightness of the subjects. This enables photography with fast shutter speeds and images with less blurring. In addition, an electronic Shake Reduction function corrects blurring in images during image playback.

2.5-inch LCD monitor with a wide viewing angle The Optio Z10 comes with a high resolution 2.5-inch LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 pixels that enables images and text to be clearly displayed. The LCD monitor offers a wide viewing angle of 170 degrees from all directions, making it easy to confirm images, even when looking at the screen from a side angle.

Auto Picture mode automatically determines the best setting for the shooting conditions The Auto Picture mode sets the camera automatically for various shooting conditions such as Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, and Normal mode and choose the optimal settings for each subject.

Product Description

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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

lack. The quality of the pictures is pretty good and it takes moving pictures surprisingly well. Read more ›
The auto-picture scan is a great feature and usually chooses the best way to get the optimal picture quality for each snapshot. Durable and user-friendly, the Optio Z10 is… Read more ›
Lots of impromements over the previous version. Picture quality is superb, and lots of new options for taking pictures. All in all a great camera choice for around $100.00. Read more ›
In my younger days, I was a professional photographer. Of course there are cameras for taking superb pictures. Read more ›
Excellent outdoors picture quality, poor indoors use. Pictures taken with flash indoors turn out grainy or distorted. Read more ›
I love how you just slide the lens cover to turn on and off. takes great pictures Read more ›
Purchased this camera for my teenage daughter to photograph wolves. The zoom was incredible, and one of her close-ups photos was posted on a website. That photo beat out a… Read more ›
I bought this camera because of its huge optical zoom, 8 MP, new mirror optics and because it is Pentax. And this camera is absolutely great! Read more ›
It was extremely easy to figure out all of the options, and I am sure that anyone who is somewhat used to digital cameras would agree. I love the zoom! Read more ›
I own a Pentax digital SLR so of course when it came time to get a point & shoot, I went with…I love the 7x zoom and 8 mega pixels is more than enough for a point & shoot. Read more ›
Good camera for the price and I do like the extended zoom capability. However, the pictures are not as vibrant as my Canon A-95. Read more ›
This camera was…He is a paramedic and loved the 7x zoom, the fact that the camera is water resistant is helpful in the rainforest enviroment that he is traveling in. Th… Read more ›
has been a good buy and is still good for the intended use very compact and easy to use should be good for a long time Read more ›
This Z10 was it. It's small, easy to use and good picture quality for my personal purposes. I'd give it 5 stars, but the plastic casing is not as nice as my old A10, but… Read more ›
this is a great camera...easy to use and many many features.. I like that i can edit the pics on the camera...my sister likes hers too... Read more ›
The picture is bright, clear, and has accurate colors. It's so easy to use - not complicated. I am very pleased with my purchase. Read more ›
What a nice little camera,so…Its very easy to use right out of the box,I have not tried all the bells and whistles on the camera yet,but for basic picture taking its great. Read more ›
The pictures turned out great. Its easy to use and the 7X zoom is such a nice feature. The price was just right, too. Read more ›
I chose this…The menus are easy to navigate and you can do almost anything on this camera by just pressing a single button (throw away pictures, review pictures, etc.). I… Read more ›
So easy to use, carry,focus and get completely good clear results. The expanded movie mode is particularly good with great ease of use and playback. So far I love it. Read more ›
I would not recommend this camera. The functionality is great but the quality of the pictures is poor. Read more ›
It's true that the camera marks…The Menu is very easy to read, with helping tips about each mode of shooting - a great plus for me since I don't like to read the manual. Read more ›
I love that it has a slim design. There are so many great shooting modes! And Photo editing features built right into the camera! Read more ›
The good - It's compact, has a 7x optical zoom, has a nice screen, easy to use controls, and takes adequate movies. Read more ›
The battery still recharges well. Picture quality is great. the Price was right. Best feature is the fact that the lense does not project from the camera when zooming out. Read more ›
This was a replacement camera for our foreign exchange student who broke hers. Just what she was looking for, and good value. Read more ›
Must read the manual to fully understand the features. Where can you see a camera with 8MP 7X optical zoom with this kind of slim camera, with a very reasonable price. Read more ›
He is a paramedic and loved the 7x zoom, the fact that the camera is water resistant is…The small compact design and great price all were factors in our buying this camera. Read more ›
Picture quality is impressive and the quality of the colour is fantastic. And all at a very reasonable price. Read more ›
The small compact design…We first saw it at [...] but item was sold out when we went to purchase it so i found it on Amazon and was very happy with the price and service. Read more ›
And Finally, the video. The video is very good. Not quite 300 dollar camcorder good, but I have been able to capture good videos of explosions and the like. Read more ›
The video is very good. Not quite 300 dollar camcorder good, but I have been able to capture good videos of explosions and the like. Now for the cons. Read more ›
It isn't the fastest between shots, but it's usually fast enough even for sports, kids and pet action. It shoots nice little videos with decent sounds quality too. I have… Read more ›
The good - It's compact, has a 7x optical zoom, has a nice screen, easy to use controls, and takes adequate movies. Read more ›
I have dropped…The LCD viewer is like all LCDs in the sun, a little hard to see, but I find that the photos always turn out better back home than they looked on the LCD. Read more ›
I really like this little camera. It's great for carrying in a pocket and having at a moment's notice. I love the way it works, sliding open the lens cover to turn on,… Read more ›
It is compact, (easy to carry in a purse or pocket), looks great, and has an interesting approach to auto settings; for example, it has a setting for "food," and separate… Read more ›
Could not be happier,this camera is so easy and having the lense covered is great. Can carry in my purse or pocket. Read more ›
First, I spent some time with the Panasonic LX2 -- same camera as the Leica at less than…BUT it won't go into a shirt pocket because the marvelous Leica lens protrudes. A… Read more ›
I'm going to look for some sort of…I miss any sort of manual exposure or shutter speed control, but the camera seemed to pick pretty good exposures most of the time. I'… Read more ›
This one came out on top, so I bought it sight…It is a wonderful camera, has amazing zoom capabilites, has anti-shake software and takes great time exposures/night shots. Read more ›
I've had it for less than a week, but have been snapping pictures every day with it. It's tiny and fits in a pocket, yet the buttons are very easy to handle. I've had no… Read more ›
This camera is my quickie pocket camera and has proven itself worthy of the Pentax name. The buttons are simple, intuitive and easy to read for any digital camera this size. T… Read more ›
The zoom is great and the camera fits in my shirt pocket, perfect combination. Battery life is fantastic, the best battery life I've ever seen. Read more ›
Pros: 8MP, 7x (very nice zoom, great idea for such a small camera), size is perfect for travel or just fun events, battery life. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By 3party on January 3, 2008
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I am about to travel around the world and want an alternative to my Pentax K10D, particularly when wishing to be unobtrusive in third-world countries. First, I spent some time with the Panasonic LX2 -- same camera as the Leica at less than half the price -- which has some unique features and seems to be a terrific camera. BUT it won't go into a shirt pocket because the marvelous Leica lens protrudes. At a hefty (!) 7.8 oz, it weighs 56% more than the Optio Z10's 5 oz. The Optio is so small that there is nothing to hold onto. The Panasonic is better in that respect, but significantly bulkier.

