Summary: The PENTAX Optio RS1500 is a compact design with a classic yet innovative with the ability to change the skin to your liking so quick and easy. Of course, in addition to the more aesthetic side of the camera has a high concentration of technology that allows the creation of good quality photographs...
Pros: HD video; Customizable design; Face recognition up to 10 faces
Summary: The Pentax Optio RS1500's design won't be to everyone's tastes, and the swappable skins are a gimmick, but it's fundamentally a very respectable budget camera. Its only real weakness is its poor build quality.
Pros: Very good value for money; decent picture quality for the price; easy to use; large LCD screen; 720p video capture.
Cons: Flimsy build quality; no HDMI socket; USB port is unprotected; plenty of picture noise.
Summary: 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.
Pros: 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 settings, Short descriptions of each exposure setti...
Cons: 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
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...
Conclusion: 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 performance, but if performance is important to...
Summary: Budget point-and-shoot model with changeable covers
Pros: 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
Cons: 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
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.
Excerpt: It's not easy coming up with a unique selling point for a budget camera, but Pentax has done it with the RS1500's interchangeable front panel designs. There are 13 included in the box, including a snakeskin effect, a kitsch vintage camera design and various abstract patterns.