Pentax Optio RS1500 review

Budget point-and-shoot model with changeable covers

The Pentax Optio RS1500
Changeable covers are a fun gimmick, but is the camera beneath worth making a show of?

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These graphs were produced using data generated by DXO Analyzer.

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using the DXO software.

Signal to noise ratio

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

Pentax optio rs1500 snr

Pentax Optio RS1500 SNR

JPEG images from the Pentax Optio RS1500 are on a par with the Fujifilm FinePix Z90 up to a sensitivity of ISO 400. The signal to noise ratio increases from ISO 1600 showing less noise than the comparison cameras, unfortunately the images lack detail.

Pentax optio rs1500 dynamic range

Pentax Optio RS1500 dynamic range

This chart indicates that the Pentax Optio RS1500's JPEGs dynamic range compares well with the Nikon Coolpix S3100 and the Samsung PL210.