Pros: 18x zoom lens, Big and bright screen, Great Dynamic Range setting, Sensible button layout, The versatility of the 18x zoom lens is to be applauded, and the Dual Shake Reduction system aids shooting at the telephoto end. The 3-inch LCD screen is big and bright, making composition and selecting settings easy. Sensible button layout helps with this, and the Dynamic Range setting really did make a noticeable and pleasing difference to images.
Cons: Can't zoom while recording videos, Noise at lower ISOs, Slow processing times, Struggled with strong colours in bright conditions, Strong colours, noise-free images at lower sensitivities and adequate processing speeds are fundamental needs in a camera, and the Pentax Optio RZ18 fails - or at best, stumbles - in providing these. Not having access to the 18x zoom while recording videos is a little frustrating, plus the camera is slow to process, and there is noise and ...
Excerpt: The march of progress never ceases, but we still find it astonishing that this 16-megapixel camera with an 18x zoom and 3in screen costs just over £100. We wondered how Pentax had brought it in at such a low price, but close inspection reveals quite a few reasons. The plastic body looks pretty basic, but it isn’t ugly. There's no HDMI output, though, and the plastic buttons feel cheap.
Summary: Not slim, not sleek and the cream colour makes it look a little strange. However the important thing is image quality and here I have no complaints, in fact this ultra compact model has other features not always found with other small cameras .