Pentax Optio RS1000 Brief Review


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  • 14 megapixels
  • 4x optical zoom
  • Electronic image stabilization
  • 3-inch LCD monitor
  • 720p HD video
  • Tracking auto-focus
  • Customizable front-plate skin
  • Captures to SD/SDHC media cards
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2010-10-15
  • Final Grade: 85 4.25 Star Rating: Recommended

Pentax Optio RS1000
14 megapixels; 4x optical zoom; Electronic image stabilization; 3-inch LCD monitor; 720p HD video; Tracking auto-focus; Customizable front-plate skin; Captures to SD/SDHC media cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

Teenagers and arts-and-crafters take note. The RS1000 is an ultra-compact point-and-shoot with a customizable skin. Photo-wise, this is a run-of-the-mill $149 camera, with 14 megapixels, a modest 4x zoom, and 720p HD video and what is sure to be ho-hum image quality, but the point of the RS1000 is to give casual photographers an option to personalize the camera so it's more like an accessory than a gadget. A few skins come prepackaged, but users can design their own using a stencil or free software at Pentax's website, or even order a vinyl print with an included gift-card. The RS1000 stands out a bit from the over-crowded pack of low-performance ultra-compacts.

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