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Pentax Optio RZ18 Digital Camera - Orange (16MP, 18 x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD Screen

by Pentax
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • 16 Megapixels
  • 18 x Optical Zoom
  • 3" 460k dot LCD Screen
  • HD Movie Mode
  • Optical Shake Reduction
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  • Item Weight: 168 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: 14192
  • ASIN: B005MVGB0U
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 13 Sep 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,082 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The Optio RZ18 is the latest addition to the popular PENTAX Optio RZ series, which features a high-magnification zoom lens in a compact body. The all new camera allows photographers to simply and effortlessly shoot a wide variety of subjects and occasions, from travel and landscape to action and spectator sports. While retaining many of the convenient features of its predecessors — including the dependable dual shake reduction for effective reduction of camera shake, and the advanced Auto Picture mode for hands-off selection of the most appropriate shooting mode — the Optio RZ18 newly incorporates a compact, high-performance and very wide-angle smc PENTAX 18x optical zoom to greatly extend the zoom range. The number of effective pixels has also been increased to 16 megapixels to deliver higher-resolution images, while the built-in LCD screen has been upgraded to a larger 3.0-inch version with 460,000 dots to assure a sharper, clearer subject image. As well as its sleek new design, the Optio RZ18 offers both higher performance and simpler operability than ever before.

18x optical zoom  with 25mm wide-angle coverage to handle a variety of subjects and scenes
18x optical zoom with 25mm wide-angle coverage to handle a variety of subjects and scenes
18x optical zoom with 25mm wide-angle coverage to handle a variety of subjects and scenes

Within its slim, lightweight body, the Optio RZ18 incorporates a high-performance, extra-powerful 18X optical zoom lens covering focal lengths from 25mm wide angle to 450mm super-telephoto (in the 35mm format). Thanks to this extra-wide zoom range, the Optio RZ18 can capture beautiful, lively pictures in a wide range of subjects and scenes — from spectacular landscapes to fast-action sports events. It also offers other advanced features, including: high-quality macro shooting down to just four centimetres from the subject; a digital wide function for an ultra-wide-angle image (equivalent to an image taken with an approximately 19mm lens in the 35mm format) from two separate images; and the Digital Panorama mode to effortlessly create a single panoramic picture from as many as three images.

Exceptional image quality assured by latest super-resolution technology

Thanks to the combination of approximately 16 effective megapixels, a high-performance smc PENTAX zoom lens and the advanced image processing system — a system that uses the latest super-resolution technology to optimize image quality through meticulous section-by-section treatment of the captured image — the Optio RZ18 delivers well-defined, high-quality images with extra-fine resolution. Even when images are enlarged to large sizes, the user is assured of sharp, high-resolution prints with edge-to-edge sharpness.

Dual shake reduction for sharp, blur-free images
Dual shake reduction for sharp, blur-free images
Dual shake reduction for sharp, blur-free images

By combining a CCD-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism with a Pixel Track SR, the Optio RZ18’s dual shake reduction effectively reduces annoying camera shake to a minimum. Thanks to this dependable system, the photographer is assured of sharp, blur-free images even under shake-prone shooting conditions, such as when using a telephoto lens, or when shooting a sunset or indoor scene with incidental light only.

Automatic selection of the most appropriate shooting mode

The Optio RZ18 features the PENTAX-original Auto Picture mode, which automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode for a given subject or scene by accurately assessing various photographic conditions on and around the subject. Since this user-friendly mode instantly selects one of 16 shooting modes (including Blue Sky, Sunset and Pet) and optimizes various camera settings (including sensitivity and shutter speed), the photographer is always assured of the best results with minimal effort.

Extra-large 3.0-inch LCD screen
Extra-large 3.0-inch LCD screen
Extra-large 3.0-inch LCD screen

The Optio RZ18 features a high-resolution 3.0-inch colour LCD screen. Because this extra-large screen provides a clear view of images and menus, the photographer can quickly and efficiently check captured images and menu settings. The Optio RZ18 also offers a setting to magnify the letters displayed, so users can further enhance the legibility of the menus and the operability of the camera.

