Pentax Optio RZ-18 Brief Review


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  • 16 megapixel CCD sensor
  • 18X optical zoom with 25mm wide-angle
  • 720p HD video with mono sound
  • 3-inch LCD screen
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2011-09-12
  • Final Grade: 82 4.1 Star Rating: Recommended

Pentax Optio RZ-18
16 megapixel CCD sensor; 18X optical zoom with 25mm wide-angle; 720p HD video with mono sound; 3-inch LCD screen; Optical image stabilization; Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

In the very crowded travel zoom category, the RZ-18 does little to best the competition. Reviews point out the camera's poor image quality even at low ISOs, uncompetitive 720p HD video mode, and slow performance. The RZ-18's price has plummeted since release, however, so if you absolutely must have a long zoom range on the cheap then this might be your camera.

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