Conclusion: Even for those not convinced by the Optio RS1500's headline novelty feature, the 3in LCD screen and use of lithium-ion batteries make it a welcome addition to a competitive market. It's an ideal point-and-shoot model for beginners.
Summary: 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 "fashion" skins and some will lack the RS1500's HD movie mode.
Pros: HD movie mode, Stylish, customizable look, Compact and easily portable
Cons: Slight tendency toward over exposure, No "one touch" video button, Very noisy images at mid to high ISO
Excerpt: Pentax has released the second generation of their customizable RS-series of fashion savvy digicams, with the Optio RS1500. This model replaces the RS1000 from last year, carrying over several of the same key features. Pentax has incorporated an easier, and quicker way to change the "Skin" of the front of the camera, along with the addition of colored lens bezels that can be swapped in place of the standard black one.
Excerpt: 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 shoot camera from Pentax impress, or is it simply a gimmick?
Excerpt: 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 there, with the camera equipped with ten changeable covers and two lens rings as standard.
Excerpt: Without the advance knowledge that the Pentax Optio RS1500 has removable front covers, it looks pretty bland. The white front sports the range name "Optio" branded into it and is covered by a clear plastic sheet. A plastic ring surrounds the SMC Pentax lens which starts at a nice wide-angle 27.5mm and zooms out to a respectable 110mm. Then we find out that the plastic ring can be pulled off and the plastic sheet removed.
Excerpt: 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 ten interchangeable skins with a range of unique designs and five blank skins on which to draw or download your own image. The lens ring pops off easily so you can place your chosen cover onto the front of the camera.
Excerpt: Le Pentax Optio RS1500 cible une clientèle jeune avec son système de personnalisation de permet de glisser un « masque » prédécoupé sous la façade en plexiglas. L’appareil est livré avec 5 modèles mais l’on peut en imprimer d’autres depuis le site Internet de la marque et même créer ses propres masques.
Pros: rapport qualité/prix, bonne qualité d'image, simplicité et facilité d'utilisation, l'écran LCD, vidéo 720p.
Cons: qualité de fabrication, port USB non protégé, bruit.