I had just about decided to send both cameras back when I realized that I hadn't even looked at the few pix I had taken with the Optio. So I duly transferred them to my Mac and was absolutely astonished by the results. For reasons I don't understand, the Optio seems to handle subtle shades in the sky and clouds better than the K10.

The bottom line: The Optio produces razor-sharp pictures, even when using the 7x zoom hand-held at a slow shutter speed. Given some of the negative comments in these pages, I really didn't expect that. The design of the camera is superb. I only wish there were some semblance of a grip to hold onto.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Mike on October 23, 2007
This is a great camera. You can use the Auto but I prefer to use the Green mode where you can set the settings as in my SRT 101 35MM camera. I took a outdoor shot of a veined flower, about 8 inches away. It came out extremely detailed, and trust me I'm pickey. I then used the stitch mode where you can create a 'Digital wide angle' it also worked great. The feature of the lens that uses a refraction mirror to go from wide angle to close is great as you never get the lens protruding from the camera. The features in this camera are plentiful and you can use them to get really fantastic pictures. Read up on this camera and compare for yourself, you'll love it.
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62 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Maxim V. Belkin on October 7, 2007
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I bought this camera because of its huge optical zoom, 8 MP, new mirror optics and because it is Pentax. And this camera is absolutely great! The pictures are very juicy in color and clear! Nothing moves when you zoom - only mirrors inside the camera! It's true that the camera marks easily, but it can be easily cleaned! The Menu is very easy to read, with helping tips about each mode of shooting - a great plus for me since I don't like to read the manual. However there was one thing that frightened me and I did read the manual - if you press several times Ok-button - histogram will appear and if you want to shoot something that has spots which are very dark and very light - they will appear as yellow and red spots on the LCD display! In the beginning that made me think the LCD or camera itself is damaged. But - it's actually the way it's supposed to work!!! And now I think this is very useful tool! O! btw, to turn the camera on - you should move the plastic piece that covers lenses on front - tricky to understand but easy to do!
So I'm completely satisfied with this purchase. That's why I give this camera 5 stars. A great camera in style!!!
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55 of 64 people found the following review helpful By JRH on December 1, 2007
This camera has speed settings from ISO 64 to 3200. Of these, only 64 and 100 are acceptable. In bright scenes you will get a picture with good detail and color and a small amount of noise. Even at these low settings, a slightly magnified image will show noise as a speckling in the image. I made a mistake buying this camera - somehow misunderstanding its characteristics before I bought it. If you do not believe me, then read the professional reviews, such as at [...]

The good - It's compact, has a 7x optical zoom, has a nice screen, easy to use controls, and takes adequate movies.

The bad - It takes low quality noisy pictures, it has no image stabilization. Pentax claims it has image stabilization, but what they really do is increase the ISO level, reduce the exposure time, and greatly increase the noise level. You will get this effect whenever you take zoom pictures, except in the brightest of sunlight.

My recommendation: Do not buy this camera! If you want a small high zoom camera that takes good movies, but has better noise characteristics, look at the very similar looking Casio with real image stabilization. Pentax certainly could do better.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Deans on June 20, 2008
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I have several Pentax cameras (digital and 35mm) and I find that they are truly built to last and are as user friendly as they possibly can be. This camera is my quickie pocket camera and has proven itself worthy of the Pentax name. The buttons are simple, intuitive and easy to read for any digital camera this size. The zoom is awesome, but I usually don't go past the 7x optical because the digital zoom is like most digital zooms, grainy. It isn't the fastest between shots, but it's usually fast enough even for sports, kids and pet action. It shoots nice little videos with decent sounds quality too. I have dropped this camera several times on hard surfaces, used it in rain and snow, and even dropped it in some water once and it still works great. The LCD viewer is like all LCDs in the sun, a little hard to see, but I find that the photos always turn out better back home than they looked on the LCD. Bottom line, for $200, this is a great, great camera. I wouldn't have been upset paying $300 for it.
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