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Pentax Optio RS1000

alaTest has collected and analyzed 68 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the usability and responsiveness. The value for money and design are also appreciated, but many are negative about the storage and memory. There are some mixed comments about the screen.

portability, design, value for money, responsiveness, usability

battery, features, memory, storage

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio RS1000 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 68 reviews)

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Pentax RS1000 Digital Camera First Impressions Review


The RS1000 is a cute, compact camera with a neat customization trick: a removable front panel that holds a printed faceplate. You can use either one of the 6 supplied with the camera or print your own. The camera also has a decent feature list for a...

The RS1000 looks to be a cute, stylish camera that packs a lot into a very small space. About the size of a pack of cards, it shoots 14 megapixel images and 720p video. We'll have to wait to see how well this holds up to our battery of image and video...

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Pentax Optio RS1000 Preview


In addition to the announcements in their SLR line, Pentax also released details about the Optio RS1000 compact digital camera. Ideal for creative photographers, you have the ability to customize the faceplate of the RS1000 with the stock designs or...

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Pentax Optio RS1000


The Pentax Optio RS1000 is a "well-specified entry-level compact camera with a clever twist," says Gavin Stoker at It comes with swappable faceplates that can be customized to suit each user. The camera ships with 11...

Customizable faceplate, good high-definition video quality, very simple to use, decent shooting performance

No optical zoom while recording, no HDMI port for HDTV playback, average image quality, flimsy battery door


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Amazon review summary for Pentax Optio RS1000


alaTest has collected and analyzed 47 user reviews of Pentax Optio RS1000 from The average user rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

value for money, portability, performance, usability, screen

build quality, responsiveness

68% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Great Pictures, Minor Annoyances


Flash is embed on the front, and doesn't open or close which I like this in a point and shoot. Flash settings are very easy with a dedicated button. *No need to use the 10x digital zoom past the 4x optical. It is easier to frame a photo post...

I overpaid for this camera in a retail store on vacation when I wasn't happy with the picture quality that my wife's 2 Panasonic Lumix cameras were producing, but I am still very happy with the purchase because of the picture quality ; It handles...

Picture review (play mode) is accomplished by turning the camera on and hitting the "play" button, which only changes the screen to review pictures. It is a nice feature when wanting to review pictures quickly after taking them and when you want to...

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Affordable and Creative


One of the best camera I've gotten in years. I usually end up goin for cheaper brands because they're cheap and looks kinda handy.

The Camera box looked really nice. It came with everything. The basic custom skins are provided. The pictures looks pretty good, lots of different picture mode. You can custom make your own skin with the program provided or at their website. For 100$,...

No memory card included. Feels really light. The HD video capture is pretty bad. It looks over sharpened to the point the video looks like sand. Same type quality in my old DV camcorder. But it still looks great, just a bit more of video editing to do

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Pentax Optio RS1000


A budget compact that you can change to match your socks.

The RS1000's gimmick is its interchangeable “skin”. The front panel of the camera has a transparent plastic cover, held on by four small screws. This can be removed using a small Allen-key tool, which is supplied, and paper inserts can be placed...

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Pentax Optio RS1000 review


The Pentax Optio RS1000 is a basic yet affordable pocket camera that combines the essentials of a high-ish resolution, HD video, large LCD and optical zoom, taking better snaps than expected given its low price.

Very affordable ; Stylish and well-built ; Simple to use ; Has the basics covered ; Image quality betters expectation at this price

Optical zoom inaccessible when recording video clips ; Limited feature set will frustrate anyone wanting to do more than take snaps ; Short battery life

The Pentax Optio RS1000 comes across as a tool that is fairly limited in terms of real photographic control, but it manages to deliver a still-image quality that, for the most part, is more impressive than its budget price would have you believe. Sure,...

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Pentax Optio RS1000


Pentax Optio RS100: Customise your compact to suit your shooting style

For a basic compact the Optio RS1000 performs well. With its customisation abilities, it'll appeal most to a younger generation of compact consumers

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Pentax - Optio RS1000


As we noted recently with the Pentax Optio RZ10, it's becoming more and more difficult for manufacturers to devise unique selling points for models at the lower end of the compact digital camera market. With the ...

If you want a straightforward, inexpensive point 'n' shoot compact digital that you can endlessly personalise, and which still produces more than reasonable stills, HD movies and some fun after-effects, the Pentax Optio RS1000 fits the bill perfectly.


Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: No
PictBridge: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CCD
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.33''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:4
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:Internal + External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: No
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No


Aperture Priority: No
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: No