Pentax Optio RS1500 review

Budget point-and-shoot model with changeable covers

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As far as budget compacts go, the RS1500 is a fun and capable performer, and at £70 something of a bargain too. True, it can't be said to produce stunningly detailed images, and the effects of its processing make themselves known, but its by no means the worst performer of its kind and any issues it does have are entirely expected for a camera of its class.

We liked

Simple to use and decent image quality, with the further addition of its changeable covers the RS1500 proves it's as capable a performer as it is fun to use.

We disliked

The camera's focusing system isn't always the fastest, while the poor viewing angle of the LCD screen means it isn't always that easy to see.


Even for those not convinced by the Optio RS1500's headline novelty feature, the 3in LCD screen and use of lithium-ion batteries make it a welcome addition to a competitive market. It's an ideal point-and-shoot model for beginners.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyOptio
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationDigital
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 Address
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