Summary: I already had a Pentax in the past, so I wanted to upgrade to a more modern one. For the price I bought it (about £110 if I remember), it has a spectacular zoom and the pictures are incredibly still even at night outside or with moving subjects. The videos are OK, altough they seem me too small to be HD, possibly I didn't get the settings right. The time for recording data and showing the picture on screen is really short, so I'm happy with its response speed.
Summary: 16 Megapixels, 18 x Optical zoom, HD Movie & other good features for under £120 ?? yes I would say it is great value for your money. Not the most stylish camera on the market & yes it has a plastic case, does not have GPS, plays songs, or have voice recognition !!!. What it does do though is take good quality photo's & is very easy to use.
Summary: Great camera with lots of value at $179.00. I had concerns after reading internet reviews that it wasn't solidly made but with a flimsy and cheap plastic case and that it was a big camera. While it is bigger than most point-and-shoot digital cameras, because the hard plastic casing was made with a lighter material, it is extremely light-weight for the size. This was a wonderful surprise because I thought larger was heavier, especially with a 18X optical zoom.
Summary: My wife's Fine pix battery compartment broke so I had to find a new camera for her, She wanted a simple one but which would take good party photo's as well as ones of her new niece. This camera do's this and more, simple to use she can take pic's in a array of formats from macro to panoramic. After showing her how to use it she was a way and the pictures are as good as my bigger SLR. I even want one for carrying around.
Summary: Bought it for my daughter who is doing A level photography. She is delighted with this, satisfying her need for aimless party snaps as well as full on manual overrides, ahough quite why she would want to do that, I do not know.... She loves the vibrant colours too. Surprisingly light to hold too!
Summary: Years ago I bought Pentax SLRs because I couldn't afford Nikon. Now I have a Nikon SLR, perversely I've bought a Pentax compact to replace my Nikon Coolpix compact and it was a good decision. The Pentax Optio RZ18 Digital Camera - Orange (16MP, 18 x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD Screen is a cracking camera and a more than worthy replacement for the Coolpix. It is slightly bigger than most compacts but will still fit easily in a coat pocket.