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

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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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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.4 x 6 cm ; 168 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 599 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: 14162
  • ASIN: B005MVGAOM
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 13 Sept. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,793 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product 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. It provides photographers with simple, effortless shooting of a wide variety of subjects and occasions. From travel and landscape to action and spectator sports the RZ18 retains 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. The very wide-angle smc PENTAX 18X optical zoom lens 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 monitor has also been upgraded to a larger 3.0-inch version with 460,000 dots for sharper, clearer subject image. Thanks to the perfect harmony of existing and new features, the Optio RZ18 offers both higher performance and simpler operation than ever before.

The Optio RZ18 also offers a choice of body colour — classic black, pearl white or metallic orange.

18X optical zoom lens with 25mm wide-angle coverage to handle
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 centimeters from the subject. The 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. Use the Digital Panorama mode effortlessly create a single panoramic picture from as many as three images.

Exceptional image quality assured by latest super-resolution techno
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.
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.

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 and unfailingly 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 monitor
The Optio RZ18 features a high-resolution 3.0-inch colour LCD monitor. Because this extra-large monitor 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, by which 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.

Other features
- Upgraded Pet mode for automatic detection of dog and cat faces. This unique mode not only detects the faces of dogs and cats with great accuracy, but it also gives priority to three pre-registered pet faces over unregistered ones, so that users can effortlessly capture the best expressions of their beloved pets.
- Wireless remote-control shooting using an optional PENTAX remote controllers
- Burst shooting of up to 40 images, at a maximum speed of 9 images per second
- Digital filters, including Miniature and Toy Camera, to add creative visual effects
- Choice of three image sizes (4:3, 16:9 and 1:1) to accommodate different applications
- D-Range setting to prevent whitewashed (overexposed) and blacked-out (underexposed) areas in an image
- Image viewing, editing and filing software included: MediaImpression 3.1 for PENTAX (Windows version compatible with Windows 7) and MediaImpression 2.1 for PENTAX (Macintosh version compatible with Mac OS X 10.7)
- Eye-Fi connected: optimized for use with Eye-Fi wireless memory cards


* When the Optio RZ18’s AV output terminal is used, movie clips are output as normal image-size data. If the user wishes to play back movie clips at high-definition TV proportions (1280 x 720 pixels), the data must be transferred to a personal computer for playback.
** When the Movie SR mode is selected, the angle of view becomes narrower than normal shooting.
Otras características:
Auto Mode focusing range (wide): 0.1 - 0.5
Auto focusing (AF) modes: Multi Point Auto Focus, Spot Auto Focus
Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger included: Yes
Battery life (CIPA standard): 240 shots
Battery technology: Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery type: D‐LI92
Built-in flash: Yes
Built-in microphone: Yes
Cables included: AV, USB
Camera file system: DCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.3
Camera playback: Movie
Camera shutter speed: 1/2000 - 1/4
Camera shutter type: Electronic
Camera type: Compact camera
Colour of product: Black
Compatible memory cards: SD, SDHC, SDXC
DC-in jack: Yes
Depth: 3.4 cm
Digital zoom: 7.2x
Display: LCD
Display diagonal: 7.62 cm (3")
Extra/Smart zoom: 27x
Fastest camera shutter speed: 1/1200 s
Flash modes: Flash off, Flash on, Red-eye reduction
Flash range (tele): 1.3 - 2.6 m
Flash range (wide): 0.2 - 4.3 m
Focal length range (f-f): 4.5 - 81 mm
Focus: TTL
Focus adjustment: Manual
Frame: Yes
HD type: HD ready
Hand strap: Yes
Height: 6 cm
ISO sensitivity: 80, 6400
ISO sensitivity (max): 6400
ISO sensitivity (min): 80
Image editing: Rotating
Image formats supported: JPG
Image sensor size: 1/2.33"
Image stabilizer: No
Internal memory: 96 MB
Lens structure (elements/groups): 12/11
Light exposure modes: Manual
Mac operating systems supported: Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
Macro focusing range (tele): 0.13 - ∞
Macro focusing range (wide): 0.4 - ∞
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv): 45 cm
Maximum image resolution: 4608 x 3456 pixels
Megapixel: 16 MP
Memory slots: 1
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv): 2.5 cm
Motion JPEG frame rate: 30 fps
Number of batteries supported: 1
On Screen Display (OSD) languages: CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, POL, POR, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR
On/off switch: Yes
Optical zoom: 18x
Photo effects: Black&White, Sepia
Power source type: Battery
Scene modes: Candlelight, Fireworks, Landscape, Night portrait, Party (indoor), Portrait, Sunset
Sensor type: CCD
Slowest camera shutter speed: 4 s
Super Macro focusing range: 0.04 - 0.3
Supported aspect ratios: 16:9
Total megapixels: 16.56 MP
USB 2.0 ports quantity: 1
Video capability: Yes
Video formats supported: AVI
Video out: AV
Video recording: Yes
Video resolutions: 640 x 480,1280 x 720 pixels
Voice recording: Yes
Weight: 170 g
Weight (including battery): 191 g
White balance: Auto, Daylight, Fluorescent, Manual, Shade, Tungsten
Width: 10.8 cm
Windows operating systems supported: Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64

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.

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