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Pentax Optio Z10

alaTest has collected and analyzed 236 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the value for money and image quality. The lens and portability also get good feedback. There are some negative comments about the features and sensor, and there are some mixed views about the battery.

usability, portability, lens, image quality, value for money

responsiveness, low-light, stabilizer , sensor, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio Z10 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Pentax Optio Z10


With 8.0 effective megapixels and a high performance PENTAX lens, the Optio Z10 delivers high resolution photos. While compatible with SD memory cards and SDHC memory cards, the Optio Z10 also offers a generous 52 MB of built-in-memory. With such a...

The Optio Z10 is equipped with a Face Recognition AF&AE function* that automatically adjusts the focus and sets the exposure so users may capture photos of people easily. In addition, this function can detect the faces of up to 15 people at once, and...

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Optio Z10


Announced in August 2007, the 8-megapixel Pentax Optio Z10 stepped into the digital camera market with a $249 retail price tag. Its main draw is its internal 7x optical zoom lens, covered by a metal sliding door when powered down. Other perks include...

Functional optical zoom in Movie mode ; LCD resolution ; 52 MB internal memory ; Very compact ; Red-eye fix ; Lots of playback editing ; Decent movie mode ; Better resolution than other internal lens cameras

LCD glare and grease ; Slow refresh rate on LCD ; No AF assist beam ; Gimmicky shake reduction ; Slow autofocus ; Small aperture ; High noise and low dynamic range above ISO 200 ; Poor color accuracy ; Poor low light performance

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Pentax Optio Z10


This sleek camera offers a big zoom on the cheap.

Good low-light performance ; Compact, durable design ; Speedy startup

Digital Shake Reduction doesn’t eliminate blurriness ; Lens isn't well suited to wide-angle shots ; Mediocre color accuracy


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Pentax Optio Z10 (Black)


While most camera companies were designing cameras with sliding lens covers to mimic Sony's T-series cameras, Pentax didn't jump on that bandwagon. But, now that sliding covers have become a regular part of the digital camera design aesthetic, Pentax...

The Pentax has a 7x optical zoom lens; cute sliding lens cover design.

Slow between shots; no optical or sensor-shift image stabilization.

Pentax's Optio Z10 isn't quite as nice as the company's Optio S10, but its attractive price helps make up for its quirks and modest feature set.

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Pentax Optio Z10


The Pentax Optio Z10 is an incredibly small 7x optical zoom camera. If you are challenged holding larger cameras when you want zoom power, this Pentax should be worth a look.

7x optical zoom lens2.5-inch LCD screenShake Reduction technologySlim design

The Pentax Optio Z10 comes in black or silver. It is a slim camera with...

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Pentax Optio Z10 Review


The Pentax Optio Z10 is a compact, slim digital camera that fits into the palm of your hand, measuring 94(W) x 58 (H) x 25.5mm (D) and weighing 145g with the battery and SD memory card. This is a ...

The Pentax Optio Z10 is a fairly unremarkable point and shoot camera with the obvious attraction of a 7x zoom lens that covers every focal length from moderate wide-angle to sports-shooter...

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Pentax Optio Z10 Digital Camera - Review - The Imaging Resource!


The Pentax Optio Z10 features a Pentax-branded 7x optical zoom lens, the highest magnification among current Pentax compact digital cameras. Designed with a refraction lens system, the lens never protrudes from the camera while zooming. The Pentax...

Small, light ; 15 shooting modes ; Nice sliding lens cover ; Face recognition ; Long telephoto zoom for a small camera ; Good sharpness at wide angle and tele ; Easy menu navigation ; Good printed results

Somewhat thick ; Cramped controls on back ; Slick and hard to hold ; Collects fingerprints ; Color hue is shifted ; High pincushion distortion at telephoto ; Digital Shake Reduction really isn't ; Small, low power flash ; Auto flash boosts ISO to 800 ;...

Power for the Pentax Z10 comes from a proprietary lithium-ion rechargeable battery or optional AC adapter, and the camera stores images on SD/SDHC cards or 52MB of built-in memory. There's also USB 2.0 High-Speed computer connectivity and NTSC / PAL...

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Camera Review: Pentax Optio Z10


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...

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Pentax Optio Z10


Read an expert, unbiased review of the Pentax Optio Z10 digital camera.

The Pentax Optio Z10 packs a lot of seemingly great features into a small body. It has 8.1 megapixels and a 7x optical zoom lens that goes beyond the typical 3-4x zoom offered on most slim digital cameras. It also has a decently-sized 2.5-inch LCD...

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Pentax Optio Z10 Review


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).

Easy to use with some advanced capabilities ; Lightweight, sleek design ; Flash

Shutter lag ; Noise issues at higher ISO settings ; No optical or mechanical image stabilization

The Pentax Optio Z10 provides an intuitive interface with a handful of extra features that should serve beginners well, while offering a few more advanced capabilities like the digital wide feature and effects for them to grow into. The compact size...

Product Specifications

With a 7X optical zoom, you'll get closer than ever! The PENTAX Optio Z10 is equipped with a 7X optical zoom lens. Designed with a refraction lens system so the lens never protrudes from the camera while zooming, the 7X optical zoom covers a broad range, from wide-angle to telephoto zoom, and offers an ultra high-magnification of up to approximately 35.7X when combined with digital zoom. This sleek, stylish digital camera also features 8.0 megapixels, Face Recognition, Shake Reduction and a sliding lens cover for extra protection that also operates the on/off camera setting.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Pentax D-LI72

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Candle / Fireworks / Flower / Food / Kids / Landscape / Museum / Natural skin tone / Night scene / Pet / Portrait mode / Report / Self-portrait / Soft / Sports mode / Sunset / Surf & snow / Text / Underwater

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:1GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax Optio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.4
Max Focal Length:44.1mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:7
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Works with Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Works with Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:8Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI / MJPEG/MJPEG
Digital Zoom:5.1
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 64 / ISO 800 / ISO auto (64-400)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Blue / Fisheye / Green / Pink / Purple / Red / Sepia / Soft / Yellow
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None