Conclusion: It's odd but there's something strangely appealing about the 750Z's retro styling, the faux leather front and chrome piping, it's almost comforting. Don't be fooled though this is one seriously modern camera with a huge range of functionality, both prosumer and technology based. Indeed there isn't a huge amount the 750Z can't do, it's fully loaded, and that can sometimes make it a bit confusing.
Pros: Neutral tone, conservative color response, Average noise but high noise reduction, Good automatic white balance, Good macro performance, Good battery life, Five times optical zoom, good telephoto reach, 1.8" fast refresh LCD with tilt & twist mechanism, Attractive retro appearance, Compact and lightweight, Fully customizable live view overlay displays, Blinking highlights in live view when histogram enabled, Range of post-processing digital filters in play mode, Impre...
Cons: Intrusive noise reduction, Higher than normal pincushion distortion, Some vignetting visible, Lens softness (corner issue a one-off?), Perhaps confusing / overpowering controls, Slow startup, slow off to first shot taken, No RAW format, Limited image parameter adjustment, USB 1.1 transfer (slow), Tendency for AF to hunt at telephoto / low light
Conclusion: A fun camera with lots of bells and whistles, the Pentax Optio 750Z, sadly, doesn't deliver top-quality images.
Pros: A very powerful and versatile camera with great menus; articulated LCD viewer, 5X zoom lens, focusable diopter on optical viewfinder, five bracketing modes; well-placed, easily accessible controls.
Cons: Problems with exposure and color reproduction. Slow bootup, no RAW mode, small LCD viewfinder, feels flimsy.
Excerpt: The Optio 750Z ($499) is Pentax's
entry into the growing field of 7 Megapixel cameras.
Building on the Optio 555 from last year, it offers
a 5X optical zoom lens, full manual controls, dual
focusing system, VGA movie mode, and rotating LCD display.
Pros: Very good photo quality, though see issues below, Fairly-compact, stylish, mostly-metal body with a 5X zoom lens, Full manual controls (and then some), Flip-out, rotating LCD display, Excellent macro, movie modes, Can save favorite settings to mode dial, Unique features: 3D image mode, digital filters, Crazy features: light meter, customizable record mode display, Above average battery life
Cons: Sluggish performance: slow startup, average focusing and shot-to-shot times, unimpressive continuous shooting mode, slow image playback, Images slightly noisy; vignetting may be an issue for flash shots; some blurry corners, LCD difficult to see in low light, Poor low light focusing, despite all those lights and sensors, Cheap plastic door over battery/memory card compartment; cannot swap memory cards while camera is on tripod, No RAW image format support
Summary: The Optio750Z is the 2004 flagship of Pentax's Optio line of digital cameras. It features a high resolution 7.0-megapixel imager coupled with a high-performance smc PENTAX 5X optical zoom lens. The Optio750Z resembles a classic 35mm rangefinder type camera with its durable and stylish aluminum alloy exterior accented by leather-grained rubber panels.
Excerpt: : $995 : 4.5 stars : The Pentax Optio 750Z is a serious camera for the serious photographer. Not only does it have all the desirable features of good optical viewfinder and complete manual over-ride of all settings, it actually looks like a camera. The retro styling of the 750Z will immediately appeal to any persons old enough to have cut their picture-taking teeth on classic German cameras.
Pros: The control layout is exceptionally good with every important function (except ISO settings) accessible without going into menus. The “front lever” on the mode knob is really clever — in capture mode it gives immediate control over exposure compensation. The 7 megapixel sensor and the 37~187mm (film equivalent) zoom lens combine with good auto white balance to give photos that are sharp, detailed, accurately coloured and beautifully exposed. Macro mode is particularly...
Cons: The control layout is exceptionally good with every important function (except ISO settings) accessible without going into menus. The “front lever” on the mode knob is really clever — in capture mode it gives immediate control over exposure compensation. The 7 megapixel sensor and the 37~187mm (film equivalent) zoom lens combine with good auto white balance to give photos that are sharp, detailed, accurately coloured and beautifully exposed. Macro mode is particularly...
Summary: A great compact camera for everyday use, the Optio 750Z is big enough to hold steady, small enough to be easily portable and looks superb. Image quality is excellent and while the sluggish playback is a pain, it’s not enough of a problem to seriously affect our good opinion of this camera overall.
Summary: With its lightweight aluminium alloy body and smart 'retro' look the Pentax Optio 750Z will attract many buyers. The 7-megapixel sensor, 5x optical zoom lens and vari-angle monitor give this camera added appeal. The mode dial accesses 10 shooting modes: P, A, S and M modes, a User mode where up to three frequently-used functions can be registered, a Picture mode with12 scene settings, Panorama assist and 3D image functions, and a digital filter mode with nine colour...
Pros: An abundance of user-adjustable controls, TIFF capture for 3056 x 2296 and 2592 x 1944 pixel images, Excellent close-up capabilities
Cons: Relatively small buffer memory, Limited wide-angle coverage [BG05]
Excerpt: L'Optio 750Z de Pentax semble privilégier la souplesse d'utilisation. Tout d'abord son boitier compact vous permettra de le transporter très facilement. Ensuite son objectif avec zoom 5x ne limitera pas votre créativité photographique. Mais il y a plus original. Avec son écran LCD 1,8" orientable (rotatif à 270° verticalement et 180° horizontalement) vous pourrez trouver des cadrages inédits.
Summary: Félig retró, félig ultrazoom, félig kicsi, félig nagy, félig egyszerű, félig profi, fülig szerelmes vagyok belé. Azzal kellett volna kezdenem, hogy a Pentax is beszállt a pixelháborúba. Eddig 5 Mpixel volt náluk - kompakt szinten legalábbis - a maximum, erre tessék, itt a 750Z, aminek már a nevéből tudják a Pentax-ot ismerők, hogy itt egy 7 Mpixeles gépről van szó. Amit 5x-ös zoomos objektívvel szerelnek. Meg kihajtható LCD-vel. És fémházban van...
Excerpt: 7,0 Megapixel effettivi, Zoom5x (eq37,5-187,5mm), Monitor TFT 1,8' orientabile in 2 direzioni, Batteria ric. al Litio, 12 modi esposizione, Schede di memoria: SD, Filmati MOV con audio (fino a 640x480 a 30fps), Zoom digitale 8X, Foto panoramiche e Foto 3D, Menù in lingua italiana (fonte: sito Pentax Italia) 02-02-2006