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Pentax Optio RS1500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 56 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the size and performance. The usability and price also get good opinions, whereas there are some mixed comments about the flash. There are some critical comments about the zoom and low light performance.

portability, price, usability, performance, size

screen, battery, durability, low-light, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio RS1500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Chris Hall (

Pentax Optio RS1500


Setting yourself apart for the mass of compact cameras on the market can be something of a challenge. The Pentax Optio RS1500 looks to solve this problem with the option for customising the faceplate to make it unique. But does this compact point and...

Fun customisation, affordable

Poor quality display, image performance isn't brilliant

With a wealth of compact cameras to choose from, and some great performers for your money, the real appeal of the Pentax Optio RS1500 has to be the customisation option. It manages to escape being simply a novelty camera by virtue of its reasonable...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Matt Golowcyznski (

Pentax Optio RS1500 review


Budget point-and-shoot model with changeable covers

Excellent value for money ; Reasonable ; image quality with effective automatic correction for barrel distortion ; Customizability – perfect for target market ; Large and colourful LCD screen ; Use of lithium-ion battery helps to keep weight and size down

Poor LCD viewing angle ; Finer details lacking when viewed at full size ; Focusing system could be faster ; Chromatic aberrations sometimes very obvious ; Occasional white balance inaccuracies

Changeable covers may have been all the rage with mobile phones ten years ago, but, for whatever reason, the concept never really took off with compact cameras. With its latest RS1500 model, though, Pentax clearly reckons the audience for them is still...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Ben Pitt (

Pentax Optio RS1500 review


Not without problems, but serviceable photo and video quality, fun designs and a low price add up to an attractive deal.

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Photo answers (

Expert Review


The Pentax RS1500 boasts a 14MP sensor and 4x optical zoom equivalent to 27.5-110mm, but it's the interchangeable covers (skins) that are its most obvious feature. Pentax has placed the look of this compact firmly in the hands of the user, by providing...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : Matt Tuffin (

Pentax Optio RS1500 Review


A budget-priced model with interchangeable covers, can the Pentax Optio RS1500 deliver more than just good value?

Cheap, reasonable image quality, simple to use

Feels flimsy, too much sharpening

The Pentax Optio RS1500 has some excellent qualities, but falls down in the build quality stakes and, more importantly, image quality.

Jul, 2011

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Pentax Optio RS1500 Digital Camera Review


Daniel Bell reviews the Pentax Optio RS1500, a compact digital camera which comes with changeable skins.

Value for money; Good colour reproduction; Changeable skins are unique

Skins could easily be damaged

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : William Chambers (

Pentax Optio RS1500 Review


The Pentax RS1500 is a stylish and fun digital camera that boast typical specifications for a sub $150 digicam. It can produce nice 14-megapixel photos, boasts speedy shooting performance, and offers the most unique customization system seen to date...

Lightweight, and compact in size ; Left finger indent for better gripping ; Interchangeable front face plate "Skin" designs, and a variety to choose from ; Easy to understand button layout, and a lot of cartoon menu icons for preprogrammed exposure...

Weak Flash ; Zoom has less steps, making precise framing difficult ; Default setting of backlight timeout is too short ; Looks kind of cheap like a disposable camera

The Pentax RS1500 is a stylish and fun digital camera that boast typical specifications for a sub $150 digicam. It can produce nice 14-megapixel photos, boasts speedy shooting performance, and offers the most unique customization system seen to date...

May, 2011

Expert review by : Matt Grayson (

Pentax Optio RS1500 Review


If you're constantly being told that you need to grow up or you need to stop being immature then you need to take a look at the Pentax Optio RS1500. Sure, it has a sensible 14 megapixel sensor, 4x optical zoom starting from 27.5mm and a 3 inch monitor....

Kids of the 80's and comic fans will love the super hero collector's pack available with the Pentax Optio RS1500. It makes the camera a lot more fun to use and the interchangeability of the skins give it an interesting slant that can be a focal point...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Christopher Snow (

Pentax RS1500


A scientific, in-depth analysis with side-by-side comparisons

You’ve got to hand it to Pentax, they certainly have a clear definition of this camera’s audience. The most casual user cares about the following: how do my pictures look, and how few buttons do I have to press? In this regard, the Optio RS1500 is sort...

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Digital Camera Review (

Pentax Optio RS1500 Review


In the final analysis the Pentax Optio RS1500 is a pretty good walking around camera. There are cheaper cameras that will perform just as well (or in some cases better) as an image capture device, but all will lack the RS1500's plethora of available...

HD movie mode, Stylish, customizable look, Compact and easily portable

Slight tendency toward over exposure, No "one touch" video button, Very noisy images at mid to high ISO

Jun, 2011

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