Summary: My mother bought this camera for me as a birthday present in 2012, as I am a huge fan of photography an plan to go into that carrear. However, in the months of 2014 and end of 2013 it had issues. It wouldn't let me manually control settings that I had in the past, and would shut down randomly every once in a while. Near the end of October of 2014 the lens would not shut half way. I had no idea why, but it did not affect the pictures as long as I kept it clear of dust.
An Inexpensive, Lightweight, Reliable Camera for Anyone Who Likes to Take Zillions of Photos
reteach "reteach", Amazon
1 December 2014
Summary: This is my third incarnation of this camera--the first literally died after daily use of up to 500 pictures over a three year period. The second I dropped and broke but if I hit it on the palm of my hand I can still get it to take pictures. The only thing I am sorry about is that it doesn't take good panoramic shots, as my old film camera did. I travel for at least four months of the year on road trips all over the country. I carry this camera in my purse.
Summary: This is a great camera - optics are sharp 16MP is more than I need but adds richness and depth. I bought it for the 18x zoom which is awesome! The lens does extend outward (my 5x zoom waterproof Optio does not extend) This can still fit in my pocket but being slightly bulky. It's best to keep it in a nylon bag if you're out in dusty areas etc.
I am of the opinion Pentax no longer manufactures this model and as been replaced by Optio VS 20 which I also own and it is also
Anthony Corso "ARCO", Amazon
5 October 2014
Summary: for the price this camera is well worth it. However, I am of the opinion Pentax no longer manufactures this model and as been replaced by Optio VS 20 which I also own and it is also a great purchase
Summary: This is my second RZ18. I bought this one to replace one that stopped working. It was cheaper to buy new than repair the old one. I love this little camera. My only complaint is the lens cover is very fragile and does not close properly.
Summary: This is a nice camera with lots of features. I gave it a four because I'm having trouble setting up the transfer to my computer. It's not plug and play like I expected and I'm not a nerd but that's not really the camera's fault.