The 8MP Z10 manages 7x zoom without needing a protruding lens

Product Overview

Overall rating:

78%

Pentax Optio Z10

Performance:75%
Value:75%
Features:85%
Overall score:78%
Image Quality:80%
Design:75%

Pros:

  • Focusing speed

Cons:

  • ISO-based stabilisation, Menu design

Product:

Pentax Optio Z10 Review

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£180

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Joining the 7x optical zoom brigade at the end of 2007, the 8MP Z10 also boasts reaching such lengths without necessitating a protruding lens. A maximum ISO 3200 and Face Detection add to the spec with more advanced features such as spot metering also present.

The same childish styling of the menu system of the S10 and the cheap plastic feel of the body don’t score any brownie points, though. The fact that other companies have already reached these focal lengths but done so with an optical- or sensor-based stabilisation system (in similarly priced models) make the Z10’s ISO-based Shake Reduction system seem (again) poor value for money.

Focusing is quick and images aren’t generally bad on low ISO settings, but over ISO 200, shadowy areas turn noisy, with heavy purple and a little green fringing also featuring.

Verdict

The zoom is a bonus, but unless you've got plenty of light, noisy images are the norm.

Full Specification

Power:
Li-ion
Connectivity:
USB 2.0

Memory Card:
SD/SDHC + 52MB internal memory
Flash Modes:
4

White Balance:
7 modes
ISO Range:
64-3200

Metering System:
TTL – Choice of Multi-segment metering, Center-weighted metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes:
Picture mode, Program, AE is fixed to Face priority AE at the Portorait, Natural skin tone and Kids mode.

Shutter Speeds:
1/1440 sec – 4secs
File Formats:
JPEG

LCD:
2.5in
Dimensions:
58 x 94 x 25mm

Lens:
38-266mm
Sensor:
8mp

Weight:
125g
Other:
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