Summary: This is my third small Pentax Optio, and the first of the RZ=18 series. It worked fine until the day I needed it and when pushing the "on" button, all I got were several beeps and the camera turned off. Same with batteries from my other Pentaxes. Checked online and found this is a common problem with this camera, although I'd had no problems with RZ-10's. Annoyed, I tapped the camera twice on my knee and - lo and behold - it works again! Heck of a way to fix a camera!
Summary: I never found this camera satisfactory during its brief life. Pictures taken outdoors with the zoom, utilizing various preset settings, were seldom sharp or crisp. In bright light they were very washed out, almost gauzy. Pictures that came out great would have come out great using almost any up to date digital camera. The form factor was also rather clunky. Then I took it to the beach. Some sand got somewhere near the zoom lens, into the works, and that was it. Trashed.
Summary: I bought this camera to take on vacation rather than lugging the older larger Pentax with me. It does take nice pictures, but not the quality I expected. Also the flash is a long delay. Often my subjects have moved by the time the flash goes off!
Summary: There is a great Green button function which allows you to easily change the lighting, sensitivity, ISO and pixel size with a visual of the difference, this makes it very easy to customise the shots and keep the initiative, using this function I have had a lot of success with low light shots, which others seem to have had difficulty with . I love it. I am not bothered by the finish of the camera, its fine I agree with the C net review. Its deffinitely worth the money.
Excerpt: Wirkt extrem billig...fühlt sich an wie eine Einwegkamera, alles billigstes Plastik, das hört man schon beim drücken der Tasten. Habe die Kamera wieder zurück geschickt und bestelle mir dann dafür doch lieber eine Nikon, mit etwas weniger Zoom, dafür ordentlicher Verarbeitung.
Summary: service rapide du fournisseur mais un bémol. la batterie est affichée sur la photo plus puissante qu'elle ne l'est en réalité. au lieu de 1000mah, c'est du 925, comme l'originale. ce qui est bon à savoir malgré tout. pour le reste, rien à dire, service satisfaisant. ce qui demeure faible pour les longues séances photos. Un des points négatifs du pentax x 70 qui par ailleurs est un excellent appareil.