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Pentax Optio RS1500 review

Budget point-and-shoot model with changeable covers

As part of our image quality testing for the Pentax Optio RS1500, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Pentax Optio RS1500 is capable of resolving up to around 22 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Pentax optio rs1500 resolution iso 100
Pentax Optio RS1500 resolution ISO 100

Pentax optio rs1500 resolution iso 100
Pentax Optio RS1500 resolution ISO 100

ISO 100, score: 22 (see full image)

Pentax optio rs1500 resolution iso 200
Pentax Optio RS1500 resolution ISO 200

ISO 200, score: 20 (see full image)

Pentax optio rs1500 resolution iso 400
Pentax Optio RS1500 resolution ISO 400

ISO 400, score: 20 (see full image)

Pentax optio rs1500 resolution iso 800
Pentax Optio RS1500 resolution ISO 800

ISO 800, score: 18 (see full image)

Pentax optio rs1500 resolution iso 1600
Pentax Optio RS1500 resolution ISO 1600

ISO 1600, score: 18 (see full image)

Pentax optio rs1500 resolution iso 3200
Pentax Optio RS1500 resolution ISO 3200

ISO 3200, score: 8 (see full image)

Pentax optio rs1500 resolution iso 6400
Pentax Optio RS1500 resolution ISO 6400

ISO 6400, score: 8 (see full image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyOptio
Image StabilizationElectronic
ColourWhite
Optical Zoom4x
Digital Zoom6.7x
Brand NamePentax
FeaturesFace Detection, Smile Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)110 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Flash Memory Capacity21.60 MB
Minimum Focus Distance80 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4288 x 3216
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCCD
Total Camera Resolution14.5 Megapixel
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height56 mm
Width92 mm
Depth22.5 mm
Autofocus Points3
Focal Length4.90 mm to 19.60 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerRicoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
Product ModelRS1500
Product NameOptio RS1500 Compact Camera
Product LineOptio
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number15959
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.ricoh.co.uk
Marketing Information

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Battery Life210 Shot
Package Contents
  • Optio RS1500 Compact Camera
  • USB Cable I-USB98
  • Li-ion Rechargeable Battery D-LI108
  • Battery Charger Kit K-BC108E
  • Strap O-ST86
  • Software Media S-SW116
  • Set of 10 Pre-printed Skins O-AS2
  • Set of 5 pre-cut Printable Sheets of 10x15 Photo Paper
  • Set of 2 Interchangeable Lens Rings
  • Operating Manual
  • Quick Guide
Display Resolution230000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker