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Pentax Optio RS1500 review

Budget point-and-shoot model with changeable covers

Our Verdict

For

  • Excellent value for money
  • Reasonable
  • image quality with effective automatic correction for barrel distortion
  • Customizability – perfect for target market
  • Large and colourful LCD screen
  • Use of lithium-ion battery helps to keep weight and size down

Against

  • Poor LCD viewing angle
  • Finer details lacking when viewed at full size
  • Focusing system could be faster
  • Chromatic aberrations sometimes very obvious
  • Occasional white balance inaccuracies

Sensor
1/2.33in CCD type, 14MP effective

Lens
27.5-110mm f/3.2-5.9

Memory
SD, SDHC, approx. 21.6MB internal memory

Viewfinder
n/a

LCD Screen
3in 230,000 dots

Video resolution
1280x720 at 30/15fps, 640x480 at 30/15fps, 320x240 at 30/15fps

ISO range
ISO 100-1600, expandable to ISO 6400

Focus modes
3-point multi auto, spot AF, auto-tracking AF

Max burst rate
3.2fps (max. 10 frames)

Shutter speeds
1/2000 to 1/4 sec. (Night Scene mode up to 4 sec)

Weight
127g (including battery and memory card)

Dimensions
56x92x22.5mm

Power supply
Rechargeable Li-ion D-LI108 battery (supplied)

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
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Red-eye Reduction
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