Pentax Optio RZ10 / 14 Megapixels / 10 x Wide Angle Optical Zoom / 2.7 inch LCD / Digital Camera / Black £69.99 @ Play.Com - HotUKDeals
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The old thread for this camera expired, but I noticed this camera is back at the very cheap price of £69.99

I managed to get one last time, and for a £100 camera it's pretty good, the Zoom is great for a compact camera. But for a £70 camera it would be rude not to buy it!!
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#1
hot!
#2
If it only took AA's I'd buy it. As it is I'd prefer a Fuji. Very hot though.
#3
I agree about the AA's, as it is, you have to remove the battery for charging, no USB charging...

However, I needed to replace the bosses old Canon that died, thought it was worth a punt for £70. She is well happy with it, the smile detection is quite fun to use too (if gimmicky!), even works when the kids smile!
#4
Looks very impressive for £69.99. Heat added.

Photographyblog review describes it as, 'remarkably good value for £170' (although they said the image quality was only average, but presumably average for £170 camera), so at £69.99, its got to be a steal:

http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/pentax_optio_rz10_review/

Edited By: andyken on Jun 10, 2011 09:57: .
#5
Remove the battery to charge it?! REALLY?

Actually the D LI92 is widely available and from £5.95 with a two year warranty on Amazon, so I'm really just prevaricating to keep £70 to mitigate my debts.
#6
Unless I am missing something, yeah it's a removable battery! The charger is pretty small and takes a figure 8 cable, which luckily matches the cable for my video camera and AA charger, so no extra cables to take on holiday...

A couple of hundred shots in and the battery is still going strong though, so I don't see it being too much of an issue, and like you say spare (very small) batteries are cheap enough!
#7
Any cheaper than this that are ok just want a spare camera to keep in car ! thankyou for your help
#8
Is this better than the panasonic lumix that was on here yesterday?
#9
Wow, looks fab for the price - don't forget Quidco too for that little extra saving!
#10
good price
#11
beware...my screen broke after 3 days....and im not getting refunded...poor design....any pressure what so ever will break the lcd
#12
zaphodbb
Remove the battery to charge it?! REALLY?.

My Sony W290 is the same. Can't see why this is a problem.
#13
zaphodbb
Remove the battery to charge it?! REALLY?

Actually the D LI92 is widely available and from £5.95 with a two year warranty on Amazon, so I'm really just prevaricating to keep £70 to mitigate my debts.


My Canon SX200 is the same... no issues,
#14
eddyw
Is this better than the panasonic lumix that was on here yesterday?


Spec wise yes...
Image quality wise... i doubt it
#15
Why would anyone prefer to have a camera with AA's?
Most li-on batteries last for ages, on a 2 week holiday usually only need to charge once the whole time.
#16
if only it were under £40 might have considered it
#17
looks quite cheapish camera
#18
Nad_84
eddyw
Is this better than the panasonic lumix that was on here yesterday?


Spec wise yes...
Image quality wise... i doubt it

Ok thanks, I will avoid :)
#19
Conclusion

The Optio RZ10 offers the same value for money as other recent Pentax compacts, combining the main attraction of a 10x zoom lens with a small and easy-to-use design. Sadly the below-par image quality and no-frills approach make the RZ10 hard to recommend.

The RZ10 is an inexpensive travel-zoom camera that fits inside a trouser pocket yet is versatile enough to cover everything from landscapes to up close and personal candids. As a cheaper alternative to mostly more full-featured rivals, it makes perfect sense for the point-and-shoot user who doesn't need the added complications. While it won't turn heads either with its looks or specification, the RZ10 is nothing if not refreshingly pared back to the essentials.

Unfortunately the RZ10's image quality is something of a let-down, particularly when shooting in anything less than perfect lighting conditions. The relatively slow ISO speed of 200 suffers from visible noise, smearing of fine detail and loss of colour saturation, with all three problems getting progressively worse as you work your way up the range to the true top speed of ISO 1600. If image quality is higher on your shopping list than features or price, then look away now.

Which leaves cost as the Pentax Optio RZ10's saving grace. A street price of around £170 / $200 is remarkably good value for a straightforward, well-proven travel-zoom camera that delivers most of what most people will actually need. It's just a shame about the pictures that it produces...

3.5 stars
Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 3.5
Ease-of-use 4
Image Quality 3
Value for money 4.5
#20
zaphodbb
If it only took AA's I'd buy it. As it is I'd prefer a Fuji. Very hot though.



are you mad? why would you want a digi camera that takes aa batts

they are the rubbish ones!!!
#21
This camera looks so cooL!
#22
Not necessarily, I had an amazing canon power shot that took aa batteries.
#23
Just because it is a "14 Megapixel" does not mean it produces excellent quality photos.
1 Like #24
please avoid! pentax makes great slrs but some horible compacts..this is def one of them!!! wont last you long....its a good deal at £70 as i paid £100...but i would rather buy another compact! this thing broke in 3 days being in my lowepro backpack...now im dealing with sending it back to pentax...and prob having to pay for repair....i wish i went for a sony tbh....this thing has very poor build quality...
#25
stovy
please avoid! pentax makes great slrs but some horible compacts..this is def one of them!!! wont last you long....its a good deal at £70 as i paid £100...but i would rather buy another compact! this thing broke in 3 days being in my lowepro backpack...now im dealing with sending it back to pentax...and prob having to pay for repair....i wish i went for a sony tbh....this thing has very poor build quality...


Demand a refund.
#26
Got one of these. Takes an age to start up and focus. Very slow with flash, but well made, easy to use and good value (I paid £80 from Amazon). The 10x zoom is great. I would give it a 5/10 overall. but a 7/10 for value...... You get what you pay for. I am flebaying mine and buying an Olympus Pen, which is what I should have bought in the 1st place. I know there is no comparison, but hope this helps someone who is deliberating whether to spend more and do the job right.
#27
Good deal! Just ordered one.
2 Likes #28
I've tried AA rechargeable and Li Ion battery cameras.

Li ion are superior in every respect. They don't self discharge when the camera is on the shelf, the batteries last several years and you can shoot many more photos on one charge. Also, they are smaller and more compact.

You can usually buy a second battery on Amazon very cheaply.
#29
I got one last time... took two weeks to arrieve!!
Other than this I really like it. I have a 10x Lumix and the Panasonic is extremely heavy compared to this Pentax. I do not undrestand Why someone would prefer a camera than takes AA batts.. not point.
Almost took 500 pics with a single charge on the Pentax... 400 on the Lumix... and barely 100 on the AA kodak that finished within the childrens toys,,
#30
now £110 :-(
#31
now £129.49 - even worse! :(:(:(

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