What do you
want In a digital camera, I mean. Pentax's Optio RZ10 Digital Camera probably has it--an impressive high resolution 14.1MP sensor; 10x 28-280mm zoom lens (35mm equivalent) for wide-angle landscapes to portraits to telephoto action, wildlife or sports shots; large, bright 2.7" LCD display screen with 230,000 dots; fabulous 720p HD video; and a sensor shift image stabilization system to prevent camera shake
What do you want In a digital camera, I mean. Pentax's Optio RZ10 Digital Camera probably has it--an impressive high resolution 14.1MP sensor; 10x 28-280mm zoom lens (35mm equivalent) for wide-angle landscapes to portraits to telephoto action, wildlife or sports shots; large, bright 2.7" LCD display screen with 230,000 dots; fabulous 720p HD video; and a sensor shift image stabilization system to prevent camera shake
Interested yet Because there's more. Auto focus, auto exposure, built-in flash, and sensitivity up to 6400 ISO for those times when there's not much light. Automatic modes recognize a particular shooting situation (Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Kids, Fireworks, Surf&Snow, Party, Food, Pet--you get the picture) and then automatically gives you the optimal settings for great pictures every time. Smile Capture takes a picture when it detects a smile on your subject's face. Blink Detection doesn't take a picture when the subject's eyes are closed. Pet Detection gives you the best settings for your best (non-human) friend. And you get all this powered by one rechargeable D-LI92 Li-Ion battery. It's all here.
Optical 10x zoom lens
Equipped with a high-performance 10x optical zoom lens covering focal lengths from 28mm wide angle to 280mm telephoto (in the 35mm format), the Optio RZ10 captures beautiful images with a wide range of subjects and scenes--from spectacular landscapes to fast-action sports events. The camera also provides high-quality macro focusing as close as one centimeter from the subject. Together with the Intelligent Zoom function for even tighter zooming in on the subject, the zoom range may be extended to approximately 67 times to cover the focal length of 1876mm super-telephoto lens (in the 35mm format).
Automatic shooting mode
The Pentax-original Auto Picture mode is upgraded with new modes in the RZ10 to automatically select the most appropriate shooting mode for a given subject or scene by accurately assessing various photographic conditions on and around the subject. This user-friendly mode instantly and reliably selects one of 16 shooting modes (eight conventional modes plus eight new modes including Blue Sky, Sunset and Pet) and optimizes various camera settings including sensitivity and shutter speed to assure the best results with minimal effort by the photographers.
Dual shake reduction to assure sharp, blur-free images
With a mechanical CCD-shift-type Shake Reduction (SR) mechanism and Pixel Track SR, the Optio RZ10's dual shake reduction system minimizes camera shake and image blur more effectively to help ensure sharp images even during sunset, indoors without flash and when shooting with a telephoto lens.
High-quality, widescreen HD movie recording
Optio RZ10 users can enjoy high-quality movie shooting with minimal effort. The Optio RZ10 captures widescreen HD 720p movie clips (1280 x 720 pixels)* and comes equipped with the Movie SR (Shake Reduction) mode,** to automatically compensate for camera shake during movie shooting with the help of exclusive software.
* When the Optio RZ10'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.
Exceptional image quality
By coupling approximately 14 effective megapixels assuring exceptional image resolution with a high-performance imaging engine capable of reproducing true-to-life colors, the Optio RZ10 delivers brilliant, high-quality images with well-defined details. Even when images are enlarged to large sizes, users are assured of sharp, high-resolution prints with outstanding edge-to-edge sharpness.
Automatic face detection for beautiful, lively snapshots
The Optio RZ10 features the sophisticated Face Detection AF & AE function. This instantly and accurately detects up to 32 faces within the image field, then catches them in sharp focus and in optimum exposure in as little as 0.03 seconds--even when heads are tilted or faces are angled slightly away from the camera. The Optio RZ10 also comes equipped with other convenient features to assist the photographer in capturing beautiful, lively snapshots. These include: Smile Capture that automatically releases the shutter the moment the camera detects the subject's smile; and Blink Detection function that warns the photographer when the subject's eyes close at the time of shutter release.
Unique Pet mode for automatic detection of dog and cat faces
The Optio RZ10 features an improved Pet mode, which comes in handy when taking pictures of dogs and cats. This upgraded function not only assures far greater accuracy in detecting three pre-registered faces of dogs and cats, but is also capable of automatically detecting unregistered faces of dogs and cats, unlike the previous function.