High-quality HDTV-proportion movie recording

The Optio RZ18 captures beautiful, high-definition-TV-quality movie clips (1280 x 720 pixels). It also comes equipped with the sophisticated Movie SR (Shake Reduction) mode, which automatically compensates camera shake during movie shooting with the help of exclusive software. With the Optio RZ18, everyone can enjoy high-quality movie shooting with minimal effort.

Automatic face detection for beautiful, lively snapshots

The Optio RZ18 features the sophisticated Face Detection AF & AE function. This sophisticated feature instantly and accurately detects as many as 32 faces within the image field, then catches them in sharp focus and optimum exposure in a mere 0.03 seconds — even when some of the faces are tilted or turned away from the camera. To assist the photographer in capturing beautiful, lively snapshots, the Optio RZ18 also comes equipped with other user-friendly features, including: the Small Face filter that makes the subject’s face appear smaller than actual in recorded images; the Smile Capture mode that automatically releases the shutter the moment the camera detects the subject’s smile; and the Blink Detection function that warns the photographer when the subject’s eyes close at the time of shutter release.

Box Contains

USB Cable
Video Cable
Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI92
Battery Charger
Software (CD-ROM)
Pentax Optio RZ18 Black, Digital Camera

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73 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value 29 Dec 2011
By Tom
Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
I've been delighted with my OptioRZ18 as an upgrade from the previous OptioS12 that I used. The panoramic and wide angle stitching facilities of the new model are features I particularly enjoy in my landscape work. It's 16 megapixel resolution in combination with the impressive 18x optical zoom means that I can pick out compositions of interest in a much wider range of situations than before. The much improved screen size and brightness are a joy. It's excellent image resolution for such a compact camera is also especially valuable when it comes to printing at A3+ sizes.
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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pentax Optio RZ18 Digital Camera Review 6 Feb 2012
Colour Name:Black
This is really a 4.5* review. I have used the camera now for about 6 weeks and delighted I chose it for the job I wanted it for which was, big review screen 3", long lens 18x, lots of pixels 16Mp, Movie mode HD, 180 degree triple shots, inexpensive for work use ie a pocket camera or one to throw in the car, light weight and small.

The Pentax hits all these points and the price I got it at was very low (I caught in between two price reductions before it went back up after Christmas. Even at the current price it is a good bargain.

I have compared the fully zoomed in image to other more expensive cameras I have and it is very good. Slightly more grainy but for the price no complaints and how often do you fully zoom a pocket camera.

All positives to be honest, easy to use and understand and a simple point and shoot come up with great pictures in all lights, including indoors with no flash. I haven't read the handbook.

No real negatives, perhaps a small one hence the 1/2 point lost out of 5 the camera feels very "plasticy" (but looks like carbon)thus it is very light and is no real issue (one of the reasons for buying it). Ideal for a ladies handbag if buying for a present.

I hope this helps someone. Good Luck John West End Southampton.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pentax Orange Blossom Special 17 Jan 2012
Colour Name:Orange
Years ago I bought Pentax SLRs because I couldn't afford Nikon. Now I have a Nikon SLR, perversely I've bought a Pentax compact to replace my Nikon Coolpix compact and it was a good decision.
The Pentax Optio RZ18 Digital Camera - Orange (16MP, 18 x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD Screen is a cracking camera and a more than worthy replacement for the Coolpix. It is slightly bigger than most compacts but will still fit easily in a coat pocket. I've only had it a month but in that time it has handled everything I've throw at it from a SuperMacro picture of my watch face to 180 degree panoramas. It is especially good in low light showing none of the 'noise' sometimes associated with this type of digital photo. the lens itself is so good 16Mp is overkill for getting good enlargements but it does mean you can crop away till your heart's content and still end up with a good quality image.
Movies are taken in avi format whereas mpeg4 would have been better but a nice touch is the ability to extract a frame from a movie 'in camera' and save it as a still.
Auto focus is accurate, manual focus possible & via any of the multiple program modes exposure is always accurate.
I only have two small gripes. The playback volume isn't very loud and although the camera has the sensor to use a remote control, no remote was supplied with the camera.
All in all I'm a Happy Bunny.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive. 26 April 2012
Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
Years ago I had a popular brand SLR film camera, I went touring with a friend who had bought a tiny Pentax for the trip. When our prints were developed I was amazed how much better my friends prints turned out, all bright and vibrant, in comparison mine looked dull and drab. I remembered that trip when I was looking for a new camera and decided there and then that it had to be a Pentax.

