Pentax Optio RS1500 review

  • £80

Budget point-and-shoot model with changeable covers

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Pentax optio rs1500 test shot 1

The camera's metering system largely manages to produce pleasing exposures.

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Most of the time auto white balance performance is also good.

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The camera's autofocus system did well to identify the main subject here.

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At a mid-range aperture, such as f/4.8, corner sharpness is very good.

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The camera has exposed for the darker buildings well, although the blown-out sky shows the typical limitations of dynamic range with such cameras.

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As with practically all other compacts under £100, the camera struggles to retain detail at higher sensitivities.

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At low sensitivities, details are perfectly respectable for a £70 camera.

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Colours are slightly more vibrant than faithful, but results are pleasing nonetheless.

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While mainly sound, there are occasions where the auto white balance errs, such as with this slightly cold beach shot.

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Slight over-sharpening is visible in this image, which has resulted in some haloing.

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There's a little distortion from the camera's optic, particularly visible in shots such as these two.

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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
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationDigital
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
Image Sensor Size1/2.33" (6.13 mm x 4.60 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4288 x 3216
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height56 mm
Width92 mm
Depth22.5 mm
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
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number15959
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.ricoh.co.uk
Marketing Information

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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
Limited Warranty1 Year