A palmtop, lightweight digital compact camera, combining an extra-powerful 18X optical zoom lens with simple, user-friendly operation.
18X optical zoom lens with 25mm wide-angle coverage to handle a variety of subjects and scenes: Within its slim, lightweight body, the Optio RZ18 incorporates a high-performance, extra-powerful 18X optical zoom lens covering focal lengths from 25mm wide angle to 450mm super-telephoto (in the 35mm format). Thanks to this extra-wide zoom range, the Optio RZ18 can capture beautiful, lively pictures in a wide range of subjects and scenes â€” from spectacular landscapes to fast-action sports events. It also offers other advanced features, including: high-quality macro shooting down to just four centimeters from the subject; the digital wide function for an ultra-wide-angle image (equivalent to an image taken with an approximately 19mm lens in the 35mm format) from two separate images; and the Intelligent Zoom function to further extend the zoom range to approximately 130 times to cover the focal length of an approximately 3250mm super-telephoto lens (in the 35mm format) without compromising image quality.
Exceptional image quality assured by the latest super-resolution technology: Thanks to the combination of approximately 16 effective megapixels, a high-performance smc PENTAX zoom lens and the advanced image processing system â€” a system that uses the latest super-resolution technology to optimize image quality through meticulous section-by-section treatment of the captured image â€” the Optio RZ18 delivers well-defined, high-quality images with extra-fine resolution. Even when images are enlarged to large sizes, the user is assured of sharp, high-resolution prints with edge-to-edge sharpness.
Dual shake reduction for sharp, blur-free images: By combining a CCD-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism with a Pixel Track SR, the Optio RZ18â€™s dual shake reduction effectively reduces annoying camera shake to a minimum. Thanks to this dependable system, the photographer is assured of sharp, blur-free images even under shake-prone shooting conditions, such as when using a telephoto lens, or when shooting a sunset or indoor scene with incident light only.
Automatic selection of the most appropriate shooting mode: The Optio RZ18 features the PENTAX-original Auto Picture mode, which automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode for a given subject or scene by accurately assessing various photographic conditions on and around the subject. Since this user-friendly mode instantly and unfailingly selects one of 16 shooting modes (including Blue Sky, Sunset and Pet) and optimizes various camera settings (including sensitivity and shutter speed), the photographer is always assured of the best results with minimal effort.
Extra-large 3.0-inch LCD monitor: The Optio RZ18 features a high-resolution 3.0-inch color LCD monitor. Because this extra-large monitor provides a clear view of images and menus, the photographer can quickly and efficiently check captured images and menu settings. The Optio RZ18 also offers a setting to magnify the letters displayed, by which users can further enhance the legibility of the menus and the operability of the camera.
High-quality HDTV-proportion movie recording: The Optio RZ18 captures beautiful, high-definition-TV-quality movie clips (1280 x 720 pixels).* It also comes equipped with the sophisticated Movie SR (Shake Reduction) mode,** which automatically compensates camera shake during movie shooting with the help of exclusive software. With the Optio RZ18, everyone can enjoy high-quality movie shooting with minimal effort.
* When the Optio RZ18?? AV output terminal is used, movie clips are output as normal image-size data. If the user wishes to play back movie clips at high-definition TV proportions (1280 x 720 pixels), the data must be transferred to a personal computer for playback.
** When the Movie SR mode is selected, the angle of view becomes narrower than normal shooting.
Automatic face detection for beautiful, lively snapshots: The Optio RZ18 features the sophisticated Face Detection AF & AE function. This sophisticated feature instantly and accurately detects as many as 32 faces within the image field, then catches them in sharp focus and optimum exposure in a mere 0.03 seconds â€” even when some of the faces are tilted or turned away from the camera. To assist the photographer in capturing beautiful, lively snapshots, the Optio RZ18 also comes equipped with other user-friendly features, including: the Small Face filter that makes the subjectâ€™s face appear smaller than actual in recorded images; the Smile Capture mode that automatically releases the shutter the moment the camera detects the subjectâ€™s smile; and the Blink Detection function that warns the photographer when the subjectâ€™s eyes close at the time of shutter release.
Upgraded Pet mode for automatic detection of dog and cat faces: The Optio RZ18 features the latest version of the Pet mode, which comes in handy when taking pictures of dogs and cats. This unique mode not only detects the faces of dogs and cats with great accuracy, but it also gives priority to three pre-registered pet faces over unregistered ones, so that users can effortlessly capture the best expressions of their beloved pets.
Wireless remote-control shooting using an optional PENTAX remote controllers
Burst shooting of up to 40 images, at a maximum speed of approximately 9 images per second
Digital filters, including Miniature and Toy Camera, to add creative visual effects
Choice of three image sizes (4:3, 16:9 and 1:1) to accommodate different applications
D-Range setting to prevent whitewashed (overexposed) and blacked-out (underexposed) areas in an image
Digital Panorama mode to effortlessly create a single panoramic picture from as many as three images
Image viewing, editing and filing software included: MediaImpression 3.1 for PENTAX (Windows version compatible with Windows 7) and MediaImpression 2.1 for PENTAX (Macintosh version compatible with Mac OS X 10.7)
Eye-Fi connected: optimized for use with Eye-Fi wireless memory cards
Type: SMC PENTAX zoom lens, 12 elements in 11 groups (4 aspherical elements)
Focal Length: 4.5 - 81.0mm
35mm equivalent focal length: approximately 25-450mm
Optical Zoom: 18x
Digital Zoom: approximately 7.2x
Intelligent Zoom: approximately 27x at 7M, 130x at 640 (including optical zoom)
Motion Blur Reduction
Still: CCD-Shift-Type (SR : Shake Reduction), Dual (SR & Pixel Track SR), High-sensitivity anti-shake mode (Digital SR)
Movie: Movie shake reduction mode (Movie SR)
Type: 9-point AF, Spot AF, Auto tracking AF
Focus Range (From lens face)
Standard: 0.4m - infinity (at wide setting), 1.3m - infinity (at tele setting) 1.31 ft - infinity (at wide setting), 4.3 ft - infinity (at tele setting)
Macro: 0.1 - 0.5m (at wide setting) 0.33 -1.64 ft (at wide setting)
Super Macro: 0.04 - 0.3m (at wide setting) 0.13 - 0.98 ft (at wide setting)
Infinity-landscape, Pan Focus, & Manual Focus available
Face Detection: Face Detection AF&AE is available for all modes up to 32 faces. Smile Capture. Blink Detection.
Pet Detection: Detect up to 1 pet's face (auto or select from pre-registered three faces)
Image Sensor 1/2.33" CCD
Number of Recorded pixels:
Still: 16M, 12M (1:1), 12M (16:9), 7M, 2M (16:9), 640
Movie: 1280, 640, 320
Sensitivity: (Standard Output Sensitivity) Auto, Manual (ISO 80 - 6400)
White Balance: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light, Manual setting
Display: 3" LCD, approximately 460K dots
Exposure Control Metering System: Multi-segment metering, Center-weighted metering, Spot metering
Exposure Compensation: Â±2EV (1/3EV steps)
Scene modes: Auto Picture, Program, Portrait, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Movie, Landscape, Blue Sky, Sunset, Flower, Sport, Pet, Digital SR, Natural Skin Tone, Kids, Fireworks, Frame Composite, Party, Food, Candlelight, Text, Surf & Snow, Digital Wide, Digital Panorama, Green
Playback modes: Slideshow, Image Rotation, Small Face Filter, Digital Filter (B&W, Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Starburst, Soft, Brightness, Miniature), Frame Composite, Movie Editing, Red-eye Compensation, Resize, Cropping, Image/Sound Copy, Voice Memo, Protect, DPOF, Start-up Screen, Face close-up playback
Shutter Speed: 1/2000 - 1/4 sec. 4 sec at most (Night Scene mode setting)
Modes: Flash-on and Flash-off modes. "Red-eye" compensation function employs a pre-discharge.
Flash Range: Wide: approx. 0.2 - 4.3m (ISO Auto) approx. 0.66 - 14 ft (ISO Auto) Tele: approx. 1.3 - 2.6m (ISO Auto) approx. 4.3 - 8.5 ft (ISO Auto)
Drive Modes: One shot, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting , Burst Shooting (L/M/H), Remote Control
Storage Media: Built-in Memory (approx. 96 MB), SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
Power Source: Rechargeable D-LI92 lithium-ion battery, Optional AC adapter kit is also available
Battery life: Still*: approximately 240 shots (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)
Playback**: approximately. 230 min. (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)
Interfaces: USB2.0 (Hi-Speed): PC/AV terminal
Video Output: NTSC/PAL
Dimensions WXHXD: 4.3x2.4x1.4 inches (108x60x34.5mm)
Weight: With battery & SD card 6.7oz (191g)
The PENTAX Optio RZ18 packs a big 18X 25-450mm equivalent lens into a slim body with a compact camera footprint. Powerful technologies such as PENTAX Shake Reduction, Auto Picture and scene modes, face detection, and 9 point autofocus take the guesswork out of capturing outstanding still images and video.