The Optio RZ18 is a powerhouse in a small package, from Macro to full Zoom the images and colour rendition are amazing. It has more features than you can shake a stick at or you can use it in manual mode if you want total control. Indoors or outdoors the camera handles the light perfectly with it's excellent zoom lens, autofocus is always spot on. The large screen is nice and bright and the controls all fall to hand and are easy to master without having to refer to the operating manual.
For myself it does all I require of it, and more. Bought as a replacement for my old 4 mega pixel 3x optical zoom camera the difference is staggering, although costing roughly twice the price the RZ18 is in a totally different league.

Battery life is very good and the battery can be recharged with the supplied charger in less than two hours.
It would have been nice to have a little basic pouch supplied with it but I suppose these days manufacturers are looking to produce products at the best price in a competitive market.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence At a Very Low Price 6 July 2012
By Mr. A. R. Boyes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Colour Name:Black
The camera specification tells you what you need to know here. It is a very high spec camera for the price. The obvious draw is the 18 x zoom and that it has a genuine wide angle setting for landscapes. Its apparent weakness is a strength too: that is its light weight and portability. Many complain of its plasticky feel and that it could be easily broken. Well you get what you pay for and if you want it to last then treat it with respect.

I agree with the complaint that the battery life isn't adequate so if it is possible to buy a second battery as back-up it would be useful if you're expecting to take many pictures in a day. It is a real weakness but I'm not docking a star for that when it is so competitively priced. There is, however, a benefit in the lighter weight compared to AAA rechargeable batteries. It only makes this camera even more portable. The other day I wondered whether I'd packed my camera in my camera case. the case not only included the camera but a spare battery too - so you get teh point. It is amazing to think that something so light could have so much clout.It's certainly worth investing in a spare or two for long days out.

For me, like many others, the powerful zoom and portability was a real eye catcher but now that I possess it I'm finding many of the modes and setting options to be the real advantage. I was at first put off by the apparent complexity but there's an auto setting so it's as complicated or simple as you want it to be. There are many options and I'm finding the super macro opition excellent for garden flower and other close up pictures; especially when combined with a vivid colour setting.

My only other compact is a Fuji AX280. It didn't cost much less (70) but only has a 5 x zoom, really is quite fragile and has a poor flash.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Pentax Optio RZ18 Digital Camera
Its spec'n etc seemed good for my needs. No go, as the zoom facility became more distorted when enlarged, despite being optical. Read more
Published 11 days ago by M. J. Sheridan
5.0 out of 5 stars product review
Camera not the smallest but has a powerfull zoom, many functions that are usefull and takes very good pictures. Battery lasts a good time between charges. Read more
Published 2 months ago by JOHN R MULHOLLAND
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad photos awfull quality
I bought this machine about 6 month ago and now has a default it doesn't start. I bought a new battery and charger but the problem it's not there. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sandy
4.0 out of 5 stars OK camera
This camera was a bit plasticky but worked fine on the one holiday I took it on. At the end of the holiday the battery charger stopped working. Read more
Published 5 months ago by EK
5.0 out of 5 stars Pentax Camera
I choose this item because it is excelent
Over the years Pentax has in my view come out on tops
Published 6 months ago by michael singleton
4.0 out of 5 stars FAITHFUL FRIEND!
It is the latest 'version' of my previous Pentax camera and feels easy to operate and understand. It is what I am used to.
Published 6 months ago by Rex Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as present
Bought as present for my son - he is very happy with the quality of the camera for his needs.
Published 7 months ago by Rosalind Day
1.0 out of 5 stars Really poor pictures
This camera appears to have a great range of features but the pictures it takes are just poor. The shutter lag is really bad so that its rubbish for action. The flash is poor. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tricky da
5.0 out of 5 stars Great zoom & many good features
I needed a replacement for a compact camera that had broken, & I wanted one with a decent zoom, good megapixel & at a reasonable price. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Michael B
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible picture quality, fell apart quickly, died completely.
I got this camera new a year and a half ago. At first I was pleased with the pictures I took outside with sunlight. Read more
Published 9 months ago by jane.doe
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