Excerpt: At one-inch thick, the 8-megapixel Pentax Optio Z10 ($200 street) just barely misses its chance to join the elite ranks of ultra-thin digital compacts, but its feature set justifies a little extra girth around the waist. Available in a sleek black and silver package, the Z10 features a solid build, a large 230,000-dot, 2.5-inch LCD with a 170-degree viewing angle, and an internal 7x, 38mm-266mm (35mm equivalent) f/3.5-5.4 zoom lens.
Excerpt: Pentax has a reputation for making good quality cameras. They don't come with all the fanfare of Canons or Nikons but their owners can wallow in the knowledge that they've bought a fine photographic tool. Not only do they work well, Pentax cameras look neat and tidy - or at least they did until the Optio Z10 came along. When the rest of the camera world is going svelte, this little Pentax has gone lumpy and dumpy.
Summary: The Pentax Optio Z10’s lens is the strongest aspect of this camera. Where most compacts stop at 3x or 4x, the Z10 keeps zooming to 7x, allowing you to get much closer to distant subjects. With an equivalent of 38mm when zoomed-out, it might not exactly get that wide, but zooming-into an equivalent of 266mm gives you great flexibility.
Better still, the lens zooms entirely within the body, so there’s no barrel extension.
Pros: 7x optical zoom gives relatively long reach., Lens doesn't extend from body., Lens can zoom while filming video., Sharpness, contrast and saturation controls.
Cons: No optical or sensor-shift stabilisation., Poor results in our resolution test., No true wide angle or alignment grid., More compelling rivals.
Excerpt: The Pentax Optio Z10 is a new entry from Pentax that features a 7x optical zoom in a very slim body (similar to the Casio Exilim EX-V8). It also has an 8 megapixel sensor and a 2.5 inch LCD. There isn't any type of mechanical or optical image stabilization, but it does include Pentax' Digital Shake Reduction technology as well as Face Detection AF and AE.
Pros: Easy to use with some advanced capabilities, Lightweight, sleek design, Flash
Cons: Shutter lag, Noise issues at higher ISO settings, No optical or mechanical image stabilization