Casual, all-purpose design for every occasion
The Optio RZ10's casual but stylish design makes it perfect to accompany its owner anywhere and on all occasions--on trips, for day-to-day snapshots, and at holiday events. It is designed to be functional and maneuverable, while meticulous attention has been given to every part of the camera body ergonomics, including: smoothly rounded edges; an easy-to-hold, rubber-coated grip; and a beautiful, lustrous alumite-finish black lens barrel. In addition to the standard color of chic black, the Optio RZ10 also comes in three vivid, lively colors designed to give it a sportier appearance.
- Large, easy-to-view 2.7-inch color LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 dots
- Burst Shooting of up to 40 images at a maximum speed of 9.1 images per second
- Digital filters, including Toy Camera and Retro, 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 black-out (underexposed) areas in an image
- Digital Panorama mode to effortlessly create a single panoramic picture from as many as three images
- MediaImpression 2.0 for Pentax software for image viewing, editing and filing application (compatible with the latest operating systems, including Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6)
- Eye-Fi connected: optimized for use with Eye-Fi wireless memory cards
|Resolution ||Effective: 14 Megapixel, Actual Pixels: 14.53 Megapixel|
|Sensor ||1/2.3" CCD|
|File Formats ||Still Images: JPEG|
|Max Resolution ||14MP: 4288 x 3216 at 4:3|
|Other Resolutions ||10MP: 4224 x 2376 at 16:9|
10MP: 3216 x 3216 at 1:1
|Aspect Ratio ||1:1, 4:3, 16:9|
|Image Stabilization ||Digital, 3-Way|
|Lens ||9 elements in 6 groups|
EFL: 5.0-50.0mm (35mm equivalent: 28-280mm)
Aperture: f/3.2 (W) - 5.9 (T)
|Zoom ||Optical: 10x|
Intelligent Zoom: 6.7x
|Focus Range ||Normal: 1.3' (0.40 m) - Infinity|
Telephoto: 2.95' (0.90 m) - Infinity
Macro: 0.33' (10.06cm) - 1.64' (49.99cm)
Super-Macro: 0.03' (0.91cm) - 0.98' (29.87cm)
|ISO Sensitivity ||Auto, 80-800 (High Sensitivity Mode: 80-6400)|
|Shutter ||Type: Electronic|
Speed: 1/4 - 1/200 Sec
Speed: 4 - 4 Seconds in Night Scene Mode
|Exposure ||Modes: Auto|
|White Balance ||Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Manual|
|Burst Capability ||Up to 1 fps at 14MP for up to 30 frames|
Up to 3.7 fps at 14MP for up to 14 frames
Up to 9.1 fps at 5MP for up to 40 frames
|Remote Control ||None|
|Built-in Flash ||Yes: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Off, Red-eye Reduction|
|Effective Flash Range ||Wide: 6 - 17' (1.83 - 5.18 m)|
Telephoto: 6 - 9.2' (1.83 - 2.80 m)
|Built-in Memory ||82.7MB|
|Memory Card Type ||SD|
|Video Recording ||Yes, NTSC/PAL|
|Video Resolution ||720p: 1280 x 720 at 30fps|
720p: 1280 x 720 at 15fps
VGA: 640 x 480 at 30fps
VGA: 640 x 480 at 15fps
QVGA: 320 x 240 at 30fps
QVGA: 320 x 240 at 15fps
|Screen ||2.7" LCD Rear Screen (230000 pixels)|
|Connectivity ||USB 2.0|
|Software Requirements ||Windows: XP, Vista, 7|
Mac: OS X 10.3.9 or later
|Operating/Storage Temperature ||Operating: 32-104 deg F (0-40 deg C)|
|Battery ||2x D-LI92 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack|
|Dimensions (W x H x D) ||3.8 x 2.4 x 1.3inch / 96.52 x 60.96 x 33.02mm|
|Weight ||5.5 oz / 156g|
When purchasing a digital camera, you must decide on the type of camera that is suitable for how you are using it, the life of the battery, how much memory is required, which type of lenses are needed, and etc. This guide will assist you in buying a digital camera and the necessary accessories.
Types of Cameras:
There are many different types of cameras. Depending on how often and for what purpose you are using the camera, there is a camera out there for all users.
For users who are looking to start digital photography, but don’t want to spend a lot of money, this is the type of camera for you. A decent point-and-shoot camera should be suitable for 4”x6” photo prints.
For users that are knowledgeable about digital photography or want a high-quality camera to learn with, this category is best for you. These cameras offer ease of use with very high specification features, but not a large range of controls that you can get from professional cameras. Typically, you can make up to 11”x17” photo prints with these cameras.
These cameras are intended for professionals to use. The lower-end professional cameras have a similar resolution to some high-end amateur cameras. The main difference is that, they have more elaborate setting control, better lenses, and better flash options. Most of the time, you can use lenses from your older SLR (Single Lens Reflex) film cameras. The resolution on these cameras could exceed 21 megapixels (21 million pixels). This type of camera is intended to produce very high quality prints for newspapers, magazines, and books, or for users who like to have control over how their pictures will look.
Power Conservation Tips:
Turn off the LCD:
When you are not using it, turn the LCD off. If you are low on power and want to make some more pictures, turn the LCD off and use the viewfinder instead. Doing so will increase the battery life of the camera, as LCD screens will eat up a lot of power.
Stop the Zoom:
Some cameras automatically release the lens when you turn the camera on. Unfortunately, it drains power significantly. To prevent this from happening you can change the settings to the sleep mode.
Turn off the Flash:
If you think the lighting is adequate for pictures, turn off the flash. Flashes will consume a large amount of energy, which is wasted if not in use.
Plug it in:
Some cameras have power adapter which allows you to plug in your camera to a wall socket. This will allow you to save your battery power when you are using the camera near a power socket.
Accessories to boost your Digital Experience:
Batteries are an important resource to digital cameras because if there is no power left, you can miss a special moment. If your camera uses disposable alkaline batteries, you should get a set of rechargeable batteries, thus saving you a lot of money in the long run, compared to purchasing new disposable batteries each time. For cameras that use Lithium Ion, it is suggested to purchase a backup battery for instances when you will be away from home for a period longer than 2 hours.
Memory card are equivalent to film in digital cameras. Each type of camera will use a different type of card, so make sure to check which card is compatible with your camera. Secure Digital (SD) is currently the most popular because it has become relatively cheap. Capacities of up to 16GB are currently available. Remember, you can never have too much memory, so invest in a larger capacity memory card when you purchase your digital camera. Here is a chart to help you make a decision on the memory card size right for yourself.
If you have problems taking sharp, clear images, it could be because your hands were shaking. In order to solve the problem, you can get a tripod or monopod. It is important to keep the cameras steady if you want perfect pictures. A tripod is also important when you want to tweak the settings and take long exposure shots.
Card readers are essential for any serious digital photographer. Instead of transferring photos directly from the camera, you can use a card reader to transfer them from your memory card straight to your computer. Doing so will conserve the camera’s batteries when transferring pictures.
Cases and Bags:
While digital cameras may be pricey, they can still break if dropped, so be sure to you protect your investment with either a case or bag. Cases make it safer and easier to carry. Cases can also protect your camera from sand, dust, dirt, and water. They are available in all types of sizes and styles. You can even purchase an Underwater Housing Case, allowing you to use your digital camera in water. These cases are more expensive and are only designed for some models. The cases usually come with cameras straps to put the camera around your neck or wrist. This provides an extra layer of protection for your camera, by preventing it from falling to the ground.
Lenses and Flash:
The quality of your photos depends on the quality of your lens. Flashes can help improve the brightness of your pictures. On most cameras, the lenses are built onto the camera, so you don’t have any upgradeability of the lens. But, if you own an SLR camera, you can replace the lens with a higher quality one, with better zoom or a different focal length. Flashes assist you when you are taking photos in low light settings. Most digital cameras have an internal flash that works fine for normal use, but you might want more light for the best possible results.
Important Camera Features:
A photograph is measured in the number of pixels in the picture. A pixel is a tiny dot of color. In digital photography, quality of the photo is megapixels. One-megapixel is the same as one million pixels. Nowadays, most cameras have more than 6 Megapixels, which is more than sufficient for a beginner’s camera.
Zoom is an important factor because it helps you get closer to the subject. There are two types of zoom available in digital cameras, digital and optical zoom. Digital zoom is a way of magnifying the picture by processing techniques. Unfortunately, digital zoom lowers the quality of the image a little. Optical zoom is where the magnification is done by using the camera’s lens. It would be ideal to use the Optical zoom over digital zoom because of the quality difference.