Pentax RZ10 summary
Pentax RZ10 is Pentax's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally announced on July of 2011. It features a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4288 x 3216.
The RZ10 is placed #109 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & overall #913 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our database. You should use our Advanced camera filter to find camera ratings based on your personal criteria.
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Pentax RZ10 history
The Pentax RZ10 has a history of related digital cameras. Here, you can find all older and latest models along with important features.
Pentax RZ10 Gallery
You can check the RZ10 from different angles in the gallery here.
Pentax RZ10 Pros and Cons
Below is a list of pros and cons of the Pentax RZ10 based on factors that are oftentimes considered crucial in a digital camera.
Pentax RZ10 Sensor info
The sensor specification on the Pentax RZ10 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4288 x 3216 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Sensor stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter can lead to cropping.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The CCD sensor has 14MP and includes a standard ISO range of 80 to 6400. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not saved so the user has less room to maneuver in post.
The image below illustrates the RZ10's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The RZ10 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is showcased in green.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Pentax RZ10 dimensions
Pentax RZ10 weighs in at 0.39 pounds (178g / 6.28 ounces) & has outer size of 97mm x 61mm x 33mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.3"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g and the Pentax RZ10 is very much the same when compared to other competitors.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
Below is a photo of the Pentax RZ10 beside a soda to help you get a sense of its scale.
The top view here will highlight the button arrangement on the RZ10.
Pentax RZ10 Lens info
The RZ10 is equipped with a fixed lens featuring a focal range of 28-280mm giving it a 10.0 x zoom which isn't ideal however it will be helpful in a few conditions.
At the widest 28mm, it comes with an aperture of f3.2 which is rather slow and not the best for low light situations and you will likely find it hard to get good bokeh. You will probably also need to raise the ISO which results in noisy shots. On the tele end, 280mm is superb zoom and comes to f5.9 which is pretty slow and you might need to utilize slower shutter speeds.
Pentax RZ10 Connectivity
The RZ10 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
Digital cameras that incorporate NFC or Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to transfer files and in some cases alter camera settings without connecting physically to the camera.
Some applications even enable a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external display. The majority of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.
Pentax RZ10 Video info
The max video resolution on the Pentax RZ10 is 1280 x 720 and you can shoot in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is terrible for today's requirements. You should really aim for at least FUll HD resolution for video. The camera does not have a microphone or headphone jack so you have got little control over the sound. It is perhaps best to purchase an alternative camera should you want decent sound for your videos.
Pentax RZ10 Weather Sealing
Pentax RZ10 provides environment proofing which makes it a great option for use in challenging locations. This can be particularly helpful in case you are not sure about the elements you may face in outdoor photography.
Pentax RZ10 Screen and Viewfinder
The Pentax RZ10 features a 2.7 inch fixed display supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Please be aware that the display screen has no touch support.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The View Finder details for Pentax RZ10 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be quite helpful in bright outdoor situations which will make the camera screen washed out and hard to see.
Pentax RZ10 Shutter info
Pentax RZ10 continuous shooting speed is 1.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000s.
Pentax RZ10 Flash and Hot shoe info
Pentax RZ10 comes with only in-built flash lacking external flash support.
Pentax RZ10 Autofocus info
Pentax RZ10 comes with just Contrast Based Autofocus & lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster & exact when compared to Contrast Based focusing.
The Sensor features 9 focus points to pick from. It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for moving objects. Pentax RZ10 has manual focusing in case it is needed in low light situations or you want more exact focusing control.
Pentax RZ10 Battery life
The battery pack (D-LI92) in the Pentax RZ10 is built to last for 178 shots based on the CIPA benchmarks which is lesser when compared to it's competitors. The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has got the maximum (470) battery life in this category of cameras.
Underneath is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras which have the highest battery life:
Pentax RZ10 for specific styles of photography
The following bar chart indicates a rundown of the Pentax RZ10 for specific styles of photography. To learn more, browse to the specific section below.
Pentax RZ10 Portrait photography details
The Pentax RZ10 gets a points total of 36 which is lousy, meaning that it is just not suitable to use for portraits. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW files along with the option to use external flash.
Street photography with Pentax RZ10
Having a above average rating of 62, the Pentax RZ10 is a good pick for street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of picture quality and portability.
Pentax RZ10 Sports photography information
A lousy sports photography score of 41 means the Pentax RZ10 is just not suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera must have very good focusing plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Pentax RZ10 Travel photography highlights
Portability is super important when getting a camera for travel. All round, the Pentax RZ10 gets a nice 66 as a travel camera which is a very decent pick for your holidays.
Pentax RZ10 Landscape photography advice
In case you're looking to choose a camera for landscape photographs, the most essential aspect is going to be image quality. The Pentax RZ10 at it's lousy rating of 44 for a landscape camera is just not suitable compared to it's rivals.
Pentax RZ10 Vlogging info
A camera for vlogging really should come with a articulating screen, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Pentax RZ10 is just not suitable for vlogging as it comes to a lousy score of 28.
Pentax RZ10 Alternatives
If you want alternatives to the RZ10, here is a number of the top rated cameras which fall under the class of Small Sensor Compact.
The line graph down below offers you a bird's eye view of the RZ10 versus it's top scoring competitors mentioned previously.
Here are a few more cameras you might look at as alternatives. To see a extensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.