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Pentax Optio RZ10 14 MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom with CCD Shift Stabilization and 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)

by Pentax
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  • 10x wide angle zoom lens (28-280mm); 14.1-megapixel CCD sensor
  • 2.7-inch LCD screen; Pentax sensor shift Shake Reduction (SR) stabilization system
  • Widescreen 720p HD video at 30 frames per second
  • Automatic shooting modes including Pentax Auto Picture
  • Capture images and video to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
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Technical Details

Product Description

Product Description

The PENTAX RZ10 brings you closer to your subject with color and style. Featuring a 10X zoom and HD video, this slim, stylish camera offers the perfect balance between size and zoom. Powerful yet easy to use automatic shooting modes include PENTAX Auto Picture. Vivid color choices include Classic Black, Pure White, Lime, and Violet.

From the Manufacturer

With a 10x optical zoom lens to capture a wide variety of subjects from travel and landscape to action and sports, the Optio RZ10 offers advanced features and handy functions that make photo shooting simple and effortless for everyone. The 10x zoom offers high-magnification from wide angle to telephoto, as well as powerful macro focus settings. The camera also features dual Shake Reduction (mechanical sensor-shift and digital) for effective blur reduction and an upgraded Auto Picture mode for "hands-off" selection of the most appropriate shooting settings.

Pentax Optio RZ10 Highlights

Optical 10x zoom lens
Equipped with a high-performance 10x optical zoom lens covering focal lengths from 28mm wide angle to 280mm telephoto (in the 35mm format), the Optio RZ10 captures beautiful images with a wide range of subjects and scenes--from spectacular landscapes to fast-action sports events. The camera also provides high-quality macro focusing as close as one centimeter from the subject. Together with the Intelligent Zoom function for even tighter zooming in on the subject, the zoom range may be extended to approximately 67 times to cover the focal length of 1876mm super-telephoto lens (in the 35mm format).

Automatic shooting mode
The Pentax-original Auto Picture mode is upgraded with new modes in the RZ10 to automatically select the most appropriate shooting mode for a given subject or scene by accurately assessing various photographic conditions on and around the subject. This user-friendly mode instantly and reliably selects one of 16 shooting modes (eight conventional modes plus eight new modes including Blue Sky, Sunset and Pet) and optimizes various camera settings including sensitivity and shutter speed to assure the best results with minimal effort by the photographers.

Dual shake reduction to assure sharp, blur-free images
With a mechanical CCD-shift-type Shake Reduction (SR) mechanism and Pixel Track SR, the Optio RZ10's dual shake reduction system minimizes camera shake and image blur more effectively to help ensure sharp images even during sunset, indoors without flash and when shooting with a telephoto lens.

High-quality, widescreen HD movie recording
Optio RZ10 users can enjoy high-quality movie shooting with minimal effort. The Optio RZ10 captures widescreen HD 720p movie clips (1280 x 720 pixels)* and comes equipped with the Movie SR (Shake Reduction) mode,** to automatically compensate for camera shake during movie shooting with the help of exclusive software.
* When the Optio RZ10's AV output terminal is used, movie clips are output as normal image-size data. If the user wishes to play back movie clips at high-definition TV proportions (1280 x 720 pixels), the data must be transferred to a personal computer for playback.
** When the Movie SR mode is selected, the angle of view becomes narrower than normal shooting.

Exceptional image quality
By coupling approximately 14 effective megapixels assuring exceptional image resolution with a high-performance imaging engine capable of reproducing true-to-life colors, the Optio RZ10 delivers brilliant, high-quality images with well-defined details. Even when images are enlarged to large sizes, users are assured of sharp, high-resolution prints with outstanding edge-to-edge sharpness.

Automatic face detection for beautiful, lively snapshots
The Optio RZ10 features the sophisticated Face Detection AF & AE function. This instantly and accurately detects up to 32 faces within the image field, then catches them in sharp focus and in optimum exposure in as little as 0.03 seconds--even when heads are tilted or faces are angled slightly away from the camera. The Optio RZ10 also comes equipped with other convenient features to assist the photographer in capturing beautiful, lively snapshots. These include: Smile Capture that automatically releases the shutter the moment the camera detects the subject's smile; and Blink Detection function that warns the photographer when the subject's eyes close at the time of shutter release.

Unique Pet mode for automatic detection of dog and cat faces
The Optio RZ10 features an improved Pet mode, which comes in handy when taking pictures of dogs and cats. This upgraded function not only assures far greater accuracy in detecting three pre-registered faces of dogs and cats, but is also capable of automatically detecting unregistered faces of dogs and cats, unlike the previous function.

Casual, all-purpose design for every occasion
The Optio RZ10's casual but stylish design makes it perfect to accompany its owner anywhere and on all occasions--on trips, for day-to-day snapshots, and at holiday events. It is designed to be functional and maneuverable, while meticulous attention has been given to every part of the camera body ergonomics, including: smoothly rounded edges; an easy-to-hold, rubber-coated grip; and a beautiful, lustrous alumite-finish black lens barrel. In addition to the standard color of chic black, the Optio RZ10 also comes in three vivid, lively colors designed to give it a sportier appearance.

Additional Features

  • Large, easy-to-view 2.7-inch color LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 dots
  • Burst Shooting of up to 40 images at a maximum speed of 9.1 images per second
  • Digital filters, including Toy Camera and Retro, to add creative visual effects
  • Choice of three image sizes (4:3, 16:9 and 1:1) to accommodate different applications
  • D-Range setting to prevent whitewashed (overexposed) and black-out (underexposed) areas in an image
  • Digital Panorama mode to effortlessly create a single panoramic picture from as many as three images
  • MediaImpression 2.0 for Pentax software for image viewing, editing and filing application (compatible with the latest operating systems, including Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6)
  • Eye-Fi connected: optimized for use with Eye-Fi wireless memory cards

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 1.3 x 2.4 inches ; 6.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B00427Z7RI
  • Item model number: RZ10 Black
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,591 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at September 7, 2010

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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Major Tom on February 13, 2011
I'm baffled by the other reviews, but this isn't the first time a consumer electronic device has worked great for me but received poor marks from other buyers. Heaven forbid I accuse any other person of operator error, but I entertain the possibility that maybe things work well for some but not for others, without necessarily being defective by design. Also, megapixels aren't everything.

I don't need to qualify myself as a super-competent photographer with tons of really expensive gear, because you don't care. You might even prefer to hear that I'm an incompetent photographer, given my success with this camera, as evidence that this one is easy to use.

Because, regardless, the camera's function is great. I have taken images of moving animals, scenes at dusk, done some astrophotography, used the 1cm macro function extensively to photograph stuff I was selling, etc. etc. I've put it through its paces, and compared captured images directly with those taken by other cameras I use, and am impressed with the quality this one puts out. Sensor and optics: great. Interface: great. Form factor and electronics: great. Zoom feature for a camera this size: bonus! Many of the controls are easy and intuitive. Where they aren't, there are several different ways to save capture settings. No, this camera doesn't introduce inordinate noise into your images.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MarekP on August 1, 2011
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I got this camera just few days ago but I had a full weekend to test it. Overall I like it however it has some minor disadvantages. First of all I must say that I am a PENTAX user, I used to use PENTAX MZ-7 (analog SLR camera with zoom 28-300 mm) and right now I also use PENTAX K100D Super, RZ10 is my second camera for quick shots and travels.
RZ10 has very extensive menu that allows using automatic mode (I do not recommend) and P-program mode in which you can choose all important settings you wish (WB, ISO, brightness, saturation, format (4:3, 19:6), resolution, ect. The most critical for this camera is ISO which above 400 gives quite a lot of grains (I do not recommend use above 400).
Zoom is excellent, very quick and precise; a color pallet gives a natural projection. HD movies are really nice but the microphone is too sensitive picking up the wind noise too much.
It is maybe because I used it very extensively throughout the weekend but battery last only one day of shooting approximately 200 pictures.
All in all I like it, since pictures in daylight are very natural, menu gives a good selection of different settings, and zoom is precise (x10).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By william on March 18, 2011
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I have bought several Pentax digital cameras. I upgrade when a newer model comes out. the camera does what I want takes pictures without any fuss. nice clear photos, it is almost fool proof.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alagunan on June 9, 2012
I'm quite pleased with this camera. I am not a photographer nor am i interested in becoming one so my first criteria was "Is it user friendly." I like the easy to use menu; the icons take all of the guesswork out of getting the correct setting for a picture. Best of all, I found the operating manual to be very well written, which allowed me to explore various functions I might not have tried otherwise.
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By Alta Mayer on April 9, 2012
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Following the instructions I recharged the battery prior to using the camera. After taking only a few pictures my charge was no good. When I placed the battery in the charger it held the light on for less than 5 seconds. The camera itself did take some excellent outdoor pictures. I have no indoor pictures to compare to